2017 NCAA DIII Cross Country Men’s National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Any coach will tell you it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

But if that team is North Central (Ill.) and we’re talking about the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, it forecasts a pretty good result for Al Carius’ squad.

For the seventh time in program history, the Cardinals are ranked No. 1 in the preseason. All but two of those previous iterations ended with North Central (Ill.) standing on top of the podium following the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central (Ill.) 2)St. Olaf 3)UW-La Crosse 4)UW-La Crosse 5)UW-Eau Claire
North Central (Ill.) SUNY Geneseo UW-La Crosse Williams UW-Eau Claire
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The Cardinals are the defending national champions and last year’s meet wasn’t even close. North Central (Ill.) put five in the top-20 and romped to a 60-204 win over SUNY Geneseo.

This year the Cardinals return three of those five men who finished in the top-20, led by Al Baldonado, who finished 15th overall. Joining Baldonado will be Dhruvil Patel and Zach Hird, as well as a litany of talented runners ready to leave their mark on the dynasty.

SUNY Geneseo starts the season ranked No. 2 and returns four runners who helped them nab second place at NCAAs in 2016. Isaac Garcia-Cassani is leading the charge once again for the Knights as he is coming off an incredible track season and finished fourth at NCAAs last year.

UW-La Crosse might have finished sixth at NCAAs in 2016, but the coaches feel the program is on the rise in 2017. The Eagles come in ranked No. 3 and lost just one athlete to graduation from their top-7 last year.

Williams sits No. 4 and that’s an improvement upon its placement last year in Louisville, Kentucky (ninth). The Ephs lost Peter Hale, who was a double champion during the indoor and outdoor track season, but return Ben Decker (44th at NCAAs last year) and four of his battle-tested teammates.

UW-Eau Claire comes in at No. 5 and hasn’t been ranked lower than fourth to begin the season since 2013 when it bookended the top-10. The Blugolds welcome back three of their top-5 runners from last year including Darin Lau, who finished sixth at NCAAs last year and placed in the top-3 in both distance races in outdoor track.

MIT sits sixth and that ties the best preseason ranking for that program. The Engineers were sixth back in 2014 and have a strong roster to contend again with Dennis Maloney (12th overall at NCAAs last year) leading the way.

Christopher Newport is ranked No. 8 and that’s the highest ranking in program history for Matthew Barreau’s team. The Captains finished 11th at NCAAs last year and packed up well behind both Grayson Reid and John LaPointe.

Other teams in the top-10 include No. 7 Johns Hopkins, No. 9 Loras and No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer.

The 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday, November 18, in Elsah, Illinois at the North Farm Facility. Principia will serve as host of the meet.

NCAA Division III
Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Preseason - August 30th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS 2016
FINAL
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW
Al Carius (52nd)
280
(8 fpv)
1
2 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (3rd)
272 2
3 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (6th)
263 6
4 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (39th)
252 9
5 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
232 3
6 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (36th)
231 7
7 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
230 8
8 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (1)
CAC
Sarah Lagasse (1st)
223 11
9 loras LORAS
Central Region (1)
IIAC
Bob Schultz (13th)
217 10
10 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Jordan Carpenter (1st)
206 17
11 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (17th)
204 4
12 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Stephen Rubin (1st)
192 12
13 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
John Lynch (7th)
183 13
14 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (43rd)
181 18
15 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (32nd)
174 19
16 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (2)
MIAC
Phil Lundin (10th)
169 15
17 ohio-northern OHIO NORTHERN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC
Jason Maus (12th)
148 14
18 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Robert Bartlett (13th)
139 31
19 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
135 26
19 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (3rd)
135 20
21 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA
John Curtin (33rd)
117 24
22 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (3)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (34th)
102 5
23 mount-union MOUNT UNION
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Kevin Lucas (7th)
97 28
24 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South/Southeast Region (3)
ODAC
Brandon Spalding (5th)
88 27
25 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Brett Witt (4th)
79 ---
26 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Al Fereshetian (23rd)
76 ---
27 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (3)
IIAC
Ted Bulling (28th)
75 ---
28 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (3)
NJAC
Justin Lindsey (5th)
74 30
29 wabash WABASH
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC
Colin Young (3rd)
47 ---
30 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (4)
NJAC
Dustin Dimit (4th)
37 ---
31 willamette WILLAMETTE
West Region (4)
Northwest Conference
Matt McGuirk (14th)
34 ---
32 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (4)
SAA
Robert Shankman (27th)
31 29
32 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (6)
UAA
Sinead Evans (4th)
31 ---
34 augustana-ill AUGUSTANA (ILL.)
Midwest Region (6)
CCIW
Paul Olsen (52nd)
30 ---
35 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Don Nichter (28th)
26 ---

Also Receiving Votes: Carleton 11, Case Western Reserve 5, Tufts 5, York (Pa.) 5, Cornell College 1, UW-Platteville 1, UC Santa Cruz 1, Hamilton 1

2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 23: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/26
Wed 9/27
Week 4Tue 10/3
Wed 10/4
Week 5Tue 10/10
Wed 10/11
Week 6Tue 10/17
Wed 10/18
Oct. 28-29: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/31
Wed 11/1
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/14
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/11
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time