St. Lawrence Men & Women Move to No. 1 in Division III Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

Courtesy: Dennis Young, USTFCCCA

September 16, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS—Since voting on the preseason poll in August, Division III coaches have had three weeks to evaluate results from across the nation for the first Regional Team Rankings of the season, released Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

While the status quo remained largely intact, Tuesday’s rankings saw three new regional No. 1s installed ahead of Wednesday’s release of the National Coaches Polls.

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Two of those No. 1s are the St. Lawrence men and women. Both squads notched upset wins over the national No. 2 women and No. 3 men of Williams (though missing several key women’s runners) and national No. 9 NYU women at the Saratoga Invitational to jump several slots – three for the women and two for the men – to the top of the Atlantic Region.

Both preseason Atlantic Region favorite SUNY Geneseo and NYU dropped one spot in both the men’s and women’s region rankings to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The men and women of Williams remained atop the New England Region.

The third new regional No. 1 are the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men in the West. The Stags leapfrogged SCIAC rivals Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental (which held out its top runners) after beating both at the UC Riverside Invite. Those two both slid one spot to Nos. 2 and 3.

Four men’s teams jumped three places; the two biggest gainers of either sex were the women of Vassar (up a whopping six spots in the Atlantic) and Aurora (up four in the Midwest).

Men’s teams making their season debut in the regional polls are UW-Stevens Point (Midwest), Hamline (Central), Keene State (New England), UT-Tyler (South/Southeast), and Elizabethtown (Mideast). 

For the women, the list of debutants is much longer, and goes: RIT and Stevens Institute (Atlantic); Lebanon Valley, Susquehanna, Gettysburg, Misericordia and Waynesburg (Mideast); Loras and St. Thomas (Minn.) (Central); St. Norbert and Augustana (Ill.) (Midwest); Washington & Lee and Roanoke (South/Southeast); and UC Santa Cruz, and Redlands (West).

The USTFCCCA regional rankings archive only goes back to 2010, but that’s the first appearance for the Hamline men and the women of RIT, Stevens, Misericordia, and Waynesburg during that span.

NCAA Division III Regional Championships will be held around the country Saturday, November 15.

USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region, or by a panel of coaches in the region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current-season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2014 Week #1 — September 16

national poll release: September 17
next regional release: September 23
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
3
2 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
1
3 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
5
4 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
1
5 Rochester (N.Y.) Rochester, N.Y. UAA
6
6 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
4
7 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
9
8 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
7
9 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
8
10 Fredonia Fredonia, N.Y. SUNYAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: SUNY Cortland, 2012: NYU, 2011: St. Lawrence, 2010: SUNY Geneseo, 2009: SUNY Cortland
       
         
CENTRAL Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
1
2 Central (Iowa) Pella, Iowa IIAC
2
3 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
3
4 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
7
5 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
5
6 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
4
7 Saint John’s (Minn.) Collegeville, Minn. MIAC
8
8 Grinnell Grinnell, Iowa Midwest
10
9 Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Great Plains
9
10 Hamline Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: St. Olaf, 2012: St. Olaf, 2011: Nebraska Wesleyan, 2010: Grinnell, 2009: Nebraska Wesleyan/St. Thomas (Minn.),
       
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Wabash Crawfordsville, Ind. NCAC
1
2 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. MIAA
2
3 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
3
4 Ohio Northern Ada, Ohio OAC
6
5 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
4
6 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
8
7 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
5
8 Rose-Hulman Terre Haute, Ind. HCAC
7
9 Hope Holland, Mich. MIAA
9
10 Wooster Wooster, Ohio NCAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Wabash, 2012: Calvin, 2011: Calvin, 2010: Calvin, 2009: Calvin
       
         
MIDEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
1
2 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
3
4 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
4
5 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
6
6 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
5
7 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
7
8 Widener Chester, Pa. Middle Atlantic
8
9 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Landmark
NR
10 York (Pa.) York, Pa. CAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Johns Hopkins, 2012: Haverford, 2011: Haverford, 2010: Haverford, 2009: Allegheny (Pa.)
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 North Central (Ill.) Naperville, Ill. CCIW
1
2 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
2
3 UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. WIAC
3
4 UW-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
4
5 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
5
6 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
6
7 UW-Stout Menominie, Wis. WIAC
8
8 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
10
9 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
NR
10 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: North Central (Ill.), 2012: North Central (Ill.), 2011: North Central (Ill.), 2010: North Central (Ill.), 2009: North Central (Ill.)
       
