Johns Hopkins Men Soar Into Top 10 of Division III National Coaches Polls

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

November 6, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Johns Hopkins’ women have been No. 1 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Coaches Poll for the entire 2013 season, and now their male teammates have joined them in the top-10.

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The Blue Jay men took down Dickinson and Haverford at the Centennial Conference Championships to win the title and jump 24 positions in the poll to No. 8 — their first appearance in the top 10 since the beginning of USTFCCCA records in 2008.

Conference championship weekend produced a number of changes to both polls, with the most top-10 movement taking place in the men’s poll. Including Johns Hopkins, seven of the top 10 spots are occupied by different teams this week, while half of the top 10 women’s positions are changed.

This poll will hold through regional championships next weekend, as there will not be a new poll this coming Wednesday.

Men

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)St. Olaf 4)UW-La Crosse 5)Williams
North Central (Ill.). Washington (Mo.) St. Olaf UW-La Crosse (+1) Williams (+1)
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Behind third-place finisher Max Robinson, No. 8 Johns Hopkins took the Centennial Conference title over Dickinson, which entered the meet as the highest-ranked team at No. 8, and defending league champion Haverford, which was ranked No. 12. Five of the top 11 finishers propelled the Blue Jays to a narrow 34-39 victory over Dickinson.

Dickinson has since fallen into a tied at No. 13 with Tufts — itself up 10 spots from the last poll — while Haverford dropped to No. 15.

Two-time defending national champion No. 1 North Central (Ill.), No. 2 Washington (Mo.) and No. 3 St. Olaf each claimed conference titles this past weekend to remain atop the poll. North Central took its 40th consecutive CCIW win, Washington its fourth straight UAA crown behind National Athlete of the Week Drew Padgett and St. Olaf the MIAC title.

No. 4 UW-La Crosse moved up one spot following a WIAC title. Led by five top-15 finishers, the Eagles defeated UW-Eau Claire — up two spots to No. 9 –and UW-Oshkosh, which dropped a position to No. 11, 53-58-66.

 Williams improved a position to No. 5. The Ephs claimed victories over No. 6 Middlebury, No. 13 Tufts, No. 21 Bowdoin, No. 26 Colby and No. 32 Bates. Colin Cotton finished runner-up for Williams as three top-10 finishers led the way to a 51-62 win over Middlebury, which fell two spots from No. 4 as a result.

Bates and Bowdoin each fell dramatically in the poll following the meet, sliding 15 and eight spots, respectively.

Tied with Middlebury at No. 6 was NYU, which improved one position from two weeks ago with a runner-up finish at the UAA Championships to No. 2 Washington (Mo.).

Rounding out the top 10 this week was Central (Iowa), which dropped one spot to No. 10 despite winning the IIAC title for the second consecutive year behind individual winner Austin O’Brien and the next two individual finishers.

Two new teams joined the poll, as No. 23 Willamette and No. 34 RPI entered the top 35 for the first time this season. Willamette impressed with an NWC title behind winner Parker Bennett to earn the Bearcats’ highest rank since coming in at No. 22 in week one of the 2011 season.

RPI is in the poll for the first time since the week seven edition last season, when it was No. 35.

Returning to the poll is No. 27 St. Lawrence after a one-poll absence. It last appeared in week five at No. 35.

Women

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Middlebury 3)Wartburg 4)MIT 5)Calvin
Johns Hopkins Middlebury Wartburg (-1) MIT Calvin
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No. 1 defending champion Johns Hopkins held steady at No. 1 following a Centennial Conference title for the sixth straight season, while No. 2 Middlebury remained as such with a dominant win over No. 6 Williams at the NESCAC Championships, 29-51.

No longer sharing that No. 2 spot with Middlebury is No. 3 Wartburg, which fell out of a tie with the Panthers despite a win at the IIAC Championships. The Knights, running without team leaders Sammi Bruett and Elana Enabnit, still managed a decisive 30-41 victory over No. 33 Loras.

A seventh straight NEWMAC title behind individual champ Elaine McVay kept MIT buoyed at No. 4, while an eighth MIAA title in nine years kept Calvin and individual champion Cassie Vince — a former National Athlete of the Week — at No. 5.

Williams remained stationary at No. 6 after its runner-up finish to Middlebury at the NESCAC meet. The Ephs were boosted by individual winner Kaleigh Kenny.

The biggest gainer in the top 10 was No. 7 Chicago, which defeated a pair of then-top-10 squads in NYU and Washington (Mo.) to win the UAA Championships. Individual runner-up Catherine Young led Chicago to a narrow 54-60 victory over NYU, which dropped one spot from No. 8 to No. 9.

Washington (Mo.), which entered the meet No. 10 in the nation, fell seven spots to  No. 17 following a fourth-place finish. Third-place Brandeis jumped 11 positions in the poll into a tied with St. Olaf at No. 22 — its highest rank since a No. 20 entry in week one of 2010.

Displaced by Chicago was No. 8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which won its SCIAC Championship.

