2010 NCAA Cross-Country Pre-Season Polls

By: LetsRun.com
September 3, 2010
 

The 2010 LetsRun.com NCAA Cross-Country pre-season polls are out and the Stanford men and Villanova women are the top-ranked teams in the nation. The #1 spots should not be huge surprises to anyone, as Stanford was #1 heading into the NCAA meet last year and Villanova won the crown.

Men: Stanford Starts Out On Top

The Stanford men dominated much of the 2009 cross-country season and sat atop the men's rankings heading into nationals when disaster struck. Jason Dunn's squad basically did not show up and the Cardinal finished a shocking 10th. This year they have all of the top 7 back from our look at NCAA XC results (but 6 of 7 according to this article in the Stanford paper), including third-place finisher Chris Derrick. The one thing they have to get over is what Wisconsin used to face, the mental block of choking at nationals.

#2 on the men's side is defending national champ Oklahoma State. Dave Smith's squad should be led by German  Fernandez. Fernandez won finished third at the Foot Locker high school XC national championships two years ago and won the NCAA 1,500m crown as a freshman but has struggled in XC in the collegiate ranks (despite finishing 11th at World Jr XC). Fernandez was only 97th at nationals last year, but was the key fifth man on OSU's national championship team. OSU has 4 of its top 7 back but loses 2 of its top 3 (Ryan Vail, 7th in team scoring last year, and John Kosgei, 11th). Colby Lowe and Fernandez no doubt will be strong up front.

Oregon has 6 of its top 7 back (we think AJ Acosta is back. How does this top 3 sound: Luke Puskedra, Matt Centrowitz and AJ Acosta?) and clocks in at #3. Northern Arizona got more first place votes than Oregon in the LRC poll, but the brand name of Oregon has them ahead of NAU.

The LetsRun.com fans poll has the same top 10 teams as the coaches' poll, but in different order, except for #10 Arkansas (Chris Fox's Syracuse team is #9 in the coaches' poll).

Stanford is a strong #1 in the LRC poll. While they are also #1 in the coaches' poll, in the coaches' poll, Oklahoma State actually got more first place votes than Stanford. The Cardinal should relish their #1 ranking in the LRC poll as last year, Oklahoma State was #1 in the first LRC poll of the year and they won it all (meanwhile, the coaches had Stanford #1 at the same time).

Villanova Primed To Repeat

It used to be when you thought of women's cross-country you thought of Villanova. Villanova won 6 national titles in a row from 1989 to 1994. Gina Procaccio's Villanova women got the school's first national title in 11 years last year and they are the heavy favorites to repeat this year. The Wildcats return 5 of their top 7 and four of their five scorers. That could be a curse, however, as the Washington women were heavy favorites last year and did not come out on top.

The Washington women got the second-most 1st place votes in the women's poll, but conference rival Oregon is the #2 team (yet the myth exists that Oregon is hated on LRC). Washington returns 6 5 of its top 7 from last year's team which was favored heading into nationals. (They lose NCAA runner up Kendra Schaaf who transferred to UNC).  Oregon has 5 of its top 7 back from its 9th-place team. Florida State is a strong #4 in the LRC polls, and then there is a big drop off to #5 Colorado. Mark Wetmore's Buffaloes are only #13 in the national polls, but the LRC faithful love tradition and Mark Wetmore. Texas Tech is the biggest loser in the LRC poll, coming in at only #10 while they are #4 in the coaches' poll.

On both the men's and women's side, it should be an exciting year in the collegiate ranks, with a lot of teams with a lot of people back. See you in Terre Haute!

National and Conference Polls below.

