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