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

NEW ORLEANS – There was a disturbance in the force at the end of the 2016 cross country season, but now entering the 2018 campaign, things appear back to normal.

Johns Hopkins was No. 1 for 27 consecutive weeks between 2013 and 2015 before Williams knocked Bobby Van Allen’s team off its pedestal at the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The Blue Jays sat third or fourth for six consecutive weeks until Week 6 of 2016, when they flew back to their familiar spot.

Thirteen weeks later, Johns Hopkins remains atop of the National Coaches’ Poll following a pair of national championships. The Blue Jays enter the 2018 season as the odds-on favorite to make it three in a row and six of the past seven come November 17.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) UW-Eau Claire SUNY Geneseo MIT

Johns Hopkins returns a majority of its roster from last year’s team that won the NCAA title by 95 points. Three of those athletes were All-Americans in Elsah, Illinois: Ellie Clawson (third), Natalia LaSpada (23rd) and Therese Olshanski (29th). Clawson also stood out during the outdoor track circuit as she pulled off a tough double at the NCAA Championships with a seventh-place finish in the 10,000 and an eighth-place finish in the 5000.

According to the pollsters, Washington (Mo.) is the biggest threat to the Blue Jays’ reign. The Bears sit No. 2 for the second year in a row to begin the season and while they lose Alison Lindsay, they’ll welcome back Aly Wayne who missed the entire 2017 season due to injury. Wayne made up for lost time at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships when she finished fourth in the 10,000 and fifth in the 5000. Don’t forget about Paige Lawler, either (Lawler finished third and seventh, respectively, in those races).

UW-Eau Claire starts the season ranked No. 3, which is its best initial billing since 2010 when was the preseason favorite. The Blugolds finished runner-up to Johns Hopkins at NCAAs last year, but lost two of its top-3 runners. Sam Slattery is the top returner for UW-Eau Claire after finishing 17th in cross country and ninth in the 10,000 this past May.

SUNY Geneseo and MIT are neck and neck to round out the top-5.

The Knights sit fourth in the first poll of the season and will be looking for big things from Elise Ramirez (46th in cross country last year and 14th in the outdoor 5000) and Allie Fernandez, among others.  SUNY Geneseo has been ranked in the top-5 of the preseason poll in each of the past four years.

The Engineers have one All-American from last year coming back (Leandra Zimmerman) and another runner who is on the rise (Megan McCandless). MIT could also be buoyed by the likes of Marissa McPhillips and Katie Bacher, both of whom reached the finals of the 1500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

There is a gap between the rest of the top-10, where No. 6 Middlebury, No. 7 Wheaton (Ill.), No. 8 Williams, No. 9 Carleton and No. 10 Ithaca reside.

Be sure to check back in throughout the season as a lot can change between now and November 17 when the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships take place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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

2018 Preseason - August 29th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2017
FINAL
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
280
(8 fpv)
1
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
272 3
3 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
261 2
4 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
254 6
5 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (12th)
253 4
6 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (1)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
240 11
7 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (3)
CCIW (1)
David Walford (4th)
226 15
8 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (19th)
225 8
9 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Donna Ricks (26th)
210 5
10 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (5)
Erin Dinan (7th)
208 9
11 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (4)
Kristen Morwick (19th)
198 7
12 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (2)
John Lynch (8th)
191 10
13 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (1)
NCAC (2)
Ben Mourer (3rd)
190 18
14 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC (2)
Derek Stanley (7th)
172 17
15 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (35th)
164 12
16 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (4)
NJAC (1)
Justin Lindsey (6th)
152 30
17 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
150 29
18 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (29th)
147 28
19 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (2)
MIAC (2)
Joe Sweeney (39th)
122 22
20 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (3)
MIAA (1)
Mark Northuis (31st)
121 19
21 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (5)
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
116 ---
22 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League (1)
Kate Curran (3rd)
112 32
23 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
American Rivers (2)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
104 20
24 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA (6)
Tim Connelly (4th)
100 24
25 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA (5)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
76 25
26 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (4)
American Rivers (1)
Ted Bulling (24th)
74 23
27 colorado-college COLORADO COLLEGE
West Region (2)
SCAC (2)
Ted Castaneda (27th)
67 ---
28 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (6)
UAA (3)
Sinead Evans (5th)
63 ---
29 uw-river-falls UW-RIVER FALLS
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (5)
Danielle Douglas (4th)
57 ---
30 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (6)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (18th)
50 14
31 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (7)
NESCAC (8)
Cassie Funke-Harris (7th)
36 ---
32 puget-sound PUGET SOUND
West Region (3)
NWC (5)
Mike Orechia (22nd)
32 ---
33 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South/Southeast Region (2)
ODAC (2)
Jake Reed (2nd)
31 ---
34 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (4)
Landmark (1)
Brian Falk (11th)
28 26
35 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC (1)
Ray Appenheimer (13th)
22 ---

Also Receiving Votes: Haverford 13, Trinity (Texas) 11, Whitworth 8, Calvin 4



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8FINAL
Washington (Mo.)2222222221
Johns Hopkins1111111112
MIT5544444443
UW-Eau Claire3410105510974
SUNY Geneseo4333333335
Brandeis282521221918812116
Williams88868813787
Middlebury6661316165558
UW-La Crosse1413453031242299
Carleton99986611121010
Chicago30212323262612111311
Tufts1111141111117171512
Allegheny (Pa.)1310353535RV1913
Dickinson18171614151466614
Wheaton (Ill.)7718171212971615
RPI12121215101021211416
Bates21162626232426242217
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps1514117131719151218
TCNJ161517193334RV312919
Emory25293028292817192520
Rochester (N.Y.)RV212218162721
Nebraska Wesleyan26302725171928262422
Otterbein17283431222127273123
Hope2023799914142324
CalvinRV191412141522232825
Wartburg23262220202030283026
Baldwin WallaceRV1827
Oberlin35RV29292028
St. Lawrence221820187720181729
CentreRVRVRV3230
Carnegie Mellon24221921313025252631
Pomona-Pitzer241315171316202132
Wesleyan (Conn.)32333332331510
North Central (Ill.)RV252724233429
Case Western Reserve2424RVRV3232
St. Thomas (Minn.)192031323432RV33
VassarRV3326273134
Washington and Lee34
Coast Guard282923RV
St. Olaf2929252533RV
Lynchburg3335RVRVRVRV
UC Santa CruzRVRVRVRV
MisericordiaRVRV
ColbyRV
WPIRV
Amherst31RV
Swarthmore3230RVRV
Hamilton2728RV
OccidentalRV
UW-River Falls29RV
Colorado College27313433
St. Norbert34RVRV
HaverfordRVRVRVRV
Ithaca1033
Trinity (Texas)RVRV
Elizabethtown34RV
WhitworthRV
Puget Sound32

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

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