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.

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

2017 Week 3 - September 27th

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

Also Receiving Votes: Elizabethtown 5, Otterbein 2

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

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