A Lot Changes Between Week 1 & Week 2 In NCAA DIII Women’s XC Poll

A Lot Changes Between Week 1 & Week 2 In NCAA DIII Women’s XC Poll

NEW ORLEANS — What happens during mid-September races in NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country rarely has a say on what transpires come championship time in November, but based on what we saw this past weekend and the impact it had on the National Coaches’ Poll, we could be in store for a treat in Louisville, Kentucky.

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1)Johns Hopkins 2)SUNY Geneseo 3)SUNY Geneseo 4)Middlebury 5)Middlebury
Williams SUNY Geneseo Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) MIT
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Seven teams jumped four or more spots from Week 1 to Week 2, including four that climbed 15 spots each (Ithaca, Stevens, St. Olaf and Oberlin).

Let’s get this out of the way first: None of these big movers jumped into the top-5. That still consists of unanimous No. 1 Williams, second-ranked SUNY Geneseo, third-ranked Johns Hopkins, fourth-ranked Washington (Mo.) and fifth-ranked MIT.

Calvin soared into the top-10 this week thanks to a strong effort at last weekend’s Sundodger Invitational hosted by Washington. The Knights were runners-up in the non-DI portion of the meet as they finished behind Trinity Western, but knocked off DII Simon Fraser and DII Alaska Anchorage.

Then there is Carleton, a team that was 18th last week and 13th now. The Knights were second at this past weekend’s St. Olaf Invitational, only losing to DII Minnesota-Duluth (ranked 10th in last week’s National Coaches’ Poll). Carleton knocked off host St. Olaf (then ranked No. 34) as well as UW-Eau Claire (then No. 19) in the process.

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Right next to the Knights in the poll is Ithaca, a team that went from No. 29 last week to No. 14 this week. The Bombers took second at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by the University of Rochester behind DI Cornell. Ithaca was led by sophomore Taryn Cordani, who won the meet in 21:16.0.

Four spots below the Bombers are the trio of Stevens, the aforementioned Oles and Oberlin in 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively.

The Ducks went to the Airfield Invitational hosted by SUNY Oneonta and edged the then-7th ranked team in DIII by one point. Stevens used a first-place finish by Amy Regan to lead the way and then strong pack running to get the 27-28 victory.

Oberlin, like Ithaca, competed at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. The Yoewomen’s first three runners finished in 15th, 19th and 20th and were able to stem the tide at the back to hold off a strong charge by then-ranked No. 20 St. Lawrence.

There were three teams that either returned to the poll or were new to the poll. Pomona-Pitzer went from not being ranked to No. 32, Brandies returned to the poll at No. 34 after receiving votes last week and St. Norbert is new to the poll at No. 35.

The 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held November 19 in Louisville, Kentucky at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park, the same place that held the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships last year.

As an aside, be sure to listen to us unveil this updated poll every Wednesday on a special mini-episode of “Cross Country U,” a new podcast presented by the USTFCCCA.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #2 — September 21

next poll: September 28
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region (CR) Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
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 261 Mideast (1) Centennial Bobby Van Allen (18th)
3
4 Washington (Mo.) 259 Midwest (1) UAA Jeff Stiles (16th)
4
5 MIT 248 New England (2) NEWMAC Halston Taylor (10th)
5
6 Tufts 237 New England (3) NESCAC Kristen Morwick (17th)
6
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 225 West (1) SCIAC John Goldhammer (33rd)
9
8 Middlebury 222 New England (4) NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (6th)
8
9 Calvin 219 Great Lakes (1) MIAA Brian Diemer (11th)
13
10 UW-La Crosse 217 Midwest (2) WIAC Derek Stanley (5th)
10
11 RPI 200 Atlantic (2) Liberty League John Lynch (6th)
11
12 St. Thomas (Minn.) 187 Central (1) MIAC Joe Sweeney (37th)
14
13 Carleton 176 Central (2) MIAC Donna Ricks (24th)
18
14 Ithaca 174 Atlantic (3) Empire 8 Erin Dinan (5th)
29
15 Hope 166 Great Lakes (2) MIAA Mark Northuis (29th)
15
16 Emory 163 South/Southeast (1) UAA John Curtin (32nd)
17
17 Haverford 157 Mideast (2) Centennial Fran Rizzo (26th)
16
18 Stevens 143 Atlantic (4) Empire 8 Justin Wood (5th)
33
19 St. Olaf 128 Central (3) MIAC Chris Daymont (36th)
34
20 Oberlin 121 Great Lakes (3) NCAC Ray Appenheimer (11th)
35
21 Amherst 114 New England (5) NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (5th)
23
22 Elizabethtown 111 Mideast (3) Landmark Brian Falk (9th)
22
23 Whitworth 99 West (2) Northwest Toby Schwarz (21st)
30
24 St. Lawrence 91 Atlantic (5) Liberty League Kate Curran (1st)
20
24 SUNY Oneonta 91 Atlantic (6) SUNYAC Brett Willmott (1st)
7
26 UW-Oshkosh 89 Midwest (3) WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd)
24
27 Colorado College 77 West (3) SCAC Ted Castaneda (25th)
21
28 Chicago 72 Midwest (4) UAA Chris Hall (16th)
25
29 UW-Eau Claire 61 Midwest (5) WIAC Dan Schwamberger (10th)
19
30 Dickinson 41 Mideast (4) Centennial Don Nichter (27th)
32
30 Allegheny (Pa.) 41 Great Lakes (4) NCAC Ben Mourer (1st)
27
32 Wartburg 26 Central (4) IIAC Ryan Chapman (1st)
31
32 Pomona-Pitzer 26 West (4) SCIAC Kirk Reynolds (28th)
NR
34 Brandeis 21 New England (6) UAA Sinead Evans (3rd)
RV
35 St. Norbert 10 Midwest (6) Midwest Don Augustine (10th)
RV
Also Receiving Votes: Bates 8, Swarthmore 5, Rhodes 1, Otterbein 1
Dropped Out: No. 12 Rochester (N.Y.), No. 26 Willamette, No. 28 Wellesley
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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