LetsRun.com Men's Super Poll Results
1. Stanford (69) 1402
2. Oklahoma State (38) 1304
3. Oregon (14) 1222
4. Northern Arizona (24) 1041
5. Colorado (1) 629
6. Wisconsin (1) 624
7. Alabama 397
8. Portland 322
9. Iona (3) 287
10. Arkansas (4) 269
Others receiving votes: 11. Syracuse 203 12. BYU 90 13. Virginia 90 14. Villanova 87 15. Georgetown 72 16. Oklahoma 70 17. New Mexico 68 18. Indiana 65 19. NC State 59 20. Arizona State 53 21. Duke 42 22. Texas 33 23. Minnesota 32 24. Notre Dame 32 25. Ohio State 30 26. Princeton 28 27. Arizona 28 28. Providence 27 29. Penn State 26 30. Florida State 24 31. Louisville 24 32. Butler 24 33. Michigan 24 34. Auburn 24 35. Iowa State 23 36. Air Force 23 37. Washington State 19 38. Liberty 14 39. American 13 40. Washington 13 41. Michigan State 13 42. Texas A&M 12 43. LaSalle 11 44. California 11 45. Cornell 11 46. Dartmouth 10 47. Iowa 9 48. Duquesne 8 49. Tulsa 8 50. UTEP 7 51. Colorado State 6 52. Kansas 6 53. Penn 5 54. Columbia 5 55. Missouri 5 56. UCLA 4 57. Lamar 3 58. Baylor 2 59. Southern Illinois 2 60. Florida 1 61. Virginia Tech 1 62. Wake Forest 1
LetsRun.com Women's Super Poll Results
1. Villanova (63) 793
2. Oregon (8) 693
3. Washington (16) 673
4. Florida State 526
5. Colorado (2) 286
6. Duke (1) 273
7. Florida (1) 259
8. Stanford 257
9. Princeton 212
10. Texas Tech (2) 197
Others receiving votes: 11. Virginia 98 12. Georgetown 96 13. BYU 96 14. North Carolina 72 15. West Virginia 61 16. Wisconsin 46 17. Minnesota 45 18. Arkansas 37 19. Syracuse 37 20. Providence 35 21. Notre Dame 35 22. Iowa State 32 23. Cornell 32 24. Brown 31 25. Michigan 28 26. Baylor 28 27. Iona 28 28. Tennessee 27 29. Arizona State 27 30. Northern Arizona 27 31. Akron 24 32. Boston College 24 33. Iowa 24 34. Penn State 23 35. Butler 22 36. Michigan State 21 37. New Mexico 20 38. Oregon State 19 39. Columbia 18 40. Texas A&M 18 41. SMU 17 42. UCLA 16 43. Indiana 15 44. Rice 15 45. Stony Brook 13 46. Alabama 13 47. Lamar 12 48. Portland 12 49. Oklahoma State 11 50. Ohio 11 51. Georgia Tech 10 52. Illinois 10 53. Boston University 9 54. Bucknell 9 55. UC Santa Barbara 8 56. Yale 7 57. LaSalle 7 58. NC State 7 59. Georgia 6 60. Missouri 6 61. Marquette 5 62. Wake Forest 4 63. Tulsa 3 64. Nebraska 2 65. Vanderbilt 1 66. Colorado State 1

