2022 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – What have you done for us lately?

That’s the tone of the most recent NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Changes were numerous in Week 3 after the first major weekend of the 2022 season.

The #RunToStillwater is picking up steam.

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

BYU, fresh off a victory at the Cowboy Jamboree this past weekend, usurped former No. 1 and two-time defending national champion Northern Arizona as the nation’s top squad. It was a loaded meet in Stillwater, Oklahoma, as eight top-10 squads battled it out. The Cougars topped them all with a 75-point score, 26 fewer than runner-up Stanford. BYU put four runners in the top-20, led by three in the top-15: Casey Clinger (seventh), Joey Nokes (tenth) and Weber State transfer Christian Allen (11th). The Cougars last owned the top spot in the National Coaches’ Poll in Week 7 of the 2020 season. BYU won its only national title in program history one year earlier and will look to replicate that feat in less than two months.

Stanford improved its billing one spot to No. 2, which is right ahead of NAU. The Cardinal saw both Charles Hicks (second) and Cole Sprout (fourth) finish among the top-5 athletes on the challenging Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course. Stanford has not been ranked this high in the National Coaches’ Poll since Week 3 of the 2017 season. The Cardinal are looking to end an 18-year drought without a national title (Stanford last won in 2003 as part of a back-to-back).

NAU and Oklahoma State both slid to allow BYU and Stanford to ascend the index. Depth was an issue for both the Lumberjacks and the Cowboys this past weekend: NAU went 5-9-19-38-39; OSU took places 1-3-17-43-54, led by individual champion Alex Maier in 23:16.9).

Tulsa cracked the top-5 for just the fifth time in program history at No. 5 (with most of those coming in the past several years), following a strong, fifth-place effort at the Cowboy Jamboree. Wisconsin rolled to the team title at the Roy Griak Invitational thanks to a miniscule spread and sits No. 6, followed by Wake Forest, which took sixth in Stillwater and now holds its best ranking in program history at No. 7.

Syracuse rejoined the top-10 for the first time since 2018. The now tenth-ranked Orange had a surprise eighth-place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree with 6.3 seconds separating its top-4 runners this past weekend (Paul O’Donnell was 31st in 23:56.4; Nathan Henderson was 41st in 24:02.7). Earlier in the season, Syracuse won the team title at the PSU Spiked Shoe Invitational.

Here are a few other programs with notable improvements: Gonzaga went from 16th to 12th; Princeton jumped from 21st to 15th; Texas is back in the top-20 after climbing 11 spots from No. 29 to No. 18; Virginia, Oregon and California Baptist all joined the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time this season at No. 20, No. 26 and No. 28, respectively. This is the first time in program history that the Lancers, who finished runner-up at the Griak Invitational, have been listed among the top-30 teams in the nation.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships will be held at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Don’t forget that you can watch ALL of the action commercial-free once again on ESPNU, beginning at 10 am ET!

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

2022 Week 3 - September 27th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC (1)
Ed Eyestone (23rd)
326
(9 fpv)
▲ 3
(LW: 4)
2 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (1)
Ricardo Santos (2nd)
318
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (2)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (6th)
308 ▼ 2
(LW: 1)
4 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (17th)
302
(1 fpv)
▼ 2
(LW: 2)
5 tulsa TULSA
Midwest Region (2)
American (1)
Steve Gulley (21st)
282 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Mick Byrne (15th)
266 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 wake-forest WAKE FOREST
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
John Hayes (7th)
263 ▲ 2
(LW: 9)
8 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (28th)
259 ▼ 3
(LW: 5)
9 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12 (2)
Jeremy Sudbury (2nd)
226 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (2)
Brien Bell (5th)
222 ▲ 10
(LW: 20)
11 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (1)
Ryan Cole (9th)
213 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (2)
WCC (2)
Patrick Tyson (15th)
194 ▲ 4
(LW: 16)
13 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (3)
Chris Miltenberg (4th)
186 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (2)
ACC (4)
Matt Sparks (1st)
183 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Ivy League (1)
Jason Vigilante (11th)
154 ▲ 6
(LW: 21)
16 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (3)
Chris Bucknam (15th)
150 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
17 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East (3)
Brandon Bonsey (7th)
143 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Greg Metcalf (1st)
136 ▲ 11
(LW: 29)
19 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy League (2)
Alex Gibby (6th)
133 ▼ 4
(LW: 15)
20 virginia VIRGINIA
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (6)
Vin Lananna (4th)
132
(LW: RV)
21 villanova VILLANOVA
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Big East (1)
Marcus O'Sullivan (23rd)
117 ▼ 3
(LW: 18)
22 montana-state MONTANA STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (2)
Lyle Weese (5th)
98 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (3)
Andy Powell (5th)
75 ▼ 15
(LW: 8)
24 butler BUTLER
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big East (4)
Matt Roe (16th)
69 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC (1)
Dan Waters (12th)
68 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (4)
Jerry Schumacher (1st)
66
(LW: RV)
27 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (2)
Kevin Sullivan (9th)
64 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 portland PORTLAND
West Region (6)
WCC (3)
Rob Conner (33rd)
46 ▼ 9
(LW: 19)
29 california-baptist CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
West Region (4)
WAC (1)
Adam Tribble (5th)
26 NR
30 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten (4)
Aaron Simoneau (2nd)
24 ▼ 2
(LW: 28)

Also Receiving Votes: Tennessee 18, Ole Miss 17, Iona 14, Florida State 11, NC State 8, Utah State 3

Dropped Out: No. 23 Furman, No. 24 Ole Miss, No. 30 Iona



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7FINAL
Northern Arizona111333321
Oklahoma State222444442
BYU444112233
Stanford333221114
Wake Forest91097787125
Wisconsin667669866
Air Force13111111125587
Colorado5558810978
Tulsa666557659
North Carolina161713131018121010
NC StateRVRVRVRV12151811
Syracuse2119201091610912
Gonzaga1618161214RV261513
Washington888232620141714
Notre Dame14131214136131315
OregonRVRVRV262415182116
Harvard1112151920RV222317
Texas272829181823302818
Villanova181618211711111119
Tennessee3029RVRV1517201420
Butler22272624RVRV3021
VirginiaRVRV201913191622
Arkansas1214141621RV222023
Ole Miss192224RVRVRV2924
Montana State242422222521211825
Utah StateRVRVRVRV2324RVRV26
Alabama262525252222162527
Colorado StateRV28282728
Michigan29262727RV29282529
Princeton252021151619172430
Georgetown232317172826RV2231
California Baptist29292525RV
Portland15151928RV1424
Iowa State1099911RV27
CharlotteRV302730
Cal PolyRVRVRV
ProvidenceRVRVRVRV
Eastern KentuckyRV
DukeRV29
Michigan State2830283027
IonaRVRV30RVRV
Furman202123RV
Florida StateRVRVRVRV
Boise StateRVRVRV
KentuckyRV
MinnesotaRV

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 9: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 27-30: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/14
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 19: NCAA Championships - Stillwater, Okla.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/11
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/19
MEN | WOMEN