MIT Women Join North Central Men as Top Teams in Latest DIII National Poll

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 19, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll of the nation’s coaches in NCAA Division III cross country has the men of North Central College holding to the No. 1 spot and the women’s squad at MIT leaping from No. 5 a week ago to a selection as a newly anointed top team. The top seven teams on the men’s side remained unchanged, whereas, the week-two women’s poll had many changes. MIT, No. 2 Washington (Mo.), and No. 3 Middlebury – last week’s No. 1 – now head the women’s poll.

In the last five years, MIT’s women was most highly ranked as the No. 3 team on October 5, 2011. The team’s best NCAA cross country finish was in 2010 where they finished third.

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USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #2 — September 19

next poll: September 26
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 North Central (Ill.) (8) 280 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (47th)
1
2 Haverford 272 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th)
2
3 Washington (Mo.) 262 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (12th)
3
4 SUNY Geneseo 253 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
4
5 Bates 249 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th)
5
6 Calvin 241 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (27th)
6
7 Wheaton (Ill.) 233 Midwest CCIW Scott Bradley (11th)
7
8 Tufts 225 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th)
7
9 Middlebury 211 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
10
10 UW-La Crosse 207 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (1st)
13
11 Williams 187 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (34th)
14
12 Rochester 183 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (13th)
20
13 Augustana (Ill.) 172 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (47th)
19
14 SUNY Cortland 167 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th)
9
15 Chicago 163 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
11
16 Allegheny 161 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (3rd)
15
17 St. Olaf 150 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (5th)
16
18 Wabash 145 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (7th)
17
19 NYU 134 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
12
20 Dickinson 125 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
21
21 Loras 122 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (8th)
18
22 Amherst 115 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (16th)
26
23 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 110 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
22
24 UW-Stevens Point 92 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (34th)
25
25 Central (Iowa) 87 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (5th)
27
26 Bowdoin 83 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (27th)
23
27 Johns Hopkins 77 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th)
29
28 St. Lawrence 69 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (12th)
31
29 Pomona-Pitzer 65 West SCIAC Tony Boston (5th)
32
30 RPI 50 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (2nd)
24
31 Willamette 40 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (9th)
28
32 Luther 34 Central IIAC Steve Pasche (8th)
29
33 UW-Eau Claire 26 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
33
34 Manchester 16 Great Lakes HCAC Brian Cashdollar (15th)
34
35 MIT 14 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (31st)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: UW-Platteville 7, Wartburg 4, Carnegie Mellon 4, TCNJ 3, UW-Oshkosh 2.
Dropped Out: No. 35 Oberlin
(* 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

2012 Week #2 — September 19

next poll: September 26
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 MIT (6) 277 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th)
5
2 Washington (Mo.) (2) 266 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (12th)
3
3 Middlebury 257 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
1
4 Johns Hopkins 255 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th)
6
5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 249 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
7
6 St. Lawrence 240 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (14th)
10
7 Williams 237 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (13th)
2
8 Calvin 226 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (7th)
8
9 SUNY Geneseo 219 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
4
10 Wartburg 214 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (24th)
9
11 Amherst 190 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
11
11 St. Olaf 190 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (32nd)
12
13 Dickinson 186 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
16
14 UW-Eau Claire 175 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
13
15 Case Western Reserve 168 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (15th)
15
16 Rochester 153 Atlantic UAA Barbara Hartwig (24th)
NR
17 Hope 147 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (25th)
17
18 Tufts 139 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th)
14
19 Ohio Northern 132 Great Lakes OAC Jason Maus (7th)
20
20 Chicago 131 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
21
21 Carleton 122 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (20th)
25
22 Haverford 111 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (22nd)
22
23 Emory 97 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (28th)
24
24 Lewis & Clark 93 West Northwest Keith Woodard (6th)
27
25 St. Thomas (Minn.) 89 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd)
18
26 Rowan 82 Atlantic NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (6th)
26
27 NYU 68 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
19
28 Luther 51 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (8th)
28
29 Gettysburg 49 Mideast Centennial Aubrey Shenk (3rd)
RV
30 Willamette 45 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (9th)
30
31 Illinois Wesleyan 42 Midwest CCIW Greg Huffaker (8th)
32
32 Plattsburgh State 33 Atlantic SUNYAC Nick Jones (2nd)
33
33 Carnegie Mellon 29 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (20th)
NR
34 John Carroll 19 Great Lakes OAC Dara Ford (4th)
NR
35 Oberlin 17 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (7th)
23
Others Receiving Votes: Wellesley 15, TCNJ 11, Elizabethtown 6, Nebraska Wesleyan 5, St. Benedict 3, Pomona-Pitzer 1, Rhodes 1.
Dropped Out: No. 28 Grove City, No. 31 TCNJ, No. 33 Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 35 Rhodes
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)