2021 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – Get ready for liftoff.

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). A total of 24 different programs shifted spots since Week 2, including three of whom were ranked in the top-5 last week. That number is only going to increase after an upcoming weekend where a plethora of top-35 squads go up against each other.

NCAA Division III — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Wartburg
Pomona-Pitzer
Williams
SUNY Geneseo
MIT
1
Wartburg
2
Pomona-Pitzer
3
Williams
4
SUNY Geneseo
5
MIT
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Wartburg remained a consensus favorite to win the national title come Saturday, November 20, hauling in nine of 10 possible first-place votes. The Knights were idle this past weekend, but assembled a strong field for the Dan Huston Invitational this upcoming weekend.

The real fun in Week 3 began at the No. 2 spot, where Pomona-Pitzer had steadily gained on Williams and eventually overtook them, snatching away the outstanding first-place vote. Both the Ephs and the Sagehens competed – and won – this past weekend, yet it was Pomona-Pitzer making headlines with a victory at the Cougar Challenge over several top-10 NCAA DII teams. Not to be outdone, Williams topped three nationally-ranked NCAA DIII programs to capture the team title at the Purple Valley Classic in a close race against new No. 5 MIT, 29-32.

North Central (Ill.) continues its climb up the National Coaches’ Poll. The Cardinals, who were ranked as low as 20th in the preseason, are now locked in a sixth-place tie with John Carroll.  The Cardinals recently rolled to the team title at the Gil Dodds Invitational, while the Blue Streaks made a statement at the All-Ohio Collegiate Cross Country Championships. You’ll see North Central (Ill.) – as well as eight other top-35 squads – at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic this upcoming weekend. JCU travels to Pennsylvania for the Paul Short Run.

Further down in the index, two programs jumped multiple spots: Middlebury from No. 31 to No. 27; UW-Oshkosh from No. 33 to No. 31. The Panthers, who will compete at the Mike Woods Invitational this upcoming weekend, finished third at the Purple Valley Classic behind Williams and MIT. The Titans, who will compete at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational, along with three other top-35 squads, most recently ended up sixth at the Tom Hoffman Invitational.

Here are a few of the meets which will impact the National Coaches’ Poll next week: Brissman-Lundeen Invitational, Dan Huston Invitational, Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic and the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational. Those will take place on either Friday or Saturday.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, which is when the 2021 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships will be held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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

2021 Week 3 - September 29th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (6th)
349
(9 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Kyle Flores (1st)
339
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (43rd)
331 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (7th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 mit MIT
East Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (40th)
310 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (2)
CCIW
Frank Gramarosso (2nd)
295 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
6 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (1)
OAC
Kyle Basista (8th)
295 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
8 uw-whitewater UW-WHITEWATER
North Region (1)
WIAC
Jeff Miller (40th)
281 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Marina Muncan (2nd)
271 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (21st)
261 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (22nd)
248 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (2)
MIAC
Brian Power (2nd)
239 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Chris Hall (21st)
223 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (3)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (10th)
222 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
UAA
Tim Connelly (7th)
207 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 emory EMORY
South Region (1)
UAA
Linh Nguyen (3rd)
193 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC
Dara Ford (8th)
190 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (4)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (15th)
170 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
MIAA
Brian Diemer (36th)
167 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 haverford HAVERFORD
Metro Region (1)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (47th)
164 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 loras LORAS
Midwest Region (5)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (17th)
163 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 bates BATES
East Region (2)
NESCAC
Curtis Johnson (1st)
132 ▲ 1
(LW: 23)
23 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South Region (2)
ODAC
Jake Reed (5th)
128 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
C2C
David Klech (5th)
122 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Mideast Region (2)
NESCAC
Luke Maher (5th)
107 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 colby COLBY
East Region (3)
NESCAC
Jared Beers (16th)
92 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (3)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (11th)
87 ▲ 4
(LW: 31)
28 luther LUTHER
Midwest Region (6)
American Rivers
Steve Pasche (17th)
81 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 rowan ROWAN
Metro Region (2)
NJAC
Dustin Dimit (8th)
60 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
30 vassar VASSAR
Mideast Region (4)
Liberty League
James McCowan (17th)
55 ▼ 2
(LW: 28)
31 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
North Region (5)
WIAC
Eamon McKenna (10th)
36 ▲ 2
(LW: 33)
32 dickinson DICKINSON
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Centennial
Don Nichter (32nd)
32 ▼ 1
(LW: 31)
33 nyu NYU
Niagara Region (2)
UAA
Tyler Deck Shipley (1st)
31 ▲ 1
(LW: 34)
34 george-fox GEORGE FOX
West Region (4)
NWC
Mike Wilson (2nd)
27 ▲ 1
(LW: 35)
35 wpi WPI
East Region (4)
NEWMAC
Brian Chabot (14th)
24 NR

Also Receiving Votes: RPI 14, DePauw 13, TCNJ 11, Rochester (N.Y.) 6, Case Western Reserve 3, Tufts 2, Hamilton 1

Dropped Out: No. 30 Tufts

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/24
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Wed 8/25
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Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/15
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Week 2Tue 9/21
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Wed 9/22
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Sep. 25: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/29
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Week 4Tue 10/5
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Wed 10/6
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Week 5Tue 10/12
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Wed 10/13
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Week 6Tue 10/19
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Wed 10/20
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Oct. 30-31: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/2
Wed 11/3
Nov. 13: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/16
Wed 11/17
Nov. 20: NCAA DIII Championships
(Louisville, Ky.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/20
Sun 11/21
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