Villanova Women Earn No. 1 Ranking In USTFCCCA Preseason Coaches' Poll; Highlight 10 BIG EAST Teams In National Top 30

USTFCCA Poll

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The defending women's cross country national champion Villanova Wildcats will begin their title defense with the No. 1 ranking in the country according to the Preseason USTFCCA NCAA Division I National Cross Country Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday Aug. 31. Villanova is one of six BIG EAST women's teams ranked in the top 30 to go along with four on the men's side.
 
Villanova received all 12 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 overall ranking with 360 points. The Wildcats won their second straight BIG EAST Championship on their way to their eighth national title in 2009. Syracuse also comes in ranked in the top 10, receiving a No. 9 ranking after finishing 14th at the NCAA Championship a year ago. Following the Orange is Georgetown at No. 11 with 223 points, Providence at No. 14 with 202 points, West Virginia at No. 15 with 195 points and Notre Dame at No. 17 with 155 points.
 
Three of the women's teams also received the top ranking in their respective regions according to the USTFCCCA. Notre Dame sits atop the Great Lakes region, Villanova the Mid-Atlantic region and Syracuse the Northeast region.
 
Syracuse is the top-ranked BIG EAST team on the men's side, coming in at No. 9 overall with 255 total points. The Orange are coming off their first ever BIG EAST cross country title in 2009 while also finishing 14th nationally. The Villanova men come in ranked No. 15 with 168 points, with Georgetown close behind at No. 16 with 165 points. Providence rounds out the men's teams at No. 20 with 129 points.
 
Georgetown and Syracuse each garnered top billing in its respective region, with the Hoyas coming in at No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic region and Syracuse in the Northeast region.

Women's Poll

1 - Villanova (12 first-place votes, 360 points)
2 - Florida State (339)
3 - Washington (337)
4 - Texas Tech (303)
5 - Oregon (298)
6 - Duke (295)
7 - Princeton (290)
8 - Florida (278)
9 - Syracuse (240)
10 - Virginia (227)
11 - Georgetown (223)
12 - Stanford (217)
13 - Colorado (210)
14 - Providence (202)
15 - West Virginia (195)

16 - Iowa State (173)
17 - Notre Dame (155)
18 - New Mexico (152)
19 - UTEP (150)
20 - BYU (130)
21 - Minnesota (120)
22 - SMU (117)
23 - Michigan State (103)
24 - Penn State (89)
25 - Arizona (88)
26 - Wisconsin (67)
27 - Michigan (50)
28 - Rice (41)
29 - Iowa (26)
30 - Arizona State (24)
Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 22, Stony Brook 15, Nebraska 9, Arkansas 8, Indiana 8, Ohio State 6, Vanderbilt 4, California 3, Wichita State 3, Baylor 2, Oklahoma State 1.

Men's Poll
1 - Stanford (four first-place votes, 349 points)
2 - Oklahoma State (seven, 339)
3t - Northern Arizona (one, 329)
3t - Oregon (329)
5 - Alabama (299)
6 - Colorado (296)
7 - Wisconsin (292)
8 - Portland (258)
9 - Syracuse (255)
10 - Iona (241)
11 - North Carolina State (211)
12 - Oklahoma (202)
13 - Arkansas (181)
14 - New Mexico (180)
15 - Villanova (168)
16 - Georgetown (165)

17 - BYU (146)
18 - Iowa State (144)
19 - Arizona State (137)
20 - Providence (129)
21 - Michigan State (125)
22 - Virginia (122)
23 - Duke (108)
24 - Florida State (98)
25 - Butler (80)
26 - Minnesota (75)
27 - Indiana (64)
28t - William & Mary (60)
28t - Texas (60)
30 - Cal Poly (34)
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 32, Ohio State 24, Florida 10, Louisville 9, North Carolina 8, UCLA 8, California 7, Columbia 4, UTEP 2, Washington 1.