2017 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 7

NEW ORLEANS – Three teams received first-place votes in the final NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll of the 2017 season that was released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

With the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships set for Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, Northern Arizona, BYU and Syracuse all have a claim to the top spot in the nation according to the voters.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

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

Northern Arizona remains the clear-cut favorite to win the team title in Louisville, Kentucky as it has nine of the 12 first-place votes. The Lumberjacks ran roughshod over the competition at the Mountain Region Championships to the tune of 49 points. That was no small task as there were four top-10 teams in the field.

BYU received two first-place votes and sits second in the poll behind NAU. The Cougars finished runner-up at the Mountain Region Championships and did so without Daniel Carney and Casey Clinger. Rory Linkletter and Connor McMillan finished second and fourth overall to hold down the fort for the Cougars.

Syracuse earned a first-place vote after dominating the proceedings at the Northeast Region Championships. The Orange scored just 28 points and put six runners in the top-15. Justyn Knight paced Syracuse with his third win of the season and his third individual region title.

Portland returned to the top-5 at No. 4 after winning the West Region. The Pilots edged Washington 63 to 65 thanks to the efforts of Emmanuel Roufolff-Levisse, Jeff Thies and Nick Hauger, who went 1-2-4. This is the highest Portland has been ranked this late in the season since 2009, when it was also fourth prior to NCAAs.

Colorado rounds out the top-5, just like it did in Week 6. The Buffs finished third as a team in the Mountain Region, one point out of second. Joe Klecker continued his strong sophomore campaign with a victory in Logan, Utah.

Furman, Colorado State, Virginia Tech and Michigan didn’t budge at all, just like Colorado. The Paladins won the Southeast Region and sit No. 7. The Rams finished fourth in the Mountain Region and come in at No. 8. The ninth-ranked Hokies rallied to finish second to Furman and the Wolverines, who finished runner-up in the Great Lakes Region, sit 10th.

Michigan State won the Great Lakes Region title and jumped four spots from Week 6. The Spartans haven’t been ranked this high, this late in the season since 1998 when they were fifth.

Other regional champs dot the poll as Midwest Region champ Iowa State is 13th, South Central Region champ Arkansas is 15th, South Region champ Middle Tennessee State is 22nd and Northeast Region champ Princeton is 28th.

The biggest jump from Week 6 to Week 7 was turned in by Washington. The Huskies went from 20th to 12th thanks to a sterling effort at the West Region Championships. Washington finished runner-up to Portland and put three runners in the top-10 led by Colby Gilbert.

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

2017 Week 7 - November 13th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (1st)
357
(9 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
West Coast (1)
Ed Eyestone (18th)
348
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Chris Fox (13th)
334
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 portland PORTLAND
West Region (1)
West Coast (2)
Rob Conner (28th)
318 ▲ 2
(LW: 6)
5 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (23rd)
308 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 stanford STANFORD
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (1)
Chris Miltenberg (6th)
301 ▼ 2
(LW: 4)
7 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (1)
Southern (1)
Robert Gary (6th)
288 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Art Siemers (6th)
267 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (2)
Ben Thomas (17th)
237 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (1)
Kevin Sullivan (4th)
230 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (2)
Walt Drenth (14th)
214 ▲ 4
(LW: 15)
12 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (5)
Greg Metcalf (16th)
210 ▲ 8
(LW: 20)
13 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Martin Smith (5th)
203 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 oregon OREGON
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (6th)
198 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Chris Bucknam (10th)
187 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (3)
Avery Anderson (1st)
186 ▼ 6
(LW: 10)
17 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West (2)
Ryan Cole (4th)
168 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Dave Smith (12th)
166 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (6)
Big Sky (2)
Eric Houle (26th)
163 ▼ 7
(LW: 12)
20 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic (1)
Ricardo Santos (10th)
141 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Mario Sategna (5th)
128 ▼ 4
(LW: 17)
22 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (1)
Conference USA (1)
Dean Hayes (54th)
126 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (6)
Mountain West (3)
Corey Ihmels (5th)
87 ▲ 3
(LW: 26)
24 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (3)
SEC (2)
Dan Waters (7th)
76 ▲ 4
(LW: 28)
25 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC (3)
Ryan Vanhoy (5th)
63 ▲ 4
(LW: 29)
26 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (7)
Mountain West (4)
Artie Gulden (1st)
61 ▼ 3
(LW: 23)
27 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (7)
Pac-12 (6)
Wayne Phipps (4th)
52 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (4)
ACC (3)
Rollie Geiger (40th)
49 ▼ 5
(LW: 23)
28 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy (1)
Jason Vigilante (6th)
49
(LW: RV)
28 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (4)
Peter Watson (6th)
49
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 14, Navy 2

Dropped Out: No. 25 Wisconsin, No. 30 Illinois

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