2017 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – Parity is the name of the game in the most recent NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll that was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as seven of the eight regions are represented in the top-10.

The Midwest Region is home to four of those top-10 teams, while the Atlantic Region has two and there is one each from the Great Lakes Region, Mideast Region, New England Region, South/Southeast Region and West Region.

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 Haverford Pomona-Pitzer

North Central (Ill.) proved itself worthy of the No. 1 ranking this past weekend when it demolished the field at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships. The Cardinals swept the slate clean as Dhruvil Patel, Jared Borowsky, Dan O’Keefe, Zach Hird and Al Baldonado went 1-2-3-4-5 with a 17-second spread between them.

SUNY Geneseo cruised at its own Mike Woods Invitational and remained at No. 2, while UW-La Crosse posted a convincing win at the Blugold Invitational and moved up to No. 3 for the fourth time this season.

Haverford jumped from No. 9 to No. 4 – its best ranking since 2013 (No. 2) – following a huge performance at the Paul Short Run. The Fords finished 17th and were the top NCAA DIII team in the Gold Race by 190 points (Amherst finished 25th). Perhaps the most impressive thing about Haverford’s outing was that it knocked off a number of NCAA DI programs as well as NCAA DII ranked teams Mount Olive and American International.

Washington (Mo.) stepped back into the top-10 for the first time since Week 5 of 2015 thanks to a dominant effort at the Millikin H.W. Wright Classic. The Bears received the individual win from David O’gara but didn’t stop there as they put runners in every spot from No. 2 through No. 10.

Further down in the index, UW-Stout comes in at No. 19 and is one of five programs either making a return to the top-35 or joining it for the first time this season. The Blue Devils finished a close third at the Blugold Invitational behind UW-La Crosse and now 13th-ranked UW-Eau Claire, while new No. 27 UW-Platteville took fourth.

Ohio Northern returned to the poll in a tie for 24th with Rhodes, NYU went from unranked to No. 33 and Lewis & Clark is new at No. 35.

We should see similar movement in the poll that will be released October 18, because it comes right after the Pre-National Invitational in Elsah, Illinois. Exactly one month later, the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held on that same course.

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

2017 Week 4 - October 4th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (52nd)
280.00 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (3rd)
269.00 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (6th)
262.00 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (43rd)
260.00 ▲ 5
(LW: 9)
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (1st)
247.00 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (7th)
235.00 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Stephen Rubin (1st)
233.00 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (17th)
221.00 ▲ 6
(LW: 14)
9 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (1)
CAC (1)
Sarah Lagasse (1st)
215.00 ▲ 4
(LW: 13)
10 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate (1)
Brian Diemer (32nd)
214.00 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 loras LORAS
Central Region (1)
IIAC (1)
Bob Schultz (13th)
202.00 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (36th)
192.00 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC (3)
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
184.00 ▼ 7
(LW: 6)
14 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (5)
Pete Farwell (39th)
171.00 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
IIAC (2)
Ryan Chapman (2nd)
168.00 ▲ 5
(LW: 20)
16 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
162.00 ▼ 13
(LW: 3)
17 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (3rd)
151.00 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (2)
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
146.00 ▼ 1
(LW: 17)
19 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (2)
Matt Schauf (11th)
137.00 NR
20 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Robert Bartlett (13th)
129.00 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (3)
Al Fereshetian (23rd)
122.00 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (3)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (34th)
109.00 ▼ 3
(LW: 19)
23 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (3)
NJAC (1)
Dustin Dimit (4th)
98.00 ▲ 10
(LW: 33)
24 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (2)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (28th)
87.00 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
24 ohio-northern OHIO NORTHERN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Jason Maus (12th)
87.00 NR
case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (4)
UAA (7)
Kathy Lanese (17th)
2.00 NR
tufts TUFTS
New England Region (7)
NESCAC (6)
Joel Williams (2nd)
2.00 NR
messiah MESSIAH
Mideast Region (5)
Middle Atlantic (1)
Dale Fogelsanger (24th)
1.00 NR

Dropped Out: No. 18 St. Olaf, No. 23 Emory, No. 24 TCNJ, No. 26 St. Lawrence, No. 27 Albion, No. 28 Carleton, No. 29 Brandeis, No. 30 Dickinson, No. 31 Washington and Lee, No. 32 UW-Stevens Point, No. 34 Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 35 Willamette

USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Regional 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

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