2017 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Just about everything changed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll after this past weekend’s action at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and Pre-National Invitational.

Only three teams remained in place from the previous index – No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 2 BYU and No. 8 Oregon – while five brand-new teams joined the most recent poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Northern Arizona BYU Portland Syracuse Colorado

NAU and BYU left their marks once again as they dismantled talented fields in Wisconsin and Kentucky, respectively. The unanimous No. 1 Lumberjacks turned 19 other top-30 teams into Swiss cheese on their way to a 50-point total in Madison and the Cougars tallied just 41 points on the same course that the NCAA meet will be run on come November 18.

Portland unveiled its full roster for the first time this season and surprised everybody in Wisconsin with a runner-up finish. Jeff Thies (eighth), Nick Hauger (ninth) and Emmanuel Rufolff-Levisse (11th) led the way for the Pilots, who jumped from 25th to a program-record third from Week 4 to Week 5.

Syracuse, with a debuting Justyn Knight, took third in Wisconsin and fell to No. 4, while new No. 5 Colorado looked more like itself in Kentucky and finished runner-up to BYU.

Furman and Colorado State improved on their best rankings in their respective histories. The Paladins come in at No. 7 – up three spots from last time – following a fifth-place effort in Wisconsin and were six points out of third. The Rams moved up two spots from No. 11 to No. 9 after a sixth-place finish at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

Want an idea of how much changed between spots No. 13 and No. 22?

That’s where 13th-ranked Michigan headlines a group of six teams that were ranked in Week 4 to jump more than five spots. No. 14 UCLA, No. 16 Ole Miss, No. 17 Air Force, No. 19 Utah State and No. 20 Washington State were the others. This is the first time in the national top-20 for the Dillon Maggard-led Aggies.

Minnesota and Washington went from both receiving votes in Week 4 to No. 18 and No. 21, respectively. The Golden Gophers toppled eight ranked teams at Wisconsin, while the Huskies beat seven.

You’ll find Campbell, San Francisco and Penn State from No. 28 to No. 30. The Camels and Dons have never been ranked in the top-30 of the National Coaches’ Poll, while the Nittany Lions return for the first time since 2014.

Only two more polls will be released this season: October 31 and November 13. The first is right after teams compete in their respective conference championships. The second will serve as a preview for the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships five days later.

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

2017 Week 5 - October 17th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (1st)
360
(12 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
West Coast (1)
Ed Eyestone (18th)
347 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 portland PORTLAND
West Region (1)
West Coast (2)
Rob Conner (28th)
329 ▲ 22
(LW: 25)
4 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Chris Fox (13th)
323 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (23rd)
313 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (1)
Chris Miltenberg (6th)
305 ▼ 2
(LW: 4)
7 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
Southern (1)
Robert Gary (6th)
282 ▲ 3
(LW: 10)
8 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (6th)
280 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Art Siemers (6th)
254 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (3)
Dave Smith (12th)
251 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (2)
Ben Thomas (17th)
240 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (2)
Eric Houle (26th)
232 ▼ 6
(LW: 6)
13 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Kevin Sullivan (4th)
215 ▲ 12
(LW: 25)
14 ucla UCLA
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (3)
Avery Anderson (1st)
203 ▲ 6
(LW: 20)
15 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (2)
Walt Drenth (14th)
188 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC (3)
Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
183 ▲ 8
(LW: 24)
17 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (2)
Ryan Cole (4th)
168 ▲ 6
(LW: 23)
18 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten (6)
Steve Plasencia (22nd)
143
(LW: RV)
19 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (7)
Mountain West (4)
Artie Gulden (1st)
127 ▲ 8
(LW: 27)
20 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (6)
Wayne Phipps (4th)
124 ▲ 9
(LW: 29)
21 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (6)
Pac-12 (5)
Greg Metcalf (16th)
107
(LW: RV)
22 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (3)
Rollie Geiger (40th)
97 NR
23 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12 (1)
Martin Smith (5th)
90 ▼ 9
(LW: 14)
24 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (1)
Big 12 (2)
Mario Sategna (5th)
87
(LW: RV)
25 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic (1)
Ricardo Santos (10th)
68 ▼ 12
(LW: 13)
25 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (2)
Conference USA (1)
Dean Hayes (54th)
68 ▼ 3
(LW: 22)
27 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (2)
SEC (1)
Chris Bucknam (10th)
66 ▼ 22
(LW: 5)
28 campbell CAMPBELL
Southeast Region (4)
Big South (1)
Michael Kelly (6th)
42
(LW: RV)
29 san-francisco SAN FRANCISCO
West Region (7)
West Coast (3)
Helen Lehman-Winters (15th)
25 NR
30 penn-state PENN STATE
Mid-Atlantic Region (5)
Big Ten (8)
John Gondak (4th)
19 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Eastern Kentucky 12, Illinois 9, Georgetown 7, Boise State 4, Purdue 4, Penn 3, Indiana 2, Alabama 1, Eastern Michigan 1, Princeton 1

Dropped Out: No. 15 Boise State, No. 16 Illinois, No. 18 Virginia, No. 19 Georgetown, No. 21 Indiana, No. 28 Wisconsin, No. 30 Columbia

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
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

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