2017 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – Don’t look back, Northern Arizona.

BYU is quickly closing the gap between itself and the Lumberjacks in the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

NAU is still No. 1 – a spot it has occupied since the preseason – but the Cougars clawed away four first-place votes between Week 5 and Week 6. The Lumberjacks totaled 355 points in Week 6 compared to 352 for BYU.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

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

How did the Cougars make up that ground? Well, BYU dominated yet another meet. This past weekend the Cougars swept aside formerly third-ranked Portland at the West Coast Conference Championships. That lowered BYU’s average meet score to 23 points in 2017.

Those aforementioned Pilots dropped to sixth, which allowed Syracuse and Stanford to move up one and two spots to third and fourth, respectively. The Orange cruised to a team title at the ACC Championships behind Justyn Knight’s individual win, while the Cardinal did the same out west at the Pac-12 Championships – holding off Colorado in the process – and followed Grant Fisher’s lead.

Colorado State continues to nudge its way deeper into the top-10 as the Mountain West champs come in at No. 8 this week. The Rams put four runners in the top-10 and were paced by Jerrell Mock and Cole Rockhold, who finished 1-2.

Michigan won the Big Ten title and moved into a tie for 10th place with UCLA, which jumped four spots following a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. The Wolverines and Bruins were two of three teams that vaulted into the top-10 (Virginia Tech is the other).

Iowa State ended Oklahoma State’s reign in the Big 12 and soared nine spots in the poll from 23rd to 14th. The Cyclones also put an end to the Cowboys’ 61-week streak of being ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Region.

Arkansas and Texas skipped 10 and seven spots, respectively, into a tie for 17th. The Razorbacks made quick work of the field at the SEC Championships, while the Longhorns finished a game runner-up to Iowa State at the Big 12 Championships.

Wisconsin, Boise State and Illinois all returned to the poll, but the Newcomer of the Week is Alabama. The Crimson Tide finished second at the SEC Championships thanks to a 1-2-3 effort by Vincent Kiprop, Gilbert Kigen and Alfred Chelanga and earned their first ranking since the 2010 season when it was as high as fifth.

This was the penultimate National Coaches’ Poll of the 2017 season, as the next one will come out November 13 following the NCAA Regional Championships the previous weekend.

Don’t forget that 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 6 - October 31st

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (2)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (1st)
355
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
West Coast (1)
Ed Eyestone (18th)
352
(4 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Chris Fox (13th)
332 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (1)
Chris Miltenberg (6th)
324 ▲ 2
(LW: 6)
5 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (23rd)
307 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 portland PORTLAND
West Region (2)
West Coast (2)
Rob Conner (28th)
298 ▼ 3
(LW: 3)
7 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
Southern (1)
Robert Gary (6th)
289 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Art Siemers (6th)
275 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (2)
Ben Thomas (17th)
242 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 ucla UCLA
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (3)
Avery Anderson (1st)
236 ▲ 4
(LW: 14)
10 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Kevin Sullivan (4th)
236 ▲ 3
(LW: 13)
12 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (2)
Eric Houle (26th)
235 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 oregon OREGON
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (6th)
211 ▼ 5
(LW: 8)
14 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Martin Smith (5th)
202 ▲ 9
(LW: 23)
15 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (2)
Walt Drenth (14th)
194 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (2)
Ryan Cole (4th)
159 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (2)
SEC (1)
Chris Bucknam (10th)
157 ▲ 10
(LW: 27)
17 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (1)
Big 12 (2)
Mario Sategna (5th)
157 ▲ 7
(LW: 24)
19 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Dave Smith (12th)
153 ▼ 9
(LW: 10)
20 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (5)
Greg Metcalf (16th)
135 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (1)
Conference USA (1)
Dean Hayes (54th)
103 ▲ 4
(LW: 25)
22 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic (1)
Ricardo Santos (10th)
87 ▲ 3
(LW: 25)
23 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (3)
Rollie Geiger (40th)
75 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
23 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (7)
Mountain West (4)
Artie Gulden (1st)
75 ▼ 4
(LW: 19)
25 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (3)
Mick Byrne (10th)
74 NR
26 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (6)
Mountain West (3)
Corey Ihmels (5th)
71
(LW: RV)
27 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (7)
Pac-12 (6)
Wayne Phipps (4th)
59 ▼ 7
(LW: 20)
28 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (2)
SEC (2)
Dan Waters (7th)
57
(LW: RV)
29 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (3)
SEC (3)
Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
52 ▼ 13
(LW: 16)
30 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (3)
Big Ten (4)
Jake Stewart (6th)
22
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Georgetown 14, Campbell 13, Princeton 11, Virginia 7, San Francisco 7, Columbia 2, Minnesota 2

Dropped Out: No. 18 Minnesota, No. 28 Campbell, No. 29 San Francisco, No. 30 Penn State

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