         
NEW ENGLAND Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
1
2 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
2
3 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
4
4 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
7
4 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
5
6 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
3
7 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
6
8 Bowdoin Brunswick, Maine NESCAC
8
9 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
NR
10 WPI Worcester, Mass. NEWMAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Williams, 2012: Middlebury, 2011: Williams, 2010: MIT, 2009: Williams
       
         
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
1
2 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
5
3 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
4
4 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
3
5 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
6
6 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
2
7 UT Tyler Tyler, Texas ASC
NR
8 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
7
9 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
9
10 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Bridgewater (Va.), 2012: Lynchburg, 2011: Lynchburg, 2010: Lynchburg, 2009: Emory
       
         
WEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
4
2 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
3 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
2
4 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest
3
5 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest
6
6 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest
9
7 La Verne La Verne, Calif. SCIAC
5
8 Whittier Whittier, Calif. SCIAC
8
9 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent
7
10 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Pomona-Pitzer, 2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Occidental/Colorado College,2010: Willamette, 2009: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country Regional Team Rankings

2014 Week #1 — September 16

national poll release: September 17
next regional release: September 23
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
4
2 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
1
3 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
2
4 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
10
5 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
3
6 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
5
7 RIT Henrietta, N.Y. Liberty League
NR
8 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
7
9 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
5
10 Stevens Hoboken, N.J. Empire 8
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: NYU, 2012: St. Lawrence, 2011: St. Lawrence, 2010: St. Lawrence, 2009: St. Lawrence
       
         
CENTRAL Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
1
2 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
2
3 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
3
4 St. Benedict St. Joseph, Minn. MIAC
5
5 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
4
6 Macalester Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
9
7 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
NR
7 Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Great Plains
7
9 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
NR
10 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Wartburg, 2012: Wartburg, 2011: Wartburg, 2010: Luther, 2009: Carleton
       
         
GREAT LAKES Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
1
2 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. MIAA
2
3 Hope Holland, Mich. MIAA
3
4 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
6
5 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
7
6 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
5
7 Otterbein Westerville, Ohio OAC
8
8 Denison Granville, Ohio NCAC
10
9 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
4
10 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Calvin, 2012: Hope, 2011: Calvin, 2010: Calvin, 2009: Calvin
       
         
MIDEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
1
2 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
2
4 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Landmark
4
5 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
5
6 Lebanon Valley Annville, Pa. Middle Atlantic
NR
7 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
8
8 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
NR
9 Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pa. Centennial
NR
10 Misericordia Dallas, Pa. Middle Atlantic
NR
10 Waynesburg Waynesburg, Pa. PAC NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Johns Hopkins, 2012: Johns Hopkins, 2011: Johns Hopkins, 2010: Johns Hopkins, 2009: Johns Hopkins
       
         
MIDWEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
1
2 UW-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
3
3 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
2
4 Aurora Aurora, Ill. NACC
8
5 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
4
6 St. Norbert De Pere, Wis. Midwest
NR
7 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
7
8 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
NR
9 North Central (Ill.) Naperville, Ill. CCIW
5
10 Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton, Ill. CCIW
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Chicago, 2012: UW-Eau Claire, 2011: Washington (Mo.), 2010: UW-Eau Claire, 2009: UW-Eau Claire
       
         
NEW ENGLAND Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
1
2 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
3
3 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
2
4 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
4
5 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
6
6 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
8
7 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
7
8 Wellesley Wellesley, Mass. NEWMAC
9
9 Brandeis Waltham, Mass. UAA
5
10 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Williams, 2012: MIT, 2011: Middlebury, 2010: Middlebury, 2009: Middlebury/MIT,
         
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
1
2 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
2
3 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
3
4 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
5
4 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
4
6 Univ. of the South Sewanee, Tenn. SAA
6
7 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
7
8 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
NR
8 Roanoke Salem, Va. ODAC
NR
10 Berry Rome, Ga. SAA
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Trinity (Texas), 2012: Trinity (Texas), 2011: Emory, 2010: Rhodes, 2009: Rhodes
       
         
WEST Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest
1
2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
2
3 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest
3
4 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest
4
5 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
6
6 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest
7
7 Cal Lutheran Thousand Oaks, Calif. SCIAC
8
8 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent
NR
9 Redlands Redlands, Calif. SCIAC
NR
10 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
9
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2010: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2009: Whitworth