2017 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – The biggest weekend of the regular season shook up the most recent NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

A number of ranked teams competed across the nation, which allowed the pollsters to dissect performances and know which teams are rounding into shape with the postseason weeks away.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) t3)Syracuse) t3)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
North Central (Ill.) UW-La Crosse SUNY Geneseo Haverford Pomona-Pitzer

North Central (Ill.) is the unanimous No. 1 once again and there was very little doubt that would be the case after the de facto Pre-National Invitational this past weekend. The Cardinals steamrolled the loaded field on their way to a 103-point win over then-No. 2 SUNY Geneseo. North Central (Ill.) put its entire scoring lineup in the top-15, led by Dhruvil Patel.

UW-La Crosse is the new No. 2 following a stellar effort at its own Jim Drews Invitational. The Eagles finished runner-up to Iowa Central CC, but beat the closest NCAA DIII team – which was then-No. 33 St. Olaf – by 134 points (35-169). Five of UW-La Crosse’s runners finished in the top-10 and all seven of them were in the top-20.

The aforementioned Knights fell into a third-place tie with Haverford, while Pomona-Pitzer rounded out the top-5 for the third week in a row.

Amherst and Loras are locked in a tie for sixth place. The Mammoths moved up one spot after beating then-No. 14 Williams at the Little 3 Championships. The Duhakws soared five spots from Week 5 to Week 6 thanks to a fourth-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational.

Speaking of the Pre-National Invitational, the rankings seem to follow how teams placed on the Principia Cross Country Course. No. 9 Washington (Mo.) finished right ahead of No. 10 MIT in fifth, which edged No. 11 Christopher Newport, which beat No. 14 Johns Hopkins and so on and so forth.

There were four teams that went from being unranked to the top-35: No. 22 York (Pa.), No. 23 Chicago, No. 26 Connecticut College and No. 32 DePauw. This is the first time in program history that York (Pa.) has been ranked, the second time in program history for Connecticut College and the first time since 2006 for DePauw.

There will only be two more National Coaches’ Polls released this season: November 1 and November 14. The former will be after the conclusion of conference championships and the latter right before the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

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

2017 Week 6 - October 18th

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 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (6th)
264 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (3rd)
263 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
3 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (43rd)
263 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (1st)
250 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Stephen Rubin (1st)
234 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
6 loras LORAS
Central Region (1)
IIAC (1)
Bob Schultz (13th)
234 ▲ 5
(LW: 11)
8 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (7th)
228 ▼ 2
(LW: 6)
9 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (17th)
216 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (36th)
208 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (1)
CAC (1)
Sarah Lagasse (1st)
195 ▼ 2
(LW: 9)
12 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (2)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (3rd)
193 ▲ 4
(LW: 16)
13 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (5)
Pete Farwell (39th)
186 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
177 ▲ 3
(LW: 17)
15 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate (1)
Brian Diemer (32nd)
168 ▼ 5
(LW: 10)
16 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
IIAC (2)
Ryan Chapman (2nd)
158 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (2)
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
152 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
18 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC (3)
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
147 ▼ 5
(LW: 13)
19 ohio-northern OHIO NORTHERN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Jason Maus (12th)
136 ▲ 5
(LW: 24)
20 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Robert Bartlett (13th)
125 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (2)
Matt Schauf (11th)
115 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 york-pa YORK (PA.)
Mideast Region (4)
CAC (2)
Stephen LoBianco (5th)
109 NR
23 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (6)
UAA (5)
Chris Hall (17th)
95 NR
24 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (2)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (28th)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (3)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (34th)
86 ▼ 3
(LW: 22)
26 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (4)
Luke Maher (1st)
84 NR
27 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (2)
John Newman (17th)
82 ▼ 1
(LW: 26)
28 bates BATES
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (3)
Al Fereshetian (23rd)
62 ▼ 7
(LW: 21)
29 nyu NYU
Atlantic Region (4)
UAA (4)
Erison Hurtault (2nd)
56 ▲ 3
(LW: 32)
30 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC (2)
Phil Lundin (10th)
52 ▲ 3
(LW: 33)
31 uw-platteville UW-PLATTEVILLE
Midwest Region (7)
WIAC (4)
Tom Antczak (25th)
39 ▼ 4
(LW: 27)
32 depauw DEPAUW
Great Lakes Region (3)
NCAC (1)
Kori Stoffregen (22nd)
31 NR
33 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (5)
NJAC (1)
Dustin Dimit (4th)
29 ▼ 10
(LW: 23)
34 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (4)
IIAC (3)
Ted Bulling (28th)
16 ▼ 5
(LW: 29)
35 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (3)
UAA (3)
John Curtin (33rd)
7 ▼ 5
(LW: 30)

Also Receiving Votes: Otterbein 6, SUNY Oneonta 3, Carleton 2

Dropped Out: No. 28 Brandeis, No. 31 Albion, No. 34 Dickinson, No. 35 Case Western Reserve, No. 35 Messiah, No. 35 Tufts

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