2017 NCAA DI Cross Country Men’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – A trio of strong performances from this past weekend shook up the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll in Week 3.

Colorado State, Illinois and Michigan State all jumped multiple spots in the most recent index released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Don’t worry Northern Arizona, Stanford, Syracuse, Colorado, Arkansas, BYU, Wisconsin, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Iona; you’re all nestled safely in the top-10 once again – in that exact order.

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

Colorado State soared from No. 18 to No. 15 following its team title at the Roy Griak Invitational this past weekend in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The Rams, led by individual champion Jerrell Mock, totaled 47 points to hold off a game effort by Michigan State. Colorado State is one spot away from tying its best ranking in the past 14 years (No. 14).

Mock made history with his individual win, though. He became just the third man in NCAA Division I history to win back-to-back individual crowns at the Roy Griak Invitational.

Speaking of the Spartans, they went from No. 25 to No. 21 after nearly beating the Rams. It was a valiant effort from Michigan State as it put three runners in the top-10 – Clark Ruiz, Max Benoit and Morgan Beadlescomb went 4-5-6 – and scored 55 points. Walt Drenth’s team did topple UCLA, a squad that was ranked above them in Week 2.

The biggest mover from Week 2 to Week 3 was Illinois. The Illini put up an incredible fight at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown and took the third-ranked Orange to the brink. Illinois went 1-2 with Jesse Reiser and Jonathan Davis, but fell short of the upset. Reiser and Davis did, however, help the Illini match its best ranking in program history (No. 19).

We should certainly see some changes to the poll next week as stacked lineups will take to the 8K tracts at the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by Oregon, the Greater Louisville Classic hosted by Louisville and the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. We’ll be sure to preview all three of those meets later in the week so you’ll want to check back.

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

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

2017 Week 3 - September 26th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (1st)
353
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
Chris Miltenberg (6th)
343
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC
Chris Fox (13th)
337
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (23rd)
326 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (10th)
315 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
West Coast
Ed Eyestone (18th)
305 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (10th)
275 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 oregon OREGON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (6th)
263 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Dave Smith (12th)
257 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 iona IONA
Northeast Region (3)
Metro Atlantic
Ricardo Santos (10th)
223 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Wayne Phipps (4th)
218 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
SoCon
Robert Gary (6th)
216 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (4)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (26th)
193 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12
Martin Smith (5th)
190 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West
Art Siemers (6th)
189 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Jason Dunn (4th)
180 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Brandon Bonsey (2nd)
170 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 portland PORTLAND
West Region (4)
West Coast
Rob Conner (28th)
147 ▼ 1
(LW: 17)
19 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten
Jake Stewart (6th)
133 ▲ 8
(LW: 27)
20 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (1)
Conference USA
Dean Hayes (54th)
132 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Walt Drenth (14th)
125 ▲ 4
(LW: 25)
22 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (4)
American
Steve Gulley (16th)
95 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Avery Anderson (1st)
94 ▼ 3
(LW: 20)
24 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region (3)
ACC
Ben Thomas (17th)
90 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
82 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)
26 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (6)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (5th)
65 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (11th)
61 ▼ 6
(LW: 21)
28 columbia COLUMBIA
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy League
Dan Ireland (4th)
49 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 eastern-michigan EASTERN MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (4)
Mid-American
John Goodridge (17th)
38 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
30 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (4)
ACC
Rollie Geiger (40th)
34 ◀▶
(LW: 30)

Also Receiving Votes: Michigan 21, Texas 13, Navy 11, Campbell 8, Air Force 6, Eastern Kentucky 4, California 2, Minnesota 1

Dropped Out: (none)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2017 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' PollNational CCRI KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/28
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Tue 8/29
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Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/12
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Sep. 8: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/18
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Tue 9/19
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Week 3Mon 9/25
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Tue 9/26
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Week 4Mon 10/2
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Tue 10/3
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Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
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Tue 10/17
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Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
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Tue 10/31
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Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/18
MEN | WOMEN
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