2020 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 7

NEW ORLEANS – A cross country season unlike any other deserves an NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll unlike any other.

For the first time in history, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is releasing National Coaches’ Polls the day of Conference Championships Friday. With teams being chosen for the rescheduled 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Sunday via a live selection show on NCAA.com at 1 pm ET, member coaches felt it would be prudent to shed light on who they believe are the top-30 teams in the nation.

Remember: You can watch all of the action from the OSU Cross Country Course on Monday, March 15, LIVE on ESPNU & the ESPN App beginning at 12:30 pm ET.

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

There were no changes to the order of the top-7 teams, as BYU is still the near unanimous No. 1 with 10 first place votes, Northern Arizona sits No. 2 with the lone remaining first-place ballot, with No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Tulsa, No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 7 Iowa State all in order behind them – just like in Week 6.

Stanford made it look easy at the Pac-12 Championships on Friday, putting all five of its scoring athletes in the top-10. The Cardinal, led by individual runner-up Charles Hicks, thumped a field with several other nationally-ranked programs by 32 points (Stanford beat Colorado, 28-60).

Speaking of the Buffs, they moved up one spot from Week 6 to No., 8 based on their runner-up effort at Chambers Bay Regional Park, while third-place Washington dropped two spots to No. 10. Notre Dame also got a bump from Colorado’s effort and took over the No. 9 position.

Further down, MAAC champion Iona is now ranked No. 12. The Gaels recorded a perfect score at the Seaview Golf Resort, sending its top-3 runners across in near identical times – Jack O’Leary won the individual title in 24:28.1, followed by Jamie Dee and Ehab El-Sandali both in 24:28.2 (Officials gave Dee runner-up honors with El-Sandali third).

Mountain West champion Air Force, BIG EAST champion Butler and FSU Winter XC Last Chance winner Syracuse all found themselves in a new spot. The Falcons soared to No. 19, while the Bulldogs went from No. 28 to No. 22. The Orange got new life and is ranked No. 25 after receiving just one vote in Week 6.

This is the final National Coaches’ Poll of the 2020 season, which began way back in September. We’ll have final Regional Rankings on Tuesday, which is just six days out from the national championships.

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

2020 Week 7 - March 5th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (21st)
329
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (2)
Big Sky (2)
Michael Smith (4th)
317
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Chris Bucknam (13th)
300 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (1)
J.J. Clark (2nd)
292 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (3)
American (1)
Steve Gulley (19th)
286 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (15th)
273 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Martin Smith (8th)
259 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (26th)
239 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (2)
ACC (1)
Sean Carlson (2nd)
232 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (3)
Andy Powell (3rd)
230 ▼ 2
(LW: 8)
11 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (13th)
228 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 iona IONA
Northeast Region (1)
Metro Atlantic (1)
Joe Pienta (3rd)
202 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (2)
Rollie Geiger (43rd)
180 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (3)
WCC (2)
Patrick Tyson (13th)
172 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC (2)
Ryan Vanhoy (8th)
163 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 oregon OREGON
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (4)
Robert Johnson (9th)
156 ▼ 4
(LW: 12)
17 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (2)
Ron Helmer (14th)
138 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
17 portland PORTLAND
West Region (4)
WCC (3)
Rob Conner (31st)
138 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
19 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Ryan Cole (7th)
125 ▲ 4
(LW: 23)
20 wake-forest WAKE FOREST
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (3)
John Hayes (5th)
113 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West (2)
Artie Gulden (4th)
111 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 butler BUTLER
Great Lakes Region (6)
Big East (1)
Matt Roe (14th)
106 ▲ 6
(LW: 28)
23 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (4)
Vin Lananna (2nd)
90 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten (3)
Norbert Elliott (3rd)
69 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (2)
ACC (6)
Brien Bell (3rd)
64
(LW: RV)
26 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (6)
Big Sky (1)
Eric Houle (29th)
57 ▼ 2
(LW: 24)
27 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (7)
Big Ten
Kevin Sullivan (7th)
56 ▼ 10
(LW: 17)
28 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (4)
Lisa Breznau (1st)
50 ▼ 2
(LW: 26)
29 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Pete Watson (3rd)
41 ▼ 2
(LW: 27)
30 charlotte CHARLOTTE
Southeast Region (5)
Conference USA (1)
Joe Lynn (4th)
38 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)

Also Receiving Votes: Georgetown 23, Furman 11, Villanova 10, Duke 9, UMass Lowell 4, Georgia 3, Boise State 2

Dropped Out: No. 30 Villanova

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.
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Tue 10/27
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Week 2Tue 11/3
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Week 3Tue 11/24
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Week 4Tue 2/2
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Wed 2/3
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Week 5Tue 2/16
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Wed 2/17
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Week 6Tue 3/2
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Week 7Tue 3/9
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Fri 3/5
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March 5, 2021: Final day of regular season
FINAL ResultsMon 3/15
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March 15, 2021: NCAA DI Championship (Stillwater, Okla.)
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