2017 NCAA DIII Cross Country Men’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – We hope teams in the top-10 of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll didn’t get too comfortable, because the winds of change swept through the index after two exciting weekends.

Four teams found new spots in the top-10 of the most recent poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

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

North Central (Ill.) and SUNY Geneseo sit No. 1 and No. 2 and don’t appear to be budging from those spots for a long time. This is the 65th time in program history that the Cardinals have been No. 1 in the poll, while the Knights solidified their spot behind them with a winning effort at the loaded Purple Valley Classic this past weekend.

Johns Hopkins moved up two spots from No. 5 to No. 3 despite not racing and notched its best ranking in program history. The Blue Jays last raced at the Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions and impressed while doing so as they finished fourth and beat several NCAA Division I teams.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in the top-5 for the fourth time in program history at No. 5. Even though the Sagehens were idle like Johns Hopkins, they moved up thanks to their performance two weeks ago at the UC Riverside Invitational (fifth place among non-NCAA DI programs).

RPI vaulted into the top-10 at No. 7 and that’s its best billing in program history. It was at the Purple Valley Classic this past weekend where the Engineers gave SUNY Geneseo all it could handle and fell just short of the upset. Grant O’Connor and Sean O’Connor went 2-3 for RPI, but depth allowed the Knights to squeak out an 87-95 win.

Amherst comes in at No. 8 and like RPI, fared well at the Purple Valley Classic. The Mammoths placed a distant third and put three runners in the top-15 led by sophomore Clark Ricciardelli (fourth, 26:11.9) and Mohamed Hussein (sixth, 26:14.2).

Further down in the poll, Calvin and Albion worked their way up and back into the poll, respectively, after their efforts at the MIAA Jamboree. The 12th-ranked Knights won going away (47 points with six in the top-10), while the 27th-ranked Britons finished second with 47 points.

Be sure to check back throughout the season, because you’ll see a lot more movement between now and November 14 when the final NCAA Division III Men’s National Coaches’ Poll is released in advance of the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

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

2017 Week 3 - September 27th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW
Al Carius (52nd)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (3rd)
272 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (18th)
260 ▲ 2
(LW: 5)
4 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (6th)
255 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Jordan Carpenter (1st)
249 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
234 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
John Lynch (7th)
230 ▲ 7
(LW: 14)
8 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
NESCAC
Steve Rubin (1st)
223 ▲ 7
(LW: 15)
9 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (43rd)
208 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 loras LORAS
Central Region (1)
IIAC
Bob Schultz (13th)
207 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (36th)
206 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (32nd)
192 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (1)
CAC
Sarah Lagasse (1st)
191 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (17th)
178 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (39th)
174 ▼ 11
(LW: 4)
16 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (3rd)
157 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
147 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
18 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (2)
MIAC
Phil Lundin (10th)
145 ▼ 1
(LW: 17)
19 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (34th)
142 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
IIAC
Ryan Chapman (2nd)
129 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Al Fereshetian (23rd)
114 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (3)
SCIAC
Robert Bartlett (13th)
110 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA
John Curtin (33rd)
105 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (3)
NJAC
Justin Lindsey (5th)
92 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (3)
SAA
Robert Shankman (28th)
81 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
John Newman (17th)
74 NR
27 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (2)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Derick Lawrence (4th)
69 NR
28 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (4)
MIAC
Dave Ricks (11th)
65 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (6)
UAA
Sinead Evans (4th)
64 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Don Nichter (28th)
47 ▼ 6
(LW: 24)
31 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South/Southeast Region (4)
ODAC
Brandon Spalding (5th)
41 ▼ 2
(LW: 29)
32 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Brett Witt (4th)
32 ◀▶
(LW: 32)
33 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (5)
NJAC
Dustin Dimit (4th)
26 ▼ 2
(LW: 31)
34 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (5)
IIAC
Ted Bulling (28th)
25 ▼ 4
(LW: 30)
35 willamette WILLAMETTE
West Region (4)
Northwest Conference
Matt McGuirk (14th)
9 ▼ 2
(LW: 33)

Also Receiving Votes: Elizabethtown 5, Otterbein 2

Dropped Out: No. 34 Elizabethtown, No. 35 Otterbein

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2017 Rankings & Polls Calendar
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PreseasonTue 8/29Wed 8/30
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Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
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Sep. 23: 'Late-Season' begins
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Week 6Tue 10/17Wed 10/18
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Oct. 28-29: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/31Wed 11/1
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Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
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Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/11
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/18
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