New England Championships Shake Up Men’s Division III National Coaches Poll

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 16, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – It’s a tale of two polls in week’s five edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Coaches Polls, as all but five teams moved in the men’s poll and all but six teams stayed put in the women’s.

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The NEICAAA New England Championships this past weekend caused a lot of big movement in the men’s poll. A fifteen-spot jump to No. 9 for Middlebury, combined with an 11-spot slide to No. 15 for MIT and a 12-position increase to No. 18 by Tufts, caused most teams in the poll to shift from last week’s positions.

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central 2)UW-La Crosse 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)Williams 5)St. Olaf
North Central (Ill.). UW-La Crosse Washington (Mo.) Williams (+1) St. Olaf (+1)
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Middlebury finished fifth at New Englands ahead of a host of other New England Region squads to jump to the top spot in the Regional Rankings, but the No. 9 Panthers find themselves second among region teams in the National Poll.

That honor goes to Williams, which improved one spot to No. 4, taking the spot previously held by MIT. St. Olaf also moved up one spot to No. 5 as a resul, marking its highest position since USTFCCCA records began in 2006..

No. 6 NYU is up two spots from a tied at No. 8 last week following a team title at the Metropolitan Championships. UW-Oshkosh, the team with which NYU was tied at No. 8, moved one spot to No. 7, displacing Dickinson to No. 8.

Middlebury took the No. 9 spot, and Central (Iowa) improved one spot to No. 10.

The top three of unanimous No. 1 and defending champ North Central (Ill.), No. 2 UW-La Crosse and No. 3 Washington (Mo.) remained the same.

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Wartburg 3)Middlebury 4)MIT 5)Williams
Johns Hopkins Wartburg Middlebury MIT Williams
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New to the rankings this week is No. 33 Colby, ranked in the National Coaches Poll for the first time since USTFCCCA records began in 2006.

In the women’s poll, the top 21 teams remained stationary from a week ago. Defending champion and unanimous No. 1 Johns Hopkins top the poll, followed by No. 2 Wartburg and No. 3 Middlebury.

New to the poll is No. 35 Hamilton, ranked for the first time since the beginning of USTFCCCA records in 2006.

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

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2013 Week #5 — October 16

next poll: October 23
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 272 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
2
3 Washington (Mo.) 264 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
3
4 Williams 249 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (35th)
5
5 St. Olaf 240 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (6th)
6
6 NYU 224 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (16th)
8
7 UW-Oshkosh 222 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd)
8
8 Dickinson 221 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
7
9 Middlebury 212 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
24
10 Central (Iowa) 210 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (6th)
11
11 Haverford 201 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th)
10
12 Bates 188 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th)
14
13 Wabash 181 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (8th)
12
14 UW-Eau Claire 178 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (7th)
13
15 MIT 174 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (32nd)
4
16 SUNY Cortland 151 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th)
17
17 Chicago 145 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
16
18 Tufts 138 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th)
30
19 SUNY Geneseo 134 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
15
20 Allegheny (Pa.) 130 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (4th)
18
21 Wartburg 122 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (25th)
20
22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 115 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
19
23 Carnegie Mellon 102 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (21st)
20
24 Calvin 100 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (28th)
23
25 Bowdoin 93 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th)
22
26 UW-Platteville 79 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (21st)
26
27 Loras 72 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (9th)
25
28 Pomona-Pitzer 62 West SCIAC Tony Boston (6th)
29
29 Augustana (Ill.) 52 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (48th)
31
30 Johns Hopkins 51 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th)
27
31 Rochester 50 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (14th)
28
32 Manchester 40 Great Lakes HCAC Brian Cashdollar (16th)
32
33 Colby 21 New England NESCAC Jared Beers (8th)
RV
34 Luther 20 Central IIAC Steve Pasche (9th)
33
35 St. Lawrence 13 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (13th)
34
Others Receiving Votes: Carleton 11, Case Western Reserve 6, Wheaton (Ill.) 5, UW-Stout 4, Willamette 4, Vassar 3
Dropped Out: No. 35 Carleton
(* 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 #5 — October 16

next poll: October 23
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 270 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (25th)
2
3 Middlebury 266 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
3
4 MIT 255 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th)
4
5 Williams 240 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (14th)
5
6 Chicago 235 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
6
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 229 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
7
8 Calvin 224 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (8th)
8
9 Trinity (Texas) 222 South/Southeast SCAC Derick Lawrence (2nd)
9
10 SUNY Geneseo 204 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
10
11 Oberlin 202 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (8th)
11
12 Tufts 195 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th)
12
13 Haverford 182 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (23rd)
13
14 St. Lawrence 177 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (15th)
14
15 NYU 166 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (7th)
15
16 UW-La Crosse 160 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
16
17 Dickinson 152 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
17
18 St. Olaf 146 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (33rd)
18
19 Bates 143 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (9th)
19
20 Hope 127 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (26th)
20
21 Carleton 123 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (21st)
21
22 Vassar 105 Atlantic Liberty League James McCowan (9th)
23
23 Aurora 100 Midwest NACC Ryan Chapman (6th)
22
24 St. Scholastica 99 Central UMAC Steve Pfingsten (22nd)
24
25 Willamette 75 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (10th)
25
26 Washington (Mo.) 74 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
26
27 Case Western Reserve 73 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (16th)
27
28 Rochester 60 Atlantic UAA Barbara Hartwig (25th)
28
29 DePauw 53 Great Lakes NCAC Kori Stoffregen (18th)
29
30 Colby 46 New England NESCAC Deb Aitken (29th)
30
31 Elizabethtown 37 Mideast Middle Atlantic Brian Falk (6th)
31
32 Mount Union 23 Great Lakes OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd)
35
33 Amherst 19 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd)
32
33 Whitworth 19 West Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (18th)
34
35 Hamilton 17 Atlantic NESCAC Ellen Hull (21st)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: TCNJ 16, St. Benedict 11, UW-Stevens Point 10, Emory 4, Kenyon 1
Dropped Out: No. 33 TCNJ
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)