"Our plan was to get them here and get them some experience. ... To have Dani get back and bring us back, with 20 meters to go, was incredible.”
New Mexico stayed on top, but share first place votes with Colorado and Providence.
Syracuse got all 12 of the first place votes and were followed by Oregon, NAU, Stanford and Colorado.
South Eugene HS alum Paige Kouba (Harvard) and Erin Clark (Colorado) will compete in the steeple.
The surfer from Hawaii was ignored by most schools he contacted when he was a recruit and never imagined he'd even compete at an NCAA championship.
They were “out-Coloradoed" over the last 2K.
Wetmore: "They did everything we asked them to. Maybe when I got back tomorrow and process it, I'll decide I should have asked them to do something else. But they did their jobs. ... I'm proud of the women, proud of the men," Wetmore said. "Wish we had 10 less points on the men's side, but I know they ran their hearts out."
Syracuse is ranked 2nd and Stanford 3rd.
After Colorado beat them at the Mountain Regional by one point, they got two votes, although Nex Mexico held out a couple runners in that race.
After getting sick early in the season, Saarel hadn't raced in a Colorado uniform all year until Regionals. Wetmore: “All along, the decision has been: Can we win the nationals without him? And I decided that, with the national championship, a lot of people never have a chance to win one at all, so it’s a little bit a violation of the gods to hold out a pretty good guy. So we decided to plug him in.”
New Mexico stays #1, but after that, the top 15-teams moved all over the place with Colorado 2nd and Arkansas 3rd.
“We knew in both races there were formidable opponents, teams that would be better than they had been all season long. We knew that we had a chance to win both, probably a slightly better chance on the men’s side, but we definitely aspired to do the sweep and it happened.”
Michigan moved from 5th to 2nd with Colorado 3rd and Arkansas moving from 11th to 4th.
Colorado, Syracuse and Oregon stay ranked 1-3, but Stanford, Wisconsin and Villanova all plumet in the rankings to outside the top 20.
Colorado stays #1 while behind them there are some artificial changes such as Wisconsin dropping from 4th to 11th.
Colorado, Providence and Oregon are ranked 2-4.
Mark Wetmore: "You'd be surprised how little we talk about that. I don't have any pep talks or rah-rah speeches in me. They know what's on the line. They know the kind of work it takes, and they know rah-rah stuff lasts 20 or 30 seconds and then there's 24 minutes (of racing) to go. They look into each other's eyes in early July, make an agreement and go to work."
Colorado moved to 2nd while Providence moved up to 3rd from 8th. Boise State goes from 20th to 7th while Iowa State dropped from 2nd to 6th.