Final NCAA Division III National Coaches Polls Announced

Final NCAA Division III National Coaches Polls Announced

NEW ORLEANS—The season’s final polls are here, and atop both are the same pair of unanimous No. 1s we’ve had for the last six weeks: North Central (Ill.) for the men and Johns Hopkins for the women.

The poll, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) only considered and ranked the 32 teams that qualified for nationals.

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Behind the rock-solid stability of NCC, the rest of the men’s top five was a completely new iteration.  For the third time this season, No. 2 St. Olaf and No. 3 UW-Eau Claire flip-flopped in the poll.  The Oles put four in the top five at Saturday’s Central Region meet.  Their 21 points was the lowest regional score in the nation for men or women.

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central (Ill.) 2)St. Olaf 3)UW-Eau Claire 4)UW-La Crosse 5)Colby
North Central (Ill.) St. Olaf

UW-Eau Claire

UW-La Crosse Colby
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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)MIT 3)Middlebury 4)Middlebury 4)SUNY Geneseo
Johns Hopkins MIT St. Lawrence Middlebury SUNY Geneseo
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UW-La Crosse moved up to No. 4 after finishing just two points behind Eau Claire in the Midwest.  With their qualifications this weekend, La Crosse and No. 29 Calvin join North Central and No. 22 Haverford in the 30 appearances at nationals club.

No. 5 Colby rose to its highest ranking ever (the USTFCCCA ranking archives only go back to 2006, but the Mules never qualified for nationals before 2013) after taking a surprising New England championship off of hosts and ninth-ranked Williams.

Another team made one of the biggest jumps of the week by auto-qualifying out of New England: No. 7 Amherst moved up seven spots after finishing just six points behind Colby.  (The Lord Jeffs beat No. 8 MIT by a single point)

The biggest mover in all of DIII this week was Mideast Region champion No. 15 Carnegie Mellon.  After soundly defeating No. 18 Widener—up to their highest rank ever—the Tartans moved up 11 places in the poll.

The biggest sliders were Haverford and Calvin, down nine and seven spots respectively after surprising fourth-place finishes at their regional meets.  Much of rest of the poll shifts were due to non-qualifiers being removed.   

Joining, or in some cases re-joining this week were No. 23 Mount Union, No. 28 Rose-Hulman, No. 31 Emory, and No. 32 Bridgewater (Va.).  Mount and RHIT were ranked on the strength of beating Calvin in the Great Lakes, and that’s the first-ever ranking for Rose-Hulman.  The somewhat oxymoronic Fightin’ Engineers did qualify for the second-ever Division III national meet in 1974.

Emory and Bridgewater were ranked after taking the first two places in the South/Southeast.

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As mentioned above, Johns Hopkins held down the top spot for the 16th straight week. Though the four teams directly after the Blue Jays have been the same since early October, their order changed again this week.  No. 2 MIT moved up and No. 4 Middlebury moved down after MIT’s 25-point win over the Panthers on Saturday.  The Engineers took over possession of the second slot from now-No. 3 St. Lawrence, and No. 4 SUNY-Geneseo tied with Middlebury in the poll.

Behind Hopkins, the second-most consistently ranked team in 2014’s polls has been No. 9 Willamette.  The Bearcats have been ranked exactly ninth since the October 15 poll.

The rest of the top fifteen was relatively placid: no one who stayed in the poll fell more than three places in it.  No. 16 Amherst’s five-spot rise was the largest in the women’s poll this week.  No. 26 Tufts and No. 29 Hope each climbed four ranks after grabbing the last qualifying spot out of New England and the Great Lakes, respectively.

For No. 19 North Central, it’s their highest ranking in eight years, though the Cardinals did finish 16th in the nation in 2011. 

Qualifiers who joined or re-joined the poll were No. 25 Wellesley, No. 27 Eau-Claire, No. 30 Ithaca, No. 31 Wartburg, and No. 32 Christopher Newport.  That’s the first time CNU has been ranked.

Every school in Saturday’s field has made it at least once this century except for Wellesley and Christopher Newport.  For the all-women’s college outside of Boston, it’s their first national appearance since 1986.  And for Christopher Newport, it’s their first-ever trip to the national championship.

These are the final cross country polls of 2014.

