2020 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – The final NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll of the 2020 fall segment was released on Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
There were several changes to the top-30, although most of those shifts occurred outside of the top-10, where all of the teams from Week 2 still reside – mostly in the same order.
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Top-ranked Northern Arizona continues to headline the National Coaches’ Poll for the 32nd consecutive week. For those counting at home, the Lumberjacks’ streak started in Week 3 of the 2016 season. NAU only competed once this fall, but notched a big win in the process, beating two other top-10 teams at the Oklahoma State Invitational on October 17 – No. 2 BYU and No. 7 Oklahoma State.
The aforementioned Cougars, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Tulsa all fall in line behind the Lumberjacks. The Razorbacks and the Irish both received one first-place vote from the coaches, while the Golden Hurricane broke out of a fifth-place tie with Stanford from Week 2.
Wake Forest continues to climb in the National Coaches’ Poll, going from No. 23 to No. 20. This is the Deacons’ best ranking since 2001. Wake Forest impressed at the ACC Cross Country Championships in late October by finishing third behind Notre Dame and NC State.
Weber State went from receiving votes to its best billing in the past 17 years. The Wildcats, fresh off a narrow one-point loss to BYU at the Weber State Invitational, are now ranked 24th. Weber State nearly took down the reigning national champion Cougars a few weeks ago as it put four runners in the top-6, but couldn’t close it out (BYU sent seven other runners across the finish line before the Wildcats capped their scoring).
Charlotte enters the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time in program history at No. 30. The 49ers rolled to the team title at the Conference USA Cross Country Championships in late October with 31 points. Nickolas Scudder and Paul Arredondo led the way with a 1-2 finish and they had four other teammates join them in the top-12.
Remember: The 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships were rescheduled for Monday, March 15, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.