Week 4 Division III Rankings Feature Three New Men’s No. 1s, Three New Women’s No. 2s

By assistedsupport, USTFCCCA

October 7, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS—After spicy head-to-head match-ups at Paul Short and SUNY Geneseo, three new NCAA Division III men’s teams rose to No. 1 in their respective regions.  The Regional Cross Country Rankings were released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The Williams-St. Lawrence rematch at Paul Short played a huge role in the New England and Atlantic men’s rankings. Williams’s 474-557 win over the Saints was enough to garner the Ephs six of the eleven first-place votes, as they retook the No. 1 New England ranking back from idle Colby.

In the Atlantic, St. Lawrence actually received one more first-place-vote than new No. 1 SUNY Geneseo.  But Geneseo’s dominating home meet win over nationally ranked Dickinson and SUNY Oneonta was enough to, like Williams, retake their preseason No. 1 ranking.

The third new No. 1 were Christopher Newport men in the South/Southeast.  That’s the first time since at least 2009 (the first year of regional polling data on hand) that the Captains have received top billing in the South; they haven’t qualified for NCAAs since 1994.

This week was a regional high-water mark for three teams: Mideast No. 4 Widener, Midwest No. 6 UW-Stout, and Great Lakes No. 4 John Carroll all received their highest regional ranking in at least five years.

Two schools about 45 minutes apart in Connecticut were the only two DIII men’s squads to be newly regionally ranked this week: New England No. 9 Wesleyan (Conn.) and No. 10 Coast Guard.

Unlike the men’s rankings, the women’s are largely unchanged with no new No. 1 teams.  There were, however, three new No. 2s—a coveted spot with the top two teams from each region automatically qualifying for nationals.

After an impressive second-place finish at Pre-Nationals two weeks ago, Mount Union showed that it’s for real with a DIII win at the All-Ohio championships this weekend.  The Purple Raiders rise into a tie with Calvin for No. 2 in the Great Lakes. (Despite finishing second to MU at the Ohio meet, Oberlin holds on to the top spot in recognition that they were missing several top runners).

In the Mideast, No. 2 Elizabethtown and No. 4 Dickinson flip-flopped places in the rankings after Etown beat the Devils by 18 points at Geneseo. Trinity (Texas) made an enormous six-spot jump to No. 2 in the South/Southeast on the strength of its performance at the Chile Pepper Festival.

Two teams hit their best-ever regional rankings: RIT at No. 5 in the Atlantic and St. Benedict at No. 4 in the Central. And three teams are in the regional top ten for the first time in 2014.  All are from the Mideast: Nos. 6, 9, and 10 Allegheny, York, and Bryn Mawr.

That’s the first-ever regional ranking for Bryn Mawr.

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 #4 – October 7

national poll release: October 8
next regional release: October 14
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
2
2 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
1
3 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
3
4 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
4
5 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
7
6 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
8
7 Fredonia Fredonia, N.Y. SUNYAC
NR
8 Rochester (N.Y.) Rochester, N.Y. UAA
5
9 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
6
10 Hamilton Clinton, N.Y. (Oneida Co.) NESCAC
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
4
5 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
5
6 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
6
7 Saint John’s (Minn.) Collegeville, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Hamline Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
8
9 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
10
10 Grinnell Grinnell, Iowa Midwest Conference
9
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. Michigan Intercollegiate
2
3 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
3
4 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
5
5 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
4
6 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
6
7 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
NR
8 Ohio Northern Ada, Ohio OAC
7
9 Adrian Adrian, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
8
10 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
9
10 Rose-Hulman Terre Haute, Ind. HCAC
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 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
2
4 Widener Chester, Pa. Middle Atlantic
8
5 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
4
6 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
6
7 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
5
8 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
7
9 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Landmark
9
10 Messiah Grantham, Pa. Middle Atlantic
10
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
5
5 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
4
6 UW-Stout Menominie, Wis. WIAC
7
7 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
8
8 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
6
9 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
9
10 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
10
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
2
2 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
1
3 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
3
4 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
4
5 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
5
6 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
6
7 Bowdoin Brunswick, Maine NESCAC
7
8 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
8
9 Wesleyan (Conn.) Middletown, Conn. NESCAC
NR
10 Coast Guard New London, Conn. NEWMAC
NR
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 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
2
2 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
3
3 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
1
4 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
4
5 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
5
6 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
6
7 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
7
8 UT Tyler Tyler, Texas ASC
8
9 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
10
10 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
9
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
1
2 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
2
3 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
3
4 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
5
5 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
6
6 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
4
7 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
10
8 Whittier Whittier, Calif. SCIAC
7
9 La Verne La Verne, Calif. SCIAC
9
10 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
8
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 #4 – October 7

national poll release: October 8
next regional release: October 14
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
1
2 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
2
3 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
3
4 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
4
5 RIT Henrietta, N.Y. Liberty League
6
6 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
5
7 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
NR
8 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
7
9 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
8
10 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, N.Y. SUNYAC
10
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. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
2
3 St. Olaf Northfield, Minn. MIAC
3
4 St. Benedict St. Joseph, Minn. MIAC
5
5 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
4
6 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
6
7 Macalester Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
8
8 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
9
9 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
7
10 Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln, Neb. Great Plains
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. Michigan Intercollegiate
2
2 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
3
4 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
4
5 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
8
6 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
5
7 Otterbein Westerville, Ohio OAC
7
8 Denison Granville, Ohio NCAC
6
9 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
9
10 Hanover Hanover, Ind. HCAC
10
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 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Landmark
4
3 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
3
4 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
2
5 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
5
6 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
NR
7 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
6
8 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
7
9 York (Pa.) York, Pa. CAC
NR
10 Bryn Mawr Byrn Mawr, Pa. Centennial
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 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
1
2 UW-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
2
3 North Central (Ill.) Naperville, Ill. CCIW
3
4 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
4
5 Aurora Aurora, Ill. NACC
5
6 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
6
7 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
7
8 St. Norbert De Pere, Wis. Midwest Conference
8
9 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
9
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 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
1
2 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
2
3 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
3
4 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
3
5 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
5
6 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
6
7 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
8
8 Connecticut College New London, Conn. NESCAC
7
9 Wellesley Wellesley, Mass. NEWMAC
10
10 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
NR
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 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
8
3 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
4
4 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
2
5 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
5
6 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
2
7 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
7
8 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
6
9 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
9
10 Roanoke Salem, Va. ODAC
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 Conference
1
2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
2
3 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
5
4 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
4
5 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
3
6 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
6
7 Redlands Redlands, Calif. SCIAC
7
8 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
8
9 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
9
10 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
10
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2010: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2009: Whitworth