NEW ORLEANS--As expected, there was some shuffling in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national Division I cross country rankings, with many teams in action around the country last weekend.
In the national women's poll, Florida State took over the top spot with 11 FPVs (first place votes) while #4 Oregon, who fell a spot from #3, notched a lone FPV. Florida State was last in the top spot in the final regular-season poll of 2011. Arizona vaulted ten spots over the field to land at an all-time best #2 on the poll.
At last weekend's Greater Louisville Classic, Arizona surprised the University of Washington, who held the top spot in the country, with their victory over the Dawgs on the national championship course.
The Huskies, who were missing All-American Megan Goethals (left/photo by Paul Merca) in Louisville, dropped to #3 in the national poll.
Besides Arizona, Washington & Oregon, Pac-12 schools in the national rankings include #7 Stanford, and #18 Colorado.
In the men's poll, there was no shifting at the top, with Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, BYU, Oklahoma, and Portland retaining their spots in the top five, with Iona actually tied with Portland.
From the Pac-12, Colorado is ranked #7, Stanford checks in at #8, while Oregon moved up to #15 from #23. UCLA is the other Pac-12 school in the national top 30 at #27.
Washington State, which was ranked #29 heading into last week's Notre Dame Invitational, dropped out of the national top 30.
NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.