Haverford, MIT are Coaches’ Favorites Heading into DIII National Championships

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

November 12, 2012   

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NEW ORLEANSA competitive regional championship weekend in Division III yielded an interesting final regular-season national poll. According to the voting panel of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Haverford’s men and MIT’s women are the top teams in the country heading into Saturday’s NCAA Championships, but the first-place votes were split among other teams.

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Haverford has held the top men’s spot for the last three weeks and sailed to a third-consecutive Mideast regional crown on Saturday. The Fords placed second at last year’s national championships and were the champs in 2010. Haverford was placed first on four of eight ballots.

North Central (Ill.), the defending national champion, is the No. 2 men’s team and garnered two FPVs. The Cardinals won their 25th regional title in school history this past weekend and are looking to win their third national crown over a four year period. NCC has won 14 NCAA cross country national titles.

At No. 3, Calvin holds the other two first-place votes. The Knights won a 17th-straight region title and they will be making their 28th-consecutive NCAA appearance. Calvin finished 11th at last year’s championships, but won national crowns in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2006.

The women’s top 35 is led by MIT and their five first-place votes. The Engineers have been ranked No. 1 for four weeks and are looking to win their first NCAA cross country national crown. MIT will make only their fifth national-championship appearance and claimed their best finish in school history (third) in 2010.

Johns Hopkins at No. 2 will also be a chasing their first national title, having previously finished as high as seventh in 2009 and 2010.

No. 3 Williams is making their 20th-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. They were winners of the national crown in 2002 and 2004.

Washington (Mo.) will not be defending their national title as they did not make the championship field.

Rose-Hulman will host the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships from the LaVerne Gibson Cross Country Course outside of Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday. The men’s 8k race is slated for 11 a.m., eastern, while the women’s 6k will go off at Noon, eastern. NCAA.com will broadcast the national championships live.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2012 Week #8 — November 12 (pre-NCAA Championships)

next poll: none, final — NCAA Championship results
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Haverford (4) 275 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th)
1
2 North Central (Ill.) (2) 272 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (47th)
3
3 Calvin (2) 269 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (27th)
2
4 Middlebury 249 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
8
5 NYU 247 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
12
6 UW-La Crosse 239 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (1st)
6
7 SUNY Geneseo 222 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
4
8 Washington (Mo.) 220 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (12th)
9
9 Bowdoin 219 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (27th)
14
10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 211 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
10
11 Wheaton (Ill.) 202 Midwest CCIW Scott Bradley (11th)
13
12 Bates 200 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th)
11
13 Williams 179 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (34th)
17
14 UW-Eau Claire 175 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
7
15 Tufts 167 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th)
5
16 SUNY Cortland 161 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th)
16
17 Carnegie Mellon 141 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (20th)
20
17 St. Olaf 141 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (5th)
29
19 Chicago 125 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
26
20 Johns Hopkins 117 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th)
25
21 Central (Iowa) 116 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (5th)
22
22 Dickinson 111 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
23
23 Rochester 94 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (13th)
30
24 Wabash 93 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (7th)
27
25 UW-Stout 85 Midwest WIAC Matt Schauf (6th)
32
26 Allegheny 84 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (3rd)
19
27 Pomona-Pitzer 80 West SCIAC Tony Boston (5th)
RV
28 St. Lawrence 63 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (12th)
24
29 UW-Platteville 49 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (20th)
15
30 Luther 40 Central IIAC Steve Pasche (8th)
NR
31 Augustana (Ill.) 38 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (47th)
21
31 Case Western Reserve 38 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (12th)
33
33 Saint John’s (Minn.) 20 Central MIAC Tim Miles (34th)
NR
34 UW-Stevens Point 19 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (34th)
18
35 TCNJ 13 Atlantic NJAC Phil Jennings (10th)
34
Others Receiving Votes: Lynchburg 12, Ithaca 11, La Verne 11, Manchester 9, RPI 5, Willamette 5, Loras 4, Trinity (Texas) 4, MIT 4, Cal Lutheran 1
Dropped Out: No. 28, Willamette, No. 31 MIT, No. 35 Loras, No. 35 Amherst
(* 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 #8 — November 12 (pre-NCAA Championships)

next poll: none, final — NCAA Championship results
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 260 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (13th)
3
4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 259 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (29th)
4
5 Middlebury 243 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)
5
6 St. Lawrence 241 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (14th)
7
7 UW-Eau Claire 231 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (6th)
11
8 Haverford 212 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (22nd)
13
8 Hope 212 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (25th)
16
8 Wartburg 212 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (24th)
9
11 Oberlin 202 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (7th)
10
12 Chicago 200 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (12th)
8
13 St. Olaf 177 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (32nd)
18
13 SUNY Geneseo 177 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (21st)
12
15 Calvin 176 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (7th)
5
16 NYU 152 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (15th)
14
17 Bates 149 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (8th)
25
18 Dickinson 141 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (23rd)
19
19 Trinity (Texas) 126 South/Southeast SCAC Derick Lawrence (1st)
28
20 Luther 125 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (8th)
22
21 Illinois Wesleyan 117 Midwest CCIW Greg Huffaker (8th)
27
22 Kenyon 104 Great Lakes NCAC Duane Gomez (30th)
33
23 Amherst 98 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
17
24 Lewis & Clark 96 West Northwest Keith Woodard (6th)
24
25 Gustavus Adolphus 84 Central MIAC Dale Bahr (4th)
15
26 Rowan 81 Atlantic NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (6th)
26
27 Carnegie Mellon 77 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (20th)
20
28 Carleton 69 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (20th)
29
29 UW-Oshkosh 63 Midwest WIAC Drew Ludtke (1st)
RV
30 Tufts 49 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th)
20
31 Case Western Reserve 47 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (15th)
23
32 Ithaca 33 Atlantic Empire 8 Erin Dinan (1st)
RV
33 UW-La Crosse 29 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (1st)
34
34 Willamette 14 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (9th)
RV
35 Elizabethtown 12 Mideast Middle Atlantic Brian Falk (5th)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: Mount Union 5, Rochester 4, Wellesley 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 3, Occidental 2, RPI 2, Emory 1
Dropped Out: No. 30 Ohio Northern, No. 31 Washington (Mo.), No. 32 SUNY Plattsburgh, No. 35 Rochester
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)