2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Since 2009, one team has dominated every aspect of NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country from the National Coaches’ Poll to the NCAA Championships.

This team has been the top-ranked program in the nation 70 times in the past 10 years and won six national championships, including three of the past four. Well, you can push that first number up to 71 and if the poll is any indication of how the season will go, North Central (Ill.) could very well take its third consecutive crown come November 17.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
North Central (Ill.) Amherst UW-La Crosse Pomona-Pitzer Haverford

The Cardinals enter the 2018 season as the prohibitive favorite. This is the eighth time in the past 10 years that Al Carius’ team has held down the top spot to begin the season (The other two times it was No. 2 in the preseason poll).

North Central (Ill.) won the 2017 title by 142 points and is primed for a repeat performance. The Cardinals put four runners in the top-20 last year and three of those athletes return as seniors in 2018: Dhruvil Patel, Al Baldonado and Matthew Norvell. Patel hopes to carry momentum from a stellar outdoor season that saw him win the 10,000-meter crown in 29:47.30 and place fourth in the 5000 in a time of 14:47.26. Norvell and Nolan McKenna doubled as well in the meet, so their strength can’t be doubted.

Amherst begins the season ranked No. 2, matching its best billing in program history (Week 5 of 2015). The Mammoths hadn’t cracked the top-5 of the National Coaches’ Poll in the past two years, but there is good reason to believe they’ll be contenders in 2018. Amherst returns five of the seven runners that it brought with it to NCAAs last year. Clark Ricciardelli starred outdoors with an All-America performance in the 10,000, while Cosmo Brossy opened a lot of eyes with his effort in the final of the 5000.

UW-La Crosse is familiar with the No. 3 spot in the National Coaches’ Poll, as it occupied it six times last year including the preseason. The Eagles will be led in 2018 by Josh Schraeder and Thomas Schultz, who both nabbed All-America honors last year in cross country. Schraeder finished 20th overall, while Schultz finished 29th. Don’t overlook Sam Hinz, either, as the rising senior came into his own during the outdoor season and reached the finals of the 800 and 1500 at the NCAA Championships.

Pomona-Pitzer earns its highest ranking in program history at No. 4. The Sagehens could have a big year behind senior standout Andy Reischling. After a tough finish to the cross country season, Reischling rebounded to take home a pair of All-America honors during the outdoor season in the 5000 (third) and 10,000 (fourth). Reischling is one of five runners from Pomona-Pitzer’s top-7 at the NCAA meet last year to return in 2018.

Haverford returns to the top-5 in the preseason poll for the first time since 2013. The Fords finished eighth at the NCAA meet last year and will be looking to improve upon that this year. Haverford will be led by Graham Peet and Ryan Herlihy, who finished 50th and 56th last year at the NCAA meet, respectively. Peet carried the momentum from the cross country season last year into the track circuit, where he finished third in the steeplechase this past May.

A few other teams are on the rise as well: Washington (Mo.), MIT, RPI, Carleton and Rhodes round out the top-10. This is the best ranking in program history for both the Knights and the Lynx, who had never worked their way inside the top-10 before.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as the poll will continue to evolve ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on November 17 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Preseason - August 29th

1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
Al Carius (53rd)
(8 fpv)
2 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
272 4
3 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
Derek Stanley (7th)
262 2
4 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
252 6
5 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Tom Donnelly (44th)
249 8
6 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
244 5
7 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
Halston Taylor (37th)
230 16
8 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League
John Lynch (8th)
220 14
9 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
Dave Ricks (12th)
214 10
10 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
Robert Shankman (29th)
204 24
11 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
202 15
12 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (2)
Tim Connelly (4th)
191 21
13 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
Dan Moore (4th)
185 11
14 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (3)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
182 17
15 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (4)
Pete Farwell (40th)
166 13
16 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
154 20
17 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (2)
David Klech (2nd)
149 26
18 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (4)
Matt Schauf (12th)
148 22
19 cornell-college CORNELL COLLEGE
Central Region (3)
Midwest Conference
Dan Schofer (13th)
132 ---
19 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
John Curtin (34th)
132 25
21 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
David Warth (21st)
119 27
22 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (33rd)
117 12
23 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (5)
Chris Hall (18th)
100 ---
24 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
John Newman (18th)
96 ---
25 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (3)
Sarah Lagasse (2nd)
89 3
26 depauw DEPAUW
Great Lakes Region (2)
Kori Stoffregen (23rd)
82 18
27 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (5)
Luke Maher (2nd)
72 ---
28 loras LORAS
Central Region (4)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (14th)
68 9
29 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (5)
Dustin Dimit (5th)
51 23
30 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (3)
John Goldhammer (35th)
44 29
31 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (6)
Joel Williams (3rd)
41 ---
32 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (6)
Brett Witt (5th)
37 ---
33 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (3)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Derick Lawrence (5th)
20 ---
34 messiah MESSIAH
Mideast Region (4)
Middle Atlantic
Dale Fogelsanger (25th)
13 ---
35 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (7)
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
8 7

Also Receiving Votes: Washington and Lee 7, TCNJ 6, Occidental 2

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28
Wed 8/29
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/11
Wed 9/12
Week 2Tue 9/18
Wed 9/19
Sep. 22: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/25
Wed 9/26
Week 4Tue 10/2
Wed 10/3
Week 5Tue 10/9
Wed 10/10
Week 6Tue 10/16
Wed 10/17
Oct. 27-28: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/30
Wed 10/31
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/13
Nov. 17: NCAA DIII Champs, Oshkosh, Wis.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/10
Sun 11/18
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