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

NEW ORLEANS – If Week 2 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll is any indication, we’re in for a treat the rest of the season.

Twelve teams jumped three or more spots between Week 1 and Week 2, including two teams that vaulted into the top-10 for the first time this season.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

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Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) SUNY Geneseo UW-La Crosse MIT

The top-3 teams in the National Coaches’ Poll remained the same: No. 1 Johns Hopkins, No. 2 Washington (Mo.) and No. 3 SUNY Geneseo. This marks the 12th consecutive week that the Blue Jays have been the top-ranked team in the nation.

UW-La Crosse improved from No. 13 in Week 1 to No. 4 in Week 2, which matches its best ranking in program history. The Eagles flew in formation at the Augsburg Invitational as they finished runner-up to NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth and were the top-finishing NCAA DIII program at the meet, ahead of St. Olaf and St. Thomas (Minn.), among others. Hannah Beilke was the top finisher for UW-La Crosse as she took ninth overall.

You don’t have to go down too much farther to find Hope. The Flying Dutch commandeered national attention and sailed from No. 23 to No. 7, one of the biggest jumps in the history of the National Coaches’ Poll. This is the best ranking in program history for Hope. The Flying Dutch dazzled at the Gil Dodds Invitational this past weekend, where they finished second as a team as Emily Hamilton led the way with a third-place individual finish.

Pomona-Pitzer climbed 11 spots from Week 1 to Week 2. The Sagehens come in at No. 13 this week after a strong effort at the UCR Invitational. Pomona-Pitzer was the top-finishing NCAA team in the non-invitational race, besting several other NCAA DIII programs.

Calvin moved up five spots from No. 19 to No. 14 after finishing eighth at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State. Katie Diekema led the Knights’ charge as she finished 13th individually in a time of 22:53 on the 6K tract.

Case Western Reserve went from the Land of the Unranked to No. 24 this week. The Spartans proved their might this past weekend at the Allegheny Classic with a runner-up finish behind meet champion Carnegie Mellon. Individual runner-up Madeline Lindemann was the top finisher for CWRU.

Three other teams joined the top-35 this week: North Central (Ill.), St. Olaf and Swarthmore. This is the first time that both the Cardinals and the Garnet have been ranked in the National Coaches’ Poll since 2015.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as a lot will change between now and November 17, when the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will take place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 2 - September 19th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (18th)
272 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (4th)
262 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (7th)
252 ▲ 9
(LW: 13)
4 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (12th)
252 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
6 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
240 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Mark Northuis (31st)
222 ▲ 16
(LW: 23)
8 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (19th)
218 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (26th)
210 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
208 ▼ 6
(LW: 4)
11 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (35th)
205 ▲ 3
(LW: 14)
12 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
John Lynch (8th)
199 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Kirk Reynolds (29th)
164 ▲ 11
(LW: 24)
14 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (19th)
159 ▼ 3
(LW: 11)
14 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (13th)
159 ▲ 5
(LW: 19)
16 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Don Nichter (29th)
154 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (3)
NJAC
Justin Lindsey (6th)
146 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
18 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (4)
CCIW
David Walford (4th)
141 ▼ 11
(LW: 7)
19 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (4th)
132 ▲ 3
(LW: 22)
20 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
Kate Curran (3rd)
129 ▼ 2
(LW: 18)
21 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (5)
UAA
Sinead Evans (5th)
124 ▲ 4
(LW: 25)
22 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
123 ▲ 4
(LW: 26)
23 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (5)
UAA
Chris Hall (18th)
110 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (3)
UAA
Kathy Lanese (21st)
101 NR
25 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (6)
CCIW
Mahesh Narayanan (18th)
89
(LW: RV)
26 bates BATES
New England Region (6)
NESCAC
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
80 ▼ 10
(LW: 16)
27 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (3)
American Rivers
Ted Bulling (24th)
76 ▲ 3
(LW: 30)
28 hamilton HAMILTON
Atlantic Region (5)
NESCAC
Ellen Hull (26th)
62 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (4)
MIAC
Erica Maker (1st)
60 NR
30 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA
John Curtin (34th)
43 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)
31 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (5)
MIAC
Joe Sweeney (39th)
40 ▼ 11
(LW: 20)
32 swarthmore SWARTHMORE
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Peter Carroll (19th)
31 NR
33 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
New England Region (7)
NESCAC
John Crooke (19th)
29 ▼ 1
(LW: 32)
34 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
OAC
Dara Ford (5th)
18 ▼ 6
(LW: 28)
34 colorado-college COLORADO COLLEGE
West Region (3)
SCAC
Ted Castaneda (27th)
18 ▼ 3
(LW: 31)

Also Receiving Votes: Vassar 12, Centre 10, Haverford 7, Rochester (N.Y.) 2, St. Norbert 1

Dropped Out: No. 10 Allegheny (Pa.), No. 33 Ithaca, No. 34 St. Norbert, No. 35 Lynchburg

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
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Week 6Tue 10/16
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Wed 10/17
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Oct. 27-28: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/30
Wed 10/31
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
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Nov. 17: NCAA DIII Champs, Oshkosh, Wis.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/10
Sun 11/18
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