2019 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – Results of the first major weekend of the 2019 season swayed the voters in the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, but not enough to change the top-5.

Twenty of the top-30 teams swapped spots from Week 1, yet none of those considered to be favorites to end up on the podium come Saturday, November 23 at the 2019 NCAA DI Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Let’s take a look at the most recent poll, which was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Northern Arizona
BYU
Washington
Colorado
Iowa State
1
Northern Arizona
2
BYU
3
Washington
4
Colorado
5
Iowa State
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Northern Arizona headlines the poll for the 24th consecutive week after dominating the John McNichols Invitational this past weekend. The Lumberjacks put four runners in the top-6 and took down four other teams that were ranked in the top-25 at the time, including No. 5 Iowa State and No. 7 Stanford.

NAU just matched the second longest modern-era streak atop any national poll conducted by the USTFCCCA. The Lumberjacks are now tied with North Central (Ill.), a team that dominated the NCAA Division III Men’s National Coaches’ Poll from 2010 to 2012. Next up would be the all-time best of 27 weeks in a row, established by the NCAA DIII Johns Hopkins women from 2015 to 2017.

Washington remained at No. 3 following a fifth-place finish at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, where it was led by Talon Hull. The Huskies rested a number of athletes who are expected to be in their top-7 by season’s end.

The aforementioned Cardinal moved up one spot from last week – No. 7 to No. 6 – after a runner-up finish at the John McNichols Invitational. Thomas Ratcliffe finished second individually behind Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State as Stanford put four runners in the top-15 and took down the still fifth-ranked Cyclones. The Cardinal still own the lone remaining first-place vote that is keeping NAU from being unanimous.

Notre Dame leapfrogged Wisconsin into ninth place following a dominant win at the National Catholic Invitational this past weekend. The Irish had six of the top-7 finishers – including individual champion Dylan Jacobs – and swept the proceedings to move back within one spot of their best ranking in the past 12 years.

Syracuse is now ranked No. 12 after winning the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. The Orange proved to be the King of Franklin Park once again as it won its third consecutive meet title and the fourth in the past five years.

A little further down the poll, Purdue and Middle Tennessee both climbed five spots. The Boilermakers, who went from No. 24 to No. 19, finished a strong fourth at the John McNichols Invitational, while the Blue Raiders, who went from No. 26 to No. 21, are still riding high from their team title at the Commodore Classic.

Eastern Kentucky was the lone new addition to the poll at No. 28. This is the eighth time in the past nine years that the Colonels have been ranked in the top-35.

Be sure to check back next week as the results of the Bill Dellinger Invitational should shift the National Coaches’ Poll even more. There are six teams ranked in the top-30 that are scheduled to compete in Springfield, Oregon: No. 2 BYU, No. 7 Portland, No. 11 Oregon, No. 24 UCLA, No. 27 Air Force and No. 29 Villanova.

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

2019 Week 2 - September 24th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (3rd)
329
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
WCC
Ed Eyestone (20th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (1)
Pac-12
Andy Powell (2nd)
295 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (25th)
290 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Martin Smith (7th)
287 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 stanford STANFORD
West Region (3)
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (1st)
276
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 portland PORTLAND
West Region (2)
WCC
Rob Conner (30th)
260 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12
Dave Smith (14th)
240 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (2)
ACC
Sean Carlson (1st)
238 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (7th)
233 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 oregon OREGON
West Region (4)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (8th)
211 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC
Brien Bell (2nd)
188 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC
Rollie Geiger (42nd)
186 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West
Art Siemers (8th)
164 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (7th)
154 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Kevin Sullivan (6th)
149 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 wyoming WYOMING
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West
Scott Dahlberg (3rd)
137 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (13th)
132 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten
Norbert Elliott (2nd)
117 ▲ 5
(LW: 24)
20 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic
Joe Pienta (2nd)
111 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (2)
Conference USA
Keith Vroman (2nd)
102 ▲ 5
(LW: 26)
22 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Jason Dunn (6th)
100 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy League
Jason Vigilante (8th)
88 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Avery Anderson (3rd)
82 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Chris Bucknam (12th)
68 ▼ 4
(LW: 21)
26 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (3)
American
Steve Gulley (18th)
59 ▲ 4
(LW: 30)
27 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West
Ryan Cole (6th)
49 ▼ 1
(LW: 26)
28 eastern-kentucky EASTERN KENTUCKY
Southeast Region (3)
OVC
Cory Erdmann (2nd)
44
(LW: RV)
29 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East
Marcus O'Sullivan (20th)
42 ▼ 4
(LW: 25)
30 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (7)
Big Sky
Eric Houle (28th)
40 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)

Also Receiving Votes: Alabama 32, Boise State 29, Texas 15, Gonzaga 11, Virginia Tech 11, Harvard 9, Florida State 8, Army West Point 7, Minnesota 7, Furman 1, Utah State 1

Dropped Out: No. 28 Alabama

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' PollNational CCRI KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/26
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Tue 8/27
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Aug. 30: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/16
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Tue 9/17
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Sep. 13: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/23
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Tue 9/24
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Week 3Mon 9/30
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Tue 10/1
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Week 4Mon 10/7
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Tue 10/8
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Oct. 19: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/21
Tue 10/22
Wed 10/23
Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/4
Tue 11/5
Wed 11/6
Nov. 15: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/18
Sun 11/17
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Terre Haute, Ind.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/15
Sat 11/23
Mon 11/25
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