Division III National Poll Places North Central, Middlebury as Top Teams in Preseason

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 24, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the results of a national preseason cross country coaches’ poll for NCAA Division III. The men of North Central College was chosen as the No. 1 team in the land according to the poll. Defending women’s national champion Middlebury will begin the 2011 season as a top team as well.

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North Central’s men placed second last year at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships to current-No. 4 Haverford. The Cardinals last won the national crown in 2009 as part of a three-sport sweep over the 2009-2010 academic year. North Central received seven of eight first-place votes while No. 2 Calvin notched the remaining FPV. St. Lawrence checks in at No. 3, matching their 2010 final ranking and Washington (Mo.) sits at No. 5 after placing ninth nationally last year.

The UAA has equals the most men’s teams in the top 35 with five squads mentioned, including Washington (Mo.), No. 11 NYU, No. 26 Carnegie Mellon, tied-No. 35 Brandeis, and tied-No. 35 Rochester.  The NESCAC also has five teams in the nation’s poll with No. 7 Williams, No. 10 Middlebury, No. 19 Bates, No. 27 Tufts, and No. 31 Bowdoin. The WIAC with four teams has the third-most teams in the poll among all conferences.

In the women’s poll, Middlebury was selected as the nation’s top team to begin the 2011 season. The squad won last year’s NCAA title in a squeaker, topping current-No. 3 Washington (Mo.) by a 185-193 tally. Overall, Middlebury has won six national titles in women’s cross country in the last 11 years which includes titles in 2010, 2008, and 2006.

Fellow NESCAC rival Williams College sits at No. 2 to begin the season after coming off a fifth-place showing at last year’s championships. MIT is ranked No. 4 while UW-Eau Claire is at No. 5.

The NESCAC, with five, has the most squads in the women’s top 35. Along with Middlebury and Williams are No. 7 Amherst, No. 18 Colby, and No. 31 Bowdoin to represent the conference. The Centennial Conference has four in the national poll, followed by the MIAC, SUNYAC, UAA, and WIAC with three apiece.

The NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday, November 19, in Oshkosh, Wis. NCAA Regional Championships will be held the weekend prior.

(ranking points and first-place votes for the women’s poll currently unavailable — check back on this page for a later update)

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Preseason, August 24

next poll: September 14
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Location
2010
FINAL
1 North Central (Ill.) (7) 279 Midwest CCIW Naperville, Ill.
2
2 Calvin (1) 267 Great Lakes MIAA Grand Rapids, Mich.
8
3 St. Lawrence 258 Atlantic Liberty League Canton, N.Y.
3
4 Haverford 249 Mideast Centennial Haverford, Pa.
1
5 Washington (Mo.) 244 Midwest UAA St. Louis, Mo.
9
6 Dickinson 241 Mideast Centennial Carlisle, Pa.
5
7 Williams 231 New England NESCAC Williamstown, Mass.
18
8 SUNY Geneseo 225 Atlantic SUNYAC Geneseo, N.Y.
7
9 UW-La Crosse 220 Midwest WIAC La Crosse, Wis.
DNQ
10 Middlebury 195 New England NESCAC Middlebury, Vt.
21
11 NYU 188 Atlantic UAA New York, N.Y.
10
12 Elizabethtown 179 Mideast Middle Atlantic Elizabethtown, Pa.
14
13 UW-Oshkosh 178 Midwest WIAC Oshkosh, Wis.
11
14 Wabash 175 Great Lakes NCAC Crawfordsville, Ind.
13
15 Wheaton (Ill.) 164 Midwest CCIW Wheaton, Ill.
DNQ
16 UW-Stevens Point 150 Midwest WIAC Stevens Point, Wis.
6
17 MIT 143 New England NEWMAC Cambridge, Mass.
12
18 Hamline 132 Central MIAC Saint Paul, Minn.
22
19 Bates 124 New England NESCAC Lewiston, Maine
DNQ
20 Augustana (Ill.) 106 Midwest CCIW Rock Island, Ill.
DNQ
21 Albion 101 Great Lakes MIAA Albion, Mich.
31
22 Willamette 97 West Northwest Salem, Ore.
23
23 Nebraska Wesleyan 96 Central Great Plains Lincoln, Neb.
24
24 Saint John’s (Minn.) 80 Central MIAC Collegeville, Minn.
DNQ
25 UW-Platteville 72 Midwest WIAC Platteville, Wis.
4
26 Carnegie Mellon 69 Mideast UAA Pittsburgh, Pa.
20
27 Tufts 67 New England NESCAC Medford, Mass.
DNQ
28 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 64 West SCIAC Claremont, Calif.
19
29 Ohio Wesleyan 62 Great Lakes NCAC Delaware, Ohio
27
30 St. Thomas (Minn.) 56 Central MIAC Saint Paul, Minn.
DNQ
31 Bowdoin 48 New England NESCAC Brunswick, Maine
DNQ
32 Whitworth 43 West Northwest Spokane, Wash.
28
33 TCNJ 41 Atlantic NJAC Ewing, N.J.
DNQ
34 Lynchburg 36 South/Southeast ODAC Lynchburg, Va.
29
35 Rochester 30 Atlantic UAA Rochester, N.Y.
17
35 Brandeis 30 New England UAA Waltham, Mass.
16
Others Receiving Votes: UW-Eau Claire 25, Johns Hopkins 24, Allegheny 21, Colorado College 15, Saint Vincent 9, Trinity (Texas) 6.

