Williams Moves to No. 1 in Latest DIII National Poll

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 26, 2012   

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NEW ORLEANS – The women’s team at Williams College unanimously is the latest team to earn a No. 1 national poll position in NCAA Division III cross country by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In the first three weeks of the national poll, three different teams – Middlebury, MIT, and Williams – have been voted the top teams in the land by coaches from around the country. North Central College is still the No. 1 men’s team in the country according to the poll.

Williams’ women vaulted from No. 7 in the previous poll after winning their home invitational, the Purple Valley Classic, last weekend. The Ephs (78 points) bested a 21-team field which included then-No. 1 MIT (83) and then-No. 3 Middlebury (87). Williams last won the NCAA women’s cross country title in 2004. It is their first No. 1 ranking since November 2nd of last year which was prior to the NCAA Championships where they finished third.

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Looking at the travels of the top five men’s team this weekend, No. 1 North Central’s men travels to the Notre Dame Invite this weekend. No. 2 Haverford will compete in No. 20 Dickinson’s Long-Short Invitational, No. 3 Washington (Mo.) goes to the Greater Louisville Classic, No. 4 SUNY Geneseo hosts their own invitational, and No. 5 Bates will compete in Gordon’s Pop Crowell Invitational.

Among the top five women’s teams scheduled to compete this weekend, No. 2 Washington (Mo.) will join their male counterparts at the Greater Louisville Classic, No. 4 Johns Hopkins is slated to compete at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run, and No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will split between Pomona-Pitzer’s and Stanford’s invites. No. 1 Williams hosts an alumni meet this weekend.

 

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #3 — September 26

next poll: October 3
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.) 264 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (12th)
3
4 SUNY Geneseo 250 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
4
4 Bates 250 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 Williams 221 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (34th)
11
9 Tufts 211 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th)
8
10 UW-La Crosse 209 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (1st)
10
11 Rochester 203 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (13th)
12
12 Middlebury 191 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
9
13 Augustana (Ill.) 181 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (47th)
13
14 SUNY Cortland 171 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th)
14
15 Allegheny 156 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (3rd)
16
16 UW-Stevens Point 152 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (34th)
24
17 St. Olaf 145 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (5th)
17
18 Wabash 139 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (7th)
18
19 NYU 137 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
19
20 Chicago 128 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
15
21 Dickinson 125 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
20
22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 110 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
23
23 Bowdoin 103 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (27th)
26
24 Central (Iowa) 90 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (5th)
25
25 Amherst 88 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (16th)
22
26 Loras 74 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (8th)
21
27 St. Lawrence 71 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (12th)
28
28 Pomona-Pitzer 64 West SCIAC Tony Boston (5th)
29
29 Johns Hopkins 58 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th)
27
30 UW-Eau Claire 53 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
33
31 Luther 39 Central IIAC Steve Pasche (8th)
32
32 RPI 37 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (2nd)
30
33 Willamette 27 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (9th)
31
34 Carnegie Mellon 22 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (20th)
RV
35 Case Western Reserve 16 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (12th)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: MIT 15, Ohio Northern 5, TCNJ 4, Wartburg 3, Manchester 2.
Dropped Out: No. 34 Manchester, No. 35 MIT
(* 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 #3 — September 26

next poll: October 3
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Williams (8) 280 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (13th)
7
2 MIT 267 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th)
1
3 Washington (Mo.) 262 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (12th)
2
4 Middlebury 253 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
3
5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 249 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
5
6 Johns Hopkins 247 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th)
4
7 St. Lawrence 232 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (14th)
6
8 Calvin 222 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (7th)
8
9 SUNY Geneseo 215 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
9
10 Wartburg 213 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (24th)
10
11 St. Olaf 192 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (32nd)
11
12 Dickinson 190 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
13
13 UW-Eau Claire 188 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
14
14 Case Western Reserve 175 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (15th)
15
15 Rochester 164 Atlantic UAA Barbara Hartwig (24th)
16
16 Tufts 155 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th)
18
17 Hope 153 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (25th)
17
18 Oberlin 151 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (7th)
35
19 Amherst 125 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
11
20 Carleton 124 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (20th)
21
21 Chicago 121 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
20
22 NYU 103 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
27
23 Haverford 101 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (22nd)
22
24 Emory 91 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (28th)
23
25 Ohio Northern 88 Great Lakes OAC Jason Maus (7th)
19
26 Lewis & Clark 85 West Northwest Keith Woodard (6th)
24
27 St. Thomas (Minn.) 81 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd)
25
28 Rowan 58 Atlantic NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (6th)
26
29 Luther 54 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (8th)
28
30 Illinois Wesleyan 47 Midwest CCIW Greg Huffaker (8th)
31
31 Carnegie Mellon 39 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (20th)
33
32 Bates 37 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (8th)
NR
33 Willamette 33 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (9th)
30
34 Plattsburgh State 17 Atlantic SUNYAC Nick Jones (2nd)
32
35 Gettysburg 14 Mideast Centennial Aubrey Shenk (3rd)
29
Others Receiving Votes: Wesleyan (Conn.) 5, TCNJ 4, John Carroll 3, Elizabethtown 1, Wellesley 1.
Dropped Out: No. 34 John Carroll
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)