Big Changes Shake Up The Division III National Coaches’ Poll

Big Changes Shake Up The Division III National Coaches’ Poll

NEW ORLEANS – Did everyone catch their breath after this past weekend in NCAA Division III Cross Country? Good.

It was a whirlwind of action across the nation.

Want to know how intense it was? When the latest National Coaches’ Poll was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA), only 12 of the 70 teams that make up the men’s and women’s rankings remained in place from last week.

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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

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

Williams

North Central (Ill.) St. Olaf Amherst
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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)UW-Eau Claire 3)MIT 4)MIT 5)Middlebury
Johns Hopkins Williams MIT Tufts Washington (Mo.)
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Two of those teams that stayed put were the top-ranked Johns Hopkins women and the top-ranked UW-Eau Claire men. While the Blue Jays rested their top runners this past weekend, the Blugolds dazzled with a 1-3-4 finish at the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational, which served as the Division III Pre-National Invitational.

Behind UW-Eau Claire, however, there is a new No. 2 team. Gone is Amherst College and in its place is Williams College, the team that beat the Lord Jeffs at the Little Three Championships last Saturday. Amherst tumbled behind No. 3 North Central (Ill.) and No. 4 St. Olaf College to No. 5 in this week’s poll.

The Williams College women are still No. 2 in the women’s poll and justifiably so after a dominant effort at the Little Three Championship (1-2-3-4-5-6). MIT (previous No. 4, now No. 3) and Tufts (previous No. 3, now No. 4) swapped spots behind the Ephs.

There are four total new additions to the top-10 of each poll as the St. Lawrence men moved up six spots from No. 13 to No. 10, the MIT men went from No. 12 to No. 10, the Willamette women went from No. 14 to No. 9 and the University of Chicago women jumped three spots (No. 13 to No. 10).

The UW-Stevens Point men had the biggest jump of the week, going from unranked – and not even receiving votes last week – into a tie for 11th. What led to the jump? Try a fourth-place team finish at the AAE Invitational. This is the Pointers’ highest ranking since they were seventh in Week 9 of 2010.

Not to be outdone, the TCNJ men rocketed from the Land of Receiving Votes to 18th and earned its best ranking since 2007.

There were three teams in total that jumped more than 10 spots – the Emory women (No. 27 to No. 14), the Keene State women (No. 31 to No. 15) and the Central (Iowa) men (No. 32 to No. 17).

Other than UW-Stevens Point and TCNJ, there are eight teams either new to the poll or returning to the poll after a brief absence. They are the NYU men (No. 21), the Elizabethtown men (No. 27), the Ramapo men (No. 30), the Oberlin men (No. 35), the Rochester (N.Y.) women (No. 25), the UW-Oshkosh women (No. 29), the TCNJ women (No. 34) and the Carnegie Mellon women (No. 35).

All of these teams have hopes of earning the right to compete at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships held Nov. 21 at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #6 — October 21 (pre-conference)

