2018 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – Just when you thought the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll couldn’t change any more, this past weekend happened.

The biggest weekend of the regular season came and went and caused some major changes to the most recent index, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Colorado 4)Syracuse) 5)Syracuse)
Johns Hopkins Washington (Mo.) SUNY Geneseo MIT Middlebury

We’ll start at the top, where there were no changes (Imagine that): Johns Hopkins is still the unanimous No. 1 team following its team victory at the Inter-Regional Border Battle this past weekend, followed by Kollege Town Sports Invitational champion Washington (Mo.) at No. 2, Inter-Regional Border Battle runner-up SUNY Geneseo at No. 3 and Kollege Town Sports Invitational runner-up MIT at No. 4.

Middlebury made the first major jump in the poll as it soared from No. 16 in Week 5 to No. 5 in Week 6 following a victory at the Connecticut College Invitational. The Panthers, who haven’t been ranked this high since Week 3 of 2015, put their entire scoring lineup in the top-25 as they edged runner-up Dickinson by five points (67-72).

Speaking of the Red Devils (See what we did there), they come in at No. 6 this week, an eight-spot jump from Week 5. Dickinson landed its best ranking in program history after it put four runners in the top-17, led by Sarah House (sixth) and Emma Johnston (eighth).

We’ll stay in Connecticut, where Tufts finished third behind Middlebury and Dickinson. The Jumbos lumbered up four spots from Week 5 to No. 7 in Week 6. Natalie Bettez continued her strong season with a third-place finish overall.

Brandeis proved to be stronger than expected this past weekend at the Kollege Town Sports Invitational. The Judges dropped the gavel on the field and placed third as a team. Brandeis jumped from No. 18 in Week 5 to No. 8 in Week 6, its best ranking in program history.

Wheaton (Ill.) ran well collectively in Winneconne, Wisconsin, and finished fourth as a team. The Thunder jumped three spots between Week 5 and Week 6, coming in at No. 9 this week, which is its third time ranked in the top-10 this season.

There were three other double-digit movers in the top-20 this week: U of Chicago went from No. 26 to No. 14 (The Maroons’ seventh year in a row in the top-15 at some point in the season), Wesleyan (Conn.) went from No. 33 to a program-record No. 18 after finishing third at the Inter-Regional Border Battle and Emory went from No. 28 to No. 17 (The Eagles’ best rank since 2016) after finishing 10th at the Kollege Town Sports Invitational.

Two teams dropped out of the poll, which meant two teams were welcomed into its ranks: Oberlin at No. 29 after not being ranked last week and Case Western Reserve, which jumps from the Land of Receiving Votes to No. 32.

There will not be a National Coaches’ Poll next week, so you’ll want to check back on October 31, when the list is updated following Conference Championship Weekend.

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

2018 Week 6 - October 17th

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)
261 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (12th)
259 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (1)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
248 ▲ 11
(LW: 16)
6 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (29th)
240 ▲ 8
(LW: 14)
7 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (4)
Kristen Morwick (19th)
232 ▲ 4
(LW: 11)
8 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (4)
UAA (3)
Sinead Evans (5th)
224 ▲ 10
(LW: 18)
9 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (2)
CCIW (1)
David Walford (4th)
216 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (1)
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
207 ▼ 5
(LW: 5)
11 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Donna Ricks (26th)
199 ▼ 5
(LW: 6)
12 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (18th)
187 ▲ 14
(LW: 26)
13 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (19th)
181 ▼ 5
(LW: 8)
14 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Mark Northuis (31st)
174 ▼ 5
(LW: 9)
15 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (3)
John Crooke (19th)
163 ▲ 18
(LW: 33)
16 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (2)
Kirk Reynolds (29th)
162 ▼ 3
(LW: 13)
17 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA (5)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
150 ▲ 11
(LW: 28)
18 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (2)
UAA (4)
Eddie Novara (4th)
144 ▲ 4
(LW: 22)
19 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (35th)
137 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (1)
Kate Curran (3rd)
129 ▼ 13
(LW: 7)
21 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League (2)
John Lynch (8th)
119 ▼ 11
(LW: 10)
22 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Brian Diemer (13th)
111 ▼ 7
(LW: 15)
23 coast-guard COAST GUARD
New England Region (7)
NEWMAC (3)
Ethan Brown (10th)
98 ▲ 6
(LW: 29)
24 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (2)
Derek Stanley (7th)
87 ▲ 7
(LW: 31)
25 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA (6)
Tim Connelly (4th)
83 ▲ 5
(LW: 30)
26 bates BATES
New England Region (8)
NESCAC (5)
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
82 ▼ 2
(LW: 24)
27 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
79 ▼ 6
(LW: 21)
28 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (2)
American Rivers (1)
Ted Bulling (24th)
69 ▼ 9
(LW: 19)
29 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC (1)
Ray Appenheimer (13th)
54 NR
30 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
American Rivers (2)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
47 ▼ 10
(LW: 20)
31 vassar VASSAR
Atlantic Region (5)
Liberty League (3)
James McCowan (14th)
39 ▼ 4
(LW: 27)
32 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (5)
UAA (7)
Kathy Lanese (21st)
30
(LW: RV)
33 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (4)
MIAC (3)
Erica Maker (1st)
21 ▼ 8
(LW: 25)
34 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (6)
CCIW (2)
Mahesh Narayanan (18th)
19 ▼ 11
(LW: 23)
35 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (6)
NCAC (2)
Ben Mourer (3rd)
17 ◀▶
(LW: 35)

Also Receiving Votes: TCNJ 10, Amherst 4, St. Thomas (Minn.) 4, Lynchburg 2

Dropped Out: No. 32 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 34 TCNJ

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Nov. 17: NCAA DIII Champs, Oshkosh, Wis.
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