2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Big changes reverberated through the most recent NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll that was released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Even though the top-3 teams remained the same from the previous week, each and every team that is listed in the top-30 in Week 5 saw their standing change in some form or fashion.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Syracuse)
Northern Arizona BYU Wisconsin Stanford Portland

For example: Take top-ranked Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks, who headline the poll for the 19th consecutive week, aren’t unanimous any longer. NAU hauled in nine of 11 possible first-place votes following its dominant effort in the Cardinal Race at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational, where it put all seven runners in the top-21 and scored just 41 points.

BYU snagged the two other first-place votes after crushing the competition in the White Race at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational. The Cougars, led by Rory Linkletter’s individual win, scored 29 points and won by 77 points over Washington. This is the second year in a row that BYU has earned first-place votes in the National Coaches’ Poll.

Stanford leapfrogged Portland this week after the results from the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational. The Cardinal is now ranked No. 4 following a runner-up effort in the Cardinal Race, which was won by Northern Arizona. Grant Fisher took home the individual title to pace Stanford. The Pilots dropped to fifth after their “B” team finished ninth in the White Race.

Washington jumped five spots from No. 12 in Week 4 to No. 7 in Week 5. The Huskies, who finished runner-up in the White Race in Madison, Wisconsin, have never been ranked higher in the past 21 years. This tops the former high-water mark of eighth set twice in 2016.

Colorado worked its way back into the top-10 at No. 8. The Buffs were third in the Cardinal Race at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational as Joe Klecker and Ryan Forsyth both placed in the top-10 individually.

There are four new faces in the top-15 this week: No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Wyoming, No. 14 Virginia and No. 15 Notre Dame.

The Bruins soared 13 spots following a fourth-place showing in the White Race at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational. UCLA hasn’t been in the top-15 since Week 6 of last year.

The Cowboys surprised everybody with a fifth-place finish in the Cardinal Race at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational. This is the first time Wyoming has been ranked in program history.

The Cavaliers won the Penn State National Open this past weekend and climbed five spots from the previous iteration. This marks the fifth year in a row that Virginia has been in the top-15.

The Irish turned in a strong effort this past weekend at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational, where it finished fifth in the White Race. This is the first time Notre Dame has been ranked in the National Coaches’ Poll in the past six years.

Furman was welcomed back to the National Coaches’ Poll, coming in at No. 23. The Paladins dropped out in Week 4, but gained favor following their eighth-place finish in the Cardinal Race in Wisconsin.

Gonzaga is ranked nationally for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs received votes in Week 4 and then took the next step this past weekend after it finished ninth in the Cardinal Race at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational.

There will be another two-week break before the next National Coaches’ Poll is released following Conference Championship Weekend.

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

2018 Week 5 - October 16th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (2nd)
328
(9 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
WCC
Ed Eyestone (19th)
321
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (6th)
302 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Chris Miltenberg (7th)
295 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 portland PORTLAND
West Region (1)
WCC
Rob Conner (29th)
292 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Martin Smith (6th)
270 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Andy Powell (1st)
262 ▲ 5
(LW: 12)
8 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (24th)
246 ▲ 3
(LW: 11)
8 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (4)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (6th)
246 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
10 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC
Brien Bell (1st)
234 ▼ 2
(LW: 8)
11 oregon OREGON
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (7th)
224 ▲ 2
(LW: 13)
12 ucla UCLA
West Region (6)
Pac-12
Avery Anderson (2nd)
198 ▲ 13
(LW: 25)
13 wyoming WYOMING
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West
Scott Dahlberg (2nd)
180 NR
14 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (1)
ACC
Jason Dunn (5th)
171 ▲ 5
(LW: 19)
15 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (2)
ACC
Matt Sparks (1st)
161 NR
16 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West
Ryan Cole (5th)
155 ▼ 6
(LW: 10)
17 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West
Art Siemers (7th)
154 ▼ 8
(LW: 9)
18 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Norbert Elliott (1st)
146 ▼ 5
(LW: 13)
19 eastern-kentucky EASTERN KENTUCKY
Southeast Region (2)
OVC
Cory Erdmann (1st)
134 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (11th)
117 ▼ 4
(LW: 16)
21 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (6th)
110 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (12th)
84 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12
Dave Smith (13th)
83 ▲ 1
(LW: 24)
23 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (3)
SoCon
Robert Gary (7th)
83 NR
25 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (7)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (27th)
68 ▼ 10
(LW: 15)
26 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (7)
WCC
Patrick Tyson (11th)
58
(LW: RV)
27 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten
Kevin Sullivan (5th)
47 ▼ 7
(LW: 20)
28 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy League
Jason Vigilante (7th)
40
(LW: RV)
29 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (8)
Pac-12
Wayne Phipps (5th)
26 ▼ 12
(LW: 17)
30 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (3)
SEC
Dan Waters (8th)
24 ▼ 7
(LW: 23)

Also Receiving Votes: Michigan State 14, Texas 9, Iona 8, Georgetown 7, Tennessee 6, Villanova 5, NC State 3, Harvard 2, Utah State 2

Dropped Out: No. 26 NC State, No. 27 Iona, No. 28 Middle Tennessee, No. 29 Georgetown, No. 30 Virginia Tech

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
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/14Nov. 17: NCAA DI Champs, Madison, Wis.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/9
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/17
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/21
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