North Central (Ill.) Men Are Preseason Favorites In NCAA DIII XC

North Central (Ill.) Men Are Preseason Favorites In NCAA DIII XC

NEW ORLEANS — What do the years 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 have in common as it pertains to the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Preseason National Coaches’ Poll?

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

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

Williams

UW-Eau Claire Pomona-Pitzer
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If you guessed North Central (Ill.) is ranked No. 1, you’re right.

For the sixth time in the past eight years, the Cardinals are atop the coaches’ poll to begin the season. North Central (Ill.) received five of the eight first-place votes available.

Third-ranked Williams nabbed two and second-ranked SUNY Geneseo snagged one.

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Let’s go back to the Cardinals though and see why the coaches deemed them favorites for the 2016 season. North Central (Ill.) finished fifth at NCAAs last year and returns five of the seven runners that comprised that lineup, of which five placed inside the top-100 (Zach Plank, 4th; Al Baldonado, 65th; Dhruvil Patel, 77th; Zach Hird, 96th; Ethan Adlfinger, 99th). That’s not a bad sign for the Cardinals this year.

Coming in behind North Central (Ill.) are the Knights. Of note, the SUNY Geneseo men and women are both ranked No. 2 to begin the season.

The Knights finished third in Winneconne, Wisconsin and welcome back three members of its scoring lineup. SUNY Geneseo’s top returner is Isaac Garcia-Cassani — who was eighth last year — and he’ll be joined by Travis Briggs (61st) and Alfredo Mazzuca (83rd).

Top-end depth proved to be the Ephs undoing last year at NCAAs as they couldn’t hold off eventual champion UW-Eau Claire. Williams finished runner-up by nine points and is No. 3 entering the 2016 season. This year’s team for the Ephs features four runners from their NCAA team, namely Peter Hale (16th) and Noah Williams (40th).

Speaking of the defending champion Blugolds, they’re ranked fourth. UW-Eau Claire will be without the services of Josh Thorson and Ryan Mugan in 2016, but return Darin Lau (14th) and Nick Petersson (112th).

The No. 5 spot belongs to Pomona-Pitzer and this is a momentous ranking for that program. This is the first time in program history that the Sagehens have been ranked inside the top-10 in any USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll. Pomona-Pitzer must find a way to shore up its lineup as only two from its top-5 at NCAAs last year return.

Elsewhere in the top-10, St. Olaf is No. 6, followed by MIT at No. 7, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at No. 8, UW-La Crosse at No. 9 and Amherst at No. 10. This is the lowest the Oles have been ranked in the preseason since 2013, while the Stags set a new benchmark for the program.

The 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships are set for November 19 in Louisville, Kentucky at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.

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Men’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 North Central (Ill.) (5) 275 Midwest (1) CCIW Al Carius (51st)
5
2 SUNY Geneseo (1) 270 Atlantic (1) SUNYAC Dan Moore (2nd)
3
3 Williams (2) 268 New England (1) NESCAC Pete Farwell (38th)
2
4 UW-Eau Claire 254 Midwest (2) WIAC Dan Schwamberger (10th)
1
5 Pomona-Pitzer 237 West (1) SCIAC Tony Boston (9th)
6
6 St. Olaf 236 Central (1) MIAC Phil Lundin (9th)
4
7 MIT 235 New England (2) NEWMAC Halston Taylor (35th)
19
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 224 West (2) SCIAC John Goldhammer (33rd)
7
9 UW-La Crosse 220 Midwest (3) WIAC Derek Stanley (5th)
9
10 Amherst 204 New England (3) NESCAC Ned Nedeau (20th)
10
11 Carnegie Mellon 193 Mideast (1) UAA Tim Connelly (2nd)
18
12 Loras 190 Central (2) IIAC Bob Schultz (12th)
14
13 Wabash 186 Great Lakes (1) NCAC Colin Young (2nd)
8
14 St. Lawrence 176 Atlantic (2) Liberty League John Newman (16th)
15
15 UW-Platteville 175 Midwest (4) WIAC Tom Antczak (24th)
27
16 Haverford 164 Mideast (2) Centennial Tom Donnelly (42nd)
12
17 Tufts 154 New England (4) NESCAC Joel Williams (1st)
17
18 Chicago 139 Midwest (5) UAA Chris Hall (16th)
31
19 Allegheny (Pa.) 136 Great Lakes (2) NCAC Ben Mourer (1st)
26
20 Johns Hopkins 122 Mideast (3) Centennial Bobby Van Allen (18th)
NR
21 Middlebury 115 New England (5) NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (6th)
24
21 Calvin 115 Great Lakes (3) Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (31st)
23
23 UW-Oshkosh 108 Midwest (6) WIAC Eamon McKenna (5th)
13
24 RPI 95 Atlantic (3) Liberty League John Lynch (6th)
NR
25 Central (Iowa) 66 Central (3) IIAC Joe Dunham (9th)
25
26 UW-Stevens Point 64 Midwest (7) WIAC Brett Witt
NR
27 Colby 60 New England (6) NESCAC Jared Beers (11th)
NR
28 Christopher Newport 56 South/Southeast (1) CAC Matthew Barreau (6th)
32
29 NYU 54 Atlantic (4) UAA Erison Hurtault (1st)
NR
30 Widener 53 Mideast (4) Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (30th)
NR
31 Willamette 42 West (3) Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (13th)
28
32 Emory 36 South/Southeast (2) UAA John Curtin (32nd)
29
33 Ohio Northern 35 Great Lakes (4) OAC Jason Maus (11th)
NR
34 Washington (Mo.) 19 Midwest (8) UAA Jeff Stiles (16th)
16
35 Hamilton 11 Atlantic (5) NESCAC Brett Hull (26th)
21
35 Dickinson 11 Mideast (5) Centennial Don Nichter (27th)
NR
35 Bates 11 New England (7) NESCAC Al Fereshetian (22nd)
NR
Also Receiving Votes: Gustavus Adolphus 7, Augustana (Ill.) 6, Washington and Lee 5, Messiah 4, Occidental 3, Wartburg 3, DeSales 3.
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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