2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – Just because a lot of teams were resting up for one of the biggest regular-season weekends in recent history, doesn’t mean other teams weren’t making some noise on the national landscape themselves. In fact, the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll underwent a lot of change between Week 2 and Week 3.

The most recent installment, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), saw 19 teams shift spots – including four that went multiple spots in the positive direction.

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

Nothing changed in the top-7 as the teams that have been there since the beginning of the season remained there in Week 3. Northern Arizona headlines the group and is now the longest reigning No. 1 program in the past decade. BYU, ranked No. 2 for the eighth consecutive week, continues to pace the contenders. Portland, Stanford, Iowa State, Alabama and Colorado sit third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Syracuse jumped two spots from No. 10 to No. 8 after a dominant effort at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. The Orange put its entire scoring lineup in the top-15, led by individual runner-up Aidan Tooker and fifth-place finisher Noah Affolder. Syracuse finished with just 37 points and won the meet by 33 (Washington ended up with 70).

Speaking of those Huskies, Andy Powell’s squad soared 14 spots between Week 2 and Week 3. Washington is now ranked 12th, which matches its best billing in the past two years. The Huskies had three runners in the top-15 paced by Oregon transfer Tanner Anderson in sixth place.

Ole Miss vaulted 10 spots between Week 2 and Week 3 from the fringe of the top-30 at No. 30 to No. 20. This marks the fourth year in a row that the Rebels have cracked the top-20. Ole Miss improved its spot in the National Coaches’ Poll after finishing third at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown this past weekend. The Rebels were just seven points out of second place.

Even though there are a number of meets across the nation that pulled ranked teams, all eyes are on the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. That’s because 19 teams that are ranked in this poll – including SEVEN in the top-10 alone – will contend for the team title on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, the same course that will host NCAAs on November 17.

Other meets this weekend include the Greater Louisville Classic (featuring No. 19 Middle Tennessee State), the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (featuring No. 2 BYU and No. 28 Furman), the Paul Short Run, the Roy Griak Invitational and the Stanford Invitational.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as the National Coaches’ Poll will continue to evolve ahead of the aforementioned NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

WHERE IS THE COUNTRY COMPETING THIS WEEKEND?

Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational

No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 3 Portland, No. 5 Iowa State, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Colorado, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 10 Colorado State, No. 14 Southern Utah, No. 15 Washington State, No. 16 Iona, No. 17 Air Force, No. 21 Michigan State, No. 22 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Princeton, No. 25 NC State, No. 26 Boise State, No. 27 Villanova, No. 29 Indiana, No. 30 Texas

Joe Piane Invitational

No. 2 BYU, No. 28 Furman

Stanford Invitational

No. 4 Stanford, No. 23 UCLA

Greater Louisville Classic

No. 19 Middle Tennessee State

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

2018 Week 3 - September 25th

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)
302 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (1)
Chris Miltenberg (7th)
296 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Martin Smith (6th)
282 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC (6)
Dan Waters (8th)
274 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (3)
Mark Wetmore (24th)
270 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (2)
Brien Bell (1st)
246 ▲ 2
(LW: 10)
9 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (6th)
236 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (3)
Art Siemers (7th)
225 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 oregon OREGON
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (7th)
208 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Andy Powell (1st)
192 ▲ 14
(LW: 26)
13 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (2)
Chris Bucknam (11th)
185 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (3)
Eric Houle (27th)
171 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (5)
Wayne Phipps (5th)
169 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic (1)
Joe Pienta (1st)
151 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (2)
Ryan Cole (5th)
142 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (4)
Jason Dunn (5th)
116 ▼ 1
(LW: 17)
19 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (3)
Conference USA (6)
Keith Vroman (1st)
111 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC (1)
Ryan Vanhoy (6th)
109 ▲ 10
(LW: 30)
21 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (5)
Walt Drenth (15th)
100 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Dave Smith (13th)
97 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 ucla UCLA
West Region (6)
Pac-12 (6)
Avery Anderson (2nd)
94 ▼ 3
(LW: 20)
24 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy League (1)
Jason Vigilante (7th)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (3)
Rollie Geiger (41st)
87 ▼ 3
(LW: 22)
26 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (7)
Mountain West (1)
Corey Ihmels (6th)
63 ▼ 1
(LW: 25)
27 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East (2)
Marcus O'Sullivan (19th)
47 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (3)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (7th)
40 ▲ 1
(LW: 29)
29 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (3)
Ron Helmer (12th)
39 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Edrick Floréal (1st)
27
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Michigan 23, Campbell 18, Utah State 13, Butler 12, Georgetown 12, Minnesota 10, Stony Brook 6, Columbia 5, Eastern Kentucky 3

Dropped Out: No. 12 Campbell

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' PollNational CCRI 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
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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