2019 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championships Weekend breathed new life into the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll in Week 6.
While 41 different programs received votes in the most recent national index that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), only 30 could end up ranked as the season continues to trek deeper into the postseason.
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You won’t find any new teams in the top-5 as No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 2 BYU, No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Iowa State remain entrenched among the nation’s elite.
This is the 28th consecutive week that the Lumberjacks have been ranked No. 1 in the National Coaches’ Poll, tying a modern-era NCAA poll record set by North Central (Ill.) in the NCAA Division III Men’s National Coaches’ Poll last week. NAU showcased its depth at the Big Sky Championships this past weekend when it unveiled a new lineup and won handily.
Three of the other four teams in the top-5 posted big wins this past weekend at their respective conference championships: The Cougars scored just 18 points in their dismantling of the West Coast Conference; the Buffaloes used a 21-second spread to capture its first conference title in the Pac-12 since 2016; and the Cyclones continued their dominance of the Big 12 as of late.
Sitting right outside the top-5 is Oregon, which climbed 10 spots from Week 5 based on its runner-up effort at the Pac-12 Championships. The Ducks, who beat former-No. 3, now-No. 4 Stanford at the meet, put four runners in the top-15 led by individual runner-up Cooper Teare.
Wisconsin jumped around into the top-10 again at No. 9. The Badgers won their 50th conference title in men’s cross country this past weekend as they followed Oliver Hoare’s lead in Columbus, Ohio. Hoare earned the individual crown and Wisconsin scored 56 total points.
No. 18 Syracuse showed it still had some fight and won its fifth team title in the past six years at the ACC Championships. The Orange juiced the top-20 with six athletes – none finished better than ninth – as it won by five points over Notre Dame.
Eleven of the next 12 spots in the National Coaches’ Poll are filled with teams that either improved their rank or found their way back into the good graces of the voting coaches: Notre Dame went from No. 20 to No. 19, Utah State went from No. 22 to No. 20, Virginia went from No. 23 to No. 21, Virginia Tech went from No. 26 to No. 22, Oklahoma State went from No. 27 to No. 23, while No. 24 Villanova, No. 25 Colorado State, No. 26 Eastern Kentucky, No. 28 Alabama and No. 30 Georgetown all join the poll once again.
Here are the teams that comprise the Land of Receiving Votes: Furman, Gonzaga, Wyoming, Southern Utah, Penn, Air Force, Stony Brook, Arkansas, Weber State, Florida State and Temple.
The next National Coaches’ Poll will be released on Monday, November 18 following the conclusion of Regional Championships Weekend.