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

NEW ORLEANS – There were quite a few notable jumps between Week 3 and Week 4 in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

The most recent index, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, saw 13 teams climb three or more spots after a busy weekend.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Colorado 5)Colorado
Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) SUNY Geneseo MIT UW-Eau Claire

None of those changes impacted the top-4 teams – and for good reason. The top-3 teams – No. 1 Johns Hopkins, No. 2 Washington (Mo.) and No. 3 SUNY Geneseo – all handled business this past weekend, while No. 4 MIT is riding high off its last performance. The Blue Jays finished seventh in the Gold Race at the Paul Short Run, while the Bears took sixth at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational and the Knights won the Mike Woods Invitational.

UW-Eau Claire vaulted from No. 10 to No. 5 after a narrow victory at the Blugold Invitational. It was a two-point win for the Blugold, which return to the top-5 for the third time this season. Sam Slattery won her second National Athlete of the Week honor after leading UW-Eau Claire to victory with an individual victory of her own.

Carleton is hot on the Blugold’s heels, just like it was this past weekend. The Knights finished runner-up to UW-Eau Claire at its own invitational and actually had a 22-25 lead over the host through three runners. Carleton put three runners in the top-15 led by Emma Greenlee’s runner-up finish.

St. Lawrence earned a signature victory this past weekend at the Saratoga Invitational and soared from No. 18 to No. 7, an 11-spot improvement. This is the first time the Saints have been ranked in the top-10 since 2015. St. Lawrence earned the victory this past weekend after it put its entire scoring lineup in the top-20.

RPI continues to climb the ballot as it comes in ranked No. 10 this week. The Engineers, who have been ranked at No. 12 and No. 15 this season so far, finished third behind St. Lawrence and Williams at the Saratoga Invitational.

Wheaton (Ill.) comes in ranked No. 12 this week following a third-place showing at the Blugold Invitational. The Thunder saw its top-3 runners finish in the top-15 this past weekend, led by Hannah Roeske (third place, 22:11.4).

Nebraska Wesleyan won the NCAA Division III team title in the Maroon Race at the Roy Griak Invitational this past weekend. The Prairie Wolves were led by Ellie Beiermann, who finished 12th out of 412 runners.

Rochester (N.Y.) flew from the Land of the Not Ranked to No. 21 this week. The Yellowjackets created some buzz for themselves in the Brown Race at the Paul Short Run, where they finished fourth. Rochester put two runners in the top-40, led by Rachel Bargabos in 18th place.

Other additions to the top-35 this week include Coast Guard Academy at No. 28 and Allegheny (Pa.) at No. 35.

Be sure to check back in 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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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 4 - October 3rd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
272 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
264 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (12th)
253 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
248 ▲ 5
(LW: 10)
6 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Donna Ricks (26th)
241 ▲ 2
(LW: 8)
7 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (1)
Kate Curran (3rd)
232 ▲ 11
(LW: 18)
8 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (19th)
225 ▼ 2
(LW: 6)
9 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Mark Northuis (31st)
208 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (2)
John Lynch (8th)
206 ▲ 5
(LW: 15)
11 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (4)
Kristen Morwick (19th)
199 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (3)
CCIW (1)
David Walford (4th)
187 ▲ 5
(LW: 17)
13 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (35th)
182 ▼ 6
(LW: 7)
14 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Brian Diemer (13th)
175 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (29th)
165 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (1)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
164 ▼ 3
(LW: 13)
17 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (2)
American Rivers (1)
Ted Bulling (24th)
141 ▲ 8
(LW: 25)
17 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Kirk Reynolds (29th)
141 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
19 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (5)
UAA (3)
Sinead Evans (5th)
133 ▲ 3
(LW: 22)
20 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
American Rivers (2)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
123 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (4)
UAA (4)
Eddie Novara (4th)
122 NR
22 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
119 ▲ 9
(LW: 31)
23 bates BATES
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (5)
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
109 ▲ 3
(LW: 26)
24 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (4)
CCIW (2)
Mahesh Narayanan (18th)
92 ▲ 3
(LW: 27)
25 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (4)
MIAC (3)
Erica Maker (1st)
81 ▲ 4
(LW: 29)
26 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (5)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (18th)
68 ▼ 3
(LW: 23)
26 vassar VASSAR
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League (3)
James McCowan (14th)
68 ▲ 7
(LW: 33)
28 coast-guard COAST GUARD
New England Region (7)
NEWMAC (3)
Ethan Brown (10th)
58 NR
29 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA (5)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
51 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC (2)
Derek Stanley (7th)
49 ▼ 25
(LW: 5)
31 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA (6)
Tim Connelly (4th)
39 ▼ 10
(LW: 21)
32 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
New England Region (8)
NESCAC (3)
John Crooke (19th)
36 ▲ 1
(LW: 33)
33 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (6)
NJAC (1)
Justin Lindsey (6th)
33 ▼ 14
(LW: 19)
34 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (5)
MIAC (2)
Joe Sweeney (39th)
30 ▼ 2
(LW: 32)
35 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC (2)
Ben Mourer (3rd)
25 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Case Western Reserve 10, Swarthmore 4, UC Santa Cruz 3, Lynchburg 2, UW-River Falls 1, Baldwin Wallace 1

Dropped Out: No. 24 Case Western Reserve, No. 30 Swarthmore, No. 33 Colorado College

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2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
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PreseasonTue 8/28Wed 8/29
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Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/11Wed 9/12
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Sep. 22: 'Late-Season' begins
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Week 5Tue 10/9Wed 10/10
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Week 6Tue 10/16Wed 10/17
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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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