National Poll: Many of the Top Teams in Division I in Action This Weekend

 

September 25, 2012

 

NEW ORLEANS -- Summer’s end has ushered in fall and that means collegiate cross country will start to really cook. Many of the squads in the latest national NCAA Division I poll of U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will compete this weekend and several head-to-head matchups will be among the highlights. Wisconsin’s men and Washington’s women remain the top teams in the country as voted by the nation’s coaches.

 

The top five men’s teams stayed intact from the previous week’s poll as No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 5 Portland occupy their former standing. Texas moved up a spot to No. 6 to match their season-best ranking.

 

Arkansas is the biggest gainer in this week’s update. The Razorbacks gained five spots in their launch to a season-high standing at No. 17. New Mexico at No. 21 and Eastern Kentucky at No. 25 also hit season bests this week. Virginia makes their season debut on the poll at No. 27.

 

Once again the Pac-12 leads all conferences with five teams in the national top 30. The Big East and Big Ten have four in the top 30 while the Big 12 and ACC each have three.

 

Washington and Florida State retain their hold to the top two spots in the women’s poll. Washington has been at No. 1 for three straight weeks. The top six teams did not change from a week ago, but there was shuffling to the bottom of the top ten. Providence shifted back up to No. 7 while Villanova has reached a season-best-No. 9 ranking.

 

After defeating three ranked teams last week in claiming the title at Toledo’s BracketBuster Invitational, Butler went from unranked to a debut spot at No. 21. The Bulldogs are in the poll for the first time since 2006.

Columbia, placed at No. 24 in the poll, is ranked for the first time since 2005. No. 29 Wisconsin returns to the ranks after receiving-votes outside of the top 30 for the past two weeks.

 

The Big East and Pac-12 tally five teams in the women’s top 30. The Big Ten and ACC follow with four apiece.

 

All but a handful of nationally-ranked teams will be in action this weekend. On the men’s side, ten of the top 30 is scheduled to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational, headed by No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 NC State, and No. 14 Texas A&M. The Greater Louisville Classic will feature four ranked teams and three in the top ten, including No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 6 Texas, and No. 8 Iona. Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Jamboree will include the No. 2 Cowboys and in-state rivals – No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 20 Tulsa. No. 3 BYU and No. 5 Portland will be in action at No. 23 Oregon’s Bill Dellinger Invite.

 

The women’s featured slate includes the Greater Louisville Classic where seven ranked teams are scheduled, including No. 1 Washington, No. 8 Vanderbilt, and No. 10 Arkansas. No. 2 Florida State will be in action against four other ranked squads at the Notre Dame Invite. No. 3 Oregon will host the Bill Dellinger Invite while No. 4 Georgetown will face off against No. 7 Providence and No. 9 Villanova at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run. No. 5 Iowa State travels to Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational where they are expected to go against No. 16 Weber State.

 

USTFCCCA

 

NCAA Division I

 

Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

 

2012 Week #3 -- September 25

 

next poll: October 2

 
               

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

Cross Country Coach (Yr*)

Last Week

 

1

Wisconsin (9)

355

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Mick Byrne (5th)

1

 

2

Oklahoma State (2)

346

Midwest

Big 12

Dave Smith (7th)

2

 

3

BYU (1)

343

Mountain

West Coast

Ed Eyestone (13th)

3

 

4

Oklahoma

313

Midwest

Big 12

Martin Smith (8th)

4

 

5

Portland

295

West

West Coast

Rob Conner (23rd)

5

 

6

Texas

290

South Central

Big 12

John Hayes (6th)

7

 

7

Colorado

277

Mountain

Pac-12

Mark Wetmore (18th)

6

 

8

Iona

275

Northeast

Metro Atlantic

Ricardo Santos (5th)

8

 

9

Stanford

260

West

Pac-12

Chris Miltenberg (1st)

9

 

10

Florida State

233

South

ACC

Bob Braman (13th)

10

 

11

NC State

228

Southeast

ACC

Rollie Geiger (35th)

11

 

11

Indiana

228

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Ron Helmer (6th)

12

 

11

Syracuse

228

Northeast

Big East

Chris Fox (8th)

13

 

14

Texas A&M

184

South Central

SEC

Pat Henry (9th)

15

 

15

Georgetown

167

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Patrick Henner (14th)

16

 

16

Minnesota

156

Midwest

Big Ten

Steve Plasencia (17th)

17

 

17

Princeton

148

Mid-Atlantic

Ivy

Jason Vigilante (1st)

14

 

17

Arkansas

148

South Central

SEC

Chris Bucknam (5th)

