Middlebury Women Shake Up Division III National Coaches Polls’ Top 10

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 2, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Behind an upset of two top-five squads over the weekend, the Middlebury women jumped to No. 3 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Coaches Polls released Wednesday to cause something of a top-10 shuffle.

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Six of the top ten spots in the women’s poll are occupied by different teams from a week ago after Middlebury’s jump from No. 8 to No. 3, while only one spot changed in the men’s poll as No. 2 UW-La Crosse pulled out of a tie with Haverford, which dropped to No. 3.

WOMEN

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Wartburg 3)Middlebury 4)MIT 5)Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Johns Hopkins Wartburg Middlebury (+5) MIT (-1) Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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With four runners among the first eight finishers, Middlebury edged out a strong field featuring then-top-five MIT and Williams for the team crown at the Purple Valley Classic at Williams this past weekend. MIT was displaced one spot to No. 4, while Williams fell two spots from No. 4 to No. 6.

The Panthers now only trail unanimous No. 1 Johns Hopkins and No. 2 Wartburg on the national list. Johns Hopkins finished eighth as a team at the mostly Division I Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown at Boston College, while Wartburg earned a dominant team victory at the Roy Griak Invitational Suzy Wilson Women’s Maroon III race behind five runners in the top 21 places.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps remained stationary at No. 5.

No. 7 Chicago and No. 8 Calvin were each knocked down one spot by Williams’ slide to No. 6, while No. 9 Trinity (Texas) stood pat from a week ago. St. Lawrence swapped spots with Oberlin to No. 10 and No. 11, respectively.

A runner-up finish in the Griak Maroon III race boosted Bates 10 spots to No. 14 — the highest mark in program history.

New to the poll this week were National Athlete of the Week Chelsea Johnson and No. 22 St. Scholastica, No. 23 Aurora and No. 30 Colby. Both St. Scholastica and Aurora are ranked for the first time in their respective program histories.

MEN

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central 2)UW-La Crosse 3)Haverford 4)Washington (Mo.) 5)MIT
North Central (Ill.). UW-La Crosse Haverford (-1) Washington (Mo) MIT
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All is quiet at the top of the men’s poll, where only Haverford moved after dropping out of a tie at No. 2 with UW-La Crosse — though the two remain separated by only two votes.

UW-La Crosse and National Athlete of the Week David Stilin turned in a strong runner-up showing against a mainly Division II field in the Griak’s Maroon II men’s race. Stilin led the way with a 10th-place overall finish while the rest of the Eagles’ top five came through within the top 32 places.

Haverford put two finishers among the top 14 at its home Main Line Invitational against No. 27 Villanova and Penn of Division I.

North Central (Ill.) remained the unanimous No. 1, while Washington (Mo.) and MIT stayed put at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. MIT took care of business at the Williams Purple Valley Classic over No. 9 Williams, which also remained in the same spot as a week ago.

Rounding out the top 10 were No. 6 Bowdoin; No. 7 UW-Eau Claire, champions of the Griak Maroon III race; No. 8 Dickinson; No. 9 Williams and No. 10 St. Olaf.

Lurking right outside the top 10 is NYU, which turned in a strong showing at the Dickinson Long and Short Invitational to jump seven spots to No. 11.

Other big gainers included No. 16 Chicago up nine spots and No. 21 Carleton up eight spots.

New to the poll are No. 27 Wartburg and No. 33 St. Thomas. Wartburg joins the polls for the first time since the middle of last season, while St. Thomas has waited since the 2011 preseason to make its return trip.

