Top-10 Men’s Shake-Up Headlines Division III National Coaches Polls

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

October 9, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – A weekend of big meets against big competition produced some big changes in the top 10 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Coaches Polls released Wednesday.

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The men’s top-10 was most heavily affected with all but two spots occupied by different teams than a week ago, while four changes were made to the women’s top 10.

Strong performances by Williams and St. Olaf combined with tumbles by 2012 national runner-up Haverford, UW-Eau Claire and Bowdoin facilitated big changes on the men’s side, while a two-spot drop by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps opened up some action in the women’s poll.

MEN

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central 2)UW-La Crosse 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)MIT 5)Williams
North Central (Ill.). UW-La Crosse Washington (Mo.) (+1) MIT (+1) Williams (+4)
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North Central (Ill.) remained the unanimous No. 1 after John Crain won the individual title in the Notre Dame Invitational Gold race and the team finished runner-up to No. 3 Grand Valley State of Division II and ahead of a host of Division I, II, III and NAIA programs. No. 2 UW-La Crosse took the team title at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational with five runners in the top 23.

Beyond that, the entire top 10 is different from a week ago.

Washington (Mo.) moved up to No. 3 following a strong third-place showing among non-Division I squads at the Greater Louisville Classic — ahead of Division II’s No. 8 Edinboro and No. 1 St. Francis (Ill.) of the NAIA. Former National Athlete of the Week Drew Padgett and Kevin Sparks finished 15th and 16th, respectively, in the largely Division I field to lead the Bears.

Formerly No. 3 in the nation, Haverford dropped seven spots to No. 10 — its lowest rank since being 15th near the end of the 2009 season — after slipping to the second spot in the Mideast Region behind No. 7 Dickinson Tuesday. The Fords finished 30th at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run in the Gold race, behind two other Division III programs.

Idle MIT improved to an all-time program-best No. 4, while New England Region rival Williams jumped four spots to No. 5 following a 17th-place team showing in the Gold race at Paul Short against mostly Division I competition. Colin Cotton led the Ephs with a 20th-place overall finish to the top team finish among non-Division I programs, ahead of No. 14 Lock Haven and No. 12 Mount Olive, both of Division II.

The No. 5 rank for Williams is the highest since it was No. 5 just before the 2011 NCAA Championships. The Ephs have been ranked as high as No. 4 nationally, and finished as high as runner-up at NCAAs in 2009 and third in 2008.

The No. 6 spot this week belongs to St. Olaf, which finished runner-up to No. 2 UW-La Crosse at UW-Eau Claire behind top collegiate finisher Grant Wintheiser. Never before have the Oles carried a single-digit rank or finished in the top 10 at NCAAs.

Dickinson moved up one spot to No. 7 after defeating regional rival Haverford at Paul Short with a 27th-place team finish. The last time the Red Devils were ranked so highly was sixth at the end of the 2011 regular season.

Tied at No. 8 are two teams new to this year’s top 10 in NYU and UW-Oshkosh. NYU, which was idle, improved three spots from a week ago; while UW-Oshkosh is up five spots from No. 13 last week following a 10th-place finish in the Gold race at the Notre Dame Invitational ahead of a number of Division I, II, III and NAIA programs.

NYU’s men are in the top 10 for just the second time in the past two seasons, most recently No. 5 just prior to last year’s NCAAs. Oshkosh is a top-10 squad for the first time since finishing fifth at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

After starting the preseason at No. 7 and then dropping to No. 32 by week two, Central (Iowa) is back in a big way with a 20-spot jump to No. 11 following a third-place showing at UW-Eau Claire.

Also making a 20-spot jump was SUNY Geneseo, which won its home invitational this past weekend to move from the edge of the poll at No. 35 to No. 15.

Going in the opposite direction was Bowdoin, which dropped from No. 6 last week to No. 22 this week.

New additions to the poll included DIII Pre-Nationals champion Loras at No. 25, ranked for the first time since the end of last season; and No. 33 Luther.

WOMEN

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 (+1)
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The women’s poll wasn’t quite as active as the men’s, with just four changes in the top 10 compared to the men’s eight.

Williams and Chicago each moved up one spot to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Williams was 27th overall in the mostly Division I Gold race at Paul Short, second among non-DI schools behind No. 1 defending national champion Johns Hopkins.

Chicago, despite idling this past weekend, moves back to the No. 6 spot. The team previously held the mark, which is an all-time program-best, for two weeks earlier this season.

The two aforementioned moves were facilitated by a two-spot drop by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps from No. 5 last week to No. 7 on Wednesday. The Athenas split its squad between DIII Pre-Nationals — though not with a contingent large enough to record a team score — and the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, where they finished runner-up.

Allison Barnwell finished runner-up individually for the Athenas at Pre-Nationals, though it was a distant second nearly 45 seconds behind National Athlete of the Week Chelsea Johnson of St. Scholastica.

SUNY Geneseo won its home invitational to jump three spots to No. 10, its first top-10 appearance of the season and the first since a No. 9 mark in week five of last season.

