NEW ORLEANS – The most changes this season to the NCAA Division I cross country coaches’ poll have occurred in the latest update published by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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Last weekend’s results in several inter-regional competitions forced big shifts to the national paradigm. Oklahoma State is the new No. 1 men’s team, unseating Wisconsin who dropped to No. 20. Florida State’s women keeps their top-ranked status for the second consecutive week, but have new visitors to the top three with No. 2 Iowa State and No. 3 Oregon.
A solid win at the Pre-National Invitational helped keep the Florida State women at No. 1. Led by Violah Lagat and Colleen Quigley at the “Pre-Nats”, FSU defeated 37 teams, including six that were nationally-ranked.
Iowa State moves to No. 2 – their all-time best ranking since 1995. The Cyclones, led with a 2-4 finish by Betsy Saina and Meaghan Nelson, easily defeated 47 other teams at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. ISU finished seventh at last year’s NCAA meet.
No. 11 Duke is making their debut in the poll along with No. 24 UCLA. The Bruins were last ranked in the poll in 2004, but return to the ranks after finishing 15th in the highly-competitive Wisconsin meet. No. 29 Connecticut is also ranked for the first time this year.
The Pac-12 has six ranked teams to lead all of the nation’s conferences with four squads in the top six.