2017 NCAA DI Cross Country Men’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The first countable day for at-large consideration for the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships just passed (September 8) and that means we’re about to get into the meat of the season.

You should begin to see the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll start to shift as well – even more than it did between the preseason and Week 1.

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Northern Arizona Stanford Syracuse Colorado Arkansas

In the most recent poll that was released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), 18 of the 30 teams moved spots.

There weren’t any changes atop the poll, which is where Northern Arizona, Stanford and Syracuse sit in order. The Lumberjacks remain No. 1 and own seven first-place votes, while the Cardinal hauled in three first-place votes of their own. The Orange is a distant third.

Colorado took Syracuse’s first-place vote from the preseason and is up to a pair now, which moved Mark Wetmore’s team from No. 5 to No. 4. The Buffs opened the season two weeks ago at the Colorado State Invitational and cruised to the team title and got an individual win from Ethan Gonzales and strong efforts from Eduardo Hererra and Joe Klecker.

Arkansas dropped one spot to No. 5, while BYU and Wisconsin hold down No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Oregon went from No. 9 to No. 8 (Iona dropped from No. 8 to No. 9) and Oklahoma State rounds out the top-10.

Furman jumped three spots from No. 17 to No. 14 and owns its best ranking since 2015 when it was 10th in Week 5. The Paladins won both the Eye Opener Invitational two weeks ago and their own Furman Invitational this past weekend.

Middle Tennessee State went from No. 21 to No. 19 – its best ranking in program history. The Blue Raiders have only been ranked six times in the National Coaches’ Poll, but following their win at the Brooks Twilight Classic, voting coaches saw them on the rise.

UCLA is No. 22 after a three-spot jump from the preseason.

Indiana found itself back in the top-30 for the first time since Week 6 of last year. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 27 and cruised to a victory at their invitational this past weekend over the likes of Minnesota and Ohio State. Wisconsin competed but ran an abbreviated team.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday, November 18 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

NCAA Division I
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 1 - September 12th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (1st)
350
(7 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
Chris Miltenberg (6th)
348
(3 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC
Chris Fox (13th)
333 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (23rd)
324
(2 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (10th)
323 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
West Coast
Ed Eyestone (18th)
297 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (10th)
280 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 oregon OREGON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (6th)
260 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic
Ricardo Santos (10th)
255 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Dave Smith (12th)
249 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Wayne Phipps (4th)
212 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12
Martin Smith (5th)
205 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Peter Watson (6th)
185 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
Southern
Robert Gary (6th)
183 ▲ 3
(LW: 17)
15 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Brandon Bonsey (2nd)
174 ▲ 1
(LW: 16)
16 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (4)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (26th)
173 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 portland PORTLAND
West Region (4)
West Coast
Rob Conner (28th)
168 ▼ 3
(LW: 14)
18 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West
Art Siemers (6th)
147 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (1)
Conference USA
Dean Hayes (54th)
136 ▲ 2
(LW: 21)
20 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
114 ▼ 2
(LW: 18)
21 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (4)
American
Steve Gulley (16th)
102 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Avery Anderson (1st)
99 ▲ 3
(LW: 25)
23 eastern-michigan EASTERN MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Mid-American
John Goodridge (17th)
86 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (6)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (5th)
82 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Walt Drenth (14th)
81 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)
26 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region (3)
ACC
Ben Thomas (17th)
79 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (11th)
74
(LW: RV)
28 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (3)
Big Ten
Jake Stewart (6th)
66 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (4)
ACC
Rollie Geiger (40th)
58 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 columbia COLUMBIA
Northeast Region (3)
Ivy
Dan Ireland (4th)
32 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)

Also Receiving Votes: Navy 22, Texas 21, Air Force 20, Michigan 19, Providence 7, California 4, UTEP 4, Alabama 3, Eastern Kentucky 2, Minnesota 2, Princeton 1

Dropped Out: No. 30 Texas

2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 8: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/26
Week 4Mon 10/2
Tue 10/3
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
Tue 10/17
Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
Tue 10/31
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time