Division III Conference Cross Country Championships Set to Begin

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

October 30, 2009   

With the NCAA Division III Cross Country Regional and National Championships looming on the horizon, several teams will step onto the fields this weekend to battle for conference bragging rights. Several USTFCCCA ranked men’s and women’s teams will face off against one another in what should be a great weekend for competition.

North Central College leads the men’s CCIW and for good reason. The Cardinals have won 35 straight CCIW cross country titles and seeks their 36th this weekend. NCC is ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA Men’s Coaches poll and has received all eight first-place votes for the past several weeks.

No. 2 Cortland State will square off against No. 4 Geneseo State in the men’s SUNYAC Championships which is an intriguing match-up. The two teams have combined to win the past eight SUNYAC titles with Cortland taking home the past three titles. Cortland hopes to make it four straight this weekend.

Third-ranked UW La Crosse finished third overall at last year’s WIAC Championships behind UW Stevens Point and UW Oshkosh. Stevens Point is ranked just behind La Crosse at No. 5 and look to repeat as WIAC Champions in 2009. Oshkosh, UW Whitewater, and UW Eau Claire will also look to get in the mix this weekend in the men’s WIAC Championship.

Women’s No. 1 Calvin will run in the MIAA Championships this weekend. The Knights seek their fifth-straight MIAA crown and 19th in the past 20 years.

Johns Hopkins, one of last year’s surprise teams, has snuck up on no one this year and appears ready to defend their Centennial Conference title though No. 18 Dickinson may give the Blue Jays some trouble.

No. 3MIT seeks to win its third-straight NEWMAC title, as does No. 4 UW Eau Claire in the WIAC. Over in the SUNYAC No. 9 Geneseo State looks to win its tenth-straight SUNYAC title.

For complete results from all of this weekend’s conference cross country action visit – www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results.