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

NEW ORLEANS – As teams are still getting their legs under them early into the cross country season, there wasn’t much movement in Week One of the NCAA Division I Women’s National Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The top seven teams in the nation remained in their preseason slots and just 10 of the top-30 teams had any type of movement in general in regards to their ranking.

With the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational (September 28) and Pre-National Invitational (October 13) just around the corner more changes are expected as teams start to run their full teams at larger national meets as we get into the heart of the season.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1) 2) 3)Syracuse) 4) 5)
New Mexico Colorado Stanford Oregon Boise State

New Mexico, the defending NCAA Division I champions, remained atop the rankings unanimously for the second week in a row after receiving all 11 first-place votes. The last time the Lobos started off the year in the top spot for consecutive weeks was back in 2016 when it was ranked No. 1 for the first three polls.

New Mexico got its season underway with a second-place finish at the Lobo Invitational. They did not run their full squad at the meet. The Lobos will run a unit again at New Mexico State’s Lori Fitzgerald Open on September 15.

Holding down the No. 2 spot is Mountain Region rival Colorado who got its year started with a victory at the Wyoming Invite. Senior Val Constien led the Buffaloes with a second-place finish as the unit showed in the race what could be some great depth throughout their roster.

Colorado won’t race again until Nuttycombe.

Slotting in at No. 3 is Stanford who got its campaign started with a victory at the USF Invite. The Cardinals raced a small, veteran-packed squad in a unit that included All-Americans Christina Aragon (individual champion), Fiona O’Keeffe (second) and Elise Cranny (third).

Stanford will return to the course when it hosts the Stanford Invitational on September 29.

The No. 4 spot belongs to Oregon, who got the season started with a second-place finish at the Oregon Preview despite not running its top lineup. The Ducks started a good mix of veterans and new faces in the race. Susan Ejore had a breakout performance as she won the individual title by nearly 30 seconds.

Oregon hosts the Bill Dellinger Invitational on September 21.

Rounding out the top-five is No. 5 Boise State who has been impressive to start the year with an opening victory at the Sundoger Invitational. Allie Ostrander won the individual crown and was followed up by strong performances from the rest of the lineup as the Broncos placed five in the top-seven.

They will not race again until Nuttycombe.

The No. 6 spot remained with NC State who still has yet to open its season. With the cancellation of the Wolfpack’s first scheduled race at the Adidas XC Challenge due to inclement weather, NC State won’t run for the first time in competition until Nuttycombe.

Staying in No. 7 is Wisconsin who also still has not raced this year. The Badgers open with the Badger Open on September 14 which will serve as their first race preview of the Zimmer Championship Course which hosts NCAAs in November.

Improving one spot to No. 8 is Arkansas who placed third at the Hurricane Invitational. The two-mile course served as a tune-up for the squad who will next race again at the Missouri Southern Stampede on Saturday, September 15.

Flip-flopping with the Razorbacks is No. 9 Villanova who still has yet to run this year. The Wildcats get their season underway with the Main Line Invitational on Friday, September 14.

No. 10 Utah State made up the rest of the top-ten and remained in its spot after winning the Sagebrush Invitational. The Aggies used the race as a rust buster and will race again at the BYU Autumn Classic on Saturday, September 15.

No. 16 Washington was the biggest mover as it improved two spots from the preseason after a third-place showing at the Sundodger Invitational. The Huskies raced a lot of new faces at the meet and will go again at the Stanford Invitational.

The only other changes involved No. 12 Michigan and No. 20 Indiana improving one spot while No. 13 Penn State, No. 17 BYU, No. 18 Iowa State and No. 21 California all dropped one spot from their preseason rankings.

Virginia Tech, Ohio State, SMU, Florida State, Utah, San Francisco and Nevada also received votes.

Make sure to check back in throughout the season as a lot will change leading up to the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 1 - September 11th

1 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (1)
Mountain West
Joe Franklin (12th)
(1 fpv)
(LW: 1)
2 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Mark Wetmore (24th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Elizabeth DeBole (3rd)
306 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 oregon OREGON
West Region (2)
Robert Johnson (7th)
289 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (3)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (6th)
288 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
Laurie Henes (13th)
282 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Jill Miller (1st)
253 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
Lance Harter (29th)
237 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East
Gina Procaccio (19th)
229 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (3)
Mountain West
Artie Gulden (2nd)
221 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (1)
Big East
Ray Treacy (35th)
202 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (27th)
201 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 penn-state PENN STATE
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big Ten
John Gondak (5th)
194 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (2)
Robert Gary (7th)
186 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Walt Drenth (15th)
171 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (4)
Maurica Powell (1st)
166 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 byu BYU
Mountain Region (4)
Diljeet Taylor (3rd)
162 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Amy Rudolph (1st)
156 ▼ 1
(LW: 17)
19 georgia GEORGIA
South Region (1)
Petros Kyprianou (4th)
140 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (12th)
120 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 california CALIFORNIA
West Region (5)
Shayla Houlihan (3rd)
113 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (2)
Brien Bell (1st)
92 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (5)
Matt Sparks (1st)
91 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten
Sarah Hopkins (6th)
83 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Big East
Julie Culley (3rd)
69 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12
Dave Smith (10th)
60 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 portland PORTLAND
West Region (6)
Ian Solof (17th)
(LW: RV)
28 dartmouth DARTMOUTH
Northeast Region (3)
Ivy League
Courtney Jaworski (5th)
36 ◀▶
(LW: 28)
29 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12
Edrick Floréal (1st)
23 ▼ 2
(LW: 27)
30 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West
Art Siemers (7th)
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech 12, Ohio State 10, SMU 8, Florida State 5, Utah 5, San Francisco 4, Nevada 2

Dropped Out: No. 29 Ohio State, No. 30 San Francisco

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

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