DIII National XC Poll — Williams’ Women Takes Over as Top-Ranked Team

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 12, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the week five results of the national cross country coaches’ poll for NCAA Division III. While the top three men’s teams are still the same after three weeks, Williams College took over the No. 1 spot on the women’s side after a strong showing at last weekend’s NEICAAA Championships.

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2010 NCAA Championships (final results): MEN | WOMEN

AROUND THE POLLS

* On the men’s side, the top three positions remain unchanged for the third-straight week. Middlebury (No. 6) and Bates (No. 9) surge into the national top ten for the first time this year. At No. 35 Willamette returns to the ranks.

* Williams is the new No. 1 women’s team, leaping from fifth, a position they’ve held since September 21. Williams’ women finished fourth overall last weekend at the NEICAAA Championships, losing out only to Division I programs Boston College, Boston University, and Vermont. In the process, Williams bettered three top-ten teams from Division III including then-No. 1 Middlebury, then-No. 3 MIT, and then-No. 9 Amherst.

* Nearly every ranked team will be in action this weekend as teams gear up for the championship season. … The largest contingent of ranked teams will be at UW-Oshkosh’s Brooks Invitational, with many getting experience on this year’s NCAA Championship course … at UW-Oshkosh will be men’s teams (12 ranked) including No. 1 North Central, No. 3 Calvim, No. 5 Washington (Mo.), No. 7 MIT, and No. 8 UW-Oshkosh; ranked women’s teams (12 ranked) include No. 3 Washington (Mo.), No. 5 MIT, and No. 7 Calvin …

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Week #5, October 12

next poll: October 19
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 North Central (Ill.) (5) 277 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (46th)
1
2 Haverford (3) 274 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (37th)
2
3 Calvin 265 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (26th)
3
4 Dickinson 245 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (22nd)
6
5 Washington (Mo.) 242 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (11th)
4
6 Middlebury 238 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (1st)
13
7 MIT 230 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (30th)
7
8 UW-Oshkosh 225 Midwest WIAC Paul Brown (1st)
7
9 Bates 220 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (17th)
22
10 St. Lawrence 203 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (11th)
11
11 SUNY Geneseo 190 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (20th)
5
12 Augustana (Ill.) 176 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (46th)
10
13 NYU 173 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (14th)
12
13 Williams 173 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (33rd)
9
15 Wabash 169 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (6th)
14
16 UW-La Crosse 163 Midwest WIAC Don Fritsch (14th)
15
17 Tufts 156 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (7th)
18
18 Chicago 147 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (11th)
16
19 Elizabethtown 140 Mideast Middle Atlantic Brian Falk (1st)
17
20 UW-Stevens Point 124 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (33rd)
19
21 UW-Platteville 108 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (19th)
20
22 Nebraska Wesleyan 106 Central Great Plains Ted Bulling (22nd)
21
23 Hamline 96 Central MIAC Paul Schmaedeke (21st)
23
24 Carnegie Mellon 95 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (11th)
24
25 Rochester 88 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (12th)
26
26 St. Olaf 86 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (4th)
25
27 Pomona-Pitzer 80 West SCIAC Tony Boston (4th)
27
28 Johns Hopkins 64 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (13th)
28
29 Wheaton (Ill.) 59 Midwest CCIW Scott Bradley (10th)
29
30 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 54 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (28th)
30
31 SUNY Cortland 47 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th)
31
32 Allegheny 39 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (2nd)
33
33 Bowdoin 28 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (26th)
32
34 Albion 21 Great Lakes MIAA Hayden Smith (11th)
34
35 Willamette 16 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (8th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: Brandeis 9, Loras 5, UW-Stout 5, Manchester 3, Whitworth 1.
Dropped Out: No. 35 Brandeis
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2011 Week #5, October 12

next poll: October 19
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last Week
1 Williams (5) 277 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (12th)
5
2 Middlebury 264 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (1st)
1
3 Washington (Mo.) 264 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (11th)
2
4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3) 262 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (28th)
4
5 MIT 248 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (5th)
3
6 SUNY Geneseo 242 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (20th)
6
7 Calvin 230 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (6th)
7
8 Rowan 221 Atlantic NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (5th)
8
9 Amherst 213 New England NESCAC John Adamson (1st)
9
10 UW-Eau Claire 210 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (5th)
10
11 Johns Hopkins 197 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (13th)
12
12 St. Lawrence 193 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (13th)
26
13 St. Olaf 187 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (31st)
14
14 Plattsburgh State 175 Atlantic SUNYAC Nick Jones (1st)
11
15 Carleton 163 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (17th)
16
16 Hope 158 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (24th)
15
17 Emory 154 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (27th)
17
18 Lewis & Clark 144 West Northwest Keith Woodard (5th)
18
19 NYU 141 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (14th)
13
20 Dickinson 131 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (22nd)
19
21 Colby 117 New England NESCAC Deb Aitken (27th)
29
22 SUNY Cortland 111 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th)
20
23 Oberlin 108 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (6th)
21
24 Haverford 95 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (21st)
22
25 Ohio Northern 90 Great Lakes OAC Jason Maus (6th)
24
26 Whitman 81 West Northwest Scott Shields (2nd)
25
27 Nebraska Wesleyan 64 Central Great Plains Ted Bulling (17th)
27
27 Tufts 64 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (12th)
23
29 Luther 49 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (7th)
28
30 UW-La Crosse 46 Midwest WIAC Pat Healy (21st)
30
31 Whittier 35 West SCIAC Greg Phillips (26th)
31
32 Chicago 31 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (11th)
32
33 Trinity (Texas) 28 South/Southeast SCAC Jennifer Breuer (13th)
33
34 North Central (Ill.) 18 Midwest CCIW Mahesh Narayanan (11th)
33
35 Keene State 10 New England Little East Peter Thomas (29th)
35
Others Receiving Votes: Rhodes 7, St. Thomas (Minn.) 7, TCNJ 4, Wartburg 1.
Dropped Out: none
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)