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

NEW ORLEANS – Big jumps highlighted the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll in Week 1.

In the most recent poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, 10 teams soared more than four spots from their preseason billing.

NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Colorado 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) MIT Williams SUNY Geneseo

Johns Hopkins is still No. 1 and it marks the fourth time in the past five years that Bobby Van Allen’s team has been ranked first in the preseason and Week 1. The Blue Jays have also been ranked No. 1 33 times in the history of the National Coaches’ Poll.

Washington (Mo.) continues to make sure Johns Hopkins isn’t the unanimous No. 1 as it has captured two first-place votes. The Bears must be mindful of third-ranked MIT, though, as the Engineers have closed the distance between No. 2 and No. 3.

Williams worked its way back into the top-5 after a two-spot jump from No. 6 to No. 4 and it leapfrogged fifth-ranked SUNY Geneseo in the process.

Coming in at No. 6 this week is Chicago, up seven spots from the preseason. The Maroons recently took second behind NCAA Division II Northern Michigan at an invitational hosted by UW-Parkside and were led by Khia Kurtenbach. Chicago matches its second best ranking in program history with its best billing occurring back in 2014 (No. 4).

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Hope both jumped four spots from the preseason, but Dickinson doubled them up and soared eight from No. 24 to No. 16. The Red Devils upended NCAA Division II foes at the Galen Piper Invitational and won with a total of 44 points.

Further down in the poll, you will see five new faces: No. 26 St. Norbert, No. 30 Kenyon, No. 31 Rochester (N.Y.), No. 33 Rhodes and No. 35 Linfield. This is the first time Kenyon has been ranked since Week 2 of 2013 and the first time Linfield has been in the top-35 since 2011.

A lot will change with the National Coaches’ Poll between now and November 18 when the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships are held in Elsah, Illinios.

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

2017 Week 1 - September 13th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
278
(6 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (17th)
271
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (11th)
265 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (2)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (18th)
250 ▲ 2
(LW: 6)
5 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (3rd)
248 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Chris Hall (17th)
240 ▲ 7
(LW: 13)
7 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
Erin Dinan (6th)
228 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
217 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (6th)
216 ▼ 5
(LW: 4)
10 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (12th)
213 ▼ 2
(LW: 8)
11 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (18th)
204 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (34th)
193 ▲ 4
(LW: 16)
13 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
John Lynch (7th)
178 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Chris Daymont (37th)
174 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Mark Northuis (30th)
166 ▲ 4
(LW: 19)
16 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Don Nichter (28th)
148 ▲ 8
(LW: 24)
17 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (2)
MIAC
Joe Sweeney (38th)
139 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
17 whitworth WHITWORTH
West Region (2)
Northwest Conference
Toby Schwarz (22nd)
139 ▼ 6
(LW: 11)
19 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
Kate Curran (2nd)
136 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
131 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA
John Curtin (33rd)
122 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (3)
Landmark
Brian Falk (10th)
114 ▼ 4
(LW: 18)
23 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (3)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (25th)
102 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Dara Ford (4th)
99 ▲ 4
(LW: 28)
25 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Jay Hartshorn (13th)
81 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
26 st-norbert ST. NORBERT
Midwest Region (5)
Midwest Conference
Don Augustine (11th)
77
(LW: RV)
27 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (3)
SCIAC
Robert Bartlett (13th)
65 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
27 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (4)
IIAC
Ryan Chapman (2nd)
65 ▲ 3
(LW: 30)
29 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Fran Rizzo (27th)
52 ▲ 2
(LW: 31)
30 kenyon KENYON
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC
Duane Gomez (35th)
43 NR
31 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (5)
UAA
Eddie Novara (3rd)
41
(LW: RV)
32 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC
Justin Kinseth (1st)
34 ▼ 6
(LW: 26)
33 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (2)
SAA
Robert Shankman (27th)
28
(LW: RV)
34 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (6)
UAA
Sinead Evans (4th)
23 ▼ 1
(LW: 33)
35 linfield LINFIELD
West Region (4)
Northwest Conference
Mike Blackmore (2nd)
14 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Oberlin 13, TCNJ 10, Wheaton (Ill.) 8, Grinnell 8, Washington and Lee 5, Christopher Newport 1, UW-River Falls 1

Dropped Out: No. 15 Oberlin, No. 29 Washington and Lee, No. 32 SUNY Oneonta, No. 34 Allegheny (Pa.), No. 35 Nebraska Wesleyan

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