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

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2013 Week #3 — October 2

next poll: October 9
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 North Central (Ill.) (8) 280 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (48th)
1
2 UW-La Crosse 269 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
2
3 Haverford 267 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th)
2
4 Washington (Mo.) 254 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
4
5 MIT 249 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (32nd)
5
6 Bowdoin 234 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th)
6
7 UW-Eau Claire 232 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (7th)
7
8 Dickinson 219 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
8
9 Williams 215 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (35th)
9
10 St. Olaf 212 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (6th)
10
11 NYU 201 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (16th)
18
12 Wabash 187 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (8th)
12
13 UW-Oshkosh 181 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd)
16
14 Bates 174 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th)
11
15 SUNY Cortland 161 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th)
15
16 Chicago 153 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
25
17 Carnegie Mellon 151 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (21st)
16
18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 134 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
22
19 Johns Hopkins 121 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th)
20
20 Pomona-Pitzer 114 West SCIAC Tony Boston (6th)
19
21 Carleton 111 Central MIAC Dave Ricks (7th)
29
22 Calvin 106 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (28th)
13
23 Middlebury 102 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
23
24 UW-Platteville 101 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (21st)
20
25 Tufts 93 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th)
14
26 Rochester 87 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (14th)
27
27 Wartburg 77 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (25th)
RV
28 Allegheny (Pa.) 75 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (4th)
24
29 Augustana (Ill.) 57 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (48th)
28
30 St. Lawrence 40 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (13th)
30
31 Central (Iowa) 38 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (6th)
32
32 Manchester 36 Great Lakes HCAC Brian Cashdollar (16th)
26
33 St. Thomas (Minn.) 24 Central MIAC Pete Wareham (21st)
NR
34 UW-Stevens Point 18 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (35th)
31
35 SUNY Geneseo 15 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
34
Others Receiving Votes: Amherst 11, Loras 7, Case Western Reserve 5, Occidental 5, Susquehanna 5, Keene State 4, Centre 3, Wheaton (Ill.) 2, Grinnell 1, Rowan 1
Dropped Out: No. 33 Wheaton (Ill.), No. 35 Case Western Reserve
(* 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 #3 — October 2

next poll: October 9
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 269 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (25th)
2
3 Middlebury 266 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
8
4 MIT 255 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th)
3
5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 242 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
5
6 Williams 238 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (14th)
4
7 Chicago 236 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
6
8 Calvin 224 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (8th)
7
9 Trinity (Texas) 217 South/Southeast SCAC Derick Lawrence (2nd)
9
10 St. Lawrence 204 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (15th)
11
11 Oberlin 203 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (8th)
10
12 Tufts 191 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th)
18
13 SUNY Geneseo 184 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
13
14 Bates 170 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (9th)
24
15 Carleton 169 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (21st)
12
16 NYU 165 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (7th)
17
17 UW-La Crosse 156 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
14
18 Dickinson 142 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
15
19 St. Olaf 133 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (33rd)
16
20 Hope 124 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (26th)
19
21 Ithaca 121 Atlantic Empire 8 Erin Dinan (2nd)
21
22 St. Scholastica 115 Central UMAC Steve Pfingsten (22nd)
RV
23 Aurora 94 Midwest NACC Ryan Chapman (6th)
NR
24 Elizabethtown 92 Mideast Middle Atlantic Brian Falk (6th)
23
25 Haverford 82 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (23rd)
27
26 Washington (Mo.) 77 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
25
27 Willamette 75 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (10th)
26
28 Luther 56 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (9th)
22
28 Vassar 56 Atlantic Liberty League James McCowan (9th)
29
30 Colby 50 New England NESCAC Deb Aitken (29th)
NR
31 Case Western Reserve 43 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (16th)
30
32 Amherst 31 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd)
28
33 Marywood 21 Mideast Colonial States Kevin Borrelli (6th)
31
33 UW-Stevens Point 21 Midwest WIAC Megan Craig (5th)
20
35 Whitworth 17 West Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (18th)
33
Others Receiving Votes: Kenyon 9, Emory 8, SUNY New Paltz 2, Centre 1, St. Benedict 1
Dropped Out: No. 32 Emory, No. 33 St. Benedict, No. 35 Kenyon
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)