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NEW YORK - Shortly following a dominating team performance by the Columbia men's cross country team at the Vermont Invitational last month, Head Coach of Cross Country Willy Wood stated, " I think we are significantly better than we were last year and this might be our best men's team ever I think. We are very excited about the possibility of what's about to happen."

Interview: Head Coach Willy Wood thoughts on the team this season

So far this season the men's team is right on track for a monumental season. On Tuesday, Oct. 16 the Lions jumped seven spots to No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA Division I Men's Cross Country National Rankings, the highest in program history. Just weeks after earning the team's first No. 17 ranking, Columbia strikes the top-10 after a strong fifth-place finish in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12.

The field featured 19 of the nation's top-30 ranked opponents in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Poll. In one of the biggest performances in program history, the Lions defeated 14 ranked opponents including four in the top 12. 

With the No. 10 national ranking, Columbia stands the highest in the Ivy League, moving ahead of No. 23 Princeton. The Lions also lead the Ivy League in the Northeast regional rankings at No. 2, a region with six Ivy League schools.

Next up for the men and women's teams is the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Princeton, N.J.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #5 — October 16

next poll: October 30 (next week off)
 
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Cross Country Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Oklahoma State (6) 353 Midwest Big 12 Dave Smith (7th)
2
2 Colorado (4) 343 Mountain Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th)
7
3 Stanford (2) 339 West Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st)
8
4 Iona 322 Northeast Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (5th)
5
5 BYU 316 Mountain West Coast Ed Eyestone (13th)
3
6 Oklahoma 306 Midwest Big 12 Martin Smith (8th)
4
7 Texas 283 South Central Big 12 John Hayes (6th)
22
8 Oregon 275 West Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st)
15
9 Arkansas 257 South Central SEC Chris Bucknam (5th)
19
10 Columbia 251 Northeast Ivy Willy Wood (19th)
17
11 Michigan 227 Great Lakes Big Ten Alex Gibby (3rd)
24
12 New Mexico 206 Mountain Mountain West Joe Franklin (6th)
28
13 Eastern Kentucky 198 Southeast Ohio Valley Rick Erdmann (34th)
20
14 Florida State 186 South ACC Bob Braman (13th)
14
15 UCLA 182 West Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th)
27
16 Syracuse 165 Northeast Big East Chris Fox (8th)
10
17 Portland 159 West West Coast Rob Conner (23rd)
5
18 Duke 146 Southeast ACC Norm Ogilvie (22nd)
NR
19 Tulsa 139 Midwest Conference USA Steve Gulley (11th)
9
20 Wisconsin 134 Great Lakes Big Ten Mick Byrne (5th)
1
21 Virginia Tech 131 Southeast ACC Dave Cianelli (12th)
RV
22 Northern Arizona 126 Mountain Big Sky Eric Heins (6th)
18
23 Princeton 115 Mid-Atlantic Ivy Jason Vigilante (1st)
11
24 Indiana 103 Great Lakes Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th)
26
25 Iowa State 80 Midwest Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th)
RV
25 Villanova 80 Mid-Atlantic Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (13th)
12
27 Georgetown 49 Mid-Atlantic Big East Patrick Henner (14th)
20
28 Georgia 47 South SEC Patrick Cunniff (1st)
24
29 Texas A&M 38 South Central SEC Pat Henry (9th)
RV
30 Kansas 15 Midwest Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th)
RV

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