2019 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – Three weeks of racing didn’t change the top teams of the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll too much.

The second seasonal index, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), saw the 21 of the top-30 teams shift spots, but none of those in the top-6.

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
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Who else is at the top but Northern Arizona?

The Lumberjacks, who are No. 1 for the 23rd week in a row and own 10 of 11 possible first-place votes from the coaches, opened up the season a few weeks ago against some tough competition at the George Kyte Invitational. NAU squared off against Tokai University, the top collegiate team in Japan and the defending champions of the Hakone Ekiden. The Lumberjacks, led by an individual victory by Ryan Raff – who set a course record of 21:52.0 – edged their Japanese counterparts by a score of 25-30.

BYU continues to hold down the No. 2 spot behind NAU. The Cougars recently opened their season at the BYU Autumn Classic and swept the top-6 spots with sophomore Conner Mantz leading the way with a 14-second victory.

Washington sits third for the second week in a row and will open the season this weekend at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown against the likes of No. 21 Arkansas and No. 13 Syracuse, among others.

Colorado owns the fourth spot and competed once so far this season at the Wyoming Invitational. The Buffaloes finished a close second to the host Cowboys and were led by three seniors: Alec Hornecker (3rd), Joe Klecker (5th) and John Dressel (8th).

Iowa State is No. 5 once again and opens the season this weekend at the John McNichols Invitational, which will serve as the team’s preview of the course at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The Cyclones aren’t scheduled to compete at Pre-Nationals.

We’ll jump a few spots to No. 7, which is where Stanford takes up residence. The Cardinal is the only other team with a first-place vote in the poll. Stanford has yet to compete this season and will get things going this weekend at the aforementioned John McNichols Invitational.

Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame all shifted down one stop to accommodate Stanford’s climb. This is the Badgers’ ninth consecutive week in the national top-10.

Other ranked teams that jumped multiple spots between the Preseason and Week 1 include No. 20 Virginia (up three spots from No. 23) and No. 25 Villanova (up three spots from No. 28). The Cavaliers recently won the Cavalier Classic and announced the hiring of 11-time NCAA championship winning coach Vin Lananna as their Director of Track & Field and Cross Country.

Middle Tennessee went from the Land of Receiving Votes to No. 26. The Blue Raiders won the Commodore Classic this past weekend and were led by Kigen Chemadi, who was named National Athlete of the Week for his individual title in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the fourth year in a row that Middle Tennessee has appeared in the National Coaches’ Poll.

The next NCAA Division I Men’s National Coaches’ Poll will be released on September 24.

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

2019 Week 1 - September 17th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (1)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (3rd)
329
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (2)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (20th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (5)
Andy Powell (2nd)
300 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (1)
Mark Wetmore (25th)
294 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Martin Smith (7th)
289 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 portland PORTLAND
West Region (2)
WCC (2)
Rob Conner (30th)
260 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 stanford STANFORD
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (3)
J.J. Clark (1st)
244
(1 fpv)
▲ 3
(LW: 10)
8 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
Dave Smith (14th)
240 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (7th)
239 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (2)
ACC (2)
Sean Carlson (1st)
238 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Robert Johnson (8th)
222 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (8)
Rollie Geiger (42nd)
195 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Brien Bell (2nd)
185 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (2)
Art Siemers (8th)
168 ▲ 3
(LW: 17)
15 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC (1)
Ryan Vanhoy (7th)
160 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (2)
Ron Helmer (13th)
157 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (3)
Kevin Sullivan (6th)
139 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
17 wyoming WYOMING
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West (3)
Scott Dahlberg (3rd)
139 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
19 iona IONA
Northeast Region (2)
Metro Atlantic (1)
Joe Pienta (2nd)
111 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (4)
Vin Lananna (1st)
106 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (3)
Chris Bucknam (12th)
100 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Ivy League (3)
Jason Vigilante (8th)
88 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 ucla UCLA
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (4)
Avery Anderson (3rd)
81 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten (4)
Norbert Elliott (2nd)
75 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East (1)
Marcus O'Sullivan (20th)
53 ▲ 3
(LW: 28)
26 middle-tennessee MIDDLE TENNESSEE
South Region (3)
Conference USA (1)
Keith Vroman (2nd)
52
(LW: RV)
26 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (5)
Ryan Cole (6th)
52 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
28 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (4)
SEC (2)
Dan Waters (9th)
50 ▼ 2
(LW: 26)
29 southern-utah SOUTHERN UTAH
Mountain Region (7)
Big Sky (4)
Eric Houle (28th)
46 ▼ 4
(LW: 25)
30 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (3)
American (1)
Steve Gulley (18th)
38 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)

Also Receiving Votes: Boise State 34, Florida State 33, Eastern Kentucky 31, Texas 17, Gonzaga 11, Harvard 7, Army West Point 6, Minnesota 4, Furman 2, Bradley 1, Utah State 1

Dropped Out: No. 30 Boise State

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

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