One No. 1 Falls in DIII National Coaches’ Poll

One No. 1 Falls in DIII National Coaches’ Poll

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time in the past 12 weeks, there is a new No. 1 team in NCAA Division III Cross Country, according to the National Coaches’ Poll released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Since Week 2 in 2014, North Central (Ill.) and Johns Hopkins maintained their prestigious rankings in the men’s and women’s polls. Not much changed through the first four polls of the 2015 season as the reigning national champions held their ground.

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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

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

Amherst

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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Then this past weekend, UW-Eau Claire’s men took down two top-10 teams in head-to-head competition – then-No. 2 St. Olaf and then-No. 8 UW-La Crosse – and the voters took notice. Voters strapped a rocket to the Blugolds’ back and sent them from No. 6 to No. 1 in the men’s poll, giving them their first No. 1 ranking in program history.

UW-Eau Claire appeared to hit its stride last Friday at its own Blugold Invitational. The Blugolds welcomed junior Josh Thorson back to the lineup and put four runners inside the top-15 (Thorson finished third in 24:33.3). UW-Eau Claire took the team title by a comfortable margin, beating the Oles by 15 points (45-60) and the Eagles by 41 (45-86).

North Central (Ill.) slid down a spot to No. 2 after a runner-up showing in the Gold race at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. The Cardinals’ Zach Plank won the individual title (24:30 8K), but he only had one other teammate with him in the top-10 (Ethan Adlfinger, 10th) and they finished second behind DI Clemson.

It’s hard not to be impressed with the run North Central (Ill.) has been on in DIII. This is just the third time in the past 24 weeks – and only the seventh time in the past 62 weeks – that the Cardinals aren’t No. 1.

With the Blugolds at No. 1, though, there was a domino effect. As just mentioned, North Central (Ill.) dropped to No. 2. The Cardinals are followed by No. 3 St. Olaf, No. 4 Amherst and No. 5 Washington (Mo.) in the top-5.

Geneseo State climbed two spots from No. 8 to No. 6 after winning the Mike Woods Invitational. This is the Knights’ higest national rank since they were No. 5 in 2012.

Two of the biggest movers already in the men’s poll were Haverford (No. 16 to No. 9) and Allegheny (Pa.), a team that jumped from No. 27 to No. 17. Both the Fords and Gators fared well at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh.

Counting unranked teams, Wesleyan (Conn.) had a monumental leap. The Cardinals returned to the top-35 for the first time since 2006 thanks to a fourth-place finish in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania last Friday. Wesleyan (Conn.) is ranked No. 21.

John Carroll and Williamette are also both new to the men’s poll this week.

Over in the women’s poll, the top-3 teams this week all raced in the Paul Short Run last Friday – Johns Hopkins, Williams and new-No. 3 Tufts. The Blue Jays were the top finishing DIII team (third), while the Jumbos and Ephs were second (16th) and third (17th), respectively. Tufts went from No. 13 one week ago to No. 3 this week and seized its highest billing since 2006.

A handful of teams moved up seven or more slots, just like the Jumbos. Otterbein surged from No. 28 to No. 16 after a strong performance at the All-Ohio Cross Country Championships. Whitworth also jumped 12 spots (No. 33 to No. 21), while Brandeis (No. 30 to No. 22) and RPI (No. 27 to No. 20) trended upward as well.

There are three teams making their debut in this week’s poll – No. 19 Swarthmore, No. 27 Keene State and No. 33 SUNY Cortland. All three of those teams appeared in the polls at some point last season.

A lot of these teams should square off against one another come next weekend at the Brooks AAE Invitational in Winnecone, Wisconsin, which will also serve as DIII Pre-Nationals. That will just be an appetizer as the main dish (NCAA Division III National Championships) will be held on those same course on November 21.

