2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – Want an idea of how much changed between Week 3 and Week 4 in the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll?

Out of the 35 teams that were ranked in Week 3, only three remained in place one week later: No. 1 North Central (Ill.), No. 16 MIT and No. 26 St. Lawrence.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Colorado 4)Syracuse) 5)Syracuse)
North Central (Ill.) RPI Pomona-Pitzer UW-La Crosse Haverford

The Cardinals are unanimous once again and it’s hard to imagine them leaving the nest any time soon. North Central (Ill.) ventured to the Louisville Cross Country Classic this past weekend and put on a clinic against a number of NCAA Division I programs. The Cardinals won the team title with 102 points as they put six runners in the top-50 and had a 1-5 spread of 49 seconds.

RPI jumped one spot to an all-time high No. 2. The Engineers designed a masterpiece as they steamrolled the field at their own Saratoga Invitational. RPI, led by Sean O’Connor (first place) and Grant O’Connor (second place), put all seven of their varsity runners in the top-20.

Pomona-Pitzer has never been ranked higher than No. 3, a spot it occupies this week. The Sagehens finished third at the Capital Cross Country Challenge behind NCAA DII Chico State and NCAA DI Pepperdine. Andy Reischling led Pomona-Pitzer with a fifth-place finish as he covered the 8K tract in 24:17.7.

UW-La Crosse made the biggest jump into the top-10 as it went from No. 12 to No. 4. The Eagles were ranked in the top-5 in the preseason and Week 1, but fell out of favor. Now UW-La Crosse is back again following a strong effort at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational. The Eagles, who finished sixth as a team, took down former No. 2 Washington (Mo.) at the meet.

Carnegie Mellon jumped six spots from No. 13 to No. 7, its first time in the top-10 since 2016 and its best ranking since 2008. The Tartans barked up the right tree at the Paul Short Run when they finished 11th in the Gold Race between No. 5 Haverford (10th) and NCAA DI Georgia (12th).

Wartburg dominated the Dan Huston Invitational this past weekend and was rewarded with its best ranking since 2006. The 11th-ranked Knights scored just 35 points at the meet and were led by Sam Pinkowski’s runner-up effort.

Two teams that stood out at the Blugold Invitational this past weekend helped their cause a bit. UW-Stout, the meet champion, went from No. 22 to No. 18, while third-place UW-Eau Claire vaulted from the Land of the Not Ranked to No. 20. St. Olaf finished runner-up and fell one spot from No. 18 to No. 19 this week.

UW-Eau Claire is one of seven new teams to join the top-35 this week: No. 22 Bowdoin, No. 24 Berea (Ky.), No. 25 Otterbein, No. 30 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 33 Washington and Lee and No. 34 Rowan are the others. This is the first time the Polar Bears have been ranked in the top-35 since 2014, while it is just the sixth time in the past 21 years that the Cardinals have been in the same position.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as the National Coaches’ Poll will continue to evolve ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 17 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 4 - October 3rd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (53rd)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (8th)
269 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
260 ▲ 2
(LW: 5)
4 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (7th)
258 ▲ 8
(LW: 12)
5 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (44th)
247 ▼ 2
(LW: 3)
6 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
245 ▼ 4
(LW: 2)
7 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (2)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (4th)
231 ▲ 6
(LW: 13)
8 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (40th)
223 ▼ 2
(LW: 6)
9 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (33rd)
217 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
208 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (1)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
199 ▲ 4
(LW: 15)
12 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
192 ▼ 5
(LW: 7)
13 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
181 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (1)
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
175 ▼ 3
(LW: 11)
15 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (18th)
160 ▲ 5
(LW: 20)
16 mit MIT
New England Region (4)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (37th)
155 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (29th)
153 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (3)
Matt Schauf (12th)
150 ▲ 4
(LW: 22)
19 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (2)
MIAC (2)
Phil Lundin (11th)
145 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC (2)
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
117 NR
21 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (3)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (12th)
111 ▼ 11
(LW: 10)
22 bowdoin BOWDOIN
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (6)
Peter Slovenski (33rd)
107 NR
22 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (35th)
107 ▼ 3
(LW: 19)
24 berea-ky BEREA (KY.)
South/Southeast Region (2)
USA South (1)
Shawn Jakubowski (4th)
103 NR
25 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
90
(LW: RV)
26 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (3)
John Newman (18th)
84 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League (2)
David Warth (21st)
70 ▼ 4
(LW: 23)
28 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (3)
UAA (4)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
63 ▼ 7
(LW: 21)
29 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (5)
Luke Maher (2nd)
58 ▼ 5
(LW: 24)
30 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (4)
MIAC (3)
Pete Wareham (26th)
53 NR
31 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial (3)
Don Nichter (29th)
29 ▲ 1
(LW: 32)
32 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (7)
WIAC (4)
Brett Witt (5th)
27 ▼ 5
(LW: 27)
33 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South/Southeast Region (4)
ODAC (1)
Brandon Spalding (6th)
25
(LW: RV)
34 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region (5)
NJAC (2)
Dustin Dimit (5th)
21 NR
35 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
Independent
David Klech (2nd)
13 ▼ 5
(LW: 30)

Also Receiving Votes: Case Western Reserve 6, Loras 4, Stevenson 2, Ithaca 2

Dropped Out: No. 25 Albion, No. 28 Christopher Newport, No. 29 Tufts, No. 31 Cornell College, No. 33 Loras, No. 34 Ithaca, No. 35 Bates

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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
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 27-28: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/30Wed 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
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
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