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Preseason, August 24

next poll: September 14
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Location
2010
FINAL
1 Middlebury New England NESCAC Middlebury, Vt.
1
2 Williams New England NESCAC Williamstown, Mass.
5
3 Washington (Mo.) Midwest UAA St. Louis, Mo.
2
4 MIT New England NEWMAC Cambridge, Mass.
3
5 UW-Eau Claire Midwest WIAC Eau Claire, Wis.
4
6 SUNY Geneseo Atlantic SUNYAC Geneseo, N.Y.
12
7 Amherst New England NESCAC Amherst, Mass.
8
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps West SCIAC Claremont, Calif.
20
9 NYU Atlantic UAA New York, N.Y.
28
10 Nebraska Wesleyan Central Great Plains Lincoln, Neb.
13
11 Johns Hopkins Mideast Centennial Baltimore, Md.
7
12 Luther Central IIAC Decorah, Iowa
6
13 Plattsburgh State Atlantic SUNYAC Plattsburgh, N.Y.
30
14 Elizabethtown Mideast Middle Atlantic Elizabethtown, Pa.
11
15 Hope Great Lakes MIAA Holland, Mich.
19
16 Calvin Great Lakes MIAA Grand Rapids, Mich.
9
17 Dickinson Mideast Centennial Carlisle, Pa.
22
18 Colby New England NESCAC Waterville, Maine
DNQ
19 Haverford Mideast Centennial Haverford, Pa.
25
20 St. Lawrence Atlantic Liberty League Canton, N.Y.
23
21 Wartburg Central IIAC Waverly, Iowa
14
22 SUNY Cortland Atlantic SUNYAC Cortland, N.Y.
15
23 Lewis & Clark West Northwest Portland, Ore.
DNQ
24 Emory South/Southeast UAA Atlanta, Ga.
26
25 St. Olaf Central MIAC Northfield, Minn.
24
26 Swarthmore Mideast Centennial Swarthmore, Pa.
DNQ
27 Carleton Central MIAC Northfield, Minn.
DNQ
28 Vassar Atlantic Liberty League Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
DNQ
29 UW-La Crosse Midwest WIAC La Crosse, Wis.
DNQ
30 Keene State New England Little East Keene, N.H.
DNQ
31 Bowdoin New England NESCAC Brunswick, Maine
DNQ
32 UW-Stevens Point Midwest WIAC Stevens Point, Wis.
21
33 Ohio Northern Great Lakes OAC Ada, Ohio
DNQ
34 St. Thomas (Minn.) Central MIAC Saint Paul, Minn.
DNQ
35 TCNJ Atlantic NJAC Ewing, N.J.
DNQ
Others Receiving Votes: (not available)