next poll: November 4
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 UW-Eau Claire (8) 280 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
1
2 Williams 265 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (37th)
7
3 North Central (Ill.) 264 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (50th)
3
4 St. Olaf 260 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (8th)
4
5 Amherst 250 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (19th)
2
6 SUNY Geneseo 241 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
6
7 St. Lawrence 230 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (15th)
13
8 UW-La Crosse 220 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
8
8 Haverford 220 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (41st)
9
10 MIT 205 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (34th)
12
11 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 190 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
10
11 UW-Stevens Point 190 Midwest WIAC Rick Witt (37th)
NR
13 Wabash 181 Great Lakes NCAC Colin Young (1st)
11
14 Pomona-Pitzer 169 West SCIAC Tony Boston (8th)
16
15 Allegheny (Pa.) 168 Great Lakes NCAC Brent Wilkerson (6th)
17
16 Washington (Mo.) 157 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
5
17 Central (Iowa) 149 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (8th)
32
18 TCNJ 144 Atlantic NJAC Justin Lindsey (3rd)
RV
19 Bates 138 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (21st)
19
20 UW-Oshkosh 128 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (4th)
14
21 NYU 126 Atlantic UAA Will Boylan-Pett (2nd)
NR
22 Carnegie Mellon 118 Mideast UAA Tim Connelly (1st)
15
23 Johns Hopkins 107 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th)
18
24 Augustana (Ill.) 99 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (50th)
23
25 Loras 86 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (11th)
26
26 Calvin 82 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (30th)
34
27 Elizabethtown 73 Mideast Landmark Brian Falk (5th)
RV
28 Wartburg 63 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (27th)
21
29 Wesleyan (Conn.) 56 New England NESCAC John Crooke (16th)
22
30 Ramapo 46 Atlantic NJAC Justina Cassavell (1st)
NR
31 Tufts 36 New England NESCAC Michael Schmidt (1st)
24
32 Willamette 26 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (12th)
33
33 St. Thomas (Minn.) 24 Central MIAC Pete Wareham (23rd)
30
34 RPI 18 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (5th)
28
35 Oberlin 16 Great Lakes NCAC Ray Appenheimer (10th)
NR
Also Receiving Votes: Hamilton 7, Ohio Northern 4, Colby 4
Dropped Out: No. 20 Ohio Northern, No. 25 UW-Platteville, No. 27 John Carroll, No. 29 Colby, No. 31 Hamilton, No. 35 Rowan
(* 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

2015 Week #6 — October 21 (pre-conference)

next poll: November 4
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 280 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th)
1
2 Williams 272 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (16th)
2
3 MIT 264 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (9th)
4
4 Tufts 253 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (16th)
3
5 Washington (Mo.) 251 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
5
6 SUNY Geneseo 239 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
6
7 Middlebury 229 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (5th)
7
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 226 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
8
9 Willamette 217 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (12th)
14
10 Chicago 207 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (15th)
13
11 Hope 193 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (28th)
10
12 Whitworth 184 West Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (20th)
18
13 UW-La Crosse 177 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
17
14 Emory 175 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (31st)
27
15 Keene State 168 New England Little East Tom Pickering (1st)
31
16 Carleton 165 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (23rd)
11
17 RIT 156 Atlantic Liberty League David Stevens (8th)
16
18 St. Lawrence 146 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (17th)
9
19 SUNY Oneonta 134 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (6th)
12
20 Dickinson 121 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (26th)
25
21 Brandeis 109 New England UAA Sinead Evans (2nd)
19
22 RPI 106 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (5th)
21
23 UW-Eau Claire 103 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
26
23 St. Thomas (Minn.) 103 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (36th)
30
25 Rochester (N.Y.) 78 Atlantic UAA Eddie Novara (1st)
NR
26 Wellesley 75 New England NEWMAC Phil Jennings (3rd)
23
27 Haverford 70 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (25th)
29
28 Calvin 65 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (10th)
24
29 UW-Oshkosh 62 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st)
NR
30 SUNY Cortland 50 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (8th)
32
31 Cornell College 46 Central Midwest Conference Dan Schofer (10th)
35
32 Colby 37 New England NESCAC Deb Aitken (31st)
33
33 Swarthmore 26 Mideast Centennial Peter Carroll (16th)
20
34 TCNJ 14 Atlantic NJAC Justin Lindsey (3rd)
NR
35 North Central (Ill.) 12 Midwest CCIW Mahesh Narayanan (15th)
RV
35 Carnegie Mellon 12 Mideast UAA Tim Connelly (1st)
NR
Also Receiving Votes: St. Olaf 7, Case Western Reserve 7, Trinity (Texas) 1
Dropped Out: No. 15 Otterbein, No. 22 St. Olaf, No. 28 Amherst, No. 34 Allegheny (Pa.)
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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