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
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
279
(7 fpv)
1
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (17th)
270
(1 fpv)
2
3 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (11th)
255 5
4 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (6th)
247 6
5 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (3rd)
246 3
6 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (2)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (18th)
244 4
7 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
Erin Dinan (6th)
227 11
8 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (12th)
221 9
9 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
208 14
10 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (18th)
199 8
11 whitworth WHITWORTH
West Region (1)
Northwest Conference
Toby Schwarz (22nd)
185 17
12 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
John Lynch (7th)
183 18
13 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (3)
UAA
Chris Hall (17th)
170 25
14 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Chris Daymont (37th)
169 32
15 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
NCAC
Ray Appenheimer (12th)
168 ---
16 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (34th)
163 15
17 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (2)
MIAC
Joe Sweeney (38th)
145 20
18 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (2)
Landmark
Brian Falk (10th)
143 29
19 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Mark Northuis (30th)
131 10
20 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
Kate Curran (2nd)
119 22
21 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (3)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (25th)
116 28
22 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA
John Curtin (33rd)
112 24
23 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
111 ---
24 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial
Don Nichter (28th)
99 21
24 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Jay Hartshorn (13th)
99 19
26 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Justin Kinseth (1st)
91 16
27 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (3)
SCIAC
Robert Bartlett (13th)
73 ---
28 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
OAC
Dara Ford (4th)
65 ---
29 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South/Southeast Region (2)
ODAC
Mike Dager (4th)
52 ---
30 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (4)
IIAC
Ryan Chapman (2nd)
45 ---
31 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Fran Rizzo (27th)
39 23
32 suny-oneonta SUNY ONEONTA
Atlantic Region (5)
SUNYAC
Brett Willmott (2nd)
38 7
33 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (6)
UAA
Sinead Evans (4th)
33 ---
34 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (5)
NCAC
Ben Mourer (2nd)
27 13
35 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (5)
IIAC
Ted Bulling (23rd)
21 30

Also Receiving Votes: St. Norbert 12, Rhodes 10, Stevens 10, Pomona-Pitzer 6, Rochester (N.Y.) 4, Waynesburg 3, DeSales 1, UW-Stout 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