Five Men's BIG EAST Cross Country Teams, Four Women's Teams Ranked in USTFCCCA Top 30

NEW ORLEANS, La. - With the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships in the books, the conference found itself with five men's squads and four women's teams in the top 30 in the country according to the latest USTFCCCA poll. The five men's teams tie the BIG EAST with the ACC for the most teams in the rankings, while the women's side is tied with the Pac-10 for the most teams in the top 15 with four.
 
2010 BIG EAST men's champion Syracuse moved up three spots to No. 14 after the team's win at Jamesville Beach Park on Oct. 30. Led by the 2010 BIG EAST men's Coaching Staff of the Year, the Orange totaled 59 points to claim the top spot on the men's side and remain the highest ranked BIG EAST men's team.
 
Louisville made the biggest jump of any team in the poll after an impressive second-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships. The Cardinals were just four points behind Syracuse with 63 to finish second. It was the team's highest finish since winning the title in 2007. Providence made a return to the poll at No. 28 after a third-place finish at the conference meet. The Friars boasted the BIG EAST individual champion in junior Lee Carey who completed the 8k course in 24:56.8. Villanova remains in the top 30 at No. 29 while Notre Dame is ranked No. 30.
 
The Villanova women have had a stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking all season since winning the 2009 NCAA Championship. Led by the 2010 BIG EAST women's Coaching Staff of the Year, Villanova continued to show its dominance by winning its third straight BIG EAST title, becoming the first team to do so since Providence in 1995-97. The Wildcats posted a score of 26 points, the lowest point total for any BIG EAST champion since Villanova scored 22 points in 1991. Junior Sheila Reid also repeated as individual champion for the Wildcats, finishing the 6k course in 20:31.9. She is the first individual champion to repeat since Providence's Kim Smith in 2003-04 and no athlete has ever won the individual title three times.
 
Georgetown remains at No. 5 in the country with a strong outing at the BIG EAST Championships, coming in second with 42 total points. The Hoyas placed three runners in the top 10, with junior Emily Infeld taking third in a time of 20:42.7. Syracuse also remained in the top 10 at No. 9, while Providence comes in at No. 14.
 
Next week is a scheduled "repeat" week in the national poll in advance of the upcoming NCAA Regional Championship weekend to be held November 13. The final regular-season poll will be announced on November 16 before the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships to be held on Monday, November 22, in Terre Haute, Ind.
 
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll
2010 Week #8, November 2
next ranking: November 9 (repeat), November 16 (final regular season)
 
Rank
Institution
Points
Region
Conference
Location
Last
1
Oklahoma State (7)
355
Midwest
Big 12
Stillwater, Okla.
2
2
Stanford (5)
353
West
Pac-10
Palo Alto, Calif.
1
3
Oregon
326
West
Pac-10
Eugene, Ore.
3
4
Iona
318
Northeast
Metro Atlantic
New Rochelle, N.Y.
4
5
Wisconsin
305
Great Lakes
Big Ten
Madison, Wis.
6
6
Florida State
286
South
ACC
Tallahassee, Fla.
8
7
Northern Arizona
263
Mountain
Big Sky
Flagstaff, Ariz.
11
8
Oklahoma
258
Midwest
Big 12
Norman, Okla.
5
9
Colorado
255
Mountain
Big 12
Boulder, Colo.
9
10
New Mexico
253
Mountain
Mountain West
Albuquerque, N.M.
12
11
Arkansas
249
South Central
SEC
Fayetteville, Ark.
10
12
Indiana
245
Great Lakes
Big Ten
Bloomington, Ind.
7
13
Portland
212
West
West Coast
Portland, Ore.
15
14
Syracuse
204
Northeast
BIG EAST
Syracuse, N.Y.
17
15
BYU
203
Mountain
Mountain West
Provo, Utah
13
16
NC State
187
Southeast
ACC
Raleigh, N.C.
16
17
Princeton
181
Mid-Atlantic
Ivy League
Princeton, N.J.
18
18
North Carolina
141
Southeast
ACC
Chapel Hill, N.C.
25
19
William and Mary
134
Southeast
CAA
Williamsburg, Va.
20
20
Louisville
119
Southeast
BIG EAST
Louisville, Ky.
28
21
Virginia
109
Southeast
ACC
Charlottesville, Va.
19
22
California
107
West
Pac-10
Berkeley, Calif.
22
23
Duke
79
Southeast
ACC
Durham, N.C.
14
24
Minnesota
72
Midwest
Big Ten
Minneapolis, Minn.
NR
25
Alabama
70
South
SEC
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
27
26
Penn State
66
Mid-Atlantic
Big Ten
State College, Pa.
24
27
Tulsa
44
Midwest
Conference USA
Tulsa, Okla.
RV
28
Providence
42
Northeast
BIG EAST
Providence, R.I.
NR
29
Villanova
37
Mid-Atlantic
BIG EAST
Villanova, Pa.
29
30
Notre Dame
25
Great Lakes
BIG EAST
South Bend, Ind.
23
Others Receiving Votes: Florida 24, Texas 12, Dartmouth 11, Michigan State 10, Georgetown 9, UCLA 7, Ohio State 3, Montana State 1.
Dropped Out: No. 21 Georgetown, No. 26 Florida, No. 30 Texas
compiled by Don Kopriva
 
