2018 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – Conference champions dot the newest NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll after an exciting initiation to the 2018 postseason.

There were a number of changes to the most recent index, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as 12 teams moved multiple spots in the positive direction after their efforts this past weekend.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

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

The top-3 teams are still the same as they have been for a while now as No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Wisconsin headline the chart. All three of those programs won conference titles this past weekend as the Lumberjacks dominated the Big Sky Conference, the Cougars ran roughshod over the West Coast Conference and the Badgers flexed their muscle at the Big Ten Championships once again.

Portland and Stanford swapped spots from Week 5. The Pilots jumped from No. 5 to No. 4 after finishing runner-up to BYU at the WCC Championships. Portland was led by Nick Hauger, who won the individual title at the meet. The Cardinal dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 despite winning their second Pac-12 Conference crown in a row.

Notre Dame continued its meteoric rise through the National Coaches’ Poll. The Irish, who didn’t receive enough votes to be in the top-30 to begin the season, rocketed to No. 15 last week and is now ranked No. 10 following their victory at the ACC Championships. This is the best that Notre Dame has been ranked since Week 3 of the 2007 season (No. 7).

Air Force (No. 16 to No. 13), Colorado State (No. 17 to No. 14), Purdue (No. 18 to No. 15) and Eastern Kentucky (No. 19 to No. 16) all moved up three spots following their efforts this past weekend. The Falcons and Rams finished second and third, respectively, behind ninth-ranked Boise State at the Mountain West Championships, while the Boilermakers finished runner-up to Wisconsin at the Big Ten Championships. EKU captured its 12th title in the past 13 years in the Ohio Valley Conference and owns its best ranking since 2016.

Ole Miss jumped four spots between Week 5 and Week 6 thanks to a historic victory. The Rebels won their first SEC men’s cross country title this past weekend after they put five runners in the top-11. Ole Miss is now ranked No. 17 and is close to cracking the top-15 for just the 10th time in program history.

Furman and Oklahoma State both climbed multiple spots from Week 5. The Paladins are now ranked No. 20 after winning the Southern Conference title, while the Cowboys jumped two spots after a runner-up effort at the Big 12 Championships.

Washington State is the biggest gainer of the week after surging seven spots from No. 29 to No. 22. The Cougars finished fifth at the Pac-12 Championships and could fight their way back into the top-20 with a strong effort at the West Region Championships in two weeks.

There were two new additions to the top-30 as No. 26 NC State and No. 30 Tennessee joined the mix. This is the first time that the Volunteers have been ranked since 2005.

The next batch of National Coaches’ Polls will come out Monday, November 12 following Regional Championship Weekend and will serve as the Pre-Championship Index.

But be sure to check back on Thursday for the newest NCAA Division I Cross Country Ranking Index. The CRRI made its debut last week.

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

2018 Week 6 - October 30th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (2nd)
329
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (19th)
320
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (6th)
300 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 portland PORTLAND
West Region (1)
WCC (2)
Rob Conner (29th)
297 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (1)
Chris Miltenberg (7th)
292 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Martin Smith (6th)
273 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Andy Powell (1st)
263 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (3)
Mark Wetmore (24th)
242 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Corey Ihmels (6th)
233 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (2)
ACC (1)
Matt Sparks (1st)
228 ▲ 5
(LW: 15)
11 oregon OREGON
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (7th)
224 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (2)
Brien Bell (1st)
219 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (2)
Ryan Cole (5th)
191 ▲ 3
(LW: 16)
14 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West (3)
Art Siemers (7th)
176 ▲ 3
(LW: 17)
15 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (2)
Norbert Elliott (1st)
166 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 eastern-kentucky EASTERN KENTUCKY
Southeast Region (1)
OVC (1)
Cory Erdmann (1st)
163 ▲ 3
(LW: 19)
17 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC (1)
Ryan Vanhoy (6th)
156 ▲ 4
(LW: 21)
18 wyoming WYOMING
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (4)
Scott Dahlberg (2nd)
152 ▼ 5
(LW: 13)
19 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (2)
Chris Bucknam (11th)
126 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (2)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (7th)
101 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Dave Smith (13th)
97 ▲ 2
(LW: 23)
22 washington-state WASHINGTON STATE
West Region (6)
Pac-12 (5)
Wayne Phipps (5th)
93 ▲ 7
(LW: 29)
23 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (3)
Ron Helmer (12th)
83 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 ucla UCLA
West Region (7)
Pac-12 (6)
Avery Anderson (2nd)
82 ▼ 12
(LW: 12)
25 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy League (1)
Jason Vigilante (7th)
68 ▲ 3
(LW: 28)
26 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (3)
Rollie Geiger (41st)
52
(LW: RV)
27 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten (4)
Kevin Sullivan (5th)
43 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (8)
WCC (3)
Patrick Tyson (11th)
31 ▼ 2
(LW: 26)
28 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (4)
ACC (4)
Jason Dunn (5th)
31 ▼ 14
(LW: 14)
30 tennessee TENNESSEE
South Region (2)
SEC (4)
Beth Alford-Sullivan (5th)
17
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Texas 14, Harvard 13, Michigan State 12, Georgetown 11, Southern Utah 7, Villanova 6, Weber State 2, Utah State 1, Tulsa 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 Southern Utah, No. 30 Alabama

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 7Mon 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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