Conference Polls

ACC Men's Poll
1. Virginia (5) 135
2. NC State (6) 128
3. Florida State 113
4. Duke 107
5. North Carolina 96
6. Virginia Tech (1) 78
7. Boston College 65
8. Clemson 60
9. Wake Forest 54
10. Maryland 43
11. Georgia Tech 31
12. Miami 26
ACC Women's Poll
1. Florida State (12) 155
2. Duke (1) 138
3. Virginia 123
4. North Carolina 115
5. NC State 94
6. Wake Forest 82
7. Boston College 70
8. Virginia Tech 67
9. Clemson 65
10. Maryland 48
11. Georgia Tech 33
12. Miami 24
Big 10 Men's Poll
1. Wisconsin (10) 118
2. Indiana (2) 89
3. Minnesota 88
4. Ohio State 73
5. Michigan 69
6. Michigan State 60
7. Illinois 48
8. Penn State 47
9. Iowa 46
10. Purdue 22
Big 10 Women's Poll
1. Penn State (2) 64
2. Minnesota (3) 63
3. Michigan (1) 58
4. Michigan State 57
5. Wisconsin 56
6. Iowa (1) 56
7. Indiana 47
8. Illinois (1) 46
9. Purdue 33
10. Ohio State 30
11. Northwestern 18
Big 12 Men's Poll
1. Oklahoma State (9) 152
2. Colorado (1) 139
3. Oklahoma (2) 134
4. Iowa State 102
5. Texas 98
6. Texas A&M (1) 85
7. Texas Tech 62
8. Kansas 60
9. Nebraska 55
10. Missouri 55
11. Baylor 42
12. Kansas State 30
Big 12 Women's Poll
1. Texas Tech (4) 56
2. Colorado (1) 56
3. Iowa State 46
4. Kansas 32
5. Texas A&M 32
6. Oklahoma 31
7. Texas 30
8. Baylor 29
9. Oklahoma State 28
10. Kansas State 25
11. Nebraska 14
12. Missouri 11
Big East Men's Poll
1. Syracuse (6) 110
2. Villanova 98
3. Georgetown 95
4. Providence (1) 87
5. Notre Dame (1) 82
6. Louisville 74
7. Connecticut 48
8. Marquette 46
9. Cincinatti 45
10. Pittsburgh 44
11. Depaul 38
12. Rutgers 33
13. Seton Hall 23
14. South Florida 17
Big East Women's Poll
1. Villanova (6) 96
2. Syracuse 85
3. Georgetown 80
4. Providence 77
5. West Virginia 76
6. Notre Dame 68
7. Louisville 49
8. Connecticut 48
9. St. Johns 39
10. Cincinatti 38
11. Rutgers 30
12. Marquette 28
13. Pittsburgh 28
14. Depaul 27
15. Seton Hall 25
16. South Florida 22
Big Sky Men's Poll
1. Northern Arizona (4) 39
2. Eastern Washington (1) 25
3. Montana 23
4. Montana State 22
5. Weber State 21
6. Portland State 17
7. Sacramento State 17
8. Idaho State 16
Big Sky Women's Poll
1. Montana (1) 16
2. Northern Arizona 16
3. Weber State (1) 16
4. Eastern Washington 14
5. Montana State 12
6. Portland State (1) 12
7. Idaho State 11
8. Sacramento State 11
Big West Men's Poll
1. Cal Poly (3) 24
2. UC Davis 20
3. UC Irvine 14
4. Cal State Fullerton 13
5. UC Santa Barbara 12
6. UC Riverside 10
7. Long Beach State 8
8. Cal State Northridge 7
Big West Women's Poll
1. Cal Poly (4) 52
2. UC Santa Barbara (2) 45
3. UC Davis 43
4. Long Beach State (1) 39
5. UC Irvine 36
6. Cal State Fullerton 33
7. UC Riverside 31
8. Cal State Northridge 23
9. Pacific 13
Conference USA Men's Poll
1. Tulsa (4) 39
2. UTEP (2) 37
3. Rice 31
4. Houston 20
5. East Carolina 16
6. Marshall 14
7. Central Florida 11
Conference USA Women's Poll
1. SMU (3) 69
2. UTEP 64
3. Tulsa (2) 62
4. Rice (2) 60
5. Houston 42
6. UAB 38
7. East Carolina 37
8. Central Florida 28
9. Southern Mississippi 24
10. Marshall 19
11. Memphis 19
Heps Men's Poll
1. Princeton (5) 54
2. Cornell (1) 45
3. Columbia (1) 38
4. Harvard 26
5. Dartmouth 25
6. Penn 25
7. Yale 21
8. Brown 18
Heps Women's Poll
1. Princeton (3) 24
2. Columbia 17
3. Cornell 16
4. Yale 14
5. Penn 13
6. Brown 12
7. Dartmouth 8
8. Harvard 4
MAC Men's Poll
1. Eastern Michigan (3) 35
2. Kent State 25
3. Akron 22
4. Miami Ohio 19
5. Central Michigan 18
6. Buffalo 16
7. Toledo 16
8. Bowling Green (1) 15
9. Ohio 14
MAC Women's Poll
1. Toledo (3) 47
2. Central Michigan 45
3. Miami Ohio 44
4. Eastern Michigan 39
5. Buffalo 34
6. Ohio 33
7. Western Michigan (1) 32
8. Kent State 30
9. Akron 28
10. Northern Illinois (1) 25
11. Bowling Green 18
12. Ball State 15
Mountain West Men's Poll
1. New Mexico (5) 54
2. Brigham Young (3) 52
3. Air Force (2) 42
4. Colorado State 30
5. TCU 17
6. Wyoming 15
Mountain West Women's Poll
1. Brigham Young (3) 59
2. New Mexico (4) 56
3. Colorado State 45
4. Utah 45
5. Air Force 33
6. UNLV 21
7. Wyoming 21
8. San Diego State 18
9. TCU 17
PAC-10 Men's Poll
1. Stanford (14) 133
2. Oregon (3) 122
3. Arizona State 78
4. California 70
5. Washington 69
6. UCLA 53
7. Arizona 52
8. Washington State 35
PAC- 10 Women's Poll
1. Washington (9) 90
2. Oregon 80
3. Stanford 71
4. Arizona 47
5. UCLA 47
6. Arizona State 47
7. California 45
8. USC 29
9. Washington State 22
10. Oregon State 17
Patriot League Men's Poll
1. American (2) 54
2. Navy (5) 53
3. Army 44
4. Lehigh 44
5. Bucknell (1) 36
6. Colgate 23
7. Holy Cross 19
8. Lafayette 15
Patriot League Women's Poll
1. Bucknell (3) 38
2. Navy (1) 32
3. Army 31
4. Lafayette (1) 26
5. Holy Cross 25
6. Lehigh 24
7. American (1) 23
8. Colgate 17
SEC Men's Poll
1. Alabama (9) 99
2. Arkansas 90
3. Auburn 72
4. Florida 68
5. Georgia 60
6. Tennessee 52
7. Mississippi State 39
8. Kentucky 36
9. Vanderbilt 30
10. Mississippi 27
11. LSU 21
SEC Women's Poll
1. Florida (4) 66
2. Arkansas (1) 59
3. Tennessee 46
4. Kentucky 45
5. Alabama (1) 43
6. Vanderbilt 43
7. Georgia 41
8. Mississippi State 31
9. South Carolina 30
10. Auburn 27
11. LSU 19
12. Mississippi 18

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