Cowboys Claim Top Spot in USTFCCCA Poll

Shadrack Kipchirchir

Shadrack Kipchirchir

Oct. 16, 2012

STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State men's cross country team earned six first-place votes to claim the No. 1 spot in this week's United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll.

The Cowboys earned six first-place votes out of the possible 12 to claim the top spot. Wisconsin, the former No. 1, fell to 20th. Dropping out of this week's poll were Notre Dame, Minnesota, William & Mary, Virginia and Missouri. Making its debut this week was Duke at No. 11, and returning to the poll were Virginia Tech (21st), Iowa State (25th ), Texas A&M (29th ) and Kansas (30th ).

"There are honestly three or four really good teams, and it shows in the voting," said OSU head coach Dave Smith. "There are a few teams getting first-place votes, and we just happened to get a couple more than Colorado and they got a couple more than Stanford. Those three teams, plus BYU, Oklahoma and Texas, make it as much of a toss-up this year as it has been in a long time."

The Pokes' rise in the rankings had a lot to do with their solid showing at the Chile Pepper Invitational. The team finished in first place, taking six of the top 10 spots. Girma Mecheso finished in second place individually with a time of 30:13.8.

"It's only October 16, and we're ranked number one right now, but a lot can change," said Smith. "I think we're good, well prepared and fit and ready to go, but we're going to have to have a little bit of luck on our side. We're going to have to stay healthy and have to avoided illness, injury and fatigue, those are things that can be pitfalls this time of year. If we can avoid those things, we've got a chance to run of the championship."

The Cowgirls dropped five spots to No. 27 in the poll. Florida State held on to the top spot with 11 first-place votes, and Iowa State is No. 2, earning five votes. Dropping out of the Top 30 were San Francisco, Columbia, Butler, NC State and Wisconsin. Three teams made their debut in the rankings with Duke at No. 11, UCLA at 24th and Connecticut at 29th. Meanwhile, Texas (14th) and Florida (30th ) returned to the Top 30.

 

 

The Cowgirls are coming off a second-place finish, with Monika Juodeskaite also battling to a second-place finish with a time of 20:54.3.

Both teams have a weekend off and will return to action Oct. 27 when they travel to Austin, Texas, for the 2012 Big 12 Championships.

Men's National Poll

Rank	Institution (FPV)	Conference		Last Week
1	Oklahoma State (6)	Big 12			2
2	Colorado (4)		Pac-12			7
3	Stanford (2)		Pac-12			8
4	Iona			Metro Atlantic		5
5	BYU			West Coast		3
6	Oklahoma		Big 12			4
7	Texas			Big 12			22
8	Oregon			Pac-12			15
9	Arkansas		SEC			19
10	Columbia		Ivy			17
11	Michigan		Big Ten		        24
12	New Mexico		Mountain West	        28
13	Eastern Kentucky	Ohio Valley		20
14	Florida State		ACC			14
15	UCLA			Pac-12			27
16	Syracuse		Big East		10
17	Portland		West Coast		5
18	Duke			ACC			NR
19	Tulsa			Conference USA 	        9
20	Wisconsin		Big Ten		        1
21	Virginia Tech		ACC			RV
22	Northern Arizona	Big Sky		        18
23	Princeton		Ivy			11
24	Indiana			Big Ten		        26
25	Iowa State		Big 12			RV
25	Villanova		Big East		12
27	Georgetown		Big East		20
28	Georgia		        SEC			24
29	Texas A&M		SEC			RV
30	Kansas			Big 12			RV
Women's National Poll
Rank	Institution (FPV)	Conference		Last Week
1	Florida State (11)	ACC			1
2	Iowa State (1)		Big 12			5
3	Oregon			Pac-12			4
4	Stanford		Pac-12			7
5	Arizona		        Pac-12			2
6	Washington		Pac-12			3
7	Michigan		Big Ten		        8
7	Cornell			Ivy			9
9	Georgetown		Big East		6
10	Providence		Big East		28
11	Duke			ACC			NR
12	Arkansas		SEC			11
13	Penn State		Big Ten		        14
14	Texas			Big 12			RV
15	Michigan State	        Big Ten		        10
16	Weber State		Big Sky		        13
17	New Mexico		Mountain West	        19
18	William & Mary	        Colonial		17
19	Notre Dame		Big East		16
20	Toledo			Mid-American		15
21	Colorado		Pac-12			18
22	Yale			Ivy			30
22	Villanova		Big East		24
24	UCLA			Pac-12			NR
25	Minnesota		Big Ten		        27
26	Boston College	        ACC			21
27	Oklahoma State	        Big 12			22
28	Vanderbilt		SEC			12
29	Connecticut		Big East		NR
30	Florida			SEC			RV
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