2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – One of these days there will be some seismic changes in the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll as released weekly by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Today is not one of those days.

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

Eighteen teams that were in the top-20 last week remained in place seven days later. The only change in the top-20 was Syracuse and Colorado State switching spots from No. 11 to No. 10 and No. 10 to No. 11, respectively.

On a base level, we did see the debut of BYU at its own Autumn Classic. The second-ranked Cougars made it look easy as they swept the top-7 spots. Clayson Shumway led BYU with a time of 20:56.2, but four of his teammates – Conner Mantz, Rory Linkletter, Connor McMillan and Daniel Carney – were right there with him between 20:56.5 and 20:56.8.

Wisconsin also made its debut at the first of four meets to be held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course this year. The ninth-ranked Badgers were led by Olin Hacker, who returned to the grass circuit after nearly two years of battling injuries. Hacker won by 17 seconds over teammate Tyson Miehe.

Further down in the ballot, Oklahoma State and Michigan State improved their billing from the previous week two spots each. The Cowboys climbed from No. 21 to No. 19 despite not racing, while the now 20th-ranked Spartans won the Spartan Invitational this past weekend with an abbreviated roster.

Princeton and Villanova both jumped one spot from Week 1 to No. 24 and No. 27, respectively. The Tigers don’t race again until the Nuttycombe Invitational, while the Wildcats made it look easy at the Main Line Invitational this past weekend with a top-7 sweep.

There is one new addition to the poll this week: Indiana. The 28th-ranked Hoosiers won the Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions this past weekend with a total score of 55 points, 12 fewer than Columbia. This marks the 19th consecutive year that Indiana has been ranked in the National Coaches’ Poll.

Michigan and Texas sit right outside the top-30, while Butler, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Utah State, Army West Point, Stony Brook, Minnesota, Eastern Kentucky and Columbia also received votes from the electorate.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as changes should be plentiful following major weekends, like the one coming up in two weeks headlined by the aforementioned Nuttycombe Invitaitonal.

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

2018 Week 2 - September 18th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (2nd)
330
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
West Coast
Ed Eyestone (19th)
315 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 portland PORTLAND
West Region (1)
West Coast
Rob Conner (29th)
302 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Chris Miltenberg (7th)
292 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Martin Smith (6th)
285 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC
Dan Waters (8th)
275 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (24th)
270 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (7th)
244 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (6th)
235 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC
Brien Bell (1st)
226 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West
Art Siemers (7th)
221 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 campbell CAMPBELL
Southeast Region (1)
Big South
Michael Kelly (7th)
192 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (4)
Pac-12
Wayne Phipps (5th)
177 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (11th)
173 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (27th)
167 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West
Ryan Cole (5th)
144 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Jason Dunn (5th)
139 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic
Joe Pienta (1st)
126 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (2)
Conference USA
Keith Vroman (1st)
125 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Avery Anderson (2nd)
107 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12
Dave Smith (13th)
98 ▲ 2
(LW: 23)
22 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Walt Drenth (15th)
97 ▲ 2
(LW: 24)
22 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC
Rollie Geiger (41st)
97 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
24 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy
Jason Vigilante (7th)
87 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (6)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (6th)
76 ▼ 3
(LW: 22)
26 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (7)
Pac-12
Andy Powell (1st)
48 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East
Marcus O'Sullivan (19th)
38 ▲ 1
(LW: 28)
28 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (12th)
35
(LW: RV)
29 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (4)
SoCon
Robert Gary (7th)
34 ▼ 2
(LW: 27)
30 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (3)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (6th)
26 ◀▶
(LW: 30)

Also Receiving Votes: Michigan 24, Texas 22, Butler 12, Georgetown 12, Notre Dame 11, Virginia Tech 10, Utah State 9, Army West Point 8, Stony Brook 5, Minnesota 4, Eastern Kentucky 4, Columbia 3

Dropped Out: No. 29 Michigan

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/27
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/24
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/1
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 13: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/15
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 25-28: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/29
Tue 10/30
Nov. 9: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/12
Nov. 17: NCAA DI Champs, Madison, Wis.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/17
Sat 11/17
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