NCAA DIII XC Women’s Poll Still Shifting As Season Nears End

NCAA DIII XC Women’s Poll Still Shifting As Season Nears End

NEW ORLEANS — Not much changed from Week 6 to Week 7 in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll — at least when it came to the top-7 teams. All of the teams that were ranked in the top-7 in Week 6 remained in place when the most recent poll was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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If you need a refresher, here are the top-7 teams in order: Johns Hopkins, MIT, SUNY Geneseo, Washington (Mo.), Williams, Tufts and UW-La Crosse.

Some of the biggest change in the poll came at No. 8, where Bates jumped 12 spots from No. 20. That marks the best ranking in program history for the Bobcats.

What led to that improvement? Well, Bates upset previous-No. 8 Middlebury at the NESCAC Championships this past weekend. The Bobcats finished a distant third behind Williams and Tufts, but used a strong top-3 (9-14-16) to knock off the Panthers.

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Dickinson comes in at No. 9, tying its best rank in program history (Week 2 and 3 in 2014). The Red Devils took second in the team standings behind the top-ranked Blue Jays (21-75) and saw Sofia Canning lead the way with a 7th-place individual finish.

Working our way further down the poll, Colorado College and Nebraska Wesleyan both moved into a tie for 23rd. We neglected to mention this last week, but when the Prairie Wolves joined the poll in Week 6, it was the first time they were ranked since 2012 when they were 33rd.

One spot behind that duo sits DeSales, the Middle Atlantic Conference champions. The Bulldogs returned to the poll for the first time since Week 3 thanks to a dominant effort in Grantham, Pennsylvania where they put four runners in the top-7. DeSales’ ranking (25th) is its best in program history.

The Bulldogs were one of four teams that either returned to the rankings or were new to the poll in Week 7. The others were Brandeis (returning), John Carroll (new) and Haverford (returning).

This is the penultimate poll of the regular season. The final poll will come out November 14 and will coincide with the results from the Regional Championships that would have concluded three days earlier and serve as a preview for the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on November 19 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Week #7 — November 2

Next poll: November 14
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region (CR)   Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 280 Mideast (1)   Bobby Van Allen (18th)
1
2 MIT 272 New England (1)   Halston Taylor (10th)
2
3 SUNY Geneseo 263 Atlantic (1)   Dan Moore (2nd)
3
4 Washington (Mo.) 253 Midwest (1)   Jeff Stiles (16th)
4
5 Williams 252 New England (2)   Pete Farwell (17th)
5
6 Tufts 239 New England (3)   Kristen Morwick (17th)
6
7 UW-La Crosse 233 Midwest (2)   Derek Stanley (5th)
7
8 Bates 216 New England (4)   Jay Hartshorn (12th)
20
9 Dickinson 207 Mideast (2)   Don Nichter (27th)
11
10 Middlebury 205 New England (5)   Nicole Wilkerson (6th)
8
11 Ithaca 200 Atlantic (2)   Erin Dinan (5th)
12
12 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 198 West (1)   John Goldhammer (33rd)
10
13 Chicago 185 Midwest (3)   Chris Hall (16th)
13
14 SUNY Oneonta 182 Atlantic (3)   Brett Willmott (1st)
14
15 Hope 164 Great Lakes (1)   Mark Northuis (29th)
17
16 RPI 161 Atlantic (4)   John Lynch (6th)
16
17 Calvin 147 Great Lakes (2)   Brian Diemer (11th)
9
18 Emory 140 South/Southeast (1)   John Curtin (32nd)
19
19 Amherst 132 New England (6)   Cassie Funke-Harris (5th)
23
20 St. Norbert 123 Midwest (4)   Don Augustine (10th)
15
21 Otterbein 121 Great Lakes (3)   Dara Ford (3rd)
18
22 Stevens 107 Atlantic (5)   Justin Wood (5th)
22
23 Colorado College 97 West (2)   Ted Castaneda (25th)
27
23 Nebraska Wesleyan 97 Central (1)   Ted Bulling (22nd)
26
25 DeSales 91 Mideast (3)   Gordon Hornig (20th)
RV
26 St. Lawrence 77 Atlantic (6)   Kate Curran (1st)
24
26 Allegheny (Pa.) 77 Great Lakes (4)   Ben Mourer (1st)
21
28 St. Thomas (Minn.) 75 Central (2)   Joe Sweeney (37th)
29
29 Elizabethtown 51 Mideast (4)   Brian Falk (9th)
27
30 Carleton 43 Central (3)   Donna Ricks (24th)
25
31 Brandeis 39 New England (7)   Sinead Evans (3rd)
NR
32 Whitworth 38 West (3)   Toby Schwarz (21st)
31
33 St. Olaf 30 Central (4)   Chris Daymont (36th)
34
34 John Carroll 16 Great Lakes (5)   Kyle Basista (3rd)
NR
35 Wartburg 12 Central (5)   Ryan Chapman (1st)
34
35 Haverford 12 Mideast (5)   Fran Rizzo (26th)
RV
Also Receiving Votes: Oberlin 2, Bowdoin 2, UW-Oshkosh 1

Dropped Out: No. 30 Oberlin, No. 32 TCNJ, No. 33 UW-Eau Claire
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)