Headlining the stationary teams this week was No. 1 Johns Hopkins, which finished 15th out of 47 mostly Division I programs at Paul Short, led by former National Athlete of the Week Hannah Oneda in 39th overall.

No. 2 Wartbug idled this past weekend, as did No. 3 Middlebury and No. 4 MIT.

No. 8 Calvin finished seventh overall and second among non-Division I programs in the Gold race at Notre Dame, keeping its spot in the poll from a week ago.

Trinity (Texas) remained No. 9 after winning the team title at Division III Pre-Nationals at Hanover with all five of its scoring runners through among the top 18 finishers, led by fourth-place finisher Maddie Murphy.

The biggest move of the poll was a 12-spot jump to No. 13 by Haverford, which finished runner-up to No. 18 Shippensburg of Division II among non-DI teams and third overall in the Brown race at Paul Short.

Four teams joined the poll for the first time this season: No. 28 Rochester, No. 29 DePauw, No. 33 TCNJ and No. 35 Mount Union.

Mount Union is ranked for the first time since 2006 (the beginning of USTFCCCA records) while DePauw is in the top 35 for the first time since a No. 34 mark in the 2010 preseason. TCNJ last appeared in the rankings in week one of the 2012 poll at No. 31.

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 #4 — October 9

next poll: October 16
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.) 261 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
4
4 MIT 257 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (32nd)
5
5 Williams 246 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (35th)
9
6 St. Olaf 226 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (6th)
10
7 Dickinson 224 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
8
8 NYU 217 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (16th)
11
8 UW-Oshkosh 217 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd)
13
10 Haverford 211 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th)
3
11 Central (Iowa) 204 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (6th)
31
12 Wabash 191 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (8th)
12
13 UW-Eau Claire 183 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (7th)
7
14 Bates 179 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th)
14
15 SUNY Geneseo 166 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
35
16 Chicago 140 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
16
17 SUNY Cortland 137 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th)
15
18 Allegheny (Pa.) 134 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (4th)
28
19 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 121 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
18
20 Carnegie Mellon 117 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (21st)
17
20 Wartburg 117 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (25th)
27
22 Bowdoin 111 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th)
6
23 Calvin 99 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (28th)
22
24 Middlebury 91 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
23
25 Loras 82 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (9th)
RV
26 UW-Platteville 74 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (21st)
24
27 Johns Hopkins 67 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th)
19
28 Rochester 65 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (14th)
26
29 Pomona-Pitzer 64 West SCIAC Tony Boston (6th)
20
30 Tufts 59 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th)
25
31 Augustana (Ill.) 51 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (48th)
29
32 Manchester 49 Great Lakes HCAC Brian Cashdollar (16th)
32
33 Luther 33 Central IIAC Steve Pasche (9th)
NR
34 St. Lawrence 25 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (13th)
30
35 Carleton 23 Central MIAC Dave Ricks (7th)
21
Others Receiving Votes: Willamette 11, Case Western Reserve 8, UW-Stout 8, Vassar 8, Colby 4, Rowan 4, Amherst 3, Wheaton (Ill.) 1
Dropped Out: No. 33 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 34 UW-Stevens Point
(* 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 #4 — October 9

next poll: October 16
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 239 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (14th)
6
6 Chicago 236 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
7
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 229 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
5
8 Calvin 225 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (8th)
8
9 Trinity (Texas) 222 South/Southeast SCAC Derick Lawrence (2nd)
9
10 SUNY Geneseo 203 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
13
11 Oberlin 201 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (8th)
11
12 Tufts 196 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th)
12
13 Haverford 179 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (23rd)
25
14 St. Lawrence 178 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (15th)
10
15 NYU 163 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (7th)
16
16 UW-La Crosse 162 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
17
17 Dickinson 149 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
18
18 St. Olaf 148 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (33rd)
19
19 Bates 146 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (9th)
14
20 Hope 128 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (26th)
20
21 Carleton 122 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (21st)
15
22 Aurora 101 Midwest NACC Ryan Chapman (6th)
23
23 Vassar 99 Atlantic Liberty League James McCowan (9th)
28
24 St. Scholastica 98 Central UMAC Steve Pfingsten (22nd)
22
25 Willamette 74 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (10th)
27
26 Washington (Mo.) 73 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
26
27 Case Western Reserve 70 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (16th)
31
28 Rochester 55 Atlantic UAA Barbara Hartwig (25th)
NR
29 DePauw 54 Great Lakes NCAC Kori Stoffregen (18th)
NR
30 Colby 50 New England NESCAC Deb Aitken (29th)
30
31 Elizabethtown 47 Mideast Middle Atlantic Brian Falk (6th)
24
32 Amherst 30 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd)
32
33 TCNJ 25 Atlantic NJAC Justin Lindsey (1st)
NR
34 Whitworth 21 West Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (18th)
35
35 Mount Union 17 Great Lakes OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: UW-Stevens Point 13, St. Benedict 9, Emory 5, Ithaca 2
Dropped Out: No. 21 Ithaca, No. 28 Luther, No. 33 UW-Stevens Point, No. 33 Marywood
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)