22

 

19

Northern Arizona

146

Mountain

Big Sky

Eric Heins (6th)

18

 

20

Tulsa

134

Midwest

Conference USA

Steve Gulley (11th)

19

 

21

New Mexico

126

Mountain

Mountain West

Joe Franklin (6th)

24

 

22

Villanova

120

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Marcus O'Sullivan (13th)

20

 

23

Oregon

97

West

Pac-12

Robert Johnson (1st)

25

 

24

Notre Dame

90

Great Lakes

Big East

Joe Piane (38th)

23

 

25

Eastern Kentucky

72

Southeast

Ohio Valley

Rick Erdmann (34th)

26

 

26

Michigan

58

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Alex Gibby (3rd)

21

 

27

Virginia

53

Southeast

ACC

Peter Watson (1st)

RV

 

28

Columbia

51

Northeast

Ivy

Willy Wood (19th)

29

 

29

Washington State

50

West

Pac-12

Tim Riley (1st)

28

 

30

UCLA

46

West

Pac-12

Mike Maynard (4th)

27

 

Others Receiving Votes: Georgia 21, Virginia Tech 10, Providence 10, Ohio State 8, North Carolina 7, Iowa State 6, Weber State 1

 
 

Dropped Out: No. 30 Georgia

 

compiled by Don Kopriva

 

(* year as effective coach of that team in men's cross country)

 
               

USTFCCCA

 

NCAA Division I

 

Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

 

2012 Week #3 -- September 25

 

next poll: October 2

 
               

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

Cross Country Coach (Yr*)

Last Week

 

1

Washington (10)

356

West

Pac-12

Greg Metcalf (11th)

1

 

2

Florida State (1)

343

South

ACC

Karen Harvey (6th)

2

 

3

Oregon (1)

335

West

Pac-12

Robert Johnson (1st)

3

 

4

Georgetown

330

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Michael Smith (1st)

4

 

5

Iowa State

303

Midwest

Big 12

Corey Ihmels (6th)

5

 

6

Stanford

292

West

Pac-12

Chris Miltenberg (1st)

6

 

7

Providence

287

Northeast

Big East

Ray Treacy (29th)

8

 

8

Vanderbilt

283

South

SEC

Steve Keith (7th)

7

 

9

Villanova

253

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Gina Procaccio (13th)

10

 

10

Arkansas

248

South Central

SEC

Lance Harter (23rd)

9

 

11

Michigan

235

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Mike McGuire (21st)

11

 

12

Arizona

232

West

Pac-12

James Li (11th)

12

 

13

Boston College

203

Northeast

ACC

Randy Thomas (21st)

14

 

14

Michigan State

199

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Walt Drenth (9th)

13

 

15

Colorado

168

Mountain

Pac-12

Mark Wetmore (18th)

17

 

16

Weber State

166

Mountain

Big Sky

Paul Pilkington (6th)

16

 

17

Penn State

142

Mid-Atlantic

Big Ten

Beth Alford-Sullivan (14th)

19

 

18

San Francisco

140

West

West Coast

Helen Lehman-Winters (10th)

23

 

19

New Mexico

139

Mountain

Mountain West

Joe Franklin (6th)

20

 

20

Notre Dame

121

Great Lakes

Big East

Tim Connelly (25th)

21

 

21

Butler

120

Great Lakes

Atlantic 10

Matt Roe (6th)

NR

 

22

Toledo

107

Great Lakes

Mid-American

Kevin Hadsell (15th)

18

 

23

Oklahoma State

91

Midwest

Big 12

Dave Smith (4th)

24

 

24

Columbia

81

Northeast

Ivy

Willy Wood (19th)

NR

 

25

NC State

71

Southeast

ACC

Laurie Henes (7th)

26

 

26

Virginia

63

Southeast

ACC

Todd Morgan (1st)

15

 

27

Syracuse

60

Northeast

Big East

Chris Fox (8th)

22

 

28

Florida

38

South

SEC

Mike Holloway (6th)

28

 

29

Wisconsin

36

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Jim Stintzi (9th)

RV

 

30

Texas

34

South Central

Big 12

Steve Sisson (7th)

27

 

Others Receiving Votes: Cornell 24, Minnesota 24, West Virginia 24, Princeton 17, North Carolina 10, Kentucky 2, Duke 2, Dartmouth 1.

 
 

Dropped Out: No. 25 West Virginia, No. 29 Princeton, No. 30 Minnesota

 

compiled by Jesse Rosen

 

(* year as effective coach of that team in women's cross country)