2019 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – A major upset this past weekend sent a familiar face to No. 1 and the spoiler to its highest ranking in program history.

That was the case in Week 2 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll that was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Johns Hopkins
Chicago
Washington (Mo.)
Williams
MIT
1
Johns Hopkins
2
Chicago
3
Washington (Mo.)
4
Williams
5
MIT
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Two top-5 teams met up this past weekend at the Wheaton Gil Dodds Invitational: No. 1 Washington (Mo.) and No. 4 UChicago. By the end of the meet, the Maroons were crowned victors and both programs no longer sit in those same spots four days later.

Perennial NCAA DIII favorite Johns Hopkins nabbed five first-place votes, moved up one spot from No. 2 to No. 1 and took over the throne for the 49th time in the past seven years. If you’re counting at home, there have only been eight weeks that the Blue Jays haven’t been ranked No. 1 since 2013. Johns Hopkins has asserted itself so far this season with a perfect record at the Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals and most recently at the Iona Br. Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions where it finished fourth in the team standings behind three NCAA DI programs.

UChicago jumped two spots from No. 4 to a program-record No. 2 after its upset of top-ranked WashU and earned three first-place votes for its efforts. The Maroons had six runners in the top-12 with Abigail Shoemaker leading the way in third place. The spread between Shoemaker and Annika Hildebrandt, who was UChicago’s fifth runner, was just 15 seconds.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps continues its climb up the National Coaches’ Poll. The Athenas soared three more spots to No. 6, which now looks lightyears away from the No. 16 ranking they held in the preseason. CMS earned the team title at the Coyote Challenge this past weekend as it scored 38 points and put six runners in the top-15.

UW-La Crosse went from No. 19 to No. 12 after finishing a close runner-up to No. 9 Carleton at the Running of the Cows this past weekend. The Eagles had six runners in the top-15, yet that couldn’t hold off the Knights, who had four in the top-10.

Hope improved five places from No. 18 to No. 13 between Week 1 and Week 2. The Dutch earned a hard-fought podium finish at the Wheaton Gil Dodds Invitational where they were led by National Athlete of the Week Anastasia Tucker.

Two new teams joined the top-35 this week: No. 27 Elmhurst and No. 29 Centre. This is the first time that the Blue Jays have been ranked in program history and just the third time in the past nine years that the Colonels found themselves in the top-35.

Be sure to check back every week as we’ll see notable changes leading up to the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 23.

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

2019 Week 2 - September 25th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (20th)
277
(5 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (1)
UAA
Chris Hall (19th)
275
(3 fpv)
▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (19th)
263 ▼ 2
(LW: 1)
4 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (20th)
257 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (13th)
247 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (36th)
237 ▲ 3
(LW: 9)
7 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (5th)
235 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 tufts TUFTS
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (20th)
219 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (1)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (27th)
216 ▼ 2
(LW: 7)
10 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
John Lynch (9th)
214 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Don Nichter (30th)
190 ▲ 2
(LW: 13)
12 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (8th)
184 ▲ 7
(LW: 19)
13 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (3)
UAA
179 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Kirk Reynolds (30th)
170 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 oberlin OBERLIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
NCAC
Ray Appenheimer (14th)
167 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (13th)
161 ▼ 5
(LW: 11)
17 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (2)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (4th)
160 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA
Mark Northuis (32nd)
150 ▲ 5
(LW: 23)
19 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (9th)
130 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (3)
MIAC
Joe Sweeney (40th)
123 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (5th)
122 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 baldwin-wallace BALDWIN WALLACE
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Joe Eby (5th)
114 ▼ 4
(LW: 18)
23 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South/Southeast Region (1)
ODAC
Mike Dager (6th)
102 ▲ 6
(LW: 29)
24 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
John Crooke (20th)
99 ▼ 4
(LW: 20)
25 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (4)
UAA
Kathy Lanese (22nd)
75 ▲ 2
(LW: 27)
26 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
ACAA
David Klech (3rd)
72 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 elmhurst ELMHURST
Midwest Region (5)
CCIW
71
(LW: RV)
28 tcnj TCNJ
Atlantic Region (4)
NJAC
Justin Lindsey (7th)
61 ◀▶
(LW: 28)
29 centre CENTRE
South/Southeast Region (2)
SAA
Lisa Owens (23rd)
59
(LW: RV)
30 coast-guard COAST GUARD
New England Region (6)
NEWMAC
Ethan Brown (11th)
37 ▲ 5
(LW: 35)
31 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (5)
OAC
Kyle Basista (6th)
34 ▼ 1
(LW: 30)
32 messiah MESSIAH
Mideast Region (4)
MAC
Dale Fogelsanger (26th)
32 ▲ 2
(LW: 34)
32 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (4)
MIAC
Erica Maker (2nd)
32 ▼ 1
(LW: 31)
34 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC
Brett Witt (6th)
24 NR
35 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (3)
UAA
Linh Nguyen (1st)
22 ▼ 10
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: RIT 19, Occidental 5, St. Norbert 4, Vassar 2

Dropped Out: No. 24 Bates, No. 32 St. Norbert, No. 33 RIT

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/27Wed 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 30: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/17Wed 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/24Wed 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 28: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 10/1Wed 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/8Wed 10/9
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/15Wed 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
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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