Middlebury Men Take Control of Parity-Filled New England in Division III Regional Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 15, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – All is quiet on the Western front in Tuesday’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Regional Rankings, but the East Coast is another matter completely.

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The men’s New England Region, which has already had two different top-five nationally ranked squads grace its top spot, could be going for a third this week as the Middlebury men have claimed the No. 1 spot after a strong showing at the NEICAAA New England Championships.

Outside of the New England and the Atlantic regions on the men’s side, the rankings were very quiet: no major changes took place in the women’s polls, with seven of the eight regions identical to last week, and half of the men’s regions also remained stationary.

Middlebury (No. 24 nationally) finished fifth overall among Division I, II and III programs at the New England Championships to top a field including three other top-30 nationally ranked DIII programs from within the region running their top squads.

The Panthers took down seventh-place Bates (No. 14 nationally), eighth-place Tufts (No 30) and ninth-place MIT (No. 5), along with a Bowdoin (No. 22) team not running its full top squad.

As a result, the Panthers jumped four spots into the region’s top spot ahead of Williams, which remained stationary at No. 2 in the region. The battle for the top spot between the two is a close one. Middlebury received more overall votes, but Williams took one more first-place vote, 8-7.

Bates stood pat at third in the region. Tufts jumped up two spots to No. 4.

In a testament to the depth and parity of the region, the two other teams that have been ranked No. 1 in the region — MIT and Bowdoin — are now ranked No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. The engineers dropped from the top spot to No. 5, while Bowdoin fell two positions to No. 6 from No. 4 last week.

The women’s New England Region was heavily in action this weekend at NEICAAAs as well, but the teams al finished in accordance with their regional ranks.

The other significant regional rankings action came in the Atlantic Region, as SUNY Cortland (No. 17 nationally) moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in a swap with SUNY Geneseo (No. 15). A team victory for the Red Dragons at St. Lawrence boosted the squad up to the second spot, though both teams still retain first-place votes in the region.

NYU (No. 8 nationally) remains atop the Atlantic with eight first-place votes, while Cortland garnered three and Geneseo collected one. Cortland and Geneseo are only separated by one overall vote in the region, 105-104.

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 #5 — October 15

national poll release: October 16
next regional release: October 22
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
1
2 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
3
3 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
2
4 Rochester Rochester, N.Y. UAA
4
5 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
5
6 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
6
7 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
9
8 Rowan Glassboro, N.J. NJAC
7
9 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, N.Y. SUNYAC
8
10 TCNJ Ewing, 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
Last Week
1 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
1
2 Central (Iowa) Pella, Iowa IIAC
2
3 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
3
4 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
4
5 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
5
6 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
6
7 Saint John’s (Minn.) Collegeville, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Grinnell Grinnell, Iowa Midwest Conference
8
9 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
9
10 Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Great Plains
10
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 Wabash Crawfordsville, Ind. NCAC
1
2 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
2
3 Manchester North Manchester, Ind. HCAC
3
4 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
4
5 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
5
6 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
6
7 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
7
8 Albion Albion, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
8
9 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
9
10 Ohio Northern Ada, 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
Last Week
1 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
1
2 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
3
4 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
4
5 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
5
6 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
6
7 Widener Chester, Pa. Middle Atlantic
7
8 York (Pa.) York, Pa. CAC
8
9 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
NR
10 Saint Vincent Latrobe, Pa. PAC
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-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
4
5 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
5
6 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
6
7 UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. WIAC
7
8 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
8
9 Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton, Ill. CCIW
10
10 UW-Stout Menominie, Wis. WIAC
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
Last Week
1 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
5
2 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
2
3 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
3
4 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
6
5 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
1
6 Bowdoin Brunswick, Maine NESCAC
4
7 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
8
8 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
7
9 Connecticut College New London, Conn. NESCAC
10
10 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
9
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
1
2 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
2
3 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
3
4 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
4
5 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
5
6 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
6
7 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
7
8 UT Tyler Tyler, Texas ASC
8
9 Lynchburg Lynchburg, Va. ODAC
9
10 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
10
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 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
2 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
2
3 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
3
4 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
4
5 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
5
6 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
6
7 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
7
8 Linfield McMinnville, Ore. Northwest Conference
8
9 Whittier Whittier, Calif. SCIAC
9
10 La Verne La Verne, Calif. SCIAC
10
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 #5 — October 15

national poll release: October 16
next regional release: October 22
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
1
2 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
2
3 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
3
4 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
4
5 Rochester Rochester, N.Y. UAA
5
6 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
6
6 Hamilton Clinton, N.Y. (Oneida Co.) NESCAC
8
8 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
7
9 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
9
10 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
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
2
3 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
3
4 St. Scholastica Duluth, Minn. UMAC
4
5 St. Benedict St. Joseph, Minn. MIAC
5
6 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
6
7 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
8
9 Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa Midwest Conference
9
10 Macalester Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
10
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
1
2 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
2
3 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
3
4 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
4
5 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
5
5 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
5
7 Kenyon Gambier, Ohio NCAC
7
8 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
8
9 Alma Alma, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
9
10 Denison Granville, Ohio NCAC
10
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 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
3
4 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Middle Atlantic
4
5 Marywood Scranton, Pa. Colonial States
5
6 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
6
7 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
7
7 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
7
9 Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pa. Centennial
9
10 Lebanon Valley Annville, Pa. Middle Atlantic
10
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
1
2 UW-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
2
3 Aurora Aurora, Ill. NACC
3
4 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
4
5 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
5
6 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
6
7 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
7
8 UW-River Falls River Falls, Wis. WIAC
8
9 North Central (Ill.) Naperville, Ill. CCIW
9
10 Illinois Wesleyan Bloomington, Ill. CCIW
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
Last Week
1 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
1
2 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
2
3 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
3
4 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
4
5 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
5
6 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
6
7 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
7
8 Connecticut College New London, Conn. NESCAC
8
9 Brandeis Waltham, Mass. UAA
9
10 Wellesley Wellesley, Mass. NEWMAC
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 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
4
5 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
5
6 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
6
7 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
7
8 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
8
9 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
9
10 Univ. of the South Sewanee, Tenn. SAA
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
2
3 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
3
4 Cal Lutheran Thousand Oaks, Calif. SCIAC
4
5 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
5
6 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
6
7 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
7
8 Linfield McMinnville, Ore. Northwest Conference
8
9 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
9
10 Redlands Redlands, Calif. SCIAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2010: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2009: Whitworth, 2008: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps