2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championship Weekend let its presence be known in the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll in Week 7.
Numerous changes dotted the most recent index that was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The top-6 teams didn’t move at all from the previous week, however, as North Central (Ill.), Washington (Mo.), Calvin, Haverford, UW-La Crosse and Johns Hopkins stand in a line. Five of those six teams won conference titles this past weekend, while the Blue Jays were on the rough end of a one-point loss to the Fords at the Centennial Conference Championships.
Carnegie Mellon jumped five spots from No. 12 to No. 7 between Week 6 and Week 7. The Tartans, who matched their best ranking this season, finished a game runner-up at the UAA meet this past weekend. Carnegie Mellon scored 37 points (WashU had 31) as it put six runners in the top-12, headlined by four in the top-10.
UW-Eau Claire went from the Land of the Not Ranked to No. 14 this week. The Blugolds took runner-up honors at the WIAC Championships behind UW-La Crosse. UW-Eau Claire scored 69 points as it put three runners in the top-15 led by Patrick Treacy’s fourth-place showing.
Carleton climbed three spots from No. 22 to No. 19 after winning the MIAC title. The Knights put three runners in the top-10 (1-2-3-6) and were led by Lucas Mueller, who captured the individual title with a time of 25:10.6.
Bates joined the poll once again after its effort at the NESCAC Championships. The 24th-ranked Bobcats, who were last ranked in Week 3, finished fourth as a team behind No. 9 Amherst, No. 12 Williams and No. 13 Middlebury.
The poll also welcomed RIT with a warm embrace this week. The Tigers finished runner-up to No. 10 RPI at the Liberty League Championships this past weekend after putting three runners in the top-10 led by former National Athlete of the Week Otto Kingstedt.
The next National Coaches’ Polls will be released November 13, which is four days ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.