Colby Men & MIT Women Make Moves in a Hectic Division III XC National Coaches Poll

By assistedsupport, USTFCCCA

October 1, 2014   

NEW ORLEANSYesterday’s regional rankings showed the New England Region to be the stubbornly runny cheese in an otherwise solidifying NCAA Division III pie.  The National Coaches’ Poll, released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), proved half of that analogy true.

New England’s signature dairy product is indeed unsettled—the NE was responsible for the biggest changes— but the rest of the country is still a bit too hot to eat as well.

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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central (Ill.) 2)UW-Eau Claire 3)St. Olaf 4)St. Lawrence 5)Central (Iowa)
North Central (Ill.) UW-Eau Claire

St. Olaf

St. Lawrence Central (Iowa)
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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)MIT 3)St. Lawrence 4)MIT 5)Oberlin
Johns Hopkins MIT St. Lawrence Middlebury Oberlin
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Division III (35) ranks more teams than Division I (30), Division II (25), or the NAIA (25), which can lead to spiciness lower in the ranks.  This week was an extreme example of that, with 27 of the 30 men’s teams ranked Nos. 6-35 changing places this week.

The two biggest movers, by far, were Purple Valley Classic champs No. 6 Colby, up 11 spots to their highest national ranking in the USTFCCCA archive dating back to 2006, and No. 9 SUNY Geneseo, up 18 spots after taking second at Pre-Nationals.

Since 2006, Colby hadn’t been ranked inside the top 15 – its previous pinnacle was two weeks ago at No. 16 – while Geneseo returns to the top-10 for the first time since the end of the 2012 regular season.

And the three most significant women’s changes also came from the northeastern-most part of the country, as MIT jumped two slots to No. 2, No. 4 Middlebury climbed four positions, and Tufts moved up six spots to replace Midd as No. 8.

This is the highest rank for the MIT women since entering the 2012 NCAA Championships as the No. 1 team in the land. The Engineers came away with a disappointing sixth-place finish that year.

Also notable from the Northeast was former No. 2 Williams‘ drop to No. 10 after a fourth-place finish at its home Purple Valley meet. Not since the second poll of the 2010 season has a double-digit national rank been attached to the Ephs.

Both number ones were a model of stability, though.  The top five in the men’s poll remains unchanged from a week ago, with North Central (Ill.) leading the way.  Sixth-eight polls are in the USTFCCCA archives; NCC has now been No. 1 for 45 of them. Central (Iowa) at No. 5 is the only men’s team that has remained stationary for all four polls this season.

Likewise, No. 1 Johns Hopkins has been the only women’s squad static in all four 2014 polls.  In 2012, the Blue Jays weren’t ranked No. 1 all season, then won a national title in Terre Haute. Since then, they’ve been ranked No. 1 in 13 straight polls.

Only one new women’s team enters the poll, but it’s back in an enormous way.  No. 17 Mount Union improves 15 spots on its highest-ever national ranking; its best-ever NCAA finish is 20th in 2003.

No. 19 St. Thomas (Minn.) moves up five rungs; they do so on the basis of their Griak race, while the MU Purple Raiders are rewarded for their Pre-Nats performance.

There are three men’s newbies in the national poll this week: No. 29 Susquehanna, No. 30 SUNY Oneonta, and No. 34 Mount Union. (No. 28 UW-Oshkosh and No. 33 Swarthmore return after a brief absence from the top 35)  The coaches’ association archives date back to 2006; in that brief period, Susquehanna and Oneonta have not been ranked. The former did qualify for NCAAs in 1984 (when the field was only 21 teams), while the latter has never qualified for nationals.

The NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held November 22 in Mason, Ohio.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #3 — October 1

next poll: October 8
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 North Central (Ill.) (8) 280 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (49th)
1
2 UW-Eau Claire 272 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (8th)
2
3 St. Olaf 263 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (7th)
3
4 St. Lawrence 256 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (14th)
4
5 Central (Iowa) 246 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (7th)
5
6 Colby 238 New England NESCAC Jared Beers (9th)
17
7 UW-Platteville 230 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (22nd)
7
8 Johns Hopkins 220 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th)
9
9 SUNY Geneseo 214 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (23rd)
27
10 Williams 212 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (36th)
6
11 Washington (Mo.) 201 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (14th)
12
12 Dickinson 182 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (25th)
13
13 MIT 179 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (33rd)
8
14 Haverford 170 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (40th)
11
15 UW-La Crosse 167 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (3rd)
10
16 Wabash 152 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (9th)
13
17 Chicago 145 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (14th)
19
18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 143 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (31st)
18
18 Loras 143 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (10th)
13
20 Amherst 128 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (18th)
21
21 Pomona-Pitzer 126 West SCIAC Tony Boston (7th)
20
22 NYU 124 Atlantic UAA Will Boylan-Pett (1st)
16
23 Bates 100 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (20th)
24
24 Carnegie Mellon 98 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (22nd)
25
25 Calvin 88 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (29th)
23
26 UW-Stout 85 Midwest WIAC Matt Schauf (8th)
25
27 Tufts 73 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (10th)
30
28 UW-Oshkosh 58 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (3rd)
RV
29 Susquehanna 36 Mideast Landmark Marty Owens (12th)
RV
30 SUNY Oneonta 34 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (5th)
RV
31 Occidental 29 West SCIAC Robert Bartlett (10th)
31
32 Wartburg 26 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (26th)
28
33 Swarthmore 25 Mideast Centennial Peter Carroll (15th)
RV
34 Mount Union 24 Great Lakes OAC Kevin Lucas (4th)
NR
35 Bowdoin 21 New England NESCAC Peter Slovenski (29th)
34
Others Receiving Votes: Augustana (Ill.) 16, Middlebury 10, Bridgewater (Va.) 9, Oberlin 6, Carleton 4, Allegheny (Pa.) 3, UW-Stevens Point 2, Whitman 1, Rochester (N.Y.) 1
Dropped Out: No. 22 Allegheny (Pa.), No. 29 Middlebury, No. 32 Bridgewater (Va.), No. 33 Augustana (Ill.), No. 35 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

2014 Week #3 — October 1

next poll: October 8
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
2013 FINAL
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 280 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th)
1
2 MIT 269 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (8th)
4
3 St. Lawrence 264 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (16th)
3
4 Middlebury 250 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (4th)
8
5 Oberlin 244 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (9th)
5
6 Washington (Mo.) 243 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (14th)
5
7 SUNY Geneseo 241 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (23rd)
7
8 Tufts 215 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (15th)
14
9 Dickinson 214 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (25th)
9
10 Williams 207 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (15th)
2
11 Calvin 206 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (9th)
10
12 Willamette 185 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (11th)
12
13 Haverford 184 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (24th)
11
14 UW-La Crosse 177 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (3rd)
14
15 SUNY Oneonta 166 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (5th)
13
16 Carleton 159 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (22nd)
16
17 Mount Union 145 Great Lakes OAC Kevin Lucas (4th)
RV
18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 137 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (31st)
17
19 St. Thomas (Minn.) 134 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (35th)
24
20 St. Olaf 124 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (34th)
19
21 NYU 121 Atlantic UAA Will Boylan-Pett (1st)
17
22 Hope 114 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (27th)
20
23 North Central (Ill.) 99 Midwest CCIW Mahesh Narayanan (14th)
22
24 Elizabethtown 85 Mideast Landmark Brian Falk (7th)
23
25 Chicago 71 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (14th)
26
25 Case Western Reserve 71 Great Lakes UAA Kathy Lanese (17th)
25
27 Carnegie Mellon 68 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (22nd)
27
28 Amherst 67 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (3rd)
32
29 Emory 62 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (30th)
31
30 Vassar 61 Atlantic Liberty League James McCowan (10th)
21
31 Bates 51 New England NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (10th)
28
32 RIT 30 Atlantic Liberty League David Stevens (7th)
30
33 Whitman 29 West Northwest Conference Scott Shields (5th)
34
34 Wartburg 27 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (26th)
29
35 St. Benedict 19 Central MIAC Robin Balder-Lanoue (19th)
33
Others Receiving Votes: Swarthmore 9, Puget Sound 7, Whitworth 3, Aurora 2
Dropped Out: No. 35 Swarthmore
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)