2022 NCAA DI Men’s Cross Country National Coaches Survey – Week 7 ::: USTFCCCA
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
November 14, 2022
NEW ORLEANS – #TheRunToStillwater was at its peak.
Here is the Pre-Championships Edition of the NCAA DI Cross Country Men’s National Coach Survey, as released by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. There was a lot of movement at the last National Coaches Poll as all but four teams remained stable after an exciting Regional Championship Friday.
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However, nothing has changed at the top since Stanford cemented its stronghold at the top of the National Coaches’ Poll. The top-ranked Cardinal, who received 10 out of a possible 11 first-place votes, rolled to the team title at the West Region Championships, scoring just 45 points. Stanford, considered the clear favorite to win the teams’ title in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is seeking his first since 2003.
Two-time national championship champion Northern Arizona improved by one place to 2nd place and swapped places with BYU. The Lumberjacks overtook the Cougars following their head-to-head victory at last weekend’s Mountain Region Championships. NAU beat BYU, 43-54 as Nico Young and Drew Bosley went 1-2 and the rest of the scorers’ list tied for 9-14-17. The Cougars had three in the top-10 and four in the top-15 to take a close second place.
State of Oklahoma and Tulsa 4th and 5th respectively after an incredible fight at the Midwest Region Championships. The officials had to go to a tiebreaker after both the Cowboys and the Golden Hurricane finished on 49 points. Tulsa was able to take four of the top six thanks to its front-end depth, beating Oklahoma State 3-2. The Cowboys, who won the Big 12 title earlier in the postseason, have finished fourth each of the past five weeks.
No other team was able to maintain its place in last week’s top 10: Wisconsin is now 6th after his dominating win at the Great Lakes Region Championships; The next two places belong to the third and fourth place finishers in the mountain region – No. 7 Colorado and No. 8 air force; Northeast Region Champion Syracuse is now ranked 9th, followed by the Southeast Region Champion North Carolina at #10.
Other notable improvements in the National Coaches Poll were submitted by the Southern Region Champion Tennessee (up six places from No. 20 to No. 14), second in the West Region gonzaga (up 11 places from #26 to #15) and 2nd in the Mid-Atlantic region george town (returned to 22nd in the national team coaches’ poll after falling to vote-taking country in week 6).
Remember that 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships are THIS SATURDAY at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma! You can watch the action uninterrupted on ESPNU starting at 10am ET. The men’s race begins at 11:10 a.m. ET.