SUNY Geneseo improved one spot to No. 10 following a dominant team title at the SUNYAC Championships behind individual winner Keira Wood.

Two new teams joined the poll in No. 31 Ohio Wesleyan and No. 33 Loras. Ohio Wesleyan is a top-35 team for the first time since USTFCCCA records began in 2009, while Loras is ranked for the first time since a No. 34 citation at the end of the 2008 season.

Re-entering the poll was No. 32 Hamilton.

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 #7 — November 6

next poll: MONDAY, November 18 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 North Central (Ill.) (8) 280 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (48th)
1
2 Washington (Mo.) 272 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
2
3 St. Olaf 259 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (6th)
3
4 UW-La Crosse 252 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
5
5 Williams 250 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (35th)
6
6 NYU 232 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (16th)
7
6 Middlebury 232 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
4
8 Johns Hopkins 210 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th)
32
9 UW-Eau Claire 208 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (7th)
11
10 Central (Iowa) 204 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (6th)
9
11 UW-Oshkosh 194 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd)
10
12 SUNY Cortland 189 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th)
15
13 Tufts 186 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th)
23
13 Dickinson 186 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
8
15 Haverford 156 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th)
12
16 MIT 153 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (32nd)
20
17 Chicago 151 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
14
18 Calvin 146 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (28th)
16
19 SUNY Geneseo 139 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
18
20 Wabash 118 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (8th)
19
21 Bowdoin 117 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th)
13
22 Loras 95 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (9th)
28
23 Willamette 92 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (10th)
RV
24 Carnegie Mellon 88 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (21st)
26
25 UW-Stout 86 Midwest WIAC Matt Schauf (7th)
27
26 Colby 77 New England NESCAC Jared Beers (8th)
25
27 St. Lawrence 63 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (13th)
RV
28 Luther 58 Central IIAC Steve Pasche (9th)
24
29 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 56 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
22
30 Wheaton (Ill.) 49 Midwest CCIW Scott Bradley (12th)
34
31 Allegheny (Pa.) 47 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (4th)
21
32 Bates 44 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th)
17
33 Carleton 34 Central MIAC Dave Ricks (7th)
33
34 RPI 20 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (3rd)
RV
35 UW-Platteville 19 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (21st)
RV
35 Rochester 19 Atlantic UAA John Izzo (14th)
31
35 Pomona-Pitzer 19 West SCIAC Tony Boston (6th)
29
Others Receiving Votes: Wartburg 10, Augustana (Ill.) 9, Widener 7, Mount Union 6, Amherst 4, Manchester 2, Susquehanna 1, SUNY Fredonia 1
Dropped Out: No. 30 Augustana (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 #7 — November 6

next poll: MONDAY, November 18 (next week off)
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 280 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th)
1
2 Middlebury 271 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (3rd)
2
3 Wartburg 264 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (25th)
2
4 MIT 253 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th)
4
5 Calvin 249 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (8th)
5
6 Williams 239 New England NESCAC Peter Farwell (14th)
6
7 Chicago 233 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (13th)
9
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 222 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (30th)
7
9 NYU 219 Atlantic UAA Nick McDonough (7th)
8
10 SUNY Geneseo 200 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (22nd)
11
11 Tufts 192 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th)
11
12 Trinity (Texas) 191 South/Southeast SCAC Derick Lawrence (2nd)
13
13 Oberlin 174 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (8th)
15
14 Haverford 171 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (23rd)
15
15 Carleton 169 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (21st)
14
16 St. Lawrence 164 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (15th)
18
17 Washington (Mo.) 142 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (13th)
10
18 Hope 136 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (26th)
22
19 UW-La Crosse 135 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (2nd)
17
20 Dickinson 134 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (24th)
19
21 Bates 133 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (9th)
21
22 St. Olaf 116 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (33rd)
23
22 Brandeis 116 New England UAA John Evans (10th)
33
24 SUNY Oneonta 94 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (4th)
28
25 Case Western Reserve 77 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (16th)
20
26 Marywood 74 Mideast Colonial States Kevin Borrelli (6th)
26
27 UW-Stevens Point 71 Midwest WIAC Megan Craig (5th)
25
28 Willamette 67 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (10th)
26
29 Vassar 57 Atlantic Liberty League James McCowan (9th)
24
30 St. Benedict 52 Central MIAC Robin Balder-Lanoue (18th)
30
31 Ohio Wesleyan 40 Great Lakes NCAC Matt Wackerly (4th)
NR
32 Hamilton 33 Atlantic NESCAC Ellen Hull (21st)
RV
33 Loras 19 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (9th)
NR
33 Elizabethtown 19 Mideast Middle Atlantic Brian Falk (6th)
31
35 Whitworth 12 West Northwest Toby Schwarz (18th)
34
Others Receiving Votes: Augustana (Ill.) 8, TCNJ 6, North Central (Ill.) 5, John Carroll 2, Emory 1
Dropped Out: No. 29 Colby, No. 31 DePauw, No. 34 Rochester
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)