MIT Men Catapult to No. 5 in Newest Division III National Coaches Polls

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 25, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The MIT men sent a big message with a team title against a trio of top-11 teams at the Southern Maine Invitational — a message that was received nationally as the Engineers made a monumental leap for the first time in program history into the top five of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Coaches Polls released Wednesday.

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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central t2)Haverford t2)UW-La Crosse 4)Washington (Mo.) 5)MIT
North Central (Ill.). Haverford UW-La Crosse Washington (Mo) MIT (+23)
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Sitting near the bottom of the men’s poll at No. 28 just one week ago, MIT took down a trio of teams then ranked in the top 11 in Bowdoin (No. 5), Bates (No. 7) and Tufts (No. 11) by more than 50 points at USM to leap a whopping 23 spots into the No. 5 position in this week’s edition. The highest the Engineers had ever been ranked prior to this week was No. 7 during a two-poll stretch in 2011.

While the men’s top four of unanimous No. 1 North Central (Ill.), Haverford and UW-La Crosse tied at No. 2, and No. 4 Washington (Mo.) remained the same, MIT’s meteoric rise to No. 5 set off a long chain of changes throughout the rest of the rankings.

After finishing third in its 2013 debut at the USM meet, Bowdoin fell one spot to No. 6. A pair of teams each moved up two spots in No. 7 UW-Eau Claire and No. 8 Dickinson. Williams dropped one spot to No. 9, and St. Olaf rounds out the top 10 with a two-position increase from a week ago.

Falling out of the top 10 were No. 13 Calvin — down seven spots from last Wednesday — and No. 11 Bates, which tumbled four spots.

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Wartburg 3)MIT 4)Williams 5)Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Johns Hopkins Wartburg MIT Williams Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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Little changed in the women’s top 10, with the top seven from last week remaining intact. No. 1 Johns Hopkins is still the unanimous No. 1 over No. 2 Wartburg, No. 3 MIT, No. 4 Williams and No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Just behind No. 6 Chicago and No. 7 Calvin, Middlebury made the biggest move in this week’s top 10 with a two-spot improvement to No. 8. Trinity (Texas) and Oberlin were displaced to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, as a result.

The USM Invitational also produced a big move in the women’s poll, as Tufts improved 11 spots from No. 29 to No. 18 this week.

New to the rankings on the men’s side is No. 29 Carleton, while the women’s poll saw two newcomers in No. 31 Marywood and No. 33 Whitworth, and two returners in No. 33 St. Benedict and No. 35 Kenyon. Marywood’s rank is the best in program history and just its second appearance in the poll dating back to a No. 34 rank in week one of 2011.

The 2013 NCAA Division III National Championships will be contested November 23 in Hanover, Ind.

 

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Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2013 Week #2 — September 25

next poll: October 2
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 North Central (Ill.) (8) 280 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (48th)
1
2 Haverford 268 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th)
2
2 UW-La Crosse 268 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
2
4 Washington (Mo.) 255 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
4
5 MIT 247 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (32nd)
28
6 Bowdoin 236 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th)
5
7 UW-Eau Claire 225 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (7th)
9
8 Dickinson 221 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
10
9 Williams 220 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (35th)
8
10 St. Olaf 208 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (6th)
12
11 Bates 205 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th)
7
12 Wabash 193 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (8th)
17
13 Calvin 168 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (28th)
6
14 Tufts 167 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th)
11
15 SUNY Cortland 160 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th)
16
16 Carnegie Mellon 156 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (21st)
14
16 UW-Oshkosh 156 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd)
15
18 NYU 151 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (16th)
13
19 Pomona-Pitzer 144 West SCIAC Tony Boston (6th)
22
20 UW-Platteville 115 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (21st)
20
20 Johns Hopkins 115 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th)
21
22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 114 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
18
23 Middlebury 108 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
19
24 Allegheny (Pa.) 89 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (4th)
24
25 Chicago 81 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
25
26 Manchester 79 Great Lakes HCAC Brian Cashdollar (16th)
27
27 Rochester 75 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (14th)
26
28 Augustana (Ill.) 63 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (48th)
29
29 Carleton 50 Central MIAC Dave Ricks (7th)
NR
30 St. Lawrence 44 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (13th)
34
31 UW-Stevens Point 43 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (35th)
30
32 Central (Iowa) 36 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (6th)
23
33 Wheaton (Ill.) 24 Midwest CCIW Scott Bradley (12th)
32
34 SUNY Geneseo 19 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
31
35 Case Western Reserve 15 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (13th)
33
Others Receiving Votes: Occidental 11, Amherst 10, Keene State 8, Centre 5, Saint John’s (Minn.) 3, Wartburg 3, Rowan 1, Susquehanna 1
Dropped Out: No. 34 Occidental
(* 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

2013 Week #2 — September 25

next poll: October 2
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 280 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th)
1
2 Wartburg 272 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (25th)
2
3 MIT 263 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th)
3
4 Williams 254 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (14th)
4
5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 249 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
5
6 Chicago 239 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
6
7 Calvin 227 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (8th)
7
8 Middlebury 224 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
10
9 Trinity (Texas) 219 South/Southeast SCAC Derick Lawrence (2nd)
8
10 Oberlin 209 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (8th)
9
11 St. Lawrence 203 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (15th)
11
12 Carleton 188 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (21st)
15
13 SUNY Geneseo 184 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
13
14 UW-La Crosse 174 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
13
15 Dickinson 164 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
16
16 St. Olaf 153 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (33rd)
12
17 NYU 149 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (7th)
21
18 Tufts 144 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th)
29
19 Hope 136 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (26th)
18
20 UW-Stevens Point 134 Midwest WIAC Megan Craig (5th)
19
21 Ithaca 118 Atlantic Empire 8 Erin Dinan (2nd)
17
22 Luther 106 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (9th)
21
23 Elizabethtown 99 Mideast Middle Atlantic Brian Falk (6th)
23
24 Bates 98 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (9th)
19
25 Washington (Mo.) 80 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
25
26 Willamette 78 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (10th)
27
27 Haverford 75 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (23rd)
26
28 Amherst 68 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd)
24
29 Vassar 65 Atlantic Liberty League James McCowan (9th)
30
30 Case Western Reserve 54 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (16th)
28
31 Marywood 33 Mideast Colonial States Kevin Borrelli (6th)
NR
32 Emory 25 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (29th)
33
33 Whitworth 17 West Northwest Toby Schwarz (18th)
RV
33 St. Benedict 17 Central MIAC Robin Balder-Lanoue (18th)
NR
35 Kenyon 13 Great Lakes NCAC Duane Gomez (31st)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: UW-Eau Claire 12, SUNY New Paltz 11, St. Scholastica 2, Carnegie Mellon 2, Centre 1, DePauw 1
Dropped Out: No. 30 Carnegie Mellon, No. 32 Gustavus Adolphus, No. 34 SUNY Cortland, No. 35 UW-Eau Claire
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)