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Buffs Head To NCAA Championships With Pair Of Top 5 Rankings

Nov 15, 2021
2021 Men's Cross Country Team

NEW ORLEANS — The University of Colorado cross country teams will head into the 2021 NCAA Championship with both teams ranked in the top five of the USTFCCCA Division I Coaches Poll.
 
The women remained third after finishing second at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship, while the men moved to fifth after a third-place finish.
 
The CU women held strong at third in the national poll, once again picking up a first-place vote. Their 305 points are two more than fourth-place BYU, which CU defeated at regionals on November 12, 83-107. Just in front of CU is another mountain region team, New Mexico, which won the region championship over the Buffs, 62-83, to stay at No. 2 in the national poll.  The Lobos recorded 319 points and collected four first-place votes. The No. 1 team heading into nationals is NC State. The Wolfpack earned the other six first-place votes and 325 points.
 
In the men's poll, Northern Arizona hung on to the top spot despite losing to BYU (42-57) at the mountain regional. NAU picked up seven first-place votes for 323 points, while BYU recorded two first-place votes and 307 points to move up six spots from eighth to second this week. Oklahoma State and Notre Dame each earned a first-place vote, but OSU edged the Fighting Irish in the poll for third with 305 points, while UND recorded 390 to place fourth. The Buffaloes were six points back in the poll from UND in fifth with 284.
 
The USTFCCCA announced its all-region teams on Monday, consisting of the top 25 individual finishers from each race in each region. The Buffs placed eight on the team, five men and three women. Eduardo Herrera, Stephen Jones, Austin Vancil, Alec Hornecker, and Brendan Fraser represent CU's men, while Colorado's women are Abby Nichols, Emily Covert and India Johnson.
 
The NCAA Championships are Saturday, November 20, in Tallahassee, Fla., at Apalachee Regional Park. The women's 6k race is set for an 8:20 a.m. MT start, while the men's 10k run is scheduled to begin at 9:10 a.m. MT. Both will be broadcast live on ESPNU for the second straight year. More information can be found at NCAA.com.

USTFCCCA Women's Poll – Week #7 – Nov. 15
 

Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 NC State (6) 325
2 New Mexico (4) 319
3 Colorado (1) 305
4 BYU 303
5 Minnesota 285
6 Oklahoma State 246
7 Arkansas 243
8 North Carolina 215
9 Ole Miss 206
10 Iowa State 197
10 Notre Dame 197
12 Florida State 191
13 Wisconsin 190
14 Utah 181
15 Alabama 173
16 Stanford 168
17 Michigan 164
18 Colorado State 159
19 Michigan State 146
20 Syracuse 121
21 Northern Arizona 117
22 Georgetown 116
23 Washington 101
24 Harvard 90
25 Providence 77
26 Oregon 62
27 Utah State 52
28 West Virginia 51
29 Kentucky 34
30 Butler 33

 
 
USTFCCCA Men's Poll – Week #7 – Nov. 15
 

Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Northern Arizona (7) 323
2 BYU (2) 307
3 Oklahoma (1) 305
4 Notre Dame (1) 290
5 Colorado 284
6 Iowa State 283
7 Stanford 272
8 Wisconsin 240
9 Arkansas 236
10 Tulsa 234
11 Air Force 216
12 Washington 212
13 Texas 191
14 Michigan 176
15 Ole Miss 148
16 Princeton 147
17 Wake Forest 121
17 Furman 121
19 Syracuse 117
20 Oregon 115
21 Gonzaga 109
22 Portland 103
23 Alabama 88
24 Southern Utah 75
25 Harvard 71
25 Georgetown 71
27 FLorida State 61
27 Minnesota 61
29 Butler 56
30 Michigan State 51