Middlebury Remains Top Ranked Team in Women’s Division III Cross Country

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

September 23, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS (September 23, 2009) – The Middlebury Panthers remained in sole possession of the No. 1 ranking in the women’s Cross Country Top 35 Coaches’ Poll released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

Middlebury hosted the Panther Invitational and won the event with a perfect score (15 points). Only 13 seconds separated their top eight runners in the meet. Middlebury received all eight first-place votes and earned 280 points in the rankings.

Holding steadfast at No. 2 this week is Calvin which earned 270 points in the rankings. The Knights hosted the Knight Invitational, winning the meet with 28 points. Up next for the Knights is the MIAA Jamboree on Saturday, September 26th.

Washington (Missouri) also remained the same this week at No. 3 in the rankings having earned 265 points. Washington traveled cross-town to the Maryville Classic and took home first place honors with a perfect score. Washington will next head to Carbondale, Illinois for the Southern Illinois Saluki Invitational.

Moving up from fifth to fourth this week in the rankings is Johns Hopkins University despite being idle last week. JHU will be in action this weekend as they travel to Williams College for the Williams Invitational.

Improving four spots in the rankings this week to complete the women’s top five is MIT. MIT competed at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational over the weekend and won the event with 60 points, marking the second consecutive year the Engineers have won the meet. MIT hosts the Cod Fish Bowl on Saturday, September 26th.

Seven schools entered into the rankings this week beginning with No. 16 Brandeis. Brandeis finished second overall in the team standings at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational. Also entering the rankings was No. 27 Oberlin, No. 28 Keene State, No. 33 NYU, No. 34 Nebraska Wesleyan, and tied for No. 35 Amherst and Baldwin-Wallace.

To view the complete 2009 USTFCCCA Division III Women’s Cross Country Top 35, click here.