Haverford Breaks the Streak in DIII as the New Top-Ranked Team

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 17, 2012   

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NEW ORLEANS – The streak has been broken. For the 24 previous voting weeks, the men’s team at North Central (Ill.) has been ranked No. 1 by the nation’s coaches in NCAA Division III cross country. Now, the top-ranked spot goes to the Haverford Fords according to the latest poll of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Calvin’s men slides up from No. 6 to No. 2 while North Central slips to No. 3 – their lowest spot on the poll since 2008.

Haverford spoiled North Central’s long-running No. 1 ranking in 2010 as they captured the NCAA title from the Cardinals. North Central came back to win the national crown last season.

In the women’s poll, MIT retains their top spot. In fact, the top five teams – No. 2 Johns Hopkins, No. 3 Williams, No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and No. 5 Middlebury – held their ground from last week’s poll.

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The Fords of Haverford have competed mostly against Division I competition in the last few weeks and have earned five of eight first-place votes. Last weekend, the crew placed fourth among many DI schools at the Princeton Invitational. A couple weeks before, Haverford was placed in elite “Gold” division of the Paul Short Run and held their own.

No. 2 men’s team Calvin has three first-place votes and scored the largest victory of the past weekend, knocking off then-No. 1 North Central at the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational. With senior Dan Kerr leading the way, the Knights, then ranked No. 6, scored 52 points to the Cardinals’ 58. The head-to-head victory for Calvin was enough for the voters to rank the Knights ahead of North Central.

This upcoming weekend will be light in Division III as teams gear up for conference championships that begin on October 27.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #6 — October 17

next poll: October 31 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Haverford (5) 276 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th)
2
2 Calvin (3) 274 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (27th)
6
3 North Central (Ill.) 264 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (47th)
1
4 Bates 254 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th)
4
5 SUNY Geneseo 251 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
5
6 UW-La Crosse 240 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (1st)
7
7 Tufts 232 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th)
8
8 UW-Eau Claire 218 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
25
9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 207 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
10
10 Washington (Mo.) 206 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (12th)
3
11 Bowdoin 202 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (27th)
11
12 NYU 200 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
17
13 Williams 178 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (34th)
13
14 UW-Stevens Point 176 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (34th)
15
15 SUNY Cortland 164 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th)
12
16 Augustana (Ill.) 161 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (47th)
13
17 Middlebury 141 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
17
18 Allegheny 139 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (3rd)
20
19 Carnegie Mellon 129 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (20th)
16
20 UW-Platteville 122 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (20th)
22
21 Dickinson 109 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
26
22 Rochester 106 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (13th)
21
22 Chicago 106 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
19
24 Central (Iowa) 92 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (5th)
30
25 Wheaton (Ill.) 83 Midwest CCIW Scott Bradley (11th)
9
26 Wabash 80 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (7th)
23
27 Johns Hopkins 77 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th)
24
28 St. Lawrence 70 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (12th)
27
29 Pomona-Pitzer 66 West SCIAC Tony Boston (5th)
28
30 Amherst 52 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (16th)
30
31 UW-Oshkosh 39 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st)
29
32 Case Western Reserve 35 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (12th)
32
33 St. Olaf 28 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (5th)
RV
34 UW-Stout 17 Midwest WIAC Matt Schauf (6th)
NR
35 Loras 14 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (8th)
33
Others Receiving Votes: Willamette 10, RPI 10, TCNJ 4, MIT 4, Saint John’s (Minn.) 2, Wartburg 1, Ohio Northern 1.
Dropped Out: No. 33 Loras, No. 34 RPI, No. 35 Wartburg
(* 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 #6 — October 17

next poll: October 31 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 MIT (5) 277 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th)
1
2 Johns Hopkins (3) 275 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th)
2
3 Williams 262 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (13th)
3
4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 257 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
4
5 Middlebury 249 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
5
6 Calvin 239 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (7th)
8
7 St. Lawrence 230 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (14th)
7
8 Chicago 221 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
15
9 Oberlin 219 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (7th)
14
10 UW-Eau Claire 210 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
10
11 Wartburg 201 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (24th)
11
12 SUNY Geneseo 188 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
9
13 St. Olaf 182 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (32nd)
12
14 Haverford 172 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (22nd)
16
15 Dickinson 161 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
13
16 NYU 159 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
25
17 Tufts 154 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th)
17
18 Case Western Reserve 145 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (15th)
18
19 Luther 135 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (8th)
RV
19 Hope 135 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (25th)
20
21 Amherst 117 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
21
22 Lewis & Clark 100 West Northwest Keith Woodard (6th)
22
23 Carleton 98 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (20th)
19
24 Illinois Wesleyan 90 Midwest CCIW Greg Huffaker (8th)
31
25 Trinity (Texas) 85 South/Southeast SCAC Derick Lawrence (1st)
23
26 Rowan 82 Atlantic NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (6th)
24
27 Washington (Mo.) 80 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (12th)
6
28 Bates 60 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (8th)
27
29 UW-Oshkosh 47 Midwest WIAC Drew Ludtke (1st)
NR
30 Kenyon 42 Great Lakes NCAC Duane Gomez (30th)
26
31 Rochester 40 Atlantic UAA Barbara Hartwig (24th)
31
32 Willamette 30 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (9th)
34
33 SUNY Plattsburgh 22 Atlantic SUNYAC Andrew Krug (1st)
RV
34 Ohio Northern 19 Great Lakes OAC Jason Maus (7th)
29
35 St. Thomas (Minn.) 17 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd)
33
Others Receiving Votes: Wellesley 16, Emory 7, Elizabethtown 5, SUNY Cortland 4, UW-La Crosse 4, St. Benedict 3, Vassar 1.
Dropped Out: No. 28 Wesleyan (Conn.), No. 30 Carnegie Mellon, No. 35 Emory
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)