Preseason Regional Rankings for Division III Cross Country Announced

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

August 27, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - With the 2013 Division III season on the proverbial starting line awaiting the starter’s gun, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released Tuesday the preseason 2013 DIII Regional Rankings.

Many of the regional champion teams from a year ago will once again enter as their region’s preseason favorites for the upcoming season, which officially kicks off Friday, August 30. The defending women’s champ is the preseason No. 1 in seven of the eight regions, while five of the men’s champions will start 2013 the same way they finished 2012: on top.

The National Coaches Poll for the preseason will be revealed Wednesday.

Regional Rankings Summary PDF | Division III XC Rankings Central

Defending NCAA DIII men’s team champion North Central (Ill.) of the Midwest Region is chief among the 2012 regional champs returning as 2013 preseason favorites in a region that features two of last year’s top five national teams in UW-La Crosse (fourth) and Washington (Mo.) (fifth).

National runners-up Calvin and Haverford will start 2013 atop the preseason rankings in the Great Lakes and Mideast regions, respectively. Also reprising their positions atop their regions are NYU (Atlantic Region) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (West).

A trio of teams overtook — at least in the eyes of the rankers — their regions’ top positions: Bowdoin (New England, runner-up at 2012 regionals), Central (Iowa) ( Central Region, runner-up in 2012), and Emory (South/Southeast, fifth in 2012).

Defending women’s DIII team champion Johns Hopkins of the Mideast Region is the most prominent of seven regional champion teams from 2012 that will begin 2012 as preseason favorites. Only Oberlin (Great Lakes Region, runner-up at 2012 regionals) was able to usurp its region’s defending champ.

National runner-up Wartburg (Central Region), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (West) and UW-Eau Claire (Midwest) will all begin as preseason regional favorites after claiming regional crowns and top-five national finishes in 2012.

MIT (New England), St. Lawrence (Atlantic Region) and Trinity (Texas) are also back at No. 1 in their respective regions after claiming titles a year ago.

NCAA Division III Regional Championships will be held on Saturday, November 16.

USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by either a single member coach or by polling the region’s coaches (each region varies).]

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Preseason — August 27

national poll release: August 28
next regional release: September 17
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
1
2 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
3
3 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
5
4 Rochester Rochester, N.Y. UAA
4
5 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
2
6 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
6
7 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
7
8 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
8
9 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
9
10 Rowan Glassboro, N.J. NJAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: NYU, 2011: St. Lawrence, 2010: SUNY Geneseo, 2009: SUNY Cortland, 2008: SUNY Cortland
       
         
CENTRAL Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Central (Iowa) Pella, Iowa IIAC
2
2 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
1
3 Saint John’s (Minn.) Collegeville, Minn. MIAC
4
4 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
5
5 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
6
6 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
8
7 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
3
8 Grinnell Grinnell, Iowa Midwest Conference
10
9 Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Great Plains
11
10 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: St. Olaf, 2011: Nebraska Wesleyan, 2010: Grinnell, 2009: St. Thomas (Minn.)/Nebraska Wesleyan, 2008: Nebraska Wesleyan
       
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
1
2 Wabash Crawfordsville, Ind. NCAC
2
3 Manchester North Manchester, Ind. HCAC
4
4 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
3
5 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
5
6 Albion Albion, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
6
7 Ohio Northern Ada, Ohio OAC
7
8 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
9
9 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
8
10 Muskingum New Concord, Ohio OAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Calvin, 2011: Calvin, 2010: Calvin, 2009: Calvin, 2008: Calvin
       
         
MIDEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
1
2 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
4
3 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
2
4 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
3
5 Allegheny Meadville, Pa. NCAC
5
6 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Middle Atlantic
6
7 DeSales Center Valley, Pa. Middle Atlantic
9
8 York (Pa.) York, Pa. CAC
7
9 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
8
10 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
14
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Haverford, 2011: Haverford, 2010: Haverford, 2009: Allegheny, 2008: Carnegie Mellon
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 North Central (Ill.) Naperville, Ill. CCIW
1
2 UW-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
2
3 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
3
4 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
5
5 UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. WIAC
8
6 Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton, Ill. CCIW
4
7 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
11
8 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
10
9 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
6
10 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
9
10 UW-Stout Menominie, Wis. WIAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: North Central (Ill.), 2011: North Central (Ill.), 2010: North Central (Ill.), 2009: North Central (Ill.), 2008: North Central (Ill.)
       
