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.
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 RVWomen'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