2018 NCAA DIII Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – The postseason officially got underway this past weekend in NCAA Division III Cross Country as teams battled for league bragging rights on Conference Championship Weekend.
Next up is Regional Championship Weekend on Saturday, November 10 – but before we get there, it would be prudent to check out the newest Men’s and Women’s Regional Rankings that were released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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MEN: Atlantic | Central | Great Lakes | Mideast | Midwest | New England | South/Southeast | West
WOMEN: Atlantic | Central | Great Lakes | Mideast | Midwest | New England | South/Southeast | West
The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships, which will take place November 10, one week ahead of the NCAA Championships in Winneconne, Wisconsin, at the Lake Breeze Golf Club.
Nothing changed at the top of the men’s rankings as SUNY Geneseo and RPI are still No. 1 and No. 2 after handling business this past weekend. The Knights won the team title at the SUNYAC Championships, while the Engineers manufactured enough points to win the crown at the Liberty League Championships. SUNY Oneonta, RIT and St. Lawrence round out the top-5 and will be looking to shake things up in a few weeks.
Very little changed to the top of the women’s rankings as SUNY Geneseo and Rochester (N.Y.) both stood out this past weekend. The Knights chased down the SUNYAC title, while the Yellow Jackets finished runner-up in the UAA. St. Lawrence is still No. 3, followed by No. 4 RPI and now TCNJ is No. 5.
The Knights lead the charge in the men’s rankings: Wartburg, that is – but Carleton isn’t too far behind, either. Wartburg and Carleton both rolled to conference titles this past weekend, but the top honors went to the former after winning the American Rivers Conference title, compared to the latter’s conquest at the MAIC Championships. Former No. 1 St. Olaf dropped to No. 3, while Cornell College and St. Thomas (Minn.) rounded out the top-5.
The top-3 teams in the women’s rankings remained the same from Week 6 as Carleton, Nebraska Wesleyan and Wartburg are No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The Knights and Prairie Wolves both earned league titles this past weekend, while the other Knights finished runner-up to the first Knights (Get it? Good). St. Thomas (Minn.) moved up to No. 4, while St. Olaf fell to No. 5.
Great Lakes Region
Nothing changed to the top-5 of the men’s rankings after things went according to plan this past weekend. Top-ranked Calvin swept the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships with 15 points, while second-ranked Otterbein snagged the team title at the OAC Championships with 38 points. Following close behind the Knights and Cardinals were No. 3 DePauw, No. 4 Case Western Reserve and No.5 John Carroll.
What you saw last time in the top-5 of the women’s rankings is the same this time: Hope and Calvin are No. 1 and No. 2 after duking it out at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships (Hope won), while Otterbein sits No. 3 following an OAC title, Oberlin comes in at No. 4 and Case Western Reserve sits fifth.
Nothing changed to the top-4 of the men’s rankings after we saw incredible efforts from each of those teams. No. 1 Haverford and No. 2 Johns Hopkins turned in an epic showdown at the Centennial Conference Championships as the former won by one point. Third-ranked Carnegie Mellon fared well at the UAA Championships, while Dickinson took third behind the Fords and the Blue Jays. Messiah ascended one spot from No. 6 to No. 5.
Nothing changed to the top-5 of the women’s rankings. Johns Hopkins remains No. 1, followed by No.2 Dickinson, No. 3 Carnegie Mellon, No. 4 Misericordia and No. 5 York (Pa.). Out of those five teams, Johns Hopkins, Misericordia and York (Pa.) all won league crowns.
Nothing changed to the top-3 of the men’s rankings between Week 6 and Week 7. North Central (Ill.) and Washington (Mo.) both made it look easy at their respective conference championships and remain No. 1 and No. 2, while WIAC champ UW-La Crosse sits third. UW-Eau Claire improved three spots from Week 6, while UW-Stout dropped to No. 5.
Nothing changed to the top-5 of the women’s rankings between Week 6 and Week 7. Washington (Mo.) handled business at the UAA Championships, while Wheaton (Ill.) took top honors in the CCIW and UW-Eau Claire nabbed the WIAC title. Fourth-ranked U of Chicago and fifth-ranked UW-La Crosse fared well in the UAA and WIAC, respectively.
New England Region
What happened at the NESCAC Championships settled the men’s rankings as Amherst won the team title and sits No. 1, followed by runner-up Williams and third-place Middlebury. Fourth-ranked MIT cruised to the team title at the NEWMAC Championships with 17 points (1-2-3-5-6), while Bates surged from the Land of the Not Ranked to No. 5 following its effort at the NESCAC Championships.
The women’s rankings are headlined by a pair of conference champions in MIT (NEWMAC) and Middlebury (NESCAC). Falling in order behind the Engineers and Panthers are third-ranked Williams (NESCAC runner-up) and fourth-ranked Wesleyan (Conn.), who both jumped two spots from Week 6. Brandeis fell one spot from No. 4 to No. 5.
Nothing changed to the top-4 of the men’s rankings as Rhodes, Emory, Washington and Lee and Berea (Ky.) remain in order. The Lynx won the team title at the SAA Championships, while the Eagles fared well at the UAA meet to set up a big clash in two weeks. Christopher Newport swapped spots with Lynchburg.
Emory is still the No. 1 team in the women’s rankings following Conference Championship Weekend, but there were some big changes behind it. The Eagles are now trailed by ODAC champ Washington and Lee, which leapfrogged now-No. 3 Lynchburg and now-No. 4 Trinity (Texas). Centre rounds out the top-5 in fifth.
There were some big changes to the men’s rankings – but Pomona-Pitzer is still No.1. The Sagehens won the SCIAC crown this past weekend over Occidental, which jumped one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 and overtook Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which fell two spots from No. 2 to No. 4. UC Santa Cruz is now ranked No. 2, while Pacific Lutheran comes in at No. 5.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is the No. 1 team in the women’s rankings after capturing the team title at the SCIAC Championships over Pomona-Pitzer. The other top-5 teams remained the same as UC Santa Cruz is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Occidental and No. 5 Redlands.