Florida State, Arizona steal top two spots in latest coaches' poll
NEW ORLEANS -- As a result of a hefty weekend of competition, there were many changes in the latest national coaches’ poll. Florida State is now the nation’s No. 1 team according the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Florida State took over the top spot with 11 first-place votes while No. 4 Oregon, who fell a spot to No. 3, notched a lone FPV.
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Arizona vaulted ten spots over the field to land at its best ranking at No. 2. The Wildcats defeated then-No. 1 Washington (now No. 3) for the top spot at the Greater Louisville Classic.
Rewarded for a big victory at the Paul Short Invitational ahead of top ten teams then-No. 4 Georgetown and then-No. 9 Villanova, Cornell returns to the poll and lands at their highest ranking at No. 9.
Toledo rocketed to No. 15, up seven spots, for their first trip to the top 15 after finishing a close second to then-No. 11 Michigan at Kansas’ Rim Rock Farm Classic.
William and Mary is also ranked for the first time this season at No. 17. W&M is in the top 30 for the first time since 2006 after a runner-up showing at the Paul Short Invite. Yale’s women, at No. 30, are ranked for the first time since Sept. 27, 2005, after they finished fourth at the Paul Short.
The shifting around the poll puts five teams from the Big Ten and five from the Pac-12 in the poll. The Pac-12 now has three squads ranked in the nation’s top five. The Big East has four ranked squads while the Ivy League and ACC claims three.