2019 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Is that an echo?

Nope. The coaches who voted in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Preseason National Coaches’ Poll are just expecting a repeat.

NCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Washington (Mo.)
Johns Hopkins
UW-Eau Claire
Washington (Mo.)
Johns Hopkins
UW-Eau Claire
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After winning its second team title in program history, Washington (Mo.) is projected to win it again when the meet returns to E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time since 2016 on November 23. This is also the first time that the Bears have ever headlined the poll, at least according to our records, which go back to 2006.

WashU is the unanimous No. 1, receiving all of the eight possible first-place votes. The Bears beat Johns Hopkins by a single point last year (98-99) and return a healthy number of those athletes who helped them do so, including Paige Lawler and Sophie Watterson. Lawler won the individual title in 2018, while Watterson finished 13th overall to bolster WashU’s title bid.

Speaking of those Blue Jays, they’re No. 2 to begin the season. This is just the seventh time in the past 57 weeks that Johns Hopkins hasn’t been ranked No. 1.

The Blue Jays welcome back four athletes from last year’s runner-up squad, including two All-Americans in Caelyn Reilly (6th) and Therese Olshanski (35th). Look for Sam Levy to be up there with her teammates this year as she improved quite a bit during the outdoor track season, pushing her PR in the 5000 to 17:06.80.

UW-Eau Claire holds down the No. 3 spot for the second year in a row. The Blugolds finished fourth last year and return five of their top-7 athletes, including Lexie Tremble (57th), Emma Drangstveit (68th) and Sam Slattery (70th), who all packed up well throughout the 6K race to allow them to have as small as a spread as possible. Slattery picked up valuable experience in the outdoor season racing at NCAAs in the 10,000.

Williams is the fourth-ranked team in the preseason, giving the team its best preseason billing since the 2016 season when it was No. 1 after winning the 2015 national title. The Ephs finished seventh in the team standings last year and got a wealth of experience from that result. Williams is counting on Emma Hermann and Audrey Rustad to lead the way in 2019. Hermann had a strong outdoor season where she PR’d in the 800, 1500 and 10,000.

For the second year in a row, MIT begins the season ranked fifth. The Engineers have been a model of consistency recently as they’ve been on the podium in four of the past five years (The only outlier was 2016 when they finished fifth). Katie Collins should be a strong contender to have a breakthrough sophomore year after she finished 72nd in cross country and then placed 10th in both the indoor and outdoor 5000 at NCAAs.

There is a tie for the No. 6 ranking between Carleton and SUNY Geneseo. This ties the best ranking in program history for the Minnesota-based Knights, who return five of seven athletes who competed at NCAAs last year.

Pomona-Pitzer is ranked seventh, one year after finishing 32nd out of 32 teams at NCAAs. The Sagehens were among the youngest teams in the nation last year with a bunch of freshmen on the roster, but all of that experience should pay dividends. Be sure to look out for Lila Cardillo, who was the top finishing freshman at NCAAs (30th place).

The preseason top-10 is rounded out by No. 9 RPI and No. 10 U of Chicago.

Elsewhere in the poll, there are seven teams that didn’t reach NCAAs last year that are expected to this year: No. 19 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 21 Wesleyan (Conn.), No. 26 St. Olaf, No. 30 Haverford, t-No. 32 Coast Guard, t-No. 32 UC Santa Cruz and No. 34 UW-Stevens Point.

The next NCAA DIII Women’s National Coaches’ Poll will be released on Wednesday, September 18.

Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2019 Preseason - August 28th

1 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (1)
Jeff Stiles (19th)
(8 fpv)
2 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Bobby Van Allen (20th)
272 2
3 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (2)
Dan Schwamberger (13th)
263 4
4 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
Pete Farwell (20th)
257 7
5 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
Halston Taylor (13th)
245 3
6 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
Donna Ricks (27th)
235 10
6 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
Dan Moore (5th)
235 5
8 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
Kirk Reynolds (30th)
228 32
9 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
John Lynch (9th)
209 16
10 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (3)
Chris Hall (19th)
200 11
11 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (3)
Kristen Morwick (20th)
188 12
11 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (4th)
188 26
13 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Don Nichter (30th)
184 14
14 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
John Goldhammer (36th)
180 18
15 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (3)
Eddie Novara (5th)
161 21
16 baldwin-wallace BALDWIN WALLACE
Great Lakes Region (1)
Joe Eby (5th)
156 27
17 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
Nicole Wilkerson (9th)
153 8
18 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Ray Appenheimer (14th)
140 28
19 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (3)
Joe Sweeney (40th)
136 ---
20 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (4)
Derek Stanley (8th)
131 9
21 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Mark Northuis (32nd)
109 24
21 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
New England Region (5)
John Crooke (20th)
109 ---
23 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
Tim Connelly (5th)
102 31
24 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
Linh Nguyen (1st)
101 20
25 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Atlantic Region (4)
Liberty League
Kate Howard (4th)
88 29
26 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (4)
Erica Maker (2nd)
83 ---
27 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (5)
Justin Lindsey (7th)
62 19
28 centre CENTRE
South/Southeast Region (2)
Lisa Owens (23rd)
58 30
29 wheaton-ill WHEATON (ILL.)
Midwest Region (5)
David Walford (5th)
56 15
30 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (4)
Fran Rizzo (29th)
40 ---
31 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
Dara Ford (6th)
36 23
32 coast-guard COAST GUARD
New England Region (6)
Ethan Brown (11th)
34 ---
32 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
David Klech (3rd)
34 ---
34 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (6)
Brett Witt (6th)
29 ---
35 brandeis BRANDEIS
New England Region (7)
Sinead Evans (6th)
26 6

Also Receiving Votes: Washington and Lee 17, Gustavus Adolphus 13, Ithaca 2

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2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/27Wed 8/28
Aug. 30: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/17Wed 9/18
Week 2Tue 9/24
Wed 9/25
Sep. 28: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 10/1
Wed 10/2
Week 4Tue 10/8
Wed 10/9
Week 5Tue 10/15
Wed 10/16
Week 6Tue 10/22
Wed 10/23
Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/5
Wed 11/6
Nov. 16: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/19
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Louisville, Ky.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/16
Sat 11/23
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