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

NEW ORLEANS – The biggest weekend of the regular season came and went and left a wake of change in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

The newest index was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and only two teams remained in place from the previous installment.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

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Johns Hopkins MIT SUNY Geneseo Williams Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Wheaton (Ill.)

For starters, Johns Hopkins and MIT waged an epic battle over the 6K tract at the Principia Cross Country Course and that’s why they’re No. 1 and No. 2 in Week 6. The Blue Jays won the team title at the de facto Pre-National Invitational with 74 points, barely beating out the Engineers (76). Johns Hopkins proved to all of the voters why it deserved to be No. 1, while MIT showed itself to be a worthy challenger to the throne.

SUNY Geneseo and Williams inched closer to the top, as they’re ranked third and fourth, respectively. The Knights took third in Elsah, Illinois, while the Ephs easily dispatched both Amherst and Wesleyan at the Little 3 Championships.

Wheaton (Ill.) made one of the biggest jumps of the week as it went from No. 22 to a tie at No. 5 with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Thunder finished a surprising fourth at the Pre-National Invitational and toppled a number of teams that were ranked higher than it in Week 5. Wheaton (Ill.) packed up well behind its No. 1 (Hannah Roeske, 14th) and earns its highest ranking in program history by a long shot.

Notice how we said "one of the biggest jumps?” That’s because Trinity (Texas) soared 21 spots from No. 31 to No. 10. The Tigers finished sixth in the Pre-National Invitational with 188 points, just three points out of fifth (185) and seven out of fourth (178). Trinity (Texas) received strong efforts from Laura Taylor (12th) and Haley McFadden (16th). This is the first time since 2013 that the Tigers have been ranked in the top-10.

Otterbein comes in at No. 11 following a win at the Inter-Regional Border Battle. The Cardinals scored 98 points (3-6-20-35-35) and beat a split squad from top-ranked Johns Hopkins and full squads from former No. 8 Dickinson and former No. 30 Haverford. This is the best ranking in program history for Otterbein.

Overall there were five teams that either returned to the poll or made their first appearance: No. 25 Oberlin, No. 31 WPI, No. 33 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 34 Case Western Reserve and No. 35 UW-River Falls. This is the first time in program history that both UW-River Falls and WPI have been ranked in the top-35.

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
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 6 - October 18th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (11th)
272 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (3rd)
261 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (1)
Pete Farwell (18th)
257 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
David Walford (3rd)
242 ▲ 17
(LW: 22)
5 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (34th)
242 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
7 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (17th)
227 ▼ 5
(LW: 2)
8 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (2)
Nicole Wilkerson (7th)
214 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Donna Ricks (25th)
212 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 trinity-texas TRINITY (TEXAS)
South/Southeast Region (1)
SCAC (1)
Emily Daum (4th)
207 ▲ 21
(LW: 31)
11 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (4th)
199 ▲ 13
(LW: 24)
12 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (2)
Derek Stanley (6th)
198 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (2)
MIAC (2)
Chris Daymont (37th)
182 ▲ 5
(LW: 18)
14 bates BATES
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (4)
Jay Hartshorn (13th)
171 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (17th)
158 ▼ 9
(LW: 6)
16 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (28th)
155 ▼ 8
(LW: 8)
17 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (3)
Kristen Morwick (18th)
154 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (2)
Michigan Intercollegiate (1)
Mark Northuis (30th)
150 ▼ 6
(LW: 12)
19 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (1)
Dan Schwamberger (11th)
137 ▼ 9
(LW: 10)
20 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (2)
NJAC (1)
Justin Lindsey (5th)
133 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 whitworth WHITWORTH
West Region (2)
Northwest Conference (1)
Toby Schwarz (22nd)
119 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (3)
Landmark (1)
Brian Falk (10th)
112 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (3)
John Lynch (7th)
97 ▼ 6
(LW: 17)
24 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial (3)
Fran Rizzo (27th)
88 ▲ 6
(LW: 30)
25 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
NCAC (2)
Ray Appenheimer (12th)
82 NR
25 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League (2)
Kate Curran (2nd)
82 ▲ 1
(LW: 26)
27 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League (1)
Erin Dinan (6th)
75 ▲ 2
(LW: 29)
28 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (3)
IIAC (1)
Ted Bulling (23rd)
67 ▲ 5
(LW: 33)
29 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA (3)
John Curtin (33rd)
66 ▼ 8
(LW: 21)
30 linfield LINFIELD
West Region (3)
Northwest Conference (2)
Mike Blackmore (2nd)
52 ▼ 3
(LW: 27)
31 wpi WPI
New England Region (6)
NEWMAC (2)
Brian Chabot (10th)
43 NR
32 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (4)
SCIAC (2)
Robert Bartlett (13th)
25 ▲ 2
(LW: 34)
33 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (4)
MIAC (3)
Joe Sweeney (38th)
21 NR
34 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (4)
UAA (7)
Kathy Lanese (20th)
20 NR
35 uw-river-falls UW-RIVER FALLS
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC (3)
Danielle Douglas (3rd)
19
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Amherst 8, Wartburg 7, Carnegie Mellon 5, Lynchburg 1

Dropped Out: No. 15 Calvin, No. 25 Wartburg, No. 28 Kenyon, No. 32 UW-Stevens Point, No. 35 Brandeis

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