2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – Early-season returns haven’t had too much of an impact on the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

Between the preseason poll, which was released August 28 and the first poll of the regular season, which the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) publicized today, 14 teams shifted spots – but none of them in a seismic way. The biggest moves of the Week 1 poll were turned in by Furman and Wisconsin.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

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

Before we get to the Badgers and Paladins, let’s take a look at the top-5, which didn’t change one bit from the preseason. Northern Arizona headlines the group and is followed by No. 2 BYU, No. 3 Portland, No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Iowa State.

The Lumberjacks are still the unanimous No. 1 and extend their streak atop the poll to 15 consecutive weeks. NAU debuted all of its top runners at the George Kyte Invitational, where Peter Lomong was the individual champion and Matthew Baxter and Tyler Day weren’t too far behind.

The Cougars open the season this upcoming weekend at the BYU Autumn Classic, while the Pilots and Cardinal turned in controlled efforts at the Portland State Invitational and the Oregon XC Preview, and the San Francisco Invitational, respectively. The Cyclones made quick work of the Hawkeye Invitational last month as they recorded a perfect score with Festus Lagat leading the way and several of their top runners in the race as well.

Wisconsin jumped two spots from the preseason from No. 11 to No. 9. This is the Badgers’ first time in the top-10 since Week 3 of 2017 when they were seventh. Even though Wisconsin hasn’t made its season debut yet – but will at the Badger Classic this weekend – expectations are high for Mick Byrne’s team once again.

Byrne’s Badgers were one of four teams to shift multiple spots in the positive direction between the preseason and Week 1. The others included Boise State (No. 24 to No. 22), Oklahoma State (No. 25 to No. 23) and the aforementioned Paladins.

Furman climbed a poll-high three spots from No. 30 to No. 27 following a strong effort at the Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Paladins swept the proceedings as Daniel Bernal led the way in first place with a time of 25:36.7 over the 8K tract.

Two teams received votes in Week 1 that did not in the preseason – and both are from the Northeast Region: Providence and Stony Brook. This is the first time in program history that the Seawolves have received a vote in the National Coaches’ Poll. We should get a better look at what Stony Brook has to offer at the Coast-to-Coast Beantown Invitational in two weeks and then at the Pre-National Invitational on October 13.

Be sure to check back in throughout the season as a lot more will change between now and November 17, when the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held in Madison, Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

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

2018 Week 1 - September 11th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (2nd)
330
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (19th)
315 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 portland PORTLAND
West Region (1)
WCC (2)
Rob Conner (29th)
300 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (1)
Chris Miltenberg (7th)
295 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Martin Smith (6th)
287 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC (6)
Dan Waters (8th)
276 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (3)
Mark Wetmore (24th)
266 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (7th)
248 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (6th)
225 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (3)
Art Siemers (7th)
222 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (2)
Brien Bell (1st)
221 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 campbell CAMPBELL
Southeast Region (1)
Big South (1)
Michael Kelly (7th)
192 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (5)
Wayne Phipps (5th)
186 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (2)
Chris Bucknam (11th)
177 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (3)
Eric Houle (27th)
174 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (2)
Ryan Cole (5th)
166 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (4)
Jason Dunn (5th)
148 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic (1)
Joe Pienta (1st)
137 ▼ 1
(LW: 17)
19 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (2)
Conference USA (6)
Keith Vroman (1st)
116 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (6)
Avery Anderson (2nd)
106 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (3)
Rollie Geiger (41st)
103 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (6)
Mountain West (1)
Corey Ihmels (6th)
93 ▲ 2
(LW: 24)
23 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Dave Smith (13th)
87 ▲ 2
(LW: 25)
24 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (5)
Walt Drenth (15th)
86 ▼ 2
(LW: 22)
25 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy League (1)
Jason Vigilante (7th)
65 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)
26 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (7)
Pac-12 (2)
Andy Powell (1st)
48 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (4)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (7th)
41 ▲ 3
(LW: 30)
28 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East (2)
Marcus O'Sullivan (19th)
35 ◀▶
(LW: 28)
29 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (4)
Kevin Sullivan (5th)
29 ▼ 3
(LW: 26)
30 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (3)
SEC (1)
Ryan Vanhoy (6th)
28 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)

Also Receiving Votes: Indiana 17, Texas 15, Utah State 14, Butler 12, Notre Dame 11, Virginia Tech 10, Georgetown 9, Army West Point 8, Penn State 6, Illinois 5, Stony Brook 5, Providence 1

Dropped Out: No. 30 Georgetown

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' PollNational CCRI KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/27
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Tue 8/28
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Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/10
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 7: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/18
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Week 3Mon 9/24
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Tue 9/25
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Week 4Mon 10/1
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Tue 10/2
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Oct. 13: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/15
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/25Oct. 25-28: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/30
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 11/1Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Sun 11/11
Mon 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/14Nov. 17: NCAA DI Champs, Madison, Wis.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/9
Sat 11/17
Wed 11/21
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