Four New No. 1s in Final Regular Season DIII Regional Rankings

Four New No. 1s in Final Regular Season DIII Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS—In the last NCAA Division III regional rankings before the postseason kicks off, four new No. 1s emerged.  The rankings were released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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In the West Region, the SCIAC holds what amounts to a conference championship dry run two weeks before the real thing.  At the SCIAC Multi-Duals on Friday, the Pomona-Pitzer men handily defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and so the Sage Hens and Stags switched spots atop the West.  Action at the Multi-Duals also caused new Nos. 3-5 Willamette, Puget Sound, and Whitman (NWC teams) to all leapfrog No. 6 Occidental.  All told, nine of the ten West Region rankings are occupied by different teams than they were a week ago.

Emory is the third team to hold the No. 1 spot in the South/Southeast region this fall; they rose to that ranking after a 12th-place showing at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble.

Haverford is the third new men’s No. 1 team this week.  It and Mideast No. 3 Johns Hopkins flip-flopped around idle No. 2 Dickinson after the Goats impressed at Princeton and the Jays underwhelmed at UW-Oshkosh.

The fifth major meet of the weekend, Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer at UW-La Crosse, brought about the biggest drop of the week, and it portends a shakeup at the top of the men’s national poll.  UW-Platteville (currently sitting at No. 5 nationally) fell four spots to No. 7 in the Midwest after finishing as the fifth DIII team at La Crosse on Saturday.   

The other Midwest moves showed the true quality of the region.  UW-La Crosse beat national No. 2 St. Olaf, but only moved up to No. 3 in the region.  WIAC rival UW-Eau Claire stayed at No. 2 after beating DII No. 8 Augustana (SD) at Oshkosh, and No. 4 Washington (Mo.) and No. 5 UW-Oshkosh both moved up after strong Oshkosh performances.

Oshkosh kept the top two Great Lakes teams (Wabash and Calvin) intact, but Oberlin shook up spots 3-7.  The teams ranked there finished in that exact order at the Rumble.

Association regional polling archives for DIII only go back to 2010.  This is the first time in that half-decade that the No. 10 Gustavus Adolphus men cracked the Central rankings.

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The biggest shakeup in the week six women’s rankings came in the Great Lakes.  Last week’s top four went Oberlin, Mount Union and Calvin (tied for second), Hope.  This week: Calvin, Oberlin, Case Western, Mount Union.  Calvin takes the top spot after beating several top-ten teams at Oshkosh, while the latter three finished in that order at Oberlin.

Though Oberlin’s meet was titled the Inter-Regional Rumble, the results from Oshkosh reverberated to three regions.  In the Midwest, Nos. 3 and 4 Chicago and North Central (Ill.) switched spots after the Maroons beat the Cardinals at the AAE Invitational.  And No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.) moved up five ranks, the biggest jump of any team in this week’s polls.

The Thunder haven’t qualified for nationals since 2008, and No. 5 is their highest regional ranking in the five years in the archives.  (In that period, they haven’t finished in the top ten at regionals).

All in all, nine of the top ten Midwest teams raced at the Oshkosh meet; they’ll all reconvene there in a month for the regional meet.

The team that didn’t race at Oshkosh was No. 2 UW-La Crosse; they were too busy hosting a meet.  Central No. 3 St. Benedict jumped No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn) after beating the Tommies there.  And St. Olaf moved up to No. 2 in the Central.  The Oles actually beat region No. 1 Carleton at Oshkosh, but the Knights were missing two of their top three and expect both to return.

Re-joining the poll is Atlantic No. 9 Stevens.  That’s the highest regional ranking for the Ducks men or women in the five years of USTFCCCA polling history.

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 #6 — October 21

national poll release: October 22
next regional release: November 4
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
1
2 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
2
3 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
3
4 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
4
5 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
5
6 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
6
7 Rochester (N.Y.) Rochester, N.Y. UAA
8
8 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
9
9 Fredonia Fredonia, N.Y. SUNYAC
7
10 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
NR
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 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
5
5 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
6
6 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
4
7 Saint John’s (Minn.) Collegeville, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
9
9 Hamline Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
8
10 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, 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. Michigan Intercollegiate
2
3 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
4
4 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
3
5 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
6
6 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
7
7 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
5
8 Rose-Hulman Terre Haute, Ind. HCAC
10
9 Adrian Adrian, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
9
10 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
NR
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 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
3
2 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
2
3 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
1
4 Widener Chester, Pa. Middle Atlantic
4
5 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
5
6 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
6
7 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
7
8 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
8
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-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. WIAC
4
4 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
5
5 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
7
6 UW-Stout Menominie, Wis. WIAC
6
7 UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. WIAC
3
8 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
8
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
1
2 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
2
3 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
3
4 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
4
5 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
5
6 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
6
7 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
7
8 Bowdoin Brunswick, Maine NESCAC
8
9 Coast Guard New London, Conn. NEWMAC
10
10 Wesleyan (Conn.) Middletown, Conn. NESCAC
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 Emory Atlanta, Ga. UAA
2
2 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
4
3 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
1
4 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
3
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
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 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
2
2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
3 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
4
4 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
5
5 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
6
6 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
3
7 Whittier Whittier, Calif. SCIAC
8
8 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
NR
9 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
7
10 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
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 #6 — October 21

national poll release: October 22
next regional release: November 4
         
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 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
6
6 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
7
7 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
9
8 RIT Henrietta, N.Y. Liberty League
5
9 Stevens Hoboken, N.J. Empire 8
NR
10 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
8
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
3
3 St. Benedict St. Joseph, Minn. MIAC
4
4 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
2
5 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
5
6 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
7
7 Macalester Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
6
7 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
9
9 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
8
10 Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa Midwest Conference
NR
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 Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
2
2 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
1
3 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
6
4 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
2
5 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
4
6 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
5
7 Otterbein Westerville, Ohio OAC
7
8 Denison Granville, Ohio NCAC
8
9 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
9
10 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
NR
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
2
3 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
3
4 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
4
5 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
7
6 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
5
7 Waynesburg Waynesburg, Pa. PAC
NR
8 York (Pa.) York, Pa. CAC
9
9 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
6
10 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
8
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 Chicago Chicago, Ill. UAA
4
4 North Central (Ill.) Naperville, Ill. CCIW
3
5 Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton, Ill. CCIW
10
6 Augustana (Ill.) Rock Island, Ill. CCIW
6
7 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
NR
8 Aurora Aurora, Ill. NACC
5
9 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
9
10 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
7
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 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
1
2 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
2
3 Williams Williamstown, Mass. NESCAC
3
4 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
4
5 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
5
6 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
8
7 Wellesley Wellesley, Mass. NEWMAC
7
8 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
NR
9 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
6
10 Connecticut College New London, Conn. NESCAC
9
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
2
3 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
6
4 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
8
5 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
5
6 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
3
7 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
4
8 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
7
9 Berry Rome, Ga. SAA
NR
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
3
4 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
5
5 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
4
6 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
6
7 Redlands Redlands, Calif. SCIAC
7
8 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
8
9 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
10
10 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
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

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