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.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Preseason - August 29th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS 2017
FINAL
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
280
(8 fpv)
1
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (18th)
272 3
3 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
261 2
4 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (4th)
254 6
5 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (12th)
253 4
6 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
240 11
7 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (3)
CCIW
David Walford (4th)
226 15
8 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (19th)
225 8
9 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (26th)
210 5
10 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
Erin Dinan (7th)
208 9
11 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (19th)
198 7
12 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
John Lynch (8th)
191 10
13 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (1)
NCAC
Ben Mourer (3rd)
190 18
14 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (7th)
172 17
15 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (35th)
164 12
16 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (4)
NJAC
Justin Lindsey (6th)
152 30
17 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC
Dara Ford (5th)
150 29
18 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Don Nichter (29th)
147 28
19 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (2)
MIAC
Joe Sweeney (39th)
122 22
20 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Mark Northuis (31st)
121 19
21 bates BATES
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
116 ---
22 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League
Kate Curran (3rd)
112 32
23 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
104 20
24 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (4th)
100 24
25 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA
John Curtin (34th)
76 25
26 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (4)
American Rivers
Ted Bulling (24th)
74 23
27 colorado-college COLORADO COLLEGE
West Region (2)
SCAC
Ted Castaneda (27th)
67 ---
28 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (6)
UAA
Sinead Evans (5th)
63 ---
29 uw-river-falls UW-RIVER FALLS
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Danielle Douglas (4th)
57 ---
30 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (6)
UAA
Chris Hall (18th)
50 14
31 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (7)
NESCAC
Cassie Funke-Harris (7th)
36 ---
32 puget-sound PUGET SOUND
West Region (3)
Northwest Conference
Mike Orechia (22nd)
32 ---
33 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South/Southeast Region (2)
ODAC
Jim Sprecher (4th)
31 ---
34 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (4)
Landmark
Brian Falk (11th)
28 26
35 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC
Ray Appenheimer (13th)
22 ---

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

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 22: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
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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