2018 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – If a team was in the top-12 of last week’s NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, then it can breathe safely – at least for another week.

The most recent poll, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), saw no changes to the top-12 from Week 4 to Week 5, but a plethora of them from No. 13 to No. 35. In fact, 18 of the 23 teams that were ranked between No. 13 and No. 35 last week shifted spots.

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

Pomona-Pitzer continues to climb in the National Coaches’ Poll. After not being ranked in the preseason, the Sagehens worked their way up to No. 15 in Week 3 and now No. 14 in Week 5. It was a strong effort at its own Pomona-Pitzer Invitational that propelled the squad up four spots from Week 4. The Sagehens, led by Helen Guo’s individual title, won the meet with 48 points as they put four runners in the top-15.

St. Thomas (Minn.) was the only other program to move more than one spot in the positive direction. The Tommies continue to ride the wave of momentum from their performance at the Roy Griak Invitational. St. Thomas (Minn.) finished second out of every NCAA DIII program entered in the Women’s Maroon Race two weeks ago.

Dickinson posted one of the most lopsided wins of the past weekend when it romped to the team title at the DeSales Invitational by 64 points. The Red Devils moved up one spot from No. 15 to No. 14, which ties their highest billing of the season.

Here are the other teams that moved up one spot from Week 4: Brandeis from No. 19 to No. 18, Otterbein from No. 22 to No. 21, North Central (Ill.) from No. 24 to No. 23, Emory from No. 29 to No. 28 and Carnegie Mellon from No. 31 to No. 30.

Be sure to check back next week as there will be many more changes to the National Coaches’ Poll following a busy weekend highlighted by the Pre-National Invitational.

Remember: The 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday, November 17 at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

Where Is The Nation Racing This Weekend?

Here is a look at some of the notable meets this weekend with ranked teams.

Pre-National Invitational

No. 2 Washington (Mo.)
No. 4 MIT
No. 5 UW-Eau Claire
No. 6 Carleton
No. 9 Hope
No. 12 Wheaton (Ill.)
No. 13 Pomona-Pitzer
No. 15 Calvin
No. 18 Brandeis
No. 20 Wartburg
No. 21 Otterbein
No. 23 North Central (Ill.)
No. 24 Bates
No. 25 St. Olaf
No. 26 U of Chicago
No. 28 Emory
No. 32 St. Thomas (Minn.)

Inter-Regional Border Battle

No. 1 Johns Hopkins
No. 3 SUNY Geneseo
No. 7 St. Lawrence
No. 10 RPI
No. 22 Rochester
No. 30 Carnegie Mellon
No. 34 TCNJ
No. 35 Allegheny (Pa.)

Connecticut College Invitational

No. 8 Williams
No. 11 Tufts
No. 14 Dickinson
No. 16 Middlebury
No. 31 St. Thomas
No. 29 Coast Guard Academy
No. 33 Wesleyan (Conn.)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 5 - October 10th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
280
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (18th)
272 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (4th)
264 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (12th)
256 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
248 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (26th)
238 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
Kate Curran (3rd)
233 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (2)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (19th)
223 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Mark Northuis (31st)
212 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
John Lynch (8th)
208 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (19th)
194 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (3)
CCIW
David Walford (4th)
189 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Kirk Reynolds (29th)
184 ▲ 4
(LW: 17)
14 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Don Nichter (29th)
175 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Michigan Intercollegiate
Brian Diemer (13th)
171 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
161 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (35th)
159 ▼ 4
(LW: 13)
18 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (5)
UAA
Sinead Evans (5th)
138 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ted Bulling (24th)
134 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
115 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Dara Ford (5th)
114 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (4)
UAA
Eddie Novara (4th)
112 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (4)
CCIW
Mahesh Narayanan (18th)
109 ▲ 1
(LW: 24)
24 bates BATES
New England Region (6)
NESCAC
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
107 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (4)
MIAC
Erica Maker (1st)
85 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (5)
UAA
Chris Hall (18th)
72 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 vassar VASSAR
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League
James McCowan (14th)
66 ▼ 1
(LW: 26)
28 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA
John Curtin (34th)
63 ▲ 1
(LW: 29)
29 coast-guard COAST GUARD
New England Region (7)
NEWMAC
Ethan Brown (10th)
60 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (4th)
42 ▲ 1
(LW: 31)
31 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (7th)
39 ▼ 1
(LW: 30)
32 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (5)
MIAC
Joe Sweeney (39th)
36 ▲ 2
(LW: 34)
33 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
New England Region (8)
NESCAC
John Crooke (19th)
34 ▼ 1
(LW: 32)
34 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (6)
NJAC
Justin Lindsey (6th)
19 ▼ 1
(LW: 33)
35 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC
Ben Mourer (3rd)
13 ◀▶
(LW: 35)

Also Receiving Votes: Swarthmore 5, UC Santa Cruz 3, Lynchburg 2, Hamilton 2, Centre 1, Case Western Reserve 1, Occidental 1

Dropped Out: (none)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2018 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 22: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/9
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/10
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Week 6Tue 10/16
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Wed 10/17
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Oct. 27-28: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 10/30
Wed 10/31
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/13
Nov. 17: NCAA DIII Champs, Oshkosh, Wis.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/10
Sun 11/18
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