2018 NCAA DIII Women’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 women’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 Women’s National Coaches’ Poll is any indication of how things might go at the Lake Breeze Golf Course, Johns Hopkins is the unanimous favorite to three-peat for the second time in the past seven years. For those who don’t know, the Blue Jays won three national titles in a row from 2012 to 2014 and captured each of the past two crowns.

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

Johns Hopkins made it look easy this past weekend at the Mideast Region Championships. The Blue Jays put three runners in the top-5 (Felicia Koerner, first; Sam Levy, second; Therese Olshanski, fifth) and won by 43 points, their third consecutive victory by 40 or more points.

Washington (Mo.) enters the meet ranked second, fresh off a team title at the Midwest Region Championships. The Bears were the only team to put three runners in the top-10 as Paige Lawler (second), Sophie Watterson (sixth) and Aly Wayne (seventh) led the way. This is the 17th time that WashU has advanced to the NCAA meet in program history and the team is looking for its second national title in the past eight years.

SUNY Geneseo won the team title at the Atlantic Region Championships and enters NCAAs ranked third. The Knights are hoping that Elise Ramirez and Genny Corcoran continue their strong seasons at the top of the scoring lineup. This past weekend, Ramirez won the individual title, while Corcoran finished third overall. SUNY Geneseo has advanced to the NCAA meet 25 times in program history and is looking to make the podium for the fourth time.

MIT returns to NCAAs for the 11th year in a row and is ranked fourth in the final National Coaches’ Poll. The Engineers rolled to the team title at the New England Region Championships and will be looking for a strong team effort to return to the podium, a place they have been three of the past four years.

Middlebury rounds out the top-5 after a runner-up finish at the New England Region Championships. The Panthers have now advanced to the NCAA meet 24 times in program history and earned a spot on the podium 13 times, which includes six national titles.

Other teams that won regional titles this past weekend were on the move: Central Region champion Carleton went from No. 12 to No. 10, West Region champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps went from No. 15 to No. 12, Great Lakes Region champion Baldwin Wallace soared from the Land of the Not Ranked to an all-time program-high No. 18; South/Southeast Region champion Emory dropped six spots from No. 19 to No. 25.

Other than the Yellow Jackets, there were two new additions to the National Coaches’ Poll: No. 19 Allegheny (Pa.) and No. 32 Centre College.

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.

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

2018 Week 8 - November 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (19th)
256
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (18th)
248 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (4th)
240 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 mit MIT
New England Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (12th)
232 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (2)
NESCAC (1)
Nicole Wilkerson (8th)
223 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (29th)
209 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Dan Schwamberger (12th)
208 ▲ 2
(LW: 9)
8 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (2)
Pete Farwell (19th)
203 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (2)
Derek Stanley (7th)
179 ▲ 13
(LW: 22)
10 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC (1)
Donna Ricks (26th)
174 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (4)
UAA (3)
Sinead Evans (5th)
172 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (35th)
171 ▲ 3
(LW: 15)
13 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (18th)
169 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (2)
John Lynch (8th)
155 ▲ 7
(LW: 21)
15 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (4)
Kristen Morwick (19th)
133 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (5)
CCIW (1)
David Walford (4th)
128 ▼ 9
(LW: 7)
17 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League (1)
Kate Curran (3rd)
124 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
18 baldwin-wallace BALDWIN WALLACE
Great Lakes Region (1)
OAC (2)
Joe Eby (4th)
116 NR
19 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (2)
NCAC (2)
Ben Mourer (3rd)
109
(LW: RV)
20 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
NCAC (1)
Ray Appenheimer (13th)
99 ▲ 9
(LW: 29)
21 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Kirk Reynolds (29th)
94 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 bates BATES
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (5)
Jay Hartshorn (14th)
93 ▲ 2
(LW: 24)
23 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (4)
MIAA (1)
Mark Northuis (31st)
82 ▼ 9
(LW: 14)
24 nebraska-wesleyan NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
Central Region (2)
American Rivers (1)
Ted Bulling (24th)
75 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA (5)
Jordan Schilit (1st)
69 ▼ 6
(LW: 19)
26 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA (6)
Tim Connelly (4th)
54 ▼ 1
(LW: 25)
27 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (5)
UAA (4)
Eddie Novara (4th)
53 ▼ 11
(LW: 16)
28 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (5)
MIAA (2)
Brian Diemer (13th)
43 ▼ 5
(LW: 23)
29 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (4)
NJAC (1)
Justin Lindsey (6th)
42 ▲ 2
(LW: 31)
30 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (3)
American Rivers (2)
Ryan Chapman (3rd)
38 ▼ 2
(LW: 28)
31 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (6)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (5th)
24 ▼ 4
(LW: 27)
32 centre CENTRE
South/Southeast Region (2)
SAA (1)
Lisa Owens (22nd)
9 NR

Dropped Out: No. 10 Wesleyan (Conn.), No. 29 North Central (Ill.), No. 32 Case Western Reserve, No. 33 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 34 Vassar, No. 34 Washington and Lee



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8FINAL
Washington (Mo.)2222222221
Johns Hopkins1111111112
MIT5544444443
UW-Eau Claire3410105510974
SUNY Geneseo4333333335
Brandeis282521221918812116
Williams88868813787
Middlebury6661316165558
UW-La Crosse1413453031242299
Carleton99986611121010
Chicago30212323262612111311
Tufts1111141111117171512
Allegheny (Pa.)1310353535RV1913
Dickinson18171614151466614
Wheaton (Ill.)7718171212971615
RPI12121215101021211416
Bates21162626232426242217
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps1514117131719151218
TCNJ161517193334RV312919
Emory25293028292817192520
Rochester (N.Y.)RV212218162721
Nebraska Wesleyan26302725171928262422
Otterbein17283431222127273123
Hope2023799914142324
CalvinRV191412141522232825
Wartburg23262220202030283026
Baldwin WallaceRV1827
Oberlin35RV29292028
St. Lawrence221820187720181729
CentreRVRVRV3230
Carnegie Mellon24221921313025252631
Pomona-Pitzer241315171316202132
Wesleyan (Conn.)32333332331510
North Central (Ill.)RV252724233429
Case Western Reserve2424RVRV3232
St. Thomas (Minn.)192031323432RV33
VassarRV3326273134
Washington and Lee34
Coast Guard282923RV
St. Olaf2929252533RV
Lynchburg3335RVRVRVRV
UC Santa CruzRVRVRVRV
MisericordiaRVRV
ColbyRV
WPIRV
Amherst31RV
Swarthmore3230RVRV
Hamilton2728RV
OccidentalRV
UW-River Falls29RV
Colorado College27313433
St. Norbert34RVRV
HaverfordRVRVRVRV
Ithaca1033
Trinity (Texas)RVRV
Elizabethtown34RV
WhitworthRV
Puget Sound32

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

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