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NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its week four national cross country coaches’ poll for the 2011 NCAA Division I season. A busy previous weekend caused quite a shift the national women’s top 25, including a new number one in two-time defending NCAA Champion Villanova. On the men’s side, No. 1 Oklahoma State stays at the top spot after winning their home Cowboy Jamboree while in-state rival Oklahoma makes their first-ever showing in the national top three.

 

AROUND THE POLLS

MEN
– No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 2 Wisconsin are in the top two spots for the fourth week in a row … Two-time defending NCAA Champion Oklahoma State has been the top-ranked team since the preseason.
– At No. 3, Oklahoma is making their first-ever appearance in the national top three. The Sooners won Lehigh’s Paul Short Run last weekend by a wide margin over five other nationally-ranked DI schools.
– New to the top ten, BYU moved up eight spots to No. 6 after winning the Notre Dame Invitational last Friday over then-No. 10 Florida State, 46-93. 
– No. 18 Columbia debuts in the poll for the first time since at least 1998. The Lions were third at the Paul Short Run, but topped four other top-20 teams on the course. 
– At No. 20 and No. 22, Washington State and UCLA are making their first showings to the poll this season, while at No. 27 Texas A&M is listed in the national top 30 for the first time since 2008.
– The Pac-12 leads all conferences with six teams in the national top 25, followed by the Big East (4) and the Big Ten (4).
– Seven ranked teams are schedule to compete this weekend in some form or fashion. No. 5 Iona and No. 18 Columbia have the New York Metro Championships this weekend at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. No. 13 Northern Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State have an intrastate battle coming at the Grand Canyon Invite.

 

WOMEN
— A brand new slate of the nation’s top three emerged after last weekend’s performances. No. 1 Villanova retains the top spot they last held last year en route to a second-straight NCAA title. The Wildcats finished second to now-No. 2 Providence, 101-104, at Lehigh. No. 3 Florida State rose four spots from seventh after taking the top spot at Notre Dame this past weekend, besting five other nationally-ranked teams, including now-No. 11 Arkansas and then-No. 2 New Mexico.
– At No. 8, Syracuse makes their first showing in the nation’s top ten this season. The Orange was third to Providence and Villanova, but topped then-No. 1 Georgetown at Lehigh’s meet.
– No. 25 Notre Dame and No. 30 Clemson debut in the poll for the first time this season. For Clemson, it’s their first ranking since at least 1995.
– The Big East and Pac-12 each have six teams in the national top 30 to lead the way among conferences. The ACC and Big Ten follow with five teams apiece.
– A light weekend is ahead compared to last as only five ranked teams are slated to be in action. No. 1 Villanova will likely run a smaller group at the Jack St. Clair Memorial in Philly this weekend. No. 2 Providence will compete at the New England (NEICAAA) Championship. No. 14 Arizona goes to the Grand Canyon Invite, No. 15 Michigan State heads to the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, and No. 21 Minnesota takes on the Pine Hill Invite.

NOTE: Next week is slated to be a "repeat" week, meaning all positions on this week’s poll will carry to next week.

 

The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, November 21, in Terre Haute, Ind. NCAA Regional Championships will be held nine days prior on Saturday, November 12.

 

USTFCCCA

 

NCAA Division I

 

Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

 

2011 Week #4 -- October 4

 

next ranking: October 11 (repeat), October 18 (regular)

 
               

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

Head Coach (Yr*)

Last Week

 

1

Oklahoma State (11)

359

Midwest

Big 12

Dave Smith (6th)

1

 

2

Wisconsin (1)

348

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Mick Byrne (4th)

2

 

3

Oklahoma

327

Midwest

Big 12

Martin Smith (7th)

4

 

4

Stanford

325

West

Pac-12

Jason Dunn (5th)

3

 

5

Iona

296

Northeast

Metro Atlantic

Ricardo Santos (4th)

5

 

6

BYU

291

Mountain

West Coast

Ed Eyestone (12th)

14

 

7

Indiana

290

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Ron Helmer (5th)

6

 

8

Colorado

275

Mountain

Pac-12

Mark Wetmore (17th)

7

 

9

NC State

270

Southeast

ACC

Rollie Geiger (34th)

9

 

10

Oregon

253

West

Pac-12

Vin Lananna (7th)

8

 

11

Florida State

250

South

ACC

Bob Braman (12th)

10

 

12

Portland

227

West

West Coast

Rob Conner (22nd)

11

 

13

Northern Arizona

209

Mountain

Big Sky

Eric Heins (5th)

13

 

14

Princeton

206

Mid-Atlantic

Ivy

Steve Dolan (8th)

12

 

15

Arkansas

179

South Central

SEC

Chris Bucknam (4th)

16

 

16

Georgetown

172

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Patrick Henner (13th)

22

 

17

Minnesota

143

Midwest

Big Ten

Steve Plasencia (16th)

