2017 NCAA DI Cross Country Men’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – No team in NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country has done enough through three weeks of the 2017 season to knock defending national champion Northern Arizona from its top spot in the National Coaches’ Poll.

Then again, the same could be said for No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Syracuse – as well as most of the remaining programs in the top-10.

NCAA Division I National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

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Northern Arizona Stanford Syracuse Colorado Arkansas

Not much changed in the top-8 of the most recent National Coaches’ Poll that was released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). There were some changes, however, between spots No. 9 and No. 10, as well as No. 12 to No. 30.

Oklahoma State didn’t compete this past weekend as it continues to rest for next week’s Cowboy Jamboree, but moved up one spot to No. 9. That’s because Iona struggled at its own Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions (third place behind meet champion Columbia – more about them later – and Arkansas) and fell to No. 10.

Both Furman and Southern Utah moved up two spots. The Paladins went from No. 14 to No. 12, its second best ranking in program history (10th in Week 5 of 2015). The Thunderbirds are now billed No. 14, which is the best it has been ranked since it was 11th way back in 1999.

Further down in this week’s poll you’ll find Indiana up six spots from No. 27 to No. 21. The Hoosiers are still riding high off early season success and are inches away from cracking the top-20 for the 10th consecutive year.

Remember how we said we’d touch on the Lions, later? Well, here we go. Columbia went from No. 30 into a tie for 27th after taking down both Arkansas and Iona at the Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions. The Lions were led by National Athlete of the Week Ryan Thomas and are trending in the right direction with the Paul Short Run and Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on tap.

We should see some movement in the National Coaches’ Poll next week as the legendary Roy Griak Invitational takes place this weekend in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. There will be four ranked teams vying for top honors in the Merrill Fischein Men’s Gold Competition: No. 13 Iowa State, No. 18 Colorado State, No. 20 UCLA and No. 25 Michigan State.

Be sure to check back in throughout the season leading up to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which will be held November 18 on the 10K tract at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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

2017 Week 2 - September 19th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (1st)
351
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
Chris Miltenberg (6th)
346
(2 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)
328
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (10th)
314 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
West Coast
Ed Eyestone (18th)
303 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (10th)
283 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 oregon OREGON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (6th)
264 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Dave Smith (12th)
254 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 iona IONA
Northeast Region (3)
Metro Atlantic
Ricardo Santos (10th)
242 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Wayne Phipps (4th)
217 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
Southern
Robert Gary (6th)
213 ▲ 2
(LW: 14)
13 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12
Martin Smith (5th)
210 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (4)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (26th)
188 ▲ 2
(LW: 16)
15 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Peter Watson (6th)
186 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Brandon Bonsey (2nd)
180 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 portland PORTLAND
West Region (4)
West Coast
Rob Conner (28th)
164 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
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)
145 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Avery Anderson (1st)
104 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (11th)
93 ▲ 6
(LW: 27)
22 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (4)
American
Steve Gulley (16th)
92 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
91 ▼ 3
(LW: 20)
24 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region (3)
ACC
Ben Thomas (17th)
87 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Walt Drenth (14th)
86 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (6)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (5th)
79 ▼ 2
(LW: 24)
27 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (3)
Big Ten
Jake Stewart (6th)
63 ▲ 1
(LW: 28)
27 columbia COLUMBIA
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy
Dan Ireland (4th)
63 ▲ 3
(LW: 30)
29 eastern-michigan EASTERN MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (4)
Mid-American
John Goodridge (17th)
50 ▼ 6
(LW: 23)
30 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (4)
ACC
Rollie Geiger (40th)
43 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)

Also Receiving Votes: Michigan 22, Navy 13, Air Force 11, Texas 10, California 2, Minnesota 1, Eastern Kentucky 1, Utah State 1

Dropped Out: (none)

USTFCCCA 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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
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