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 & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (53rd)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
269 ▲ 5
(LW: 7)
3 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
265 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (44th)
253 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
252 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (8th)
241 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
7 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (37th)
232 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
218 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (33rd)
210 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (7th)
209 ▼ 7
(LW: 3)
11 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (12th)
206 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (2)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (4th)
187 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
184 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (29th)
171 ▼ 3
(LW: 11)
15 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
168 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
163 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (40th)
160 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC (2)
Phil Lundin (11th)
146 NR
19 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (18th)
135 ▲ 3
(LW: 22)
20 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (35th)
128 ▲ 8
(LW: 28)
21 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA (4)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
121 ▲ 3
(LW: 24)
22 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (3)
Matt Schauf (12th)
110 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (2)
David Warth (21st)
106 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (5)
Luke Maher (2nd)
90 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League (3)
John Newman (18th)
89 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)
26 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Derick Lawrence (5th)
79 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (3)
CAC (2)
Sarah Lagasse (2nd)
74 ▲ 2
(LW: 29)
28 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (7)
Joel Williams (3rd)
61 ▲ 2
(LW: 30)
29 cornell-college CORNELL COLLEGE
Central Region (4)
MWC (1)
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 (4)
Brett Witt (5th)
47 ▲ 1
(LW: 32)
32 loras LORAS
Central Region (5)
American Rivers (2)
Bob Schultz (14th)
22 ▼ 7
(LW: 25)
33 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League (4)
21 NR
34 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
17 ◀▶
(LW: 34)
35 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial (3)
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



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

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