2019 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – There is a new No. 1 team in the NCAA Division III Men’s National Coaches’ Poll for the first time in the past 26 weeks.

Don’t worry: North Central (Ill.) isn’t going anywhere. The Cardinals just had to make room in their nest for a purple-and-gold-colored cow.

NCAA Division III — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
North Central (Ill.)
Williams
Wartburg
SUNY Geneseo
Washington (Mo.)
1
North Central (Ill.)
1
Williams
3
Wartburg
4
SUNY Geneseo
5
Washington (Mo.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

For the first time since Week 4 of the 2016 season, we have co-No. 1 programs in the Men’s National Coaches’ Poll. Back then, it was North Central (Ill.) and SUNY Geneseo. Three years later, those same Cardinals are joined by Williams.

The Ephs, who are ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history, had loosened North Central (Ill.)’s grasp on the top spot over the past few weeks. Williams earned three first-place votes in Week 1, two first-place votes in Week 2 and then one first-place vote in Week 3, before nabbing half of the eight possible first-place votes here in Week 4.

It’s clear that what the Ephs did a few weeks ago at the Purple Valley Classic (31 points with six runners in the top-15) was more impressive to the voting coaches than what the Cardinals accomplished this past weekend at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic (85 points with three runners in the top-15). Both North Central (Ill.) and Williams faced off against fields that were loaded with nationally-ranked programs.

Wartburg jumped one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 after winning a tough, rain-soaked battle at its own Dan Huston Invitational this past weekend. The Knights, led by individual champion Sam Pinkowski and runner-up Joe Freiburger, toppled former No. 3 Washington (Mo.) by a score of 37-39. That front-end talent was able to hold off the now fifth-ranked Bears despite them putting six of their runners in the top-15.

SUNY Geneseo is one of eight teams to climb four or more spots between Week 3 and Week 4. The Knights, who galloped nine spots from No. 13 to No. 4, ran well in the Men’s College Gold 8K at the Paul Short Run as they finished 17th out of 44 teams.

You won’t have to go much further down to find Otterbein at its program-record No. 10 ranking. The Cardinals finished third in the Men’s Silver 8K Race behind North Central (Ill.) and now-No. 8 Johns Hopkins at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic and were one of just three programs to put multiple athletes in the top-20.

John Carroll soared eight spots between Week 3 and Week 4 thanks to its best race of the season to date. The Blue Streaks were sixth at the de facto Pre-National Invitational and the spread between its top-4 runners was a meager 21 seconds.

Sitting right below John Carroll are three programs that improved four or more spots: No. 18 St. Olaf (up 11), No. 19 Amherst (up five) and up eight spots into a program-record No. 20 is Berea (Ky.).

There were five additions to the National Coaches’ Poll this week: No. 31 UW-Oshkosh, No. 32 NYU, No. 33 Trine and No. 34 Ramapo. This is a milestone day for the Thunder as it has never been ranked in program history before today.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2019 Week 4 - October 9th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW
Al Carius (54th)
276
(4 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
1 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (41st)
276
(4 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
3 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (1)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (4th)
261 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (5th)
254 ▲ 9
(LW: 13)
5 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (19th)
252 ▼ 2
(LW: 3)
6 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
John Goldhammer (36th)
235 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (1)
UAA
Tim Connelly (5th)
230 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (20th)
219 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Jordan Carpenter (3rd)
214 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
OAC
Dara Ford (6th)
210 ▲ 4
(LW: 14)
11 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (3)
UAA
Chris Hall (19th)
209 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (38th)
193 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA
Brian Diemer (34th)
187 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League
John Lynch (9th)
176 ▲ 2
(LW: 16)
15 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Kyle Basista (6th)
168 ▲ 8
(LW: 23)
16 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (4)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (8th)
155 ▼ 11
(LW: 5)
17 bates BATES
New England Region (3)
NESCAC
Al Fereshetian (25th)
149 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (2)
MIAC
Phil Lundin (12th)
138 ▲ 11
(LW: 29)
19 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (4)
NESCAC
Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd)
136 ▲ 5
(LW: 24)
20 berea-ky BEREA (KY.)
South/Southeast Region (1)
USA South
Shawn Jakubowski (3rd)
123 ▲ 8
(LW: 28)
20 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (5)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (9th)
123 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
22 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial
Don Nichter (30th)
115 ▲ 3
(LW: 25)
23 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC
Brett Witt (6th)
110 ▲ 4
(LW: 27)
24 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA
Linh Nguyen (1st)
96 ▼ 6
(LW: 18)
25 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (3)
MIAC
Dave Ricks (13th)
84 ▼ 10
(LW: 15)
25 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (4)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (45th)
84 ▼ 4
(LW: 21)
27 ithaca ITHACA
Atlantic Region (3)
Liberty League
70 ▼ 1
(LW: 26)
28 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (13th)
66 ▲ 6
(LW: 34)
29 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (4)
UAA
Kathy Lanese (19th)
62 ▼ 11
(LW: 18)
30 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
ACAA
David Klech (3rd)
44 ▼ 8
(LW: 22)
31 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
Midwest Region (7)
WIAC
Eamon McKenna (8th)
39 NR
32 nyu NYU
Atlantic Region (4)
UAA
Erison Hurtault (4th)
20 NR
33 trine TRINE
Great Lakes Region (5)
MIAA
Zach Raber (7th)
15 NR
34 ramapo RAMAPO
Atlantic Region (5)
NJAC
Justina Cassavell (5th)
14 NR
34 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (8)
WIAC
Matt Schauf (13th)
14 ▼ 4
(LW: 30)

Also Receiving Votes: Luther 13, Tufts 8, Loras 2

Dropped Out: No. 31 WPI, No. 32 Brockport, No. 33 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 34 Connecticut College

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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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