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.

NCAA Division I — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Northern Arizona
BYU
Arkansas
Notre Dame
Tulsa
1
Northern Arizona
2
BYU
3
Arkansas
4
Notre Dame
5
Tulsa
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

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.

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

2020 Week 3 - November 24th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region
Big Sky
Michael Smith (4th)
327
(9 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region
WCC
Ed Eyestone (21st)
314 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region
SEC
Chris Bucknam (13th)
306
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region
ACC
Sean Carlson (2nd)
288
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region
American
Steve Gulley (19th)
279 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 stanford STANFORD
West Region
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (2nd)
276 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
7 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region
Big 12
Dave Smith (15th)
262 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region
Big 12
Martin Smith (8th)
252 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (26th)
239 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 portland PORTLAND
West Region
WCC
Rob Conner (31st)
232 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 iona IONA
Northeast Region
Metro Atlantic
Joe Pienta (3rd)
205 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (13th)
195 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 oregon OREGON
West Region
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (9th)
183 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region
ACC
Rollie Geiger (43rd)
182 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Kevin Sullivan (7th)
178 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region
Big Sky
Eric Houle (29th)
167 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (8th)
152 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 washington WASHINGTON
West Region
Pac-12
Andy Powell (3rd)
137 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (14th)
117 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 wake-forest WAKE FOREST
Southeast Region
ACC
John Hayes (5th)
104 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region
Mountain West
Art Siemers (9th)
103 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Norbert Elliott (3rd)
102 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region
ACC
Vin Lananna (2nd)
87 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 weber-state WEBER STATE
Mountain Region
Big Sky
Corbin Talley (4th)
77
(LW: RV)
25 texas TEXAS
South Central Region
Big 12
Pete Watson (3rd)
74 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
26 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region
Big East
Brandon Bonsey (5th)
57 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region
Mountain West
Ryan Cole (7th)
56 ▼ 2
(LW: 25)
28 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region
ACC
Brien Bell (3rd)
44 ◀▶
(LW: 28)
29 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region
SoCon
Robert Gary (9th)
33 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 charlotte CHARLOTTE
Southeast Region
Conference USA
Joe Lynn (4th)
31
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Alabama 14, Utah State 8, Wyoming 8, Gonzaga 7, Boise State 6, Georgia 5, Duke 4, Penn State 2, Villanova 2, Washington State 1

Dropped Out: No. 26 Harvard, No. 30 Penn

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2020 Rankings & Polls Calendar
COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts
The NCAA Division I National Championsips have been rescheduled to be held on March 15, 2021. National poll dates are tentative and subject to change and/or additions. Regional coaches' rankings will begin on February 1.
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Tue 10/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 11/3
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 11/24
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 2/1
Tue 2/2
Week 5Mon 2/15
Tue 2/16
Week 6Mon 3/1
Tue 3/2
Week 7Sun 3/7
Mon 3/8
FINAL ResultsMon 3/15
March 15, 2021: NCAA DI Championship (Stillwater, Okla.)
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