Defending Champ Williams Stands Tall In NCAA DIII Women’s Preseason Poll

Defending Champ Williams Stands Tall In NCAA DIII Women’s Preseason Poll

NEW ORLEANS — What’s the reward for a team that dismantled the competition last year at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and returns six of those seven athletes that helped that cause?

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)SUNY Geneseo 3)SUNY Geneseo 4)Middlebury 5)Middlebury
Williams SUNY Geneseo Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) Tufts
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A unanimous No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Preseason National Coaches’ Poll.

Last year Williams set fire to the 6K course at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin and won by 98 points over runner-up SUNY Geneseo. There was no stopping the Ephs as they put their entire scoring lineup inside the top-40.

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Williams is back and better than ever this year and the voting coaches gave Pete Farwell’s team all eight first-place votes. This is the first time in program history that the Ephs are ranked No. 1 in the preseason. Last year at this time, Williams was No. 2.

The two biggest returners for the Ephs are Hannah Cole and Victoria Kingham. Cole, now a senior, placed fourth at NCAAs last year, while Kingham, now a junior, took 11th. Anna Harleen, now a junior, was the other athlete to finish top-40 in 2015 (39th).

Starting the season at No. 2 behind Williams is last year’s runner-up SUNY Geneseo.

The Knights welcome back five of the runners from their NCAA lineup, including Sara Rosenzweig (37th place) and Marissa Cossaro (63rd place). SUNY Geneseo hasn’t been ranked higher than third since 2006 when it was the preseason favorite.

What would a poll be without Johns Hopkins in the top-5? Well, the Blue Jays come in at No. 3 after a fourth-place finish in 2015 saw their quest for a fourth consecutive crown fall short. The good news for Johns Hopkins is that two of its top-3 runners from NCAAs return with a chip on their shoulder — Caroline Smith (12th) and Tess Meehan (35th).

The fourth-ranked team in the preseason is Washington (Mo.). Last year the Bears finished fifth in Wisconsin and welcome back five of the seven runners that competed at NCAAs, including Aly Wayne (47th) and Sarah Curci (56th).

Tufts rounds out the top-5 and the team will need to find depth to improve upon its seventh-place finish last year at NCAAs. The Jumbos do return five runners from its championship lineup in 2015, yet top finisher Brittany Bowman placed 82nd.

The rest of the top-10, in order, is No. 6 SUNY Oneonta, No. 7 MIT, No. 8 Middlebury, No. 9 RPI and No. 10 UW-La Crosse. The top returning finisher from NCAAs last year for any of those teams is RPI’s Jaime Lord at 15th. MIT’s Maryann Gong finished one spot behind her at 16th, while SUNY Oneonta’s Alyssa Drapeau was 18th.

All of these teams will most likely be in action on November 19 when the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships are held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Preseason — August 31

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Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region (CR) Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
2015 FINAL
1 Williams (8) 280 New England (1) NESCAC Pete Farwell (17th)
1
2 SUNY Geneseo 272 Atlantic (1) SUNYAC Dan Moore (2nd)
2
3 Johns Hopkins 263 Mideast (1) Centennial Bobby Van Allen (18th)
4
4 Washington (Mo.) 254 Midwest (1) UAA Jeff Stiles (16th)
5
5 Tufts 245 New England (2) NESCAC Kristen Morwick (17th)
7
6 SUNY Oneonta 240 Atlantic (2) SUNYAC Brett Willmott (1st)
6
7 MIT 233 New England (3) NEWMAC Halston Taylor (10th)
3
8 Middlebury 219 New England (4) NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (6th)
8
9 RPI 217 Atlantic (3) Liberty League John Lynch (6th)
9
10 UW-La Crosse 208 Midwest (2) WIAC Derek Stanley (5th)
12
11 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 205 West (1) SCIAC John Goldhammer (33rd)
13
12 Rochester (N.Y.) 191 Atlantic (4) UAA Eddie Novara (2nd)
14
13 Hope 172 Great Lakes (1) Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (29th)
28
14 Haverford 166 Mideast (2) Centennial Fran Rizzo (26th)
24
15 St. Thomas (Minn.) 164 Central (1) MIAC Joe Sweeney (37th)
26
16 Colorado College 151 West (2) SCAC Ted Castaneda (25th)
NR
17 UW-Eau Claire 145 Midwest (3) WIAC Dan Schwamberger (10th)
16
18 Elizabethtown 141 Mideast (3) Landmark Brian Falk (9th)
29
19 Carleton 130 Central (2) MIAC Donna Ricks (24th)
17
20 Calvin 123 Great Lakes (2) Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (11th)
30
21 Emory 121 South/Southeast (1) UAA John Curtin (32nd)
21
22 St. Lawrence 118 Atlantic (5) Liberty League Kate Curran (1st)
25
23 Willamette 110 West (3) Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (13th)
10
24 UW-Oshkosh 108 Midwest (4) WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd)
15
25 Amherst 89 New England (5) NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (5th)
NR
26 Chicago 87 Midwest (5) UAA Chris Hall (16th)
18
27 Wellesley 69 New England (6) NEWMAC Phil Jennings (4th)
19
28 Ithaca 67 Atlantic (6) Empire 8 Erin Dinan (5th)
NR
29 Allegheny (Pa.) 63 Great Lakes (3) NCAC Ben Mourer (1st)
31
30 Loras 57 Central (3) IIAC Bob Schultz (12th)
NR
31 Macalester 34 Central (4) MIAC Betsy Emerson (7th)
NR
32 Oberlin 24 Great Lakes (4) NCAC Ray Appenheimer (11th)
NR
33 Brandeis 20 New England (7) UAA Sinead Evans (3rd)
NR
34 Rhodes 18 South/Southeast (2) SAA Robert Shankman (26th)
32
35 Dickinson 17 Mideast (4) Centennial Don Nichter (27th)
11
Also Receiving Votes: Wartburg 12, Cornell College 5, DeSales 2
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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