20

 

18

Columbia

139

Northeast

Ivy

Willy Wood (18th)

RV

 

19

Villanova

125

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Marcus O'Sullivan (12th)

18

 

20

Washington State

118

West

Pac-12

Pete Julian (2nd)

NR

 

21

Syracuse

101

Northeast

Big East

Chris Fox (7th)

15

 

22

UCLA

92

West

Pac-12

Mike Maynard (3rd)

RV

 

23

Arizona State

91

West

Pac-12

Greg Kraft (16th)

29

 

24

Providence

81

Northeast

Big East

Ray Treacy (28th)

17

 

25

New Mexico

80

Mountain

Mountain West

Joe Franklin (5th)

21

 

26

Michigan

74

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Alex Gibby (2nd)

28

 

27

Texas A&M

54

South Central

Big 12

Pat Henry (8th)

RV

 

28

Florida

43

South

SEC

Mike Holloway (5th)

29

 

29

North Carolina

30

Southeast

ACC

Peter Watson (4th)

RV

 

29

Eastern Kentucky

30

Southeast

Ohio Valley

Rick Erdmann (33rd)

26

 

Others Receiving Votes: Texas 28, Virginia 17, Lamar 11, Tulsa 11, Air Force 10, Notre Dame 8, Penn State 7, Ohio State 4, Iowa State 3, Brown 3, Virginia Tech 1.

 
 

Dropped Out: No. 19 Virginia, No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 24 Texas, No. 25 Ohio State, No. 27 Louisville

 

compiled by Don Kopriva

 

(* year as head coach of that team in men's cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

 
               

USTFCCCA

 

NCAA Division I

 

Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

 

2011 Week #4 -- October 4

 

next ranking: October 11 (repeat), October 18 (regular)

 
               

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

Head Coach (Yr*)

Last Week

 

1

Villanova (6)

354

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Gina Procaccio (12th)

5

 

2

Providence (5)

346

Northeast

Big East

Ray Treacy (28th)

3

 

3

Florida State

326

South

ACC

Karen Harvey (5th)

7

 

4

Colorado (1)

316

Mountain

Pac-12

Mark Wetmore (17th)

4

 

5

Georgetown

313

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Chris Miltenberg (4th)

1

 

6

Stanford

305

West

Pac-12

Edrick Floreal (1st)

6

 

7

New Mexico

265

Mountain

Mountain West

Joe Franklin (5th)

2

 

8

Syracuse

260

Northeast

Big East

Chris Fox (7th)

12

 

9

Iowa State

257

Midwest

Big 12

Corey Ihmels (5th)

8

 

10

California

238

West

Pac-12

Tony Sandoval (30th)

10

 

11

Arkansas

227

South Central

SEC

Lance Harter (22nd)

18

 

12

Oregon

219

West

Pac-12

Vin Lananna (7th)

17

 

13

North Carolina

210

Southeast

ACC

Peter Watson (4th)

15

 

14

Arizona

198

West

Pac-12

Fred Harvey (10th)

11

 

15

Michigan State

195

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Walt Drenth (8th)

19

 

16

Virginia

193

Southeast

ACC

Jason Vigilante (4th)

16

 

17

Texas

180

South Central

Big 12

Bev Kearney (20th)

14

 

18

Michigan

161

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Mike McGuire (22nd)

13

 

19

West Virginia

127

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Sean Cleary (5th)

24

 

20

Penn State

124

Mid-Atlantic

Big Ten

Beth Alford-Sullivan (13th)

28

 

21

Minnesota

94

Midwest

Big Ten

Gary Wilson (27th)

21

 

22

Florida

88

South

SEC

Mike Holloway (5th)

26

 

23

Iowa

76

Midwest

Big Ten

Layne Anderson (10th)

27

 

24

Washington

75

West

Pac-12

Greg Metcalf (10th)

20

 

25

Notre Dame

65

Great Lakes

Big East

Tim Connelly (24th)

NR

 

26

Duke

61

Southeast

ACC

Kevin Jermyn (8th)

9

 

27

BYU

59

Mountain

West Coast

Patrick Shane (30th)

29

 

28

Princeton

51

Mid-Atlantic

Ivy

Peter Farrell (34th)

22

 

29

Oklahoma State

48

Midwest

Big 12

Dave Smith (3rd)

23

 

30

Clemson

42

Southeast

ACC

Lawrence Johnson (4th)

RV

 

Others Receiving Votes: Vanderbilt 25, Yale 16, Texas Tech 14, Indiana 12, Kansas State 10, Connecticut 8, Tulsa 7, Dartmouth 7, Cornell 4, Missouri 2, San Francisco 1.

 
 

Dropped Out: No. 25 Texas Tech, No. 30 Vanderbilt.

 

compiled by Jesse Rosen

 

(* year as head coach of that team in women's cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)