There’s A New No. 1 Team In The NCAA DI Women’s XC Poll
NEW ORLEANS — Uncertainly could only rule the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for so long.
Providence, instead, is the top dog with less than two months until the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. This marks the first time since Week 7 in 2013 that the Friars are ranked No. 1 by the coaches. Providence won the NCAA title that same year, so Ray Treacy’s team is hoping history repeats itself.
This continued a steady rise for the Friars, as they were third in the Preseason and Week 1, and then climbed to No. 2 in Week 2. Now Providence owns four of 12 possible first-place votes and takes over the top spot from the reigning national champions.
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MEN’S WEEK THREE NATIONAL POLL
What happened to those other eight first-place votes? We’ll tell you.
Colorado and New Mexico are now tied for second and shared the rest. The Lady Lobos hold the lion’s share at five, while the Buffaloes nabbed three.
Back to the Friars for a second, as they already brandished their power this season. A few weeks ago at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, Providence dominated the field as it put all five of its runners inside the top-7 en route to a 54-point win over Dartmouth. The Friars will try to make another statement this upcoming weekend as they travel to the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.
Another team that proved its mettle this season was Portland — and was rewarded in kind.
This past weekend at the 31st annual Roy Griak Invitational, the Pilots won the team title over eight teams that were ranked higher than them last week (30th). Thanks to the surprise victory, Portland vaulted from the bottom of the poll into the top-10. The Pilots are now 7th, the highest billing they’ve ever received in program history (30th had been the record).
And while SMU wasn’t able to pull a Portland and win the Panorama Farms Invitational, its runner-up effort was noticed. The previously-unranked Mustangs were within shouting distance of now 15th-ranked BYU and jumped into the top-25 at No. 21 between Virginia and Penn. That ties the program’s best spot in the poll since 2010, when it was 21st as well.
SMU is one of two new teams to the poll this week as it’s joined by No. 26 Tulsa and No. 29 UCLA.
Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll
2016 Week #3 — September 27
|next poll: October 4|
|Rank||Institution (FPV)||Points||Record^||Region (CR)||Conference||Cross Country Coach (Yr*)|
|1||Providence (4)||349||11-0 (—)||Northeast (1)||Big East||Ray Treacy (33rd)|
|2||Colorado (3)||345||— (—)||Mountain (2)||Pac-12||Mark Wetmore (22nd)|
|2||New Mexico (5)||345||— (—)||Mountain (1)||Mountain West||Joe Franklin (10th)|
|4||Oregon||324||8-0 (2-0)||West (1)||Pac-12||Robert Johnson (5th)|
|5||NC State||301||12-0 (1-0)||Southeast (1)||ACC||Laurie Henes (11th)|
|6||Stanford||280||— (—)||West (2)||Pac-12||Elizabeth DeBole (1st)|
|7||Portland||270||33-8 (8-2)||West (3)||West Coast||Ian Solof (15th)|
|8||Michigan State||269||36-1 (7-1)||Great Lakes (1)||Big Ten||Walt Drenth (13th)|
|9||Boise State||252||30-3 (5-3)||West (4)||Mountain West||Corey Ihmels (4th)|
|10||Arkansas||244||11-0 (—)||South Central (1)||SEC||Lance Harter (27th)|
|11||Penn State||238||37-2 (8-2)||Mid-Atlantic (1)||Big Ten||John Gondak (3rd)|
|12||Washington||231||5-0 (—)||West (5)||Pac-12||Greg Metcalf (15th)|
|13||Oklahoma State||223||4-1 (—)||Midwest (1)||Big 12||Dave Smith (8th)|
|14||Michigan||222||31-4 (4-4)||Great Lakes (2)||Big Ten||Mike McGuire (25th)|
|15||BYU||217||12-0 (2-0)||Mountain (3)||West Coast||Ed Eyestone (1st)|
|16||Notre Dame||166||10-0 (—)||Great Lakes (3)||ACC||Matt Sparks (3rd)|
|17||Syracuse||135||15-4 (1-3)||Northeast (2)||ACC||Chris Fox (12th)|
|18||San Francisco||128||28-5 (3-5)||West (6)||West Coast||Helen Lehman-Winters (14th)|
|19||Georgetown||120||5-1 (1-1)||Mid-Atlantic (2)||Big East||Julie Culley (1st)|
|20||Virginia||105||15-9 (0-3)||Southeast (2)||ACC||Todd Morgan (5th)|
|21||SMU||98||11-1 (2-1)||South Central (2)||American||Cathy Casey (12th)|
|22||Penn||67||2-0 (—)||Mid-Atlantic (3)||Ivy||Steve Dolan (5th)|
|23||Iowa State||58||19-14 (0-8)||Midwest (4)||Big 12||Andrea Grove-McDonough (4th)|
|24||Vanderbilt||55||21-2 (1-0)||South (1)||SEC||Steve Keith (11th)|
|24||Mississippi State||55||44-12 (2-7)||South (2)||SEC||Houston Franks (8th)|
|26||Tulsa||54||5-0 (1-0)||Midwest (5)||American||Steve Gulley (15th)|
|26||Kansas||54||— (—)||Midwest (2)||Big 12||Stanley Redwine (17th)|
|28||Utah||53||8-1 (1-0)||Mountain (4)||Pac-12||Kyle Kepler (12th)|
|29||Yale||47||10-0 (1-0)||Northeast (3)||Ivy||Amy Gosztyla (6th)|
|29||UCLA||47||27-6 (3-6)||West (7)||Pac-12||Mike Maynard (5th)|
|Others Receiving Votes: Weber State 38, Minnesota 36, Harvard 33, Princeton 30, Eastern Michigan 18, Mississippi 18, Villanova 12, William and Mary 12, California 9, Texas 8, Cornell 5, Columbia 4, Dartmouth 2, Wisconsin 2, Rice 1|
|Dropped Out: No. 25 Minnesota, No. 27 Harvard, No. 28 Weber State|
|^ Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition of races 4500 meters or longer versus DI opponents starting September 9; records in () are results against ranked teams.|
|(* year as effective coach of that team in women’s cross country), CR – Coaches’ Regional Ranking|