Shaken-Up DIII Cross Country National Coaches Polls Headlined by Big Moves from St. Lawrence

Courtesy: Dennis Young, USTFCCCA

September 17, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – The top two slots for both sexes in Wednesday’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll remained stagnant (St. Olaf/North Central (Ill.) men, Johns Hopkins/Williams women), but overall, the first regular-season edition of the top-35 was marked by a significant lack of stability.

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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)St. Olaf 2)North Central (Ill.) 3)UW-Eau Claire 4)St. Lawrence 5)Central (Iowa)
St. Olaf North Central (Ill.) UW-Eau Claire St. Lawrence Central (Iowa)
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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Williams 3)St. Lawrence 4)Chicago 5)MIT
Johns Hopkins Williams St. Lawrence Chicago MIT
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Of the 35 nationally ranked teams, 28 men’s squads and the same number of women’s teams changed slots from the preseason poll. Most of the movements were minor fluctuations as the coaches form their opinions based on the smaller meets of the season’s first three weeks. The real tectonic shifts came from teams who faced off against each other.

On the basis of short-course (6k men, 5k women) wins at the Saratoga Invitational, the St. Lawrence men and women made two of the biaggest jumps in poll history to No. 5 and No. 3, respectively. By virtue of knocking off then-No. 3 Williams, the Saint men skyrocketed 21 spots, while the Saints’ women were rewarded with a 17-spot jump for beating No.2 Williams and No. 9 NYU.

Led by fifth-place Joseph Smith, all five St. Lawrence men crossed the line among the top 10 finishers to beat Williams, 39-53. Cassia Hameline and Lisa Grohn finished second and third for the SLU women, which narrowly edged Williams, 41-43.

Williams’ men fell three spots to No. 6. Both the women of Williams and NYU held firm in the poll.

Elsewhere in the top five, the UW-Eau Claire men moved up one spot to No. 3 – its best rank since at least 2008 – and the MIT women stepped up one step to No. 5.

The ripple effects of that Saratoga meet were felt well down the poll. By virtue of their fourth and fifth place finishes there, respectively, the men of NYU jumped from “receiving votes” to No. 15, and the women of Vassar entered the poll at No. 20.

Also making their season debuts in the national top 35 for the men were No. 17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 27 Wartburg, No. 31 Carnegie Mellon, No. 33 Bowdoin, and No. 35 Augustana (Ill.).

In addition to Vassar, new to the 2014 women’s poll were No. 32 Whitman, No. 34 Aurora, and No. 35 Amherst.

The NCAA Regional Championships will be held across country on Saturday, November 15.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #1 — September 17

next poll: September 24
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 St. Olaf (5) 277 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (7th)
1
2 North Central (Ill.) (3) 275 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (49th)
2
3 UW-Eau Claire 263 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (8th)
4
4 St. Lawrence 246 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (14th)
25
5 Central (Iowa) 245 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (7th)
5
6 Williams 242 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (36th)
3
7 MIT 225 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (33rd)
6
8 UW-Platteville 224 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (22nd)
9
9 Johns Hopkins 222 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th)
7
10 UW-La Crosse 211 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (3rd)
8
11 Washington (Mo.) 197 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (14th)
10
12 Haverford 194 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (40th)
11
13 SUNY Geneseo 193 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (23rd)
13
14 Loras 168 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (10th)
14
15 NYU 160 Atlantic UAA Will Boylan-Pett (1st)
RV
16 Colby 154 New England NESCAC Jared Beers (9th)
16
17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 145 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (31st)
RV
18 Dickinson 141 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (25th)
15
19 Wabash 137 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (9th)
18
20 Chicago 120 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (14th)
21
21 Pomona-Pitzer 113 West SCIAC Tony Boston (7th)
16
21 Amherst 113 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (18th)
22
23 Allegheny (Pa.) 107 Mideast NCAC Brent Wilkerson (5th)
20
24 Bates 94 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (20th)
34
25 Calvin 93 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (29th)
23
26 SUNY Cortland 69 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th)
19
27 Wartburg 65 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (26th)
NR
28 Middlebury 64 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (4th)
12
29 UW-Stout 51 Midwest WIAC Matt Schauf (8th)
31
30 Tufts 48 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (10th)
27
31 Carnegie Mellon 38 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (22nd)
RV
32 Occidental 28 West SCIAC Robert Bartlett (10th)
24
33 Bowdoin 20 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (29th)
NR
33 Bridgewater (Va.) 20 South/Southeast ODAC Brian Flynn (5th)
33
35 Augustana (Ill.) 16 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (49th)
RV
Others Receiving Votes: UW-Oshkosh 14, Swarthmore 14, Rochester (N.Y.) 14, Keene State 6, UW-Stevens Point 5, Susquehanna 3, Whitman 2, St. Thomas (Minn.) 2, Christopher Newport 1, Carleton 1
Dropped Out: No. 26 Carleton, No. 28 UW-Oshkosh, No. 29 Wheaton (Ill.), No. 30 RPI, No. 31 Swarthmore, No. 34 St. Thomas (Minn.)
(* 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

2014 Week #1 — September 17

next poll: September 24
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
2013 FINAL
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 280 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th)
1
2 Williams 266 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (15th)
2
3 St. Lawrence 260 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (16th)
20
4 Chicago 254 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (14th)
4
5 MIT 243 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (8th)
6
6 Oberlin 242 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (9th)
5
7 SUNY Geneseo 237 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (23rd)
10
8 Middlebury 230 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (4th)
3
9 NYU 207 Atlantic UAA Will Boylan-Pett (1st)
9
10 Dickinson 205 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (25th)
12
11 Willamette 204 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (11th)
7
12 Calvin 203 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (9th)
7
13 Haverford 176 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (24th)
13
14 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 174 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (31st)
14
15 Carleton 165 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (22nd)
17
16 UW-La Crosse 162 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (3rd)
19
17 Tufts 157 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (15th)
16
18 St. Olaf 137 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (34th)
21
19 Washington (Mo.) 135 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (14th)
11
20 Vassar 131 Atlantic Liberty League James McCowan (10th)
NR
21 SUNY Oneonta 123 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (5th)
14
22 Hope 116 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (27th)
18
23 Ithaca 104 Atlantic Empire 8 Erin Dinan (3rd)
22
24 Wartburg 89 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (26th)
25
25 Case Western Reserve 78 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (17th)
34
26 Elizabethtown 75 Mideast Landmark Brian Falk (7th)
24
27 Whitworth 66 West Northwest Toby Schwarz (19th)
29
27 St. Benedict 66 Central MIAC Robin Balder-Lanoue (19th)
35
29 Emory 54 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (30th)
31
30 Bates 40 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (10th)
35
31 Luther 32 Central IIAC Yarrow Pasche (10th)
30
32 Swarthmore 22 Mideast Centennial Peter Carroll (15th)
32
32 Whitman 22 West Northwest Scott Shields (5th)
NR
34 Aurora 21 Midwest NACC Ryan Chapman (7th)
NR
35 Amherst 20 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (3rd)
NR
Others Receiving Votes: DePauw 17, RIT 12, Macalester 9, Mount Union 6
Dropped Out: No. 23 UW-Stevens Point, No. 26 Ohio Wesleyan, No. 27 TCNJ, No. 28 Brandeis, No. 32 Mount Union, No. 35 North Central (Ill.)
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)