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll
2010 Week #8, November 2
next ranking: November 9 (repeat), November 16 (final regular season)
 
Rank
Institution
Points
Region
Conference
Location
Last
1
Villanova (12)
360
Mid-Atlantic
BIG EAST
Villanova, Pa.
1
2
Florida State
338
South
ACC
Tallahassee, Fla.
3
3
Texas Tech
326
Mountain
Big 12
Lubbock, Texas
4
4
Stanford
323
West
Pac-10
Palo Alto, Calif.
9
5
Georgetown
314
Mid-Atlantic
BIG EAST
Washington, D.C.
5
6
Arizona
306
West
Pac-10
Tucson, Ariz.
6
7
Oregon
295
West
Pac-10
Eugene, Ore.
2
8
Colorado
267
Mountain
Big 12
Boulder, Colo.
7
9
Syracuse
250
Northeast
BIG EAST
Syracuse, N.Y.
8
10
New Mexico
240
Mountain
Mountain West
Albuquerque, N.M.
10
11
Washington
237
West
Pac-10
Seattle, Wash.
20
12
Virginia
216
Southeast
ACC
Charlottesville, Va.
24
13
Iowa State
213
Midwest
Big 12
Ames, Iowa
11
14
Providence
205
Northeast
BIG EAST
Providence, R.I.
13
15
Stony Brook
192
Northeast
America East
Stony Brook, N.Y.
14
16
Michigan State
188
Great Lakes
Big Ten
East Lansing, Mich.
16
17
Duke
159
Southeast
ACC
Durham, N.C.
12
18
Michigan
147
Great Lakes
Big Ten
Ann Arbor, Mich.
21
19
Princeton
140
Mid-Atlantic
Ivy League
Princeton, N.J.
18
20
Minnesota
139
Midwest
Big Ten
Minneapolis, Minn.
19
21
North Carolina
101
Southeast
ACC
Chapel Hill, N.C.
17
22
Boston College
96
Northeast
ACC
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
25
23
Oklahoma State
89
Midwest
Big 12
Stillwater, Okla.
27
24
Tulsa
86
Midwest
Conference USA
Tulsa, Okla.
23
25
Texas
77
South Central
Big 12
Austin, Texas
15
26
California
60
West
Pac-10
Berkeley, Calif.
22
27
San Francisco
56
West
West Coast
San Francisco, Calif.
26
28
Penn State
48
Mid-Atlantic
Big Ten
State College, Pa.
RV
29
NC State
39
Southeast
ACC
Raleigh, N.C.
28
30
Toledo
35
Great Lakes
Mid-American
Toledo, Ohio
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 20, Florida 10, Arkansas 4, Colorado State 2, BYU 1, Ohio State 1.
Dropped Out: No. 29 Indiana, No. 30 Iowa.