Middlebury Takes Over As New Number One in Women’s Division III Coaches’ Poll

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 29, 2010   

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POLL NOTES: Middlebury’s women takes over the nation’s top spot this week, returning for the first time since being voted the unanimous number one on September 23, 2009. Last year, the Panthers of Middlebury, Vt., placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Middlebury has won a total of five NCAA Division III team championships in cross country, each of which have been won since 2000 and the last being in 2008 … Pollsters have been impressed by Middlebury’s consistency throughout the season. Last weekend, the Panthers were the winners at Williams College’s Purple Valley Invitational. This weekend, they host the Vermont Intercollegiate Championships.

Women’s No. 6 UW Oshkosh took a big leap, up 15 spots from last week’s pirch at No. 21. The Titans scored big wins in taking top honors at last weekend’s Griak Invtiational in the Maroon III Division. Oshkosh (65) knocked off then-No. 1 UW Eau Claire (89) and then-No. 11 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (115) to make voters take notice.

On the men’s side, Augustana (Ill.) gained 14 spots this week, landing at No. 14, after taking second at their home Brissman/Lundeen Invitational. The Vikings (55) finished behind then-No. 17 UW Stevens Point (23), but ahead of then-No. 14 UW Whitewater (88) and then-No. 16 Grinnell.

Conference Count: MEN – WIAC (6), UAA (6) … WOMEN – UAA (6), NESCAC (4) , WIAC (4)

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Week #3, September 29

next poll: October 6
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Location
Last
1 North Central (Ill.) (8) 280 Midwest CCIW Naperville, Ill.
1
2 Washington (Mo.) 269 Midwest UAA St. Louis, Mo.
2
3 Allegheny 261 Mideast NCAC Meadville, Pa.
3
4 Haverford 257 Mideast Centennial Haverford, Pa.
4
5 SUNY Geneseo 250 Atlantic SUNYAC Geneseo, N.Y.
5
6 Calvin 235 Great Lakes MIAA Grand Rapids, Mich.
7
7 UW Platteville 234 Midwest WIAC Platteville, Wis.
6
8 St. Lawrence 222 Atlantic Liberty League Canton, N.Y.
8
9 Brandeis 214 New England UAA Waltham, Mass.
9
10 Carnegie Mellon 206 Mideast UAA Pittsburgh, Pa.
10
11 NYU 195 Atlantic UAA New York, N.Y.
11
12 UW La Crosse 191 Midwest WIAC La Crosse, Wis.
12
13 UW Stevens Point 184 Midwest WIAC Stevens Point, Wis.
17
14 Augustana (Ill.) 167 Midwest CCIW Rock Island, Ill.
28
15 Keene State 161 New England Little East Keene, N.H.
18
16 MIT 154 New England NEWMAC Cambridge, Mass.
29
17 UW Whitewater 143 Midwest WIAC Whitewater, Wis.
14
18 Dickinson 138 Mideast Centennial Carlisle, Pa.
20
19 Oberlin 125 Great Lakes NCAC Oberlin, Ohio
NR
20 UW Eau Claire 124 Midwest WIAC Eau Claire, Wis.
NR
21 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 117 West SCIAC Claremont, Calif.
15
22 UW Oshkosh 107 Midwest WIAC Oshkosh, Wis.
32
23 Grinnell 104 Central MWC Grinnell, Iowa
16
24 Mount Union 94 Great Lakes OAC Alliance, Ohio
21
25 Williams 87 New England NESCAC Williamstown, Mass.
13
26 Rochester 76 Atlantic UAA Rochester, N.Y.
26
27 Elizabethtown 72 Mideast MAC Elizabethtown, Pa.
25
28 Whitworth 69 West Northwest Spokane, Wash.
19
29 Hamline 59 Central MIAC Saint Paul, Minn.
24
30 Case Western Reserve 53 Great Lakes UAA Cleveland, Ohio
27
31 Tufts 52 New England NESCAC Medford, Mass.
RV
32 Willamette 39 West Northwest Salem, Ore.
22
33 Nebraska Wesleyan 34 Central Independents (D3) Lincoln, Neb.
30
34 St. Olaf 17 Central MIAC Northfield, Minn.
33
35 Colorado College 16 West SCAC Colorado Springs, Colo.
31
Others Receiving Votes: Emory 13, Wabash 7, Plattsburg State 6, SUNY Fredonia 4, Lewis & Clark 4.
Dropped Out: No. 23 Amherst, No. 34 Wabash, No. 35 Emory

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Week #3, September 29

next poll: October 6
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Location
Last
1 Middlebury (6) 278 New England NESCAC Middlebury, Vt.
2
2 St. Lawrence (2) 274 Atlantic Liberty League Canton, N.Y.
3
3 Washington (Mo.) 264 Midwest UAA St. Louis, Mo.
4
4 Williams 256 New England NESCAC Williamstown, Mass.
8
5 SUNY Geneseo 240 Atlantic SUNYAC Geneseo, N.Y.
5
6 UW Oshkosh 239 Midwest WIAC Oshkosh, Wis.
21
7 Johns Hopkins 234 Mideast Centennial Baltimore, Md.
9
8 UW Eau Claire 223 Midwest WIAC Eau Claire, Wis.
1
9 MIT 212 New England NEWMAC Cambridge, Mass.
6
10 Nebraska Wesleyan 205 Central Independent Lincoln, Neb.
7
11 Calvin 204 Great Lakes MIAA Grand Rapids, Mich.
13
12 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 201 West SCIAC Claremont, Calif.
11
13 Chicago 177 Midwest UAA Chicago, Ill.
12
14 Hope 176 Great Lakes MIAA Holland, Mich.
10
15 Wellesley 156 New England NEWMAC Wellesley, Mass.
15
16 Lewis & Clark 146 West Northwest Portland, Ore.
18
17 St. Olaf 140 Central MIAC Northfield, Minn.
25
18 Dickinson 138 Mideast Centennial Carlisle, Pa.
17
19 Luther 136 Central IIAC Decorah, Iowa
14
20 Whitworth 125 West Northwest Spokane, Wash.
19
21 Ohio Northern 121 Great Lakes OAC Ada, Ohio
16
22 Amherst 119 New England NESCAC Amherst, Mass.
20
23 Rowan 108 Atlantic NJAC Glassboro, N.J.
22
24 Wartburg 102 Central IIAC Waverly, Iowa
34
25 UW Stevens Point 89 Midwest WIAC Stevens Point, Wis.
29
26 Oberlin 83 Great Lakes NCAC Oberlin, Ohio
31
27 NYU 80 Atlantic UAA New York, N.Y.
27
28 Brandeis 66 New England UAA Waltham, Mass.
24
29 UW La Crosse 55 Midwest WIAC La Crosse, Wis.
RV
30 Case Western Reserve 54 Great Lakes UAA Cleveland, Ohio
26
31 Grove City 41 Mideast PAC Grove City, Pa.
32
32 Colby 23 New England NESCAC Waterville, Maine
29
33 Emory 22 South/Southeast UAA Atlanta, Ga.
33
34 Carleton 17 Central MIAC Northfield, Minn.
NR
35 Vassar 15 Atlantic Liberty League Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
RV
Others Receiving Votes: North Central (Ill.) 13, Haverford 4, Rhodes 3, St. Thomas (Minn.) 2
Dropped Out: No. 23 Haverford, No. 28 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 35 North Central (Ill.)