         
NEW ENGLAND Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Bowdoin Brunswick, Maine NESCAC
2
2 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
3
3 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
4
4 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
5
5 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
1
6 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
9
7 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
11
8 Connecticut College New London, Conn. NESCAC
8
9 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
12
10 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Middlebury, 2011: Williams, 2010: MIT, 2009: Williams, 2008: Williams
       
         
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
5
2 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
2
3 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
4
4 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
3
5 Lynchburg Lynchburg, Va. ODAC
1
6 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
7
7 UT Tyler Tyler, Texas ASC
8
8 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
6
9 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
10
10 Roanoke Salem, Va. ODAC
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Lynchburg, 2011: Lynchburg, 2010: Lynchburg, 2009: Emory, 2008: Centre
       
         
WEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
2 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
2
3 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
4
4 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
8
5 La Verne La Verne, Calif. SCIAC
3
6 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
5
7 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
13
8 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
9
9 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
11
10 George Fox Newberg, Ore. Northwest Conference
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Occidental/Colorado College, 2010: Willamette, 2009: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2008: Whitworth

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Preseason — August 27

national poll release: August 28
next regional release: September 17
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
1
2 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
2
3 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
3
4 Rowan Glassboro, N.J. NJAC
4
5 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
5
6 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
6
7 Rochester Rochester, N.Y. UAA
7
8 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, N.Y. SUNYAC
7
9 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
9
10 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: St. Lawrence, 2011: St. Lawrence, 2010: St. Lawrence, 2009: St. Lawrence, 2008: SUNY Geneseo
       
         
CENTRAL Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
1
2 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
4
3 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
3
4 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
2
5 St. Benedict St. Joseph, Minn. MIAC
6
6 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
4
7 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Concordia Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. MIAC
8
9 Grinnell Grinnell, Iowa Midwest Conference
8
10 St. Scholastica Duluth, Minn. UMAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Wartburg, 2011: Wartburg, 2010: Luther, 2009: Carleton, 2008: Wartburg
       
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
2
2 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
3
3 Kenyon Gambier, Ohio NCAC
4
4 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
1
5 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
5
6 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
6
7 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
8
8 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
13
9 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
10
10 Alma Alma, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Hope, 2011: Calvin, 2010: Calvin, 2009: Calvin, 2008: Calvin
       
         
MIDEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
1
2 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
3
4 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Middle Atlantic
5
5 Marywood Scranton, Pa. Colonial States
7
6 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
4
7 Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pa. Centennial
6
8 Muhlenberg Allentown, Pa. Centennial
8
9 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
10
10 Penn State Behrend Erie, Pa. AMCC
11
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Johns Hopkins, 2011: Johns Hopkins, 2010: Johns Hopkins, 2009: Johns Hopkins, 2008: Johns Hopkins
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
1
2 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
2
3 UW-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
5
4 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
6
5 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
4
6 Illinois Wesleyan Bloomington, Ill. CCIW
3
7 UW-River Falls River Falls, Wis. WIAC
8
8 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
11
9 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
9
10 St. Norbert De Pere, Wis. Midwest Conference
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: UW-Eau Claire, 2011: Washington (Mo.), 2010: UW-Eau Claire, 2009: UW-Eau Claire, 2008: UW-Eau Claire
       
         
NEW ENGLAND Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
1
2 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
2
3 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
3
4 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
4
5 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
5
6 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
6
7 Wellesley Wellesley, Mass. NEWMAC
7
8 Wesleyan (Conn.) Middletown, Conn. NESCAC
8
9 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
9
10 Southern Maine Portland, Maine Little East
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: MIT, 2011: Middlebury, 2010: Middlebury, 2009: Middlebury/MIT,2008: Middlebury
         
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
1
2 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
2
3 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
3
4 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
6
5 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
4
6 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
5
7 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
8
8 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
10
9 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
12
10 CUA Washington, D.C. Landmark
7
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Trinity (Texas), 2011: Emory, 2010: Rhodes, 2009: Rhodes, 2008: Trinity (Texas)
       
         
WEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
2012 FINAL
1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
2 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
2
3 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
3
4 Linfield McMinnville, Ore. Northwest Conference
7
5 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
5
6 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
10
7 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
9
8 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
4
9 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
6
10 Cal Lutheran Thousand Oaks, Calif. SCIAC
12
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2010: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2009: Whitworth, 2008: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps