Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

National Coaches XC Poll--Women

Collapse

Unconfigured Ad Widget

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • National Coaches XC Poll--Women

    The front page has the first poll of USTFCCCA--Top 30 teams for men and women.
    But I take issue with the Women's poll.

    In their first meet of the season, Duke beat both Florida State and Virginia---easily!!
    Yet in this poll, Florida State is ranked 6th, Virginia 10th---and Duke?

    They're not even in the Top 30, and are the LAST team listed in the "others receiving votes" category---getting just 2 points!

    Upside down poll??

  • #2
    The likelihood of the top teams showing their cards and running 1) all out or 2) all top athletes this early in the season is pretty unlikely. If teams were holding out athletes or using the meet as a glorified tempo (either of which I know will give you the vapors), the voters would likely not give the meet much/any weight.

    Comment


    • #3
      There is a reason that Aug/Sept races don't count toward "at large" qualifying.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler View Post
        There is a reason that Aug/Sept races don't count toward "at large" qualifying.
        So why even do a poll until, say, early to mid-October??

        Comment


        • #5
          Until next week, college cross country meets are about as meaningful as NFL pre-season games. They release polls so that teams get some press, same reason as any college sport has rankings.

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by aaronk View Post
            So why even do a poll until, say, early to mid-October??
            well, duh! because it keeps the sport in the headlines. There's no such thing as bad publicity.

            Comment


            • #7
              Like a preseason NFL game you want to look at how the "A" team performed and and how those from the "B" team did that might work their way on to the "A" team. Thus, you have to look at the level of individual runners and see what they did and use your powers of observation. For instance, at the Wisconsin early home meet the first Friday in September the men ran a 6km course and the top time was 18:22, which is not all that fast. However, when you look closely at the results you will see that their ninth place finisher also ran 18:22. You think (at least 7 or 8 of those could have run faster?).

              In addition, at this point the runners are typically in high-mileage base training with little speed and no sharpening and little rest for many of the runners. Races start 'counting' for 'points' that are used to determine who gets in to the NCAA Championship race as of the 26th (of September). Even then, the team has to run their "A" team to count, where the "A" team is composed of at least four runners that race the Regional Meet the week before NCAAs.

              Comment


              • #8
                In today's Beantown race, Duke's women finished in 10th place, with Michigan easily winning.
                Wesley Frazier finished only 36th, and as 2nd Duke woman.
                Erin Finn was 2nd overall.
                Liz Westphal of Boston College won it, in 16:30 (Finn 21 secs back).

                The Oregon men won easily, with Eric Jenkins and Ed Cheserek winning in a tie.

                Comment

                Working...
                X