Conference Action Sets Table for Season’s Final Division III Regional Rankings

By assistedsupport, USTFCCCA

November 4, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS—After last weekend’s conference action, the favorites for automatic qualifying solidified in the season’s final NCAA Division III Regional Team Rankings.  The rankings were released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Two new men’s teams moved up to No. 1, while four more moved up to the No. 2 slot.  In the women’s rankings, 17 of the 18 teams in position for an AQ bid kept their spots locked down.

These final Regional Rankings will be put to the test in less than two weeks as teams around the country compete in regional championships on Saturday, November 15.

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The only new top-two women’s team? That would be Centre at No. 2 in the South/Southeast with a win at the SAA Championships.

From there on out, the rest of the changes among teams slotted in the top two came from the men’s rankings.

The two most turbulent regions were the Mideast and the Great Lakes.  In the ME, Haverford kept the top spot after winning the Centennial Conference, but the next nine teams changed places based on results from the Centennial, MAC, UAA, and Landmark.  No. 2 Johns Hopkins moves up one rank after being ranked No. 1 most of the fall, and No. 3 Widener hits yet another all-time high.  The Pride have never qualified for NCAAs.

In the GL, Wabash and Calvin stayed at 1-2, but the OAC, HCAC, MIAA, NCAC, and UAA shook up the next eight.  No. 4 Rose-Hulman (up four) and No. 5 Hope (up five) made the two biggest jumps in this week’s rankings. Rose-Hulman took the Heartland with an impressive nine-second spread.

After SUNY Geneseo only beat SUNY Cortland by four points at the SUNYAC meet, St. Lawrence moved up to No. 1 in the Atlantic. Geneseo (which did receive a third of the region’s first place votes) stepped down a slot to No. 2, and No. 3 Cortland moved up two slots.

While Geneseo and SLU have traded the Atlantic’s top spot back and forth all season, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps only surrendered the West No. 1 ranking to Pomona-Pitzer for one week.  CMS reclaimed its status as the West’s top-ranked team after beating the Sage Hens at SCIACs.  No. 2 Willamette is sandwiched between the two adjacent Angeleno schools.

In the Central, No. 2 Loras and No. 3 Central (Iowa) flip-flopped after Loras pulled off a minor upset at the IIAC championship meet.  Central’s top runner, Eli Horton, missed the meet with a calf strain, but one of the Duhawks’ usual top five also finished out of their top seven.  The battle between the two squads for the Central’s second spot is sure to be tight.

A resurgent UW-Platteville squad moved up to No. 5 in the Midwest after beating UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stout in the annual bloodbath that is the WIAC meet.  Oshkosh and Stout each moved down one ranking to Nos. 6 and 7, respectively.

Bridgewater (Va.) jumps into the all-important South/Southeast No. 2 slot after beating No. 4 Washington & Lee to win the ODAC.  (Also of note in the S/SE: No. 10 Birmingham-Southern is regionally ranked for the first time in two years).

While there wasn’t much movement atop the women’s regional rankings, teams a bit further down the list did make moves toward the top.

In the Atlantic, the No. 4 RIT women climbed up from No. 8, making the nation’s biggest regional jump, tied with South/Southeast No. 3 Christopher Newport. That’s the highest regional ranking for the Rochester Institute of Technology since at least 2010, and its best regional finish in school history is 2006’s sixth place. While they only put one runner in St. Lawrence’s top five at the Liberty League meet, the RIT women impressively put five in the national No. 2’s top seven.

St. Thomas (Minn.) took over as No. 3 in the Central, demoting St. Benedict to No. 4 after the Tommies beat the Blazers at MIACs.  Mount Union and Case Western Reserve made the same switch in the Great Lakes.  No. 4 Puget Sound flip-flopped with No. 5 Whitman after they finished in that order in the NWC.

In a battle for what’s likely to be vital national-qualifying slots in New England, No. 4 Amherst and No. 5 Colby each moved up one after beating No. 6 Tufts at NESCACs.

Mideast teams Nos. 3-7 reshuffled after No. 3 Dickinson beat No. 4 Haverford and No. 6 Swarthmore at the Centennial meet; No. 5 Carnegie Mellon and No. 7 Allegheny each move up after impressing at conferences.

