2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – There might have only been one major meet in NCAA Division III Cross Country this past weekend, but what happened at the Purple Valley Classic really shook up the Men’s National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Eleven teams that were in the top-15 of the Week 2 ballot swapped spots in Week 3 with two – Haverford and RPI – moving into a tie for third place behind perennially unanimous No. 1 North Central (Ill.) and No. 2 Washington (Mo.).

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) t3)Syracuse) t3)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
North Central (Ill.) Washington (Mo.) RPI Haverford Pomona-Pitzer

RPI scorched a stacked field at the Purple Valley Classic this past weekend. The Engineers romped to a 31-point win over six other teams that were ranked in the Week 2 poll, including three others in the top-10. Sean O’Connor earned the individual victory for RPI and was named the National Athlete of the Week for his efforts. This is the highest ranking in program history for the Engineers, as they topped the previous high of No. 5 set in Week 1.

Haverford, which didn’t race this past weekend, moved up one spot into a tie with RPI. The Fords are still riding high off their performance at the Main Line Invitational two weeks ago and are in the top-3 for the second year in a row. Haverford will return to action this weekend at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Williams played host to the Purple Valley Classic and ran exceptionally well on their home course. The Ephs finished runner-up to the Engineers and jumped 11 spots in the National Coaches’ Poll to No. 6. This marks the seventh year in a row that Williams has been ranked in the top-10 at some point in the season.

Johns Hopkins didn’t back down this past weekend at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. The Blue Jays, competing as the only non-NCAA DI team in the championship race, finished 13th out of 23 teams. Johns Hopkins beat Providence, a team that had recently received votes in the NCAA DI National Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Jays were rewarded for their efforts as they flew from No. 16 to No. 9, their first time in the top-10 since Week 3 of 2017.

Just two other programs jumped multiple spots in the positive direction: UW-Stevens Point (No. 31 to No. 27) and Dickinson (No. 35 to No. 32). The Pointers won the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational this past weekend with a total of 44 points as they put six runners in the top-16. The Red Devils cruised to a team title at their Long-Short Invitational this past weekend.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as there will be more changes ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, set to take place Saturday, November 17 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Where Is The Nation Racing This Weekend?

Here are the meets with the largest contingents of ranked teams…

Paul Short Run (8)

t-No. 3 Haverford, No. 7 Middlebury, No. 9 Johns Hopkins, No. 11 Amherst, No. 13 Carnegie Mellon, No. 28 Christopher Newport, No. 29 Tufts, No. 34 Ithaca (Brown Race)

Blugold Invitational (4)

No. 10 Carleton, No. 18 St. Olaf, No. 22 UW-Stout, No. 27 UW-Stevens Point

Loyola Lakefront Invitational (4)

No. 2 Washington (Mo.), No. 12 UW-La Crosse, No. 20 U of Chicago, No. 25 Albion

Dan Huston Invitational (3)

No. 15 Wartburg, No. 31 Cornell College, No. 33 Loras

Louisville Cross Country Classic (2)

No. 1 North Central (Ill.), No. 16 Rhodes

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

2018 Week 3 - September 26th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
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)
272 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League
John Lynch (8th)
256 ▲ 3
(LW: 6)
3 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (44th)
256 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
254 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (40th)
242 ▲ 11
(LW: 17)
7 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
232 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA
Brian Diemer (33rd)
219 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
209 ▲ 7
(LW: 16)
10 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Dave Ricks (12th)
204 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
203 ▼ 8
(LW: 3)
12 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (7th)
202 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (4th)
182 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (4th)
171 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
166 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
SAA
Robert Shankman (29th)
162 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
16 mit MIT
New England Region (4)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (37th)
162 ▼ 9
(LW: 7)
18 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC
Phil Lundin (11th)
138 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (35th)
137 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Chris Hall (18th)
131 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA
Jordan Schilit (1st)
116 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Matt Schauf (12th)
112 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
David Warth (21st)
107 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Luke Maher (2nd)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA
Derick Lawrence (5th)
76 ▲ 1
(LW: 26)
26 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
John Newman (18th)
75 ▼ 1
(LW: 25)
27 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC
Brett Witt (5th)
73 ▲ 4
(LW: 31)
28 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (3)
CAC
Sarah Lagasse (2nd)
65 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (6)
NESCAC
Joel Williams (3rd)
60 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
Independent
David Klech (2nd)
50 ◀▶
(LW: 30)
31 cornell-college CORNELL COLLEGE
Central Region (4)
MWC
Dan Schofer (13th)
43 ▼ 2
(LW: 29)
32 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Don Nichter (29th)
30 ▲ 3
(LW: 35)
33 loras LORAS
Central Region (5)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (14th)
22 ▼ 1
(LW: 32)
34 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League
18 ▼ 1
(LW: 33)
35 bates BATES
New England Region (7)
NESCAC
Al Fereshetian (24th)
12
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Otterbein 11, Washington and Lee 2, NYU 1

Dropped Out: No. 34 Otterbein

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28Wed 8/29
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Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/11Wed 9/12
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Week 2Tue 9/18Wed 9/19
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Sep. 22: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/25Wed 9/26
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Week 4Tue 10/2Wed 10/3
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Week 5Tue 10/9Wed 10/10
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Week 6Tue 10/16Wed 10/17
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Oct. 27-28: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/30Wed 10/31
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Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Mon 11/12
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Tue 11/13
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Nov. 17: NCAA DIII Champs, Oshkosh, Wis.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/10
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 11/18
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