Big Jumps The Focus Of Newest Men’s NCAA DIII XC Coaches’ Poll

Big Jumps The Focus Of Newest Men’s NCAA DIII XC Coaches’ Poll

NEW ORLEANS — A lot changed in the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll from Week 1 to Week 2. How much?

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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Well, for starters, only eight teams remained in place from Week 1.

Another team went from not being ranked to landing in the top-15.

That’s all for starters. Let’s take a look at the most recent poll that was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and find out why this all happened.

Nothing changed in the top-4 as North Central (Ill.) is still No. 1 with seven first-place votes, SUNY Geneseo is ranked No. 2 with one first-place vote and third-ranked Williams and fourth-ranked UW-Eau Claire haven’t moved since the preseason.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in the top-5 after a week absence. The Sagehens bounced MIT from the top-5 in the process and UW-La Crosse moved up one spot to break a tie with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Here’s where things get interesting: Mount Union is now ranked No. 13. The Purple Raiders competed at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Rochester, New York and won in a rout over Case Western Reserve and St. Lawrence. Mount Union’s Preston Myers won the meet and two of his teammates finished inside the top-10. This is the Purple Raiders’ best ranking in program history, topping the old mark of No. 20 in 2010.

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Elsewhere, Colby and RPI both jumped six and five spots, respectively. The Mules went from No. 22 to No. 16 after competing once this year (but once might be enough when it’s a head-to-head win over No. 21 Bates). The Engineers recently took second at the Ron Stonistsch Invitational hosted by Vassar College.

Speaking of Bates, that team went from not being ranked to No. 21. The Bobcats recently captured the team title at the Super XC Shootout where they beat Tufts and WPI.

Two spots below Bates sits Gustavus Adolphus, another program that surged into the poll this week. The Lions took fifth at the St. Olaf Invitational this past weekend and were led by senior Thomas Knobbe, who placed third in 25:46.9.

Two other teams worked their way inside the poll this week: SUNY Oneonta and Washington (Mo.). The former captured the team title at its own Airline Invitational, while the latter rolled at the Gil Dodds Invitational, hosted by Wheaton.

We should see a lot more movement in the coming weeks and especially in the two months leading up to the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships that will take place Saturday, November 19 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Men’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 North Central (Ill.) (7) 279 Midwest (1) CCIW Al Carius (51st)
1
2 SUNY Geneseo (1) 273 Atlantic (1) SUNYAC Dan Moore (2nd)
2
3 Williams 261 New England (1) NESCAC Pete Farwell (38th)
3
4 UW-Eau Claire 255 Midwest (2) WIAC Dan Schwamberger (10th)
4
5 Pomona-Pitzer 250 West (1) SCIAC Tony Boston (9th)
6
6 MIT 242 New England (2) NEWMAC Halston Taylor (35th)
5
7 UW-La Crosse 225 Midwest (3) WIAC Derek Stanley (5th)
8
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 224 West (2) SCIAC John Goldhammer (33rd)
8
9 St. Olaf 219 Central (1) MIAC Phil Lundin (9th)
7
10 Amherst 212 New England (3) NESCAC Ned Nedeau (20th)
10
11 Loras 196 Central (2) IIAC Bob Schultz (12th)
11
12 Carnegie Mellon 188 Mideast (1) UAA Tim Connelly (2nd)
12
13 Mount Union 186 Great Lakes (1) OAC Kevin Lucas (6th)
NR
14 Haverford 171 Mideast (2) Centennial Tom Donnelly (42nd)
16
15 Calvin 167 Great Lakes (2) MIAA Brian Diemer (31st)
17
16 Colby 153 New England (4) NESCAC Jared Beers (11th)
22
17 Johns Hopkins 141 Mideast (3) Centennial Bobby Van Allen (18th)
19
18 Chicago 138 Midwest (4) UAA Chris Hall (16th)
15
19 RPI 135 Atlantic (2) Liberty League John Lynch (6th)
24
20 Wabash 129 Great Lakes (3) NCAC Colin Young (2nd)
12
21 Bates 116 New England (5) NESCAC Al Fereshetian (22nd)
NR
22 UW-Platteville 104 Midwest (5) WIAC Tom Antczak (24th)
20
23 Allegheny (Pa.) 101 Great Lakes (4) NCAC Ben Mourer (1st)
21
23 Gustavus Adolphus 101 Central (3) MIAC Dale Bahr (8th)
RV
25 NYU 88 Atlantic (3) UAA Erison Hurtault (1st)
29
26 Wartburg 83 Central (4) IIAC Ryan Chapman (1st)
23
27 Augustana (Ill.) 76 Midwest (6) CCIW Paul Olsen (51st)
25
28 Tufts 62 New England (6) NESCAC Joel Williams (1st)
18
29 Christopher Newport 54 South/Southeast (1) CAC Matthew Barreau (6th)
30
30 Widener 53 Mideast (4) Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (30th)
28
31 SUNY Oneonta 36 Atlantic (4) SUNYAC Brett Willmott (1st)
NR
32 Dickinson 28 Mideast (5) Centennial Don Nichter (27th)
31
32 Washington (Mo.) 28 Midwest (7) UAA Jeff Stiles (16th)
NR
34 Emory 25 South/Southeast (2) UAA John Curtin (32nd)
33
35 Ohio Northern 14 Great Lakes (5) OAC Jason Maus (11th)
32
Also Receiving Votes: Rowan 13, Willamette 8, Central (Iowa) 3, Rhodes 1, St. Lawrence 1, UW-Oshkosh 1
Dropped Out: No. 14 St. Lawrence, No. 26 Middlebury, No. 27 UW-Oshkosh, No. 33 Central (Iowa), No. 35 Willamette
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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