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 (1)
Al Carius (53rd)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
272 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (8th)
256 ▲ 3
(LW: 6)
3 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (44th)
256 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
254 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (40th)
242 ▲ 11
(LW: 17)
7 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
232 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (33rd)
219 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
209 ▲ 7
(LW: 16)
10 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (12th)
204 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (1)
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
203 ▼ 8
(LW: 3)
12 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (7th)
202 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (4th)
182 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
171 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
166 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (29th)
162 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
16 mit MIT
New England Region (4)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (37th)
162 ▼ 9
(LW: 7)
18 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC (2)
Phil Lundin (11th)
138 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (35th)
137 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (18th)
131 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA (4)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
116 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (3)
Matt Schauf (12th)
112 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (2)
David Warth (21st)
107 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (5)
Luke Maher (2nd)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 albion ALBION
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Derick Lawrence (5th)
76 ▲ 1
(LW: 26)
26 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League (3)
John Newman (18th)
75 ▼ 1
(LW: 25)
27 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC (4)
Brett Witt (5th)
73 ▲ 4
(LW: 31)
28 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South/Southeast Region (3)
CAC (2)
Sarah Lagasse (2nd)
65 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (7)
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 (1)
Dan Schofer (13th)
43 ▼ 2
(LW: 29)
32 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial (3)
Don Nichter (29th)
30 ▲ 3
(LW: 35)
33 loras LORAS
Central Region (5)
American Rivers (2)
Bob Schultz (14th)
22 ▼ 1
(LW: 32)
34 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League (4)
18 ▼ 1
(LW: 33)
35 bates BATES
New England Region (7)
NESCAC (4)
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
Tue 11/13
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Nov. 17: NCAA DIII Champs, Oshkosh, Wis.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/10
Sun 11/18
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