2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – Believe it or not: The NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll underwent a significant makeover between the preseason and Week 1. While the top-3 teams were locked in place from the preseason, 28 of the remaining 32 teams shifted spots since August 29.

North Central (Ill.), Amherst and UW-La Crosse haven’t budged since the first poll of the season. This is the Cardinals’ 14th consecutive week atop the ballot, while the Mammoths and Eagles come in No. 2 and No. 3 for the second and 27th time in program history, respectively.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

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

Haverford inched deeper inside the top-5 at No. 4. The Fords recently competed at their own Alumni Open Race and had three runners finish in under 15 minutes on the three-mile tract, led by Greg Morgan (14:41) and Dylan Gearinger (14:49).

RPI jumped three spots from No. 8 to No. 5 and is ranked in the top-5 for the first time in program history. The Engineers finished runner-up to NCAA Division I Monmouth at the Siena Invitational, which was an 8K race. RPI packed up well without a few of its top runners and had Noah Falasco (25:47.3), Henry Jaques (25:47.5) and Jake Kloman (25:48.6) take seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively.

Calvin soared from No. 22 to No. 12 after a title-winning effort at its own Knight Invitational, which featured NCAA Division II Saginaw Valley State and several strong NAIA programs. Tyler Johnson led the way for Calvin as he finished fifth overall in 25:25.8 over the 8K tract.

Further down in the poll, Loras and Albion improved their standing to No. 25 and No. 27, up from No. 28 and No. 33 last week, respectively. The Duhawks were the top finishing NCAA DIII team at the All-American Invitational hosted by Luther, while the Brits battled well at the Titan Invitational against several NCAA DI programs.

Three new teams joined the top-35 after two weeks of competition: No. 33 Dickinson, No. 34 Otterbein and No. 35 Occidental.

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

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 1 - September 12th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (53rd)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
271 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (7th)
261 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (44th)
259 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (8th)
244 ▲ 3
(LW: 8)
6 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
239 ▼ 2
(LW: 4)
7 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
235 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (37th)
227 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
212 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (12th)
209 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (29th)
194 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (33rd)
191 ▲ 10
(LW: 22)
13 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (2)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (4th)
188 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
176 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
171 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (40th)
162 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (2)
Independent
David Klech (2nd)
148 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
146 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 cornell-college CORNELL COLLEGE
Central Region (3)
MWC (1)
Dan Schofer (13th)
134 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC (3)
Matt Schauf (12th)
131 ▼ 2
(LW: 18)
21 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (2)
David Warth (21st)
120 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (5)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (18th)
100 ▲ 1
(LW: 23)
23 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League (3)
John Newman (18th)
95 ▲ 1
(LW: 24)
24 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA (4)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
91 ▼ 5
(LW: 19)
25 loras LORAS
Central Region (4)
American Rivers (2)
Bob Schultz (14th)
89 ▲ 3
(LW: 28)
26 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (5)
Luke Maher (2nd)
82 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Derick Lawrence (5th)
75 ▲ 6
(LW: 33)
28 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (3)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (35th)
67 ▲ 2
(LW: 30)
29 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (3)
CAC (2)
Sarah Lagasse (2nd)
57 ▼ 4
(LW: 25)
30 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (7)
Joel Williams (3rd)
55 ▲ 1
(LW: 31)
31 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (5)
NJAC (2)
Dustin Dimit (5th)
42 ▼ 2
(LW: 29)
32 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC (4)
Brett Witt (5th)
39 ◀▶
(LW: 32)
33 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial (3)
Don Nichter (29th)
17 NR
34 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
16 NR
35 occidental OCCIDENTAL
West Region (4)
SCIAC (2)
Robert Bartlett (14th)
6
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: TCNJ 4, Bates 3, UW-Eau Claire 2, Washington and Lee 2

Dropped Out: No. 26 DePauw, No. 34 Messiah, No. 35 UW-Eau Claire



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
North Central (Ill.)1111111111
Washington (Mo.)6722662222
UW-La Crosse331012445543
Haverford5443554474
Wartburg1618151511111717135
Amherst2231114168986
Pomona-Pitzer4655331011107
Williams1516176881112118
Johns Hopkins1415169101066129
SUNY Geneseo13141314131378910
UW-Eau Claire35RV2020141411
Chicago23221920151518182112
RPI856322910313
Carleton9101110212022191514
Middlebury11987121214131615
MIT78716161420201916
Rhodes10111416171925252217
Carnegie Mellon1213121377127618
Calvin2212989933519
DePauw2629272420
Case Western ReserveRVRV30323221
UW-Stout18202222181813162022
St. Olaf1818191716212323
Berea (Ky.)24253024
Tufts3130282921RV2725
BatesRVRV35242926
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps302820192222231827
Otterbein3434RV252415151728
SUNY Oneonta19222629
St. Thomas (Minn.)30293130
Emory19242121283131312831
RIT212123232727RV262532
Dickinson33353231302423
Cornell College191929312828
Connecticut College2726242429283329
St. Lawrence2423252626262630
Bowdoin22232732
UC Santa Cruz1717303035353534
John Carroll3235
NYURVRV34RV
UW-Stevens Point323231273232RV
Washington and LeeRVRVRVRV3333
Rowan29313433
Loras28253233RVRV
Ithaca3334RVRV
StevensonRVRV
Albion33272625
Christopher Newport25292728
OccidentalRV35
TCNJRVRV
Messiah34

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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