2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – Rejoice!

We have the first major change to the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
North Central (Ill.) Washington (Mo.) Amherst Haverford Pomona-Pitzer

Washington (Mo.) jumped five spots from No. 7 to No. 2 – its highest ranking since it was also second in 2013 – after a masterclass performance at the Gil Dodds Invitational. The Bears put its entire scoring lineup in the top-6 as they thumped 16 other teams. Wash U, led by individual champion Brad Hodkinson, scored just 19 points to topple the ‘B’ team from top-ranked North Central (Ill.).

Pomona-Pitzer joined the top-5 once again after falling out of it last week. The Sagehens thrived at the UCR Invitational this past weekend as finished third behind two NCAA Division I programs (nationally-ranked Southern Utah and unranked Utah Valley) and were the top non-NCAA DI team in the field. Andy Reischling led the way for Pomona-Pitzer in eighth place.

Calvin improved its standing three spots from No. 12 to No. 9 – its best ranking since it was No. 6 in 2013 – following its outing at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State. A strong pack of runners – No. 12, No. 15 and No. 19 – helped the Knights finish fourth out of 25 teams and beat a number of NCAA DI and NCAA DII programs, not to mention those in NCAA DIII.

St. Olaf went from the Land of the Unranked to No. 18 this week. The Oles traveled to the Augsburg Invitational this past weekend and finished a strong runner-up to previously No. 3 UW-La Crosse. Thomas Lerdall and William Anderson led the charge for St. Olaf as they finished sixth and eighth overall, respectively. This had been the longest the Oles had gone without being nationally ranked since the creation of the National Coaches’ Poll.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vaulted eight spots from Week 1 to No. 20 in Week 2. The Stags finished eighth as a team at the UCR Invitational and were the second-best NCAA DIII team in the field. Miles Christensen proved better than his years as the freshmen led CMS as he was 29th overall in the field of 172 runners.

Ithaca is in the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time in program history. The Bombers enter the poll at No. 33 after finishing runner-up to 13th-ranked SUNY Geneseo at the Yellowjacket Invitational this past weekend. Chris Tinti was the top finisher for Ithaca in sixth place.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as we’ll see a lot more changes ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, set to take place November 17 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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

2018 Week 2 - September 19th

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 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (18th)
269 ▲ 5
(LW: 7)
3 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
NESCAC
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
265 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (44th)
253 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
252 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League
John Lynch (8th)
241 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
7 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (37th)
232 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
218 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (33rd)
210 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (7th)
209 ▼ 7
(LW: 3)
11 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Dave Ricks (12th)
206 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (2)
UAA
Tim Connelly (4th)
187 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (4th)
184 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
SAA
Robert Shankman (29th)
171 ▼ 3
(LW: 11)
15 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
168 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
163 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (40th)
160 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC
Phil Lundin (11th)
146 NR
19 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Chris Hall (18th)
135 ▲ 3
(LW: 22)
20 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (35th)
128 ▲ 8
(LW: 28)
21 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA
John Curtin (34th)
121 ▲ 3
(LW: 24)
22 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Matt Schauf (12th)
110 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
David Warth (21st)
106 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Luke Maher (2nd)
90 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
John Newman (18th)
89 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)
26 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (2)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Derick Lawrence (5th)
79 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (3)
CAC
Sarah Lagasse (2nd)
74 ▲ 2
(LW: 29)
28 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (6)
NESCAC
Joel Williams (3rd)
61 ▲ 2
(LW: 30)
29 cornell-college CORNELL COLLEGE
Central Region (4)
Midwest Conference
Dan Schofer (13th)
51 ▼ 10
(LW: 19)
30 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
Independent
David Klech (2nd)
48 ▼ 13
(LW: 17)
31 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC
Brett Witt (5th)
47 ▲ 1
(LW: 32)
32 loras LORAS
Central Region (5)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (14th)
22 ▼ 7
(LW: 25)
33 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League
21 NR
34 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Dara Ford (5th)
17 ◀▶
(LW: 34)
35 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Don Nichter (29th)
15 ▼ 2
(LW: 33)

Also Receiving Votes: Bates 10, NYU 1, Washington and Lee 1

Dropped Out: No. 31 Rowan, No. 35 Occidental

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/9
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Tue 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
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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