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

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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
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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