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

NEW ORLEANSJohns Hopkins has been ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Preseason National Coaches’ Poll three out of the past four years.

It’s time to make that four out of the past five after the most recent poll was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)North Central (Ill.) 2)St. Olaf 3)UW-La Crosse 4)UW-La Crosse 5)St. Olaf
Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) MIT UW-La Crosse SUNY Geneseo
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The defending national champions Blue Jays headline the ballot and received seven first-place votes after a strong championship season in 2016. Johns Hopkins overcame a strong effort by runner-up Washington (Mo.) to nab the team title 128-202.

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This year the Blue Jays return four of their top-5 runners including Felicia Koerner, who had a tremendous season on the track. Natalia LaSpada finished not too far behind Koerner at NCAAs last year and is expected to move up in the pack as a junior.

The other first-place vote went to No. 2 Wash U, which returns its top-2 runners in Aly Wayne and Alison Lindsay. Wayne and Lindsay finished eighth overall and 14th overall, respectively, at NCAAs in 2016, yet the Bears couldn’t help them out as the next runner came through in 85th. Wash U will look for depth in the guise of Ellie Degen and Anna Maurer this year.

MIT comes in at No. 3 and has three of its top-5 runners coming back, including Megan McCandless (17th overall in 2016). The Engineers have been ranked third or better in three of the past five preseason polls.

UW-La Crosse is No. 4 and matches its best ranking in program history. The Eagles lost two of their top-3 runners, but with Sadie Kroll having an extra year of experience under her belt and Sarah Ziolkowski on the rise, the voting coaches expect big things from them as a team.

The final spot in the top-5 belongs to SUNY Geneseo. The fifth-ranked Knights lost their top-2 runners to graduation, but should be fine with Elise Ramirez and Kristen Homeyer filling those shoes that were left.

Williams sits at No. 6, but one of the biggest stories of the poll is Ithaca at No. 7. That matches the best ranking in program history for the Bombers and with multiple NCAA track champion Taryn Cordani leading the way at the front of the pack, big things could be in store for them.

No. 8 Calvin, No. 9 Middlebury and No. 10 Tufts rounds out the top-10 in the preseason.

Oberlin went from not being ranked at the end of the 2016 season to No. 15.

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
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Preseason - August 30th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS 2016
FINAL
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
279.00 1
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (17th)
270.00 2
3 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (11th)
255.00 5
4 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (2)
Derek Stanley (6th)
247.00 6
5 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (3rd)
246.00 3
6 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (1)
Pete Farwell (18th)
244.00 4
7 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (1)
Erin Dinan (6th)
227.00 11
8 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate (2)
Brian Diemer (12th)
221.00 9
9 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (2)
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
208.00 14
10 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (3)
Kristen Morwick (18th)
199.00 8
11 whitworth WHITWORTH
West Region (1)
Northwest Conference (1)
Toby Schwarz (22nd)
185.00 17
12 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (3)
John Lynch (7th)
183.00 18
13 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (17th)
170.00 25
14 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (1)
MIAC (2)
Chris Daymont (37th)
169.00 32
15 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
NCAC (2)
Ray Appenheimer (12th)
168.00 ---
16 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (34th)
163.00 15
17 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (2)
MIAC (3)
Joe Sweeney (38th)
145.00 20
18 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (2)
Landmark (1)
Brian Falk (10th)
143.00 29
19 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Michigan Intercollegiate (1)
Mark Northuis (30th)
131.00 10
20 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League (2)
Kate Curran (2nd)
119.00 22
21 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (3)
MIAC (1)
Donna Ricks (25th)
116.00 28
22 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA (3)
John Curtin (33rd)
112.00 24
23 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC (1)
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
111.00 ---
24 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (28th)
99.00 21
24 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (4)
Jay Hartshorn (13th)
99.00 19
st-norbert ST. NORBERT
Midwest Region (6)
Midwest Conference (1)
Don Augustine (11th)
12.00 ---
rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (3)
SAA (2)
Robert Shankman (28th)
10.00 31
stevens STEVENS
Atlantic Region (6)
Empire 8 (2)
Justin Wood (6th)
10.00 26
pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (4)
SCIAC (4)
Emma de Lira (1st)
6.00 ---
rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (7)
UAA (8)
Eddie Novara (3rd)
4.00 ---
waynesburg WAYNESBURG
Mideast Region (5)
PAC (1)
Chris Hardie (8th)
3.00 ---
desales DESALES
Mideast Region (6)
Middle Atlantic (2)
Gordon Hornig (21st)
1.00 27
uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (7)
WIAC (6)
Matt Schauf (11th)
1.00 ---

USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Regional 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
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/11
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Tue 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 28-29: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/14
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/11
Sat 11/18

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