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Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #4 — October 7

next poll: October 14
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 UW-Eau Claire (8) 280 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
6
2 North Central (Ill.) 267 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (50th)
1
3 St. Olaf 265 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (8th)
2
4 Amherst 260 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (19th)
3
5 Washington (Mo.) 247 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
4
6 SUNY Geneseo 236 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
8
7 Williams 232 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (37th)
5
8 UW-La Crosse 222 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
8
9 Haverford 218 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (41st)
16
10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 211 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
10
11 Wabash 192 Great Lakes NCAC Colin Young (1st)
11
11 St. Lawrence 192 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (15th)
6
13 MIT 183 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (34th)
12
14 UW-Oshkosh 173 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (4th)
14
15 Carnegie Mellon 171 Mideast UAA Tim Connelly (1st)
13
16 Pomona-Pitzer 164 West SCIAC Tony Boston (8th)
15
17 Allegheny (Pa.) 156 Great Lakes NCAC Brent Wilkerson (6th)
27
18 Johns Hopkins 142 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th)
20
19 Bates 134 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (21st)
18
20 Ohio Northern 126 Great Lakes OAC Jason Maus (10th)
19
21 Wesleyan (Conn.) 121 New England NESCAC John Crooke (16th)
NR
22 Wartburg 117 Central IIAC Steve Johnson (27th)
22
23 Augustana (Ill.) 97 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (50th)
24
24 Loras 93 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (11th)
26
25 Colby 92 New England NESCAC Jared Beers (10th)
21
26 John Carroll 64 Great Lakes OAC Kyle Basista (2nd)
NR
27 RPI 63 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (5th)
30
28 St. Thomas (Minn.) 62 Central MIAC Pete Wareham (23rd)
29
29 UW-Platteville 57 Midwest WIAC Tom Antczak (23rd)
28
30 Tufts 51 New England NESCAC Michael Schmidt (1st)
25
31 Central (Iowa) 38 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (8th)
31
32 Willamette 30 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (12th)
NR
33 NYU 24 Atlantic UAA Will Boylan-Pett (2nd)
34
34 Middlebury 12 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (5th)
33
34 Emory 12 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (31st)
34
Also Receiving Votes: Calvin 8, Elizabethtown 8, Dickinson 7, Puget Sound 5, Hamilton 5, SUNY Oneonta 4, Chicago 2, Rowan 1, Saint John’s (Minn.) 1, Messiah 1
Dropped Out: No. 16 Calvin, No. 23 Dickinson, No. 32 Widener
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #4 — October 7

next poll: October 14
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 263 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (16th)
13
4 MIT 253 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (9th)
3
5 Washington (Mo.) 250 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
4
6 SUNY Geneseo 238 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
6
7 Middlebury 236 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (5th)
5
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 221 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
9
9 St. Lawrence 211 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (17th)
7
10 Hope 206 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (28th)
8
11 Chicago 198 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (15th)
11
12 Carleton 194 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (23rd)
12
12 SUNY Oneonta 194 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (6th)
14
14 Willamette 160 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (12th)
17
15 Amherst 158 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (4th)
19
16 Otterbein 145 Great Lakes OAC Dara Ford (2nd)
28
17 RIT 141 Atlantic Liberty League David Stevens (8th)
21
18 UW-La Crosse 140 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
16
19 Swarthmore 126 Mideast Centennial Peter Carroll (16th)
RV
20 RPI 124 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (5th)
27
21 Whitworth 116 West Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (20th)
33
22 Brandeis 107 New England UAA Sinead Evans (2nd)
30
23 St. Olaf 97 Central MIAC Chris Daymont (35th)
22
24 Calvin 93 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (10th)
10
25 UW-Eau Claire 89 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
24
26 Haverford 86 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (25th)
25
27 Keene State 73 New England Little East Peter Thomas (33rd)
NR
28 Emory 69 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (31st)
31
28 Colby 69 New England NESCAC Deb Aitken (31st)
23
30 Dickinson 58 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (26th)
15
31 Allegheny (Pa.) 36 Great Lakes NCAC Brent Wilkerson (6th)
20
31 Wellesley 36 New England NEWMAC Phil Jennings (3rd)
29
33 SUNY Cortland 31 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (8th)
NR
34 St. Thomas (Minn.) 26 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (36th)
32
35 Cornell College 16 Central Midwest Conference Dan Schofer (10th)
35
Also Receiving Votes: North Central (Ill.) 11, Misericordia 4, Mount Union 4, St. Benedict 3, Luther 2, Bates 2, Elizabethtown 1, Christopher Newport 1
Dropped Out: No. 18 Elizabethtown, No. 26 Luther, No. 34 Misericordia, No. 35 North Central (Ill.)
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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