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 #7 — November 4

national poll release: November 5
next regional release: FINAL
         
ATLANTIC Region
Rank Institution Location Conference
Last Week
1 St. Lawrence Canton, N.Y. Liberty League
2
2 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. SUNYAC
1
3 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
5
4 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, N.Y. SUNYAC
4
5 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
3
6 RPI Troy, N.Y. Liberty League
6
7 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
8
8 Rochester (N.Y.) Rochester, N.Y. UAA
7
9 Fredonia Fredonia, N.Y. SUNYAC
9
10 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
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 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
3
3 Central (Iowa) Pella, Iowa IIAC
2
4 Carleton Northfield, Minn. MIAC
4
5 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
5
6 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
8
7 Saint John’s (Minn.) Collegeville, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
6
9 Hamline Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
9
10 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
10
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
4
4 Rose-Hulman Terre Haute, Ind. HCAC
8
5 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
10
6 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
5
7 John Carroll University Heights, Ohio OAC
3
8 Adrian Adrian, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
9
9 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
6
10 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
7
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
1
2 Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Md. Centennial
3
3 Widener Chester, Pa. Middle Atlantic
4
4 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
5
5 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
2
6 Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, Pa. Landmark
9
7 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
6
8 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
7
9 Messiah Grantham, Pa. Middle Atlantic
10
10 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
8
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
3
4 Washington (Mo.) St. Louis, Mo. UAA
4
5 UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. WIAC
7
6 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
5
7 UW-Stout Menominie, Wis. WIAC
6
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 MIT Cambridge, Mass. NEWMAC
4
4 Middlebury Middlebury, Vt. NESCAC
3
5 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
5
6 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
7
7 Bowdoin Brunswick, Maine NESCAC
8
8 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
6
9 WPI Worcester, Mass. NEWMAC
NR
10 Wesleyan (Conn.) Middletown, Conn. NESCAC
10
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
1
2 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
4
3 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
3
4 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
2
5 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
6
6 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
10
7 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
5
8 Berry Rome, Ga. SAA
NR
9 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
7
10 Birmingham-Southern Birmingham, Ala. SAA
NR
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
2
2 Willamette Salem, Ore. Northwest Conference
3
3 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
1
4 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
4
5 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
5
6 Whitworth Spokane, Wash. Northwest Conference
9
7 Occidental Los Angeles, Calif. SCIAC
6
8 Whittier Whittier, Calif. SCIAC
7
9 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
8
10 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
NR
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 #7 — November 4

national poll release: November 5
next regional release: FINAL
         
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 RIT Henrietta, N.Y. Liberty League
8
5 SUNY Cortland Cortland, N.Y. SUNYAC
5
6 NYU New York, N.Y. UAA
4
7 Ithaca Ithaca, N.Y. Empire 8
7
8 Vassar Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Liberty League
6
9 TCNJ Ewing, N.J. NJAC
10
10 Stevens Hoboken, N.J. Empire 8
9
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 St. Thomas (Minn.) Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
4
4 St. Benedict St. Joseph, Minn. MIAC
3
5 Wartburg Waverly, Iowa IIAC
5
6 Luther Decorah, Iowa IIAC
6
7 Macalester Saint Paul, Minn. MIAC
7
8 Gustavus Adolphus St. Peter, Minn. MIAC
7
9 Grinnell Grinnell, Iowa Midwest Conference
NR
10 Loras Dubuque, Iowa IIAC
9
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
1
2 Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio NCAC
2
3 Mount Union Alliance, Ohio OAC
4
4 Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio UAA
3
5 Hope Holland, Mich. Michigan Intercollegiate
5
6 Ohio Wesleyan Delaware, Ohio NCAC
6
7 Otterbein Westerville, Ohio OAC
7
8 DePauw Greencastle, Ind. NCAC
9
9 Denison Granville, Ohio NCAC
8
10 Hanover Hanover, Ind. HCAC
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 Dickinson Carlisle, Pa. Centennial
4
4 Haverford Haverford, Pa. Centennial
3
5 Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. UAA
6
6 Swarthmore Swarthmore, Pa. Centennial
5
7 Allegheny (Pa.) Meadville, Pa. NCAC
9
8 Grove City Grove City, Pa. PAC
NR
9 Susquehanna Selinsgrove, Pa. Landmark
10
10 Waynesburg Waynesburg, Pa. PAC
7
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
3
4 North Central (Ill.) Naperville, Ill. CCIW
4
5 Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton, Ill. CCIW
5
6 UW-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. WIAC
7
7 UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. WIAC
9
8 Aurora Aurora, Ill. NACC
8
9 UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. WIAC
10
10 St. Norbert De Pere, Wis. Midwest Conference
NR
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 Amherst Amherst, Mass. NESCAC
5
5 Colby Waterville, Maine NESCAC
6
6 Tufts Medford, Mass. NESCAC
4
7 Wellesley Wellesley, Mass. NEWMAC
7
8 Bates Lewiston, Maine NESCAC
9
9 Keene State Keene, N.H. Little East
8
10 Connecticut College New London, Conn. NESCAC
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 Centre Danville, Ky. SAA
3
3 Christopher Newport Newport News, Va. CAC
7
4 Rhodes Memphis, Tenn. SAA
5
5 Trinity (Texas) San Antonio, Texas SCAC
2
6 Bridgewater (Va.) Bridgewater, Va. ODAC
6
7 Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va. CAC
4
8 Eastern Mennonite Harrisonburg, Va. ODAC
8
9 Univ. of the South Sewanee, Tenn. SAA
NR
10 Washington and Lee Lexington, Va. ODAC
NR
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 Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Conference
5
5 Whitman Walla Walla, Wash. Northwest Conference
4
6 Pomona-Pitzer Claremont, Calif. SCIAC
6
7 Redlands Redlands, Calif. SCIAC
7
8 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. SCAC
9
9 UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, Calif. Independent (D-III)
10
10 Lewis & Clark Portland, Ore. Northwest Conference
NR
Regional Championship History — Last Five Champions:
2013: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2012: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2011: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2010: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2009: Whitworth