2017 NCAA DIII Cross Country Men’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships might be more than two months away, but teams are sure jockeying for position in the Men’s National Coaches’ Poll.

Twenty eight of the 35 teams in the most recent poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) moved places since the preseason.

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
North Central (Ill.) SUNY Geneseo UW-La Crosse Williams Johns Hopkins

Nothing changed up top as North Central (Ill.) is still the unanimous No. 1, having received all eight first-place votes from the coaches. The Cardinals notched victories in the past three meets, including the Illinois State Country Financial Invitational this past weekend where they put six in the top-10 and toppled several NCAA Division I programs.

SUNY Geneseo, UW-La Crosse and Williams once again sit in order behind North Central (Ill.). The Ephs gained ground on the Knights and Eagles, though, as their point total is now 258 compared to 252 from the preseason.

Coming in at No. 5 in Week 1 is Johns Hopkins. This marks the best ranking in program history for the Blue Jays as they eclipsed their previous best of No. 7. Johns Hopkins made a statement at the Mustang Stampede this past weekend as it scored 15 points and sent 11 runners across the finish line before the next collegiate athlete.

Haverford also soared as it went from No. 14 to No. 8, which is its best ranking since 2015. The Fords settled in right behind No. 6 MIT and No. 7 UW-Eau Claire, while it knocked previous No. 8 Christopher Newport to No. 9 and previous No. 9 Loras to No. 10.

Calvin is No. 12 after starting the season at No. 15. The Knights looked strong at their home invitational this past weekend and knocked off the ‘B’ team from the second-ranked squad in NCAA Division II (Grand Valley State).

Wartburg dominated the Les Duke Invitational and went from being unranked in the preseason to No. 20. Freshman Sam Pinkowski led the Knights to their second win in as many meets and the rest of the roster packed in well behind him (No. 4, No. 7, No. 11 and No. 16).

Rhodes (No. 32 to No. 25), Dickinson (No. 35 to No. 27) and Albion (NR to No. 30) were also big movers in the most recent poll.

Look for these rankings to change a lot between now and November 14 when the final NCAA Division III Men’s National Coaches’ Poll comes out in advance of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships four days later.

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

2017 Week 1 - September 13th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (52nd)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (3rd)
271 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (6th)
263 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (5)
Pete Farwell (39th)
258 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
246 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (36th)
236 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (3)
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
226 ▼ 2
(LW: 5)
8 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (43rd)
215 ▲ 6
(LW: 14)
9 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (1)
CAC (1)
Sarah Lagasse (1st)
212 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 loras LORAS
Central Region (1)
IIAC (1)
Bob Schultz (13th)
209 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (1st)
197 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate (1)
Brian Diemer (32nd)
196 ▲ 3
(LW: 15)
13 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (17th)
191 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (1)
Stephen Rubin (1st)
182 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (7th)
178 ▼ 2
(LW: 13)
16 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (2)
MIAC (2)
Phil Lundin (10th)
157 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (3rd)
149 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Robert Bartlett (13th)
136 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 ohio-northern OHIO NORTHERN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Jason Maus (12th)
131 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
IIAC (2)
Ryan Chapman (2nd)
130 NR
21 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (2)
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
127 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA (3)
John Curtin (33rd)
117 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (3)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (34th)
109 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (3)
Al Fereshetian (23rd)
83 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (3)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (28th)
78 ▲ 7
(LW: 32)
26 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (3)
NJAC (2)
Justin Lindsey (5th)
72 ▲ 2
(LW: 28)
27 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial (3)
Don Nichter (28th)
71 ▲ 8
(LW: 35)
28 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (4)
IIAC (3)
Ted Bulling (28th)
53 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South/Southeast Region (4)
ODAC (1)
Brandon Spalding (5th)
52 ▼ 5
(LW: 24)
30 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (3)
Michigan Intercollegiate (2)
Derick Lawrence (4th)
50 NR
31 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (4)
NJAC (1)
Dustin Dimit (4th)
45 ▼ 1
(LW: 30)
32 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (6)
Brett Witt (4th)
39 ▼ 7
(LW: 25)
33 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (6)
UAA (6)
Sinead Evans (4th)
32 ▼ 1
(LW: 32)
34 willamette WILLAMETTE
West Region (4)
Northwest Conference (1)
Matt McGuirk (14th)
27 ▼ 3
(LW: 31)
35 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (5)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (11th)
17
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Otterbein 5

Dropped Out: No. 23 Mount Union, No. 29 Wabash, No. 34 Augustana (Ill.)

USTFCCCA 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
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