Calm Before the Storm in DIII National Coaches’ Polls

Calm Before the Storm in DIII National Coaches’ Polls

NEW ORLEANS – Don’t think for a second that just because it was a light weekend of racing there wouldn’t be any movement in the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls.

The winds of change continued to blow through the newest polls, as released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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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

Amherst

North Central (Ill.) St. Olaf Washington (Mo.)
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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 Tufts MIT Washington (Mo.)
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For the second consecutive week, the men’s former No. 1 team – and reigning national champion, at that – North Central (Ill.) fell further down the poll. Last week the Cardinals slid from No. 1 to No. 2 and this week, they went from No. 2 to No. 3. If North Central (Ill.) tumbles any more, it will be the first time since 2008 that the Cardinals were ranked below No. 3.

Taking residence behind men’s current No. 1 UW-Eau Claire is new-No. 2 Amherst. This past weekend the Lord Jeffs placed second at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Cross Country Championships behind a strong showing by three-time DIII National Athlete of the Week Mohamed Hussein.

To make way for Amherst, St. Olaf College joined North Central (Ill.) as the other team to drop one spot. The Oles went from No. 3 last week to No. 4 this week.

There weren’t many other changes from No. 5 to No. 20 in the men’s poll. After No. 20, there were two teams that moved up four or more spots and three additions to the poll.

Tufts went from No. 30 to No. 24 and UW-Platteville surged from No. 29 to No. 25. Hamilton (No. 31) is ranked for the first time in program history and Rowan (No. 35) is back in the poll for the first time since 2011. Calvin (No. 34) returns after a one-week hiatus.

Over in the women’s poll, it’s status quo from No. 1 to No. 10. Reigning national champ Johns Hopkins is still No. 1 and it’s the same until you get to No. 10 Hope.

Women’s teams making the most noise were Whitworth (No. 21 to No. 18), Brandeis (No. 22 to No. 19), Wellesley (No. 31 to No. 23) and Dickinson (No. 30 to No. 25).

Amherst’s women slipped the most spots out of either poll, going down 13 spots from No. 15 last week to No. 28 this week.

Two meets this weekend should have major implications on next week’s polls – the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle and the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational. Those meets will be packed with nationally-ranked teams, especially the latter as it will serve as the Pre-Nationals for Division III.

These will all serve as a warm-up for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, wihich will be held November 21 in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #5 — October 14

next poll: October 21
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 UW-Eau Claire (8) 280 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
1
2 Amherst 266 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (19th)
4
3 North Central (Ill.) 264 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (50th)
2
4 St. Olaf 262 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (8th)
3
5 Washington (Mo.) 248 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
5
6 SUNY Geneseo 239 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
6
7 Williams 231 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (37th)
7
8 UW-La Crosse 224 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
8
9 Haverford 213 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (41st)
9
10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 210 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
10
11 Wabash 195 Great Lakes NCAC Colin Young (1st)
11
12 MIT 191 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (34th)
13
13 St. Lawrence 190 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (15th)
11
14 UW-Oshkosh 174 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (4th)
14
15 Carnegie Mellon 168 Mideast UAA Tim Connelly (1st)
15
16 Pomona-Pitzer 159 West SCIAC Tony Boston (8th)
16
17 Allegheny (Pa.) 153 Great Lakes NCAC Brent Wilkerson (6th)
17
18 Johns Hopkins 145 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th)
18
19 Bates 133 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (21st)
19
20 Ohio Northern 129 Great Lakes OAC Jason Maus (10th)
20
21 Wartburg 119 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (27th)
22
22 Wesleyan (Conn.) 117 New England NESCAC John Crooke (16th)
21
23 Augustana (Ill.) 90 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (50th)
23
24 Tufts 84 New England NESCAC Michael Schmidt (1st)
30
25 UW-Platteville 82 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (23rd)
29
26 Loras 79 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (11th)
24
27 John Carroll 72 Great Lakes OAC Kyle Basista (2nd)
26
28 RPI 69 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (5th)
27
29 Colby 64 New England NESCAC Jared Beers (10th)
25
30 St. Thomas (Minn.) 55 Central MIAC Pete Wareham (23rd)
28
31 Hamilton 35 Atlantic NESCAC Brett Hull (25th)
RV
32 Central (Iowa) 30 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (8th)
31
33 Willamette 28 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (12th)
32
34 Calvin 20 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (30th)
RV
35 Rowan 8 Atlantic NJAC Dustin Dimit (2nd)
RV
Also Receiving Votes: Middlebury 4, Emory 4, TCNJ 2, Elizabethtown 2, Puget Sound 2
Dropped Out: No. 33 NYU, No. 34 Emory, No. 34 Middlebury
(* 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 #5 — October 14

next poll: October 21
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 Tufts 262 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (16th)
3
4 MIT 255 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (9th)
4
5 Washington (Mo.) 251 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
5
6 SUNY Geneseo 239 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
6
7 Middlebury 232 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (5th)
7
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 223 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
8
9 St. Lawrence 214 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (17th)
9
10 Hope 205 Great Lakes MIAA Mark Northuis (28th)
10
11 Carleton 195 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (23rd)
12
12 SUNY Oneonta 188 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (6th)
12
13 Chicago 176 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (15th)
11
14 Willamette 172 West Northwest Matt McGuirk (12th)
14
15 Otterbein 158 Great Lakes OAC Dara Ford (2nd)
16
16 RIT 146 Atlantic Liberty League David Stevens (8th)
17
17 UW-La Crosse 143 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
18
18 Whitworth 139 West Northwest Toby Schwarz (20th)
21
19 Brandeis 130 New England UAA Sinead Evans (2nd)
22
20 Swarthmore 127 Mideast Centennial Peter Carroll (16th)
19
21 RPI 126 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (5th)
20
22 St. Olaf 112 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (35th)
23
23 Wellesley 102 New England NEWMAC Phil Jennings (3rd)
31
24 Calvin 99 Great Lakes MIAA Brian Diemer (10th)
24
25 Dickinson 82 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (26th)
30
26 UW-Eau Claire 75 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
25
27 Emory 71 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (31st)
28
28 Amherst 69 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (4th)
15
29 Haverford 63 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (25th)
26
30 St. Thomas (Minn.) 49 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (36th)
34
31 Keene State 48 New England Little East Tom Pickering (1st)
27
32 SUNY Cortland 30 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (8th)
33
33 Colby 29 New England NESCAC Deb Aitken (31st)
28
34 Allegheny (Pa.) 26 Great Lakes NCAC Brent Wilkerson (6th)
31
35 Cornell College 24 Central Midwest Dan Schofer (10th)
35
Also Receiving Votes: North Central (Ill.) 15, Elizabethtown 6, Bates 2, Mount Union 2, Trinity (Texas) 1, St. Benedict 1, Misericordia 1, Mount Union 4, St. Benedict 3, Luther 2, Bates 2, Elizabethtown 1, Christopher Newport 1
Dropped Out: (none)
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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