2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 8

NEW ORLEANS – Welcome to the final week of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country season.

By the end of the day on Saturday, we will know which one of the 32 men’s teams that qualified for the running of the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Winneconne, Wisconsin, will take home the national title.

If the Men’s National Coaches’ Poll is any indication of how things might go at the Lake Breeze Golf Course, North Central (Ill.) is the prohibitive favorite to win a third consecutive team title as well as its seventh in the past 10 years.

NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Colorado 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
North Central (Ill.) Washington (Mo.) RPI UW-La Crosse Calvin

The Cardinals have topped the index all season long and it’s thanks to performances like it brandished this past weekend at the Midwest Region Championships. North Central (Ill.) put four runners in the top-10 (3-5-6-7-9) and romped to the team title by 44 points. All five of the Cardinals’ top-5 runners finished within 11 seconds of each other.

Voting coaches expect Washington (Mo.) to give North Central (Ill.) the most trouble on Saturday as it enters the meet ranked No. 2. The Bears finished third at the Midwest Region Championships and have a great low stick in Brad Hodkinson, who won the individual title by nearly four seconds in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

RPI soared seven spots between Week 7 and Week 8 thanks to its standout effort at the Atlantic Region Championships this past weekend. The Engineers, who had all of their runners from the meet named All-Region, jumped from No. 10 to No. 3 in the National Coaches’ Poll. Grant O’Connor led RPI with an individual title, while four of his teammates finished in the top-10. If their rank holds, not only would it be the first time that the Engineers finished on the podium, but it would also be the first time they finished in the top-10.

UW-La Crosse remained in the top-5 after a runner-up finish at the Midwest Region Championships. The Eagles put three runners in the top-10 and will need to have similar depth if they want to make the podium for the 17th time in program history.

Great Lakes Region champion Calvin rounds out the top-5 of the Pre-Championships Edition of the National Coaches’ Poll. The Knights dropped two spots from Week 7, but have a solid combo at the top of the lineup that can get them on the podium for the 13th time in program history.

Five other teams that won titles this past weekend improved their rank: Mideast Region champion Carnegie Mellon went from No. 7 to No. 6; New England Region champion Amherst went from No. 9 to No. 8; West Region champion Pomona-Pitzer went from No. 11 to No. 10; Central Region champion Wartburg went from No. 17 to No. 13; South/Southeast Region champion Rhodes went from No. 25 to No. 22.

There were four new additions to the National Coaches’ Poll this week: No. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 27 Tufts, No. 30 Berea (Ky.) and No. 31 St. Thomas (Minn.).

The 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships get underway on Saturday at 11:15 am CT with the Women’s 6K and an hour later with the men’s 8K at 12:15 pm CT.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2018 Week 8 - November 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (53rd)
256
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
242 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (1)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (8th)
239 ▲ 7
(LW: 10)
4 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (7th)
233 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (33rd)
230 ▼ 2
(LW: 3)
6 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (1)
UAA (2)
Tim Connelly (4th)
209 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (44th)
207 ▼ 3
(LW: 4)
8 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)
206 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (2)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
185 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (2nd)
181 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (40th)
176 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
170 ▼ 6
(LW: 6)
13 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (1)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
166 ▲ 4
(LW: 17)
14 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC (2)
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
153 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (2)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (12th)
141 ▲ 4
(LW: 19)
16 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
133 ▼ 3
(LW: 13)
17 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
128 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
18 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (3)
John Goldhammer (35th)
122 NR
19 mit MIT
New England Region (4)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (37th)
112 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (3)
Matt Schauf (12th)
111 ▼ 4
(LW: 16)
21 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (6)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (18th)
94 ▼ 3
(LW: 18)
22 rhodes RHODES
South/Southeast Region (1)
SAA (1)
Robert Shankman (29th)
86 ▲ 3
(LW: 25)
23 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC (2)
Phil Lundin (11th)
72 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 depauw DEPAUW
Great Lakes Region (3)
NCAC (1)
Kori Stoffregen (23rd)
67 ▲ 3
(LW: 27)
25 rit RIT
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (2)
David Warth (21st)
66 ▲ 1
(LW: 26)
26 suny-oneonta SUNY ONEONTA
Atlantic Region (4)
SUNYAC (2)
Chris Wilber (1st)
47 ▼ 4
(LW: 22)
27 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (7)
Joel Williams (3rd)
45
(LW: RV)
28 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA (4)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
42 ▲ 3
(LW: 31)
29 bates BATES
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (4)
Al Fereshetian (24th)
36 ▼ 5
(LW: 24)
30 berea-ky BEREA (KY.)
South/Southeast Region (3)
USA South (1)
Shawn Jakubowski (4th)
33 NR
31 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (4)
MIAC (3)
Pete Wareham (26th)
19 NR
32 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (4)
UAA (5)
Kathy Lanese (18th)
17 ◀▶
(LW: 32)

Dropped Out: No. 23 Dickinson, No. 28 Cornell College, No. 29 Connecticut College, No. 30 St. Lawrence, No. 32 Bowdoin, No. 34 UC Santa Cruz, No. 35 John Carroll

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