NCAA DI Men’s Team Race Remains Wide Open As October Begins
NEW ORLEANS – With the first weekend of October – and all of the big NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country meets that come with or before it – in the rearview mirror, the stage is set for some mid-October fireworks.
And yet with essentially only the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, the adidas Pre-National Invitational and the Penn State National left as major fixtures on the regular-season slate (not this coming weekend but the one after), the men’s National Coaches’ Poll has never been less clear.
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WOMEN’S NATIONAL POLL
Defending national champion Syracuse held steady at No. 2 with a first-place vote.
Though BYU was idle after upsetting Cuse two weekends ago at Virginia, the Cougars moved up one spot to No. 3 with two first-place votes. The move came as Oregon slipped a spot to No. 4 after a less-than-convincing victory over Colorado State at the Washington Invitational, 26-39. Edward Cheserek got a dominant win in his 2016 debut, and could be a large reason the Ducks maintained a first-place vote of their own.
Tied at No. 5 last week, both Arkansas and Colorado were in action at home meets this past weekend. The Razorbacks, who won their home Chile Pepper Festival, got the better of the Buffaloes, who contested their Rocky Mountain Shootout, in this small rankings battle; Arkansas claimed the No.5 spot outright by just one point, though No. 6 Colorado claimed the final first-place nod.
Portland remained No. 7, while Iona made an eight-spot leap to No. 8 after a clear victory at the Paul Short Run.
Oklahoma State moved up one spot to No.9. Rounding out the top-10 was another big gainer in Mississippi. The Rebels moved up 10 spots to their highest rank in program history after a breakthrough win at the Notre Dame Invitational over a field loaded with nationally ranked teams.
Last year’s Notre Dame winner and this year’s runner-up, UTEP, also made big strides after a big weekend in South Bend. The Miners improved six spots to No. 12.
Colorado State bounced back from a disappointing Griak performance two weekends ago with a runner-up finish to Oregon at Washington, moving up eight spots to No. 21 as a result.
Returning to the poll was No. 24 Providence, while No. 28 Virginia Tech and both Illinois and Middle Tennessee in a tie at No. 29 joined the top-30 for the first time this season. In fact, Middle Tennessee’s appearance was not only the first of the year but the first in program history. The Blue Raiders have never qualified for the NCAA Championships as a team.
Not everyone was able to move up in the polls, though. No. 17 Georgetown finished a distance second to Iona at Paul Short and dropped nine spots as a result, while both No. 15 Eastern Kentucky and No. 19 Virginia both fell six spots each.
See the full men’s poll below.
The USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll for DI ranks the top 30 teams in the country. Voting panel of 12 consists of nine regional representatives, plus three other members of the DI Executive Committee.
Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll
2016 Week #4 — October 4
|next poll: October 18|
|Rank||Institution (FPV)||Points||Record^||Region (CR)||Conference||Cross Country Coach (Yr*)|
|1||Northern Arizona (7)||352||3-0 (1-0)||Mountain (1)||Big Sky||Eric Heins (10th)|
|2||Syracuse (1)||337||17-1 (2-1)||Northeast (1)||ACC||Chris Fox (12th)|
|3||BYU (2)||327||13-0 (3-0)||Mountain (2)||West Coast||Ed Eyestone (17th)|
|4||Oregon (1)||315||8-0 (3-0)||West (2)||Pac-12||Robert Johnson (5th)|
|5||Arkansas||298||16-0 (—)||South Central (1)||SEC||Chris Bucknam (9th)|
|6||Colorado (1)||297||2-0 (—)||Mountain (3)||Pac-12||Mark Wetmore (22nd)|
|7||Portland||296||32-1 (7-1)||West (1)||West Coast||Rob Conner (27th)|
|8||Iona||283||26-0 (2-0)||Northeast (2)||Metro Atlantic||Ricardo Santos (9th)|
|9||Oklahoma State||252||5-0 (1-0)||Midwest (1)||Big 12||Dave Smith (11th)|
|10||Mississippi||248||24-0 (4-0)||South (1)||SEC||Ryan Vanhoy (4th)|
|11||Stanford||231||12-8 (0-3)||West (4)||Pac-12||Chris Miltenberg (5th)|
|12||UTEP||213||23-1 (3-1)||Mountain (4)||Conference USA||Paul Ereng (14th)|
|13||Indiana||198||7-0 (—)||Great Lakes (1)||Big Ten||Ron Helmer (10th)|
|14||Iowa State||187||27-1 (6-1)||Midwest (2)||Big 12||Martin Smith (4th)|
|15||Eastern Kentucky||186||24-2 (3-2)||Southeast (1)||Ohio Valley||Rick Erdmann (38th)|
|16||Wisconsin||174||— (—)||Great Lakes (2)||Big Ten||Mick Byrne (9th)|
|17||Georgetown||172||25-1 (1-1)||Mid-Atlantic (1)||Big East||Brandon Bonsey (1st)|
|18||Boise State||171||26-2 (5-2)||West (3)||Mountain West||Corey Ihmels (4th)|
|19||Virginia||165||11-2 (1-2)||Southeast (2)||ACC||Peter Watson (5th)|
|20||Michigan||127||27-4 (4-4)||Great Lakes (3)||Big Ten||Kevin Sullivan (3rd)|
|21||Colorado State||118||26-7 (2-7)||Mountain (5)||Mountain West||Art Siemers (5th)|
|22||Michigan State||94||28-4 (3-4)||Great Lakes (4)||Big Ten||Walt Drenth (13th)|
|23||Washington||78||6-3 (0-2)||West (6)||Pac-12||Greg Metcalf (15th)|
|24||Providence||72||32-4 (1-3)||Northeast (3)||Big East||Ray Treacy (33rd)|
|25||Penn||62||24-2 (0-2)||Mid-Atlantic (2)||Ivy||Steve Dolan (5th)|
|26||Tulsa||55||4-1 (0-1)||Midwest (3)||American||Steve Gulley (15th)|
|27||UCLA||54||23-5 (2-5)||West (5)||Pac-12||Mike Maynard (8th)|
|28||Virginia Tech||47||26-0 (1-0)||Southeast (3)||ACC||Ben Thomas (16th)|
|29||Middle Tennessee||37||39-1 (0-1)||South (2)||Conference USA||Dean Hayes (53rd)|
|29||Illinois||37||40-14 (0-12)||Midwest (5)||Big Ten||Jake Stewart (5th)|
|Others Receiving Votes: Washington State 35, Southern Utah 22, NC State 10, Louisville 7, Villanova 6, Columbia 5, Texas 3, Minnesota 3, Princeton 3, California 2, Dartmouth 2|
|Dropped out: No. 23 NC State, No. 24 Washington State, No. 25 Columbia, No. 30 Texas, No. 30 Florida State|
|^ Win-loss record reflective of results in varsity competition of races 7500 meters or longer versus DI opponents starting September 9; records in () are results against ranked teams.|
|(* year as effective coach of that team in men’s cross country), CR – Coaches’ Regional Ranking|