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

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Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2014 Week #8 — November 17 (pre-NCAA)

next poll: none, NCAA Championships, November 22
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 North Central (Ill.) (8) 256 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (49th)
1
2 St. Olaf 246 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (7th)
3
3 UW-Eau Claire 240 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (8th)
2
4 UW-La Crosse 231 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (3rd)
5
5 Colby 221 New England NESCAC Jared Beers (9th)
6
6 St. Lawrence 213 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (14th)
7
7 Amherst 200 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (18th)
16
8 MIT 191 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (33rd)
8
9 Loras 177 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (10th)
11
9 Williams 177 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (36th)
4
11 SUNY Geneseo 175 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (23rd)
9
12 Washington (Mo.) 173 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (14th)
10
13 Wabash 162 Great Lakes NCAC Roger Busch (9th)
15
14 Central (Iowa) 159 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (7th)
14
15 Carnegie Mellon 144 Mideast UAA Dario Donatelli (22nd)
26
16 Middlebury 124 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (4th)
12
17 UW-Stout 122 Midwest WIAC Matt Schauf (8th)
22
18 Widener 121 Mideast Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (28th)
21
19 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 116 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (31st)
20
20 Johns Hopkins 104 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th)
19
21 Carleton 90 Central MIAC Dave Ricks (8th)
25
22 Haverford 87 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (40th)
13
23 Mount Union 74 Great Lakes OAC Kevin Lucas (4th)
RV
24 SUNY Cortland 73 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th)
29
25 Tufts 68 New England NESCAC Ethan Barron (10th)
24
26 Dickinson 63 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (25th)
27
27 Pomona-Pitzer 59 West SCIAC Tony Boston (7th)
32
28 Rose-Hulman 50 Great Lakes HCAC Geoff Wayton (2nd)
NR
29 Calvin 40 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (29th)
22
30 St. Thomas (Minn.) 38 Central MIAC Pete Wareham (22nd)
34
31 Emory 21 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (30th)
NR
32 Bridgewater (Va.) 9 South/Southeast ODAC Brian Flynn (5th)
NR
Dropped Out: No. 17 UW-Platteville, No. 18 UW-Oshkosh, No. 28 Chicago, No. 30 Bowdoin, No. 31 Willamette, No. 33 SUNY Oneonta, No. 35 NYU, No. 35 Bates
(* 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 #8 — November 17 (pre-NCAA)

next poll: none, NCAA Championships, November 22
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 256 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th)
1
2 MIT 245 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (8th)
4
3 St. Lawrence 241 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (16th)
2
4 SUNY Geneseo 227 Atlantic SUNYAC Mike Woods (23rd)
5
4 Middlebury 227 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (4th)
3
6 Washington (Mo.) 214 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (14th)
7
7 Williams 205 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (15th)
6
8 Calvin 200 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (9th)
8
9 Willamette 196 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (11th)
9
10 Oberlin 175 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (9th)
11
11 UW-La Crosse 170 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (3rd)
11
12 Carleton 168 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (22nd)
13
13 SUNY Oneonta 158 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (5th)
10
14 Chicago 154 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (14th)
14
15 St. Olaf 138 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (34th)
15
16 Amherst 133 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (3rd)
21
17 Dickinson 132 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (25th)
19
18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 130 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (31st)
16
19 North Central (Ill.) 103 Midwest CCIW Mahesh Narayanan (14th)
20
20 Elizabethtown 96 Mideast Landmark Brian Falk (7th)
17
21 Mount Union 85 Great Lakes OAC Kevin Lucas (4th)
18
22 Emory 78 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (30th)
23
23 St. Thomas (Minn.) 77 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (35th)
22
24 SUNY Cortland 70 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th)
27
25 Wellesley 61 New England NEWMAC Phil Jennings (2nd)
NR
26 Tufts 58 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (15th)
30
27 UW-Eau Claire 55 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (8th)
NR
28 Wheaton (Ill.) 51 Midwest CCIW Scott Bradley (13th)
30
29 Hope 47 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (27th)
33
30 Ithaca 35 Atlantic Empire 8 Erin Dinan (3rd)
NR
31 Wartburg 31 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (26th)
RV
32 Christopher Newport 8 South/Southeast CAC Matthew Barreau (4th)
NR
Dropped Out: No. 24 St. Benedict, No. 25 Case Western Reserve, No. 26 RIT, No. 28 Colby, No. 29 Haverford, No. 32 Whitworth, No. 34 Carnegie Mellon, No. 35 NYU
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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