First Regular-Season Division III XC Regional Rankings Features New Top Teams

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 17, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The portrait of the Division III cross country landscape painted in the preseason regional rankings is slowly beginning to become clearer and take shape after three weeks of competition, resulting in a handful of new No. 1 teams for a number of regions in the first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) DIII Regional Rankings of the regular season, released Tuesday.

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Four new men’s teams and two women’s squads have overtaken (or tied) the preseason favorites in the respective regions, highlighting a week of upheaval that also saw four other regions — between men and women — keep their No. 1 teams but establish a new No. 2 program.

In the men’s rankings, Centre made the biggest jump to No. 1, moving up to spots to the pinnacle of the South/Southeast Region, displacing preseason favorite Emory to No. 3.

Pomona-Pitzer took control of its region in a swap, exchanging with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the West’s top position. St. Olaf also swapped places with Central (Iowa) in the Central Region, edging out the Dutch by one vote, 138-137.

An even tighter race for No. 1 moved SUNY Cortland into the top spot of the Atlantic Region, as both Cortland and NYU garnered 129 points within the region to share the top spot.

In the women’s rankings, National Athlete of the Week Cassie Vince helped boost Calvin into the throne of the Great Lakes Region, dropping preseason favorite Oberlin to No. 2.

In the neighboring Midwest Region, Chicago moved into the top spot after UW-Eau Claire tumbled four spots to No. 5.

A trio of teams from other regions made the move up to No. 2 in preparation of being the next new No. 1 squad. St. Olaf (Central Region), Dickinson (Mideast) and Willamette (West) all climbed into the passenger seats of their respective regions.

NCAA Division III Regionals will be held Sunday, November 16. More information can be found at Regional Championships Central.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2013 Week #1 — September 17

national poll release: September 18
next regional release: September 24
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
1
1 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
2
3 Rochester Rochester, N.Y. UAA
4
4 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
5
5 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
3
6 Rowan Glassboro, N.J. NJAC
10
7 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
8
8 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
NR
9 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
7
9 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
6
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
Last Week
1 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
2
2 Central (Iowa) Pella, Iowa IIAC
1
3 Saint John’s (Minn.) Collegeville, Minn. MIAC
3
4 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
5
5 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
7
6 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
10
7 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
4
8 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
6
9 Grinnell Grinnell, Iowa Midwest Conference
8
10 Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Great Plains
9
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
Last Week
1 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
1
2 Wabash Crawfordsville, Ind. NCAC
2
3 Manchester North Manchester, Ind. HCAC
3
4 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
4
5 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
5
6 Ohio Northern Ada, Ohio OAC
7
7 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
NR
8 Albion Albion, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
6
9 Kenyon Gambier, Ohio NCAC
NR
10 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Calvin, 2011: Calvin, 2010: Calvin, 2009: Calvin, 2008: Calvin
       
         
MIDEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
1
2 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
3
4 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
4
5 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
5
6 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Middle Atlantic
6
7 DeSales Center Valley, Pa. Middle Atlantic
7
8 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
10
9 Muhlenberg Allentown, Pa. Centennial
NR
10 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Haverford, 2011: Haverford, 2010: Haverford, 2009: Allegheny, 2008: Carnegie Mellon
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
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
4
5 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
7
6 UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. WIAC
5
7 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
9
8 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
10
9 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
8
10 Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton, Ill. CCIW
6
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
Last Week
1 Bowdoin Brunswick, Maine NESCAC
1
2 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
2
3 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
3
4 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
4
5 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
5
6 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
6
7 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
10
8 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
9
9 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
7
10 Connecticut College New London, Conn. NESCAC
8
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Middlebury, 2011: Williams, 2010: MIT, 2009: Williams, 2008: Williams
       
         
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
3
2 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
2
3 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
1
4 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
6
5 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
4
6 Lynchburg Lynchburg, Va. ODAC
5
7 UT Tyler Tyler, Texas ASC
7
8 Berry Rome, Ga. SAA
NR
9 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
8
10 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Lynchburg, 2011: Lynchburg, 2010: Lynchburg, 2009: Emory, 2008: Centre
       
         
WEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
2
2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
3 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
4
4 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
3
5 La Verne La Verne, Calif. SCIAC
5
6 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
7
7 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
6
8 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
8
9 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
9
10 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
NR
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 Week #1 — September 17

national poll release: September 18
next regional release: September 24
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
1
2 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
2
3 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
5
4 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
3
5 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
10
6 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
9
7 Rochester Rochester, N.Y. UAA
7
8 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
NR
9 Rowan Glassboro, N.J. NJAC
4
10 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
NR
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
Last Week
1 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
1
2 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
4
3 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
2
4 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
3
5 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
6
6 St. Benedict St. Joseph, Minn. MIAC
5
7 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa Midwest Conference
NR
9 Concordia Moorhead Moorhead, Minn. MIAC
8
10 Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Great Plains
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Wartburg, 2011: Wartburg, 2010: Luther, 2009: Carleton, 2008: Wartburg
       
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
2
2 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
1
3 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
4
4 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
5
5 Kenyon Gambier, Ohio NCAC
3
6 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
9
7 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
6
8 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
7
9 Alma Alma, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
10
10 Otterbein Westerville, Ohio OAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Hope, 2011: Calvin, 2010: Calvin, 2009: Calvin, 2008: Calvin
       
         
MIDEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
1
2 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
3
3 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Middle Atlantic
4
4 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
2
5 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
6
6 Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pa. Centennial
7
7 Lebanon Valley Annville, Pa. Middle Atlantic
NR
8 Marywood Scranton, Pa. Colonial States
5
9 Penn State Behrend Erie, Pa. AMCC
10
10 Muhlenberg Allentown, Pa. Centennial
8
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
Last Week
1 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
2
2 UW-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
3
3 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
8
4 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
4
5 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
1
6 UW-River Falls River Falls, Wis. WIAC
7
7 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
9
8 St. Norbert De Pere, Wis. Midwest Conference
10
9 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
5
10 Aurora Aurora, Ill. NACC
NR
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
Last Week
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 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
9
9 Wesleyan (Conn.) Middletown, Conn. NESCAC
8
10 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: MIT, 2011: Middlebury, 2010: Middlebury, 2009: Middlebury/MIT,2008: Middlebury
         
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
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
4
5 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
9
6 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
5
7 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
6
8 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
7
9 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
8
10 CUA Washington, D.C. Landmark
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Trinity (Texas), 2011: Emory, 2010: Rhodes, 2009: Rhodes, 2008: Trinity (Texas)
       
         
WEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
2 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
3
3 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
6
4 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
2
5 Cal Lutheran Thousand Oaks, Calif. SCIAC
10
6 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
9
7 Linfield McMinnville, Ore. Northwest Conference
4
8 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
5
9 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
8
10 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
7
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2010: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2009: Whitworth, 2008: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps