2018 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 7

NEW ORLEANS – The view doesn’t change much when you’re handling business like the top teams in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

The most recent index, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), saw no change in the top-6 teams from Week 6, but a plethora of changes in the spots behind them.

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

Let’s take a quick look at the top-5 teams: No.1 Johns Hopkins, No. 2 Washington (Mo.), No. 3 SUNY Geneseo, No. 4 MIT and No. 5 Middlebury. Each of those five teams won their respective conference titles this past weekend, as the Blue Jays claimed victory in the Centennial Conference, the Bears captured the UAA crown, the Knights ruled in the SUNYAC, while the Engineers and Panthers reigned in the NEWMAC and NESCAC, respectively.

Wheaton (Ill.) and Williams share the No. 7 spot this week. The Thunder recently earned the conference title in the CCIW by a 30 to 62 margin, while the Ephs finished runner-up in the NESCAC. Wheaton (Ill.) matches its best ranking from the season to date, while Williams is in the top-10 for the seventh time this season alone.

Another conference champion found a spot in the top-10: UW-Eau Claire. The Blugolds, who are now ranked ninth, won the WIAC crown this past weekend after putting five of their runners in the top-15. UW-Eau Claire has been ranked as high as third this season and as low as 10th, so the team is definitely finding its footing.

Wesleyan (Conn.) parlayed a strong effort at the NESCAC Championships into its best ranking in program history. The Cardinals, who are now ranked 10th in the nation, finished third this past weekend after Sara Pinsonault and Rebecca Lopez-Anido led the way at Franklin Park in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps jumped four spots from No. 19 to No. 15 after winning the SCIAC title this past weekend. The Athenas toppled Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 34-56 after putting their entire top-7 in the top-15 (4-5-6-8-11-12-14). CMS has been a mainstay in the top-15 in the past four years as this marks its 31st time in the select group.

Elsewhere in the poll, six teams improved six spots from Week 6 to Week 7: Rochester (N.Y.) went from No. 18 to No. 16, St. Lawrence went from No. 20 to No. 18, UW-La Crosse went from No. 24 to No. 22, Bates went from No. 26 to No. 24, Nebraska Wesleyan went from No. 28 to No. 26 and Wartburg went from No. 30 to No. 28.

There are three new additions to the poll: No. 31 TCNJ, No. 33 St. Thomas (Minn.) and No. 34 Washington and Lee. This is only the fourth time in program history that the Generals have been ranked dating back to 2008.

The next National Coaches’ Polls will be released November 13, which is four days ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

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

2018 Week 7 - October 31st

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
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 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
248 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Don Nichter (29th)
240 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (2)
CCIW
David Walford (4th)
225 ▲ 2
(LW: 9)
7 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (19th)
225 ▲ 6
(LW: 13)
9 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
214 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
John Crooke (19th)
206 ▲ 5
(LW: 15)
11 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Chris Hall (18th)
195 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (5)
UAA
Sinead Evans (5th)
192 ▼ 4
(LW: 8)
12 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (26th)
192 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
14 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA
Mark Northuis (31st)
183 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (35th)
163 ▲ 4
(LW: 19)
16 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (2)
UAA
Eddie Novara (4th)
153 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (6)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (19th)
139 ▼ 10
(LW: 7)
18 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
Kate Curran (3rd)
136 ▲ 2
(LW: 20)
19 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA
Jordan Schilit (1st)
132 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Kirk Reynolds (29th)
123 ▼ 4
(LW: 16)
21 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
John Lynch (8th)
120 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (7th)
119 ▲ 2
(LW: 24)
23 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA
Brian Diemer (13th)
114 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 bates BATES
New England Region (7)
NESCAC
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
102 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (4th)
88 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ted Bulling (24th)
77 ▲ 2
(LW: 28)
27 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Dara Ford (5th)
72 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
65 ▲ 2
(LW: 30)
29 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (6)
CCIW
Mahesh Narayanan (18th)
48 ▲ 5
(LW: 34)
29 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC
Ray Appenheimer (13th)
48 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
31 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (5)
NJAC
Justin Lindsey (6th)
34
(LW: RV)
32 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (5)
UAA
Kathy Lanese (21st)
31 ◀▶
(LW: 32)
33 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (4)
MIAC
Joe Sweeney (39th)
25
(LW: RV)
34 vassar VASSAR
Atlantic Region (6)
Liberty League
James McCowan (14th)
14 ▼ 3
(LW: 31)
34 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South/Southeast Region (2)
ODAC
Mike Dager (5th)
14 NR

Also Receiving Votes: WPI 11, St. Olaf 10, Misericordia 3, Colby 2, UC Santa Cruz 2, Lynchburg 1, Allegheny (Pa.) 1, Coast Guard 1

Dropped Out: No. 23 Coast Guard, No. 33 St. Olaf, No. 35 Allegheny (Pa.)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

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