2021 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Change is in the eye of the beholder.

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for Week 5 of the 2021 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Just six teams found new spots in the index, as most squads geared up for an upcoming weekend that promises excitement.

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

Nothing changed among the top-5 programs from Week 4: Wartburg is still unanimous at the top of the National Coaches’ Poll, followed by No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 3 Williams, No. 4 MIT and No. 5 SUNY Geneseo. Huge midseason top-5 matchups await fans this weekend as the Knights and the Sagehens are both scheduled to compete at the Augustana Invitational, while the Ephs and Engineers tango at the Connecticut College Invitational.

One spot out of the top-5, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps leapfrogged John Carroll (The Stags are now ranked No. 5; the Blue Streaks dropped down to No. 6). CMS starred at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational this past weekend as they put their top-4 scorers in the top-10 and used a 25-second spread to win by 16 points over NCAA Division II Azsua Pacific. The Stags, who finished runner-up at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic two weeks ago, should be even better in the coming weeks, as they’ll finally be back to full strength.

Further down is where you’ll find that Johns Hopkins and UChicago swapped spots (The Blue Jays are now ranked No. 13; the Maroons slid one spot to No. 14). JHU turned in solid back-to-back efforts at the Iona Br. Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions and the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic with a runner-up finish in the former and a sixth-place effort in the latter.

The final changes to the National Coaches’ Poll in Week 5 saw Haverford and Otterbein trade placement (The Fords went from No. 22 to No. 21; the Cardinals went from No. 21 to No. 22). Haverford split its squad to strong results two weeks ago, most notably winning the Dan Talbot Open.

We’ll see five or more ranked teams compete at four different meets this weekend

  • Augustana Invitational (7 teams): No. 1 Wartburg, No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 10 WashU, No. 12 North Central (Ill.), No. 14 UChicago, No. 22 Otterbein and No. 30 Calvin
  • Connecticut College Invitational (8 teams): No. 3 Williams, No. 4 MIT, No. 16 RPI, No. 18 Middlebury, No. 23 Bates, No. 28 Amherst, No. 32 Connecticut College and No. 34 WPI.
  • Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble (5 teams): No. 7 John Carroll, No. 8 UW-Whitewater, No. 17 Carnegie Mellon, No. 19 UW-Oshkosh and No. 26 Case Western Reserve
  • Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle (7 teams): No. 5 SUNY Geneseo, No. 13 Johns Hopkins, No. 20 Lynchburg, No. 21 Haverford, No. 24 St. Olaf, No. 33 Rowan and No. 35 Christopher Newport.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, because that’s when the 2021 NCAA Division III 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 5 - October 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (6th)
350
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Kyle Flores (1st)
339 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (43rd)
331 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 mit MIT
East Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (40th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (7th)
309 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Marina Muncan (2nd)
294 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (1)
OAC
Kyle Basista (8th)
292 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 uw-whitewater UW-WHITEWATER
North Region (1)
WIAC
Jeff Miller (40th)
278 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 emory EMORY
South Region (1)
UAA
Linh Nguyen (3rd)
273 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (21st)
264 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (2)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (10th)
249 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (3)
CCIW
Frank Gramarosso (2nd)
243 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (22nd)
224 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Chris Hall (21st)
222 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 carleton CARLETON
North Region (3)
MIAC
Dave Ricks (15th)
211 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 rpi RPI
Mideast Region (2)
Liberty League
John Lynch (11th)
200 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
UAA
Tim Connelly (7th)
187 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (3)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (11th)
182 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
North Region (4)
WIAC
Eamon McKenna (10th)
164 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South Region (2)
ODAC
Jake Reed (5th)
154 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 haverford HAVERFORD
Metro Region (1)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (47th)
147 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC
Dara Ford (8th)
146 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 bates BATES
East Region (2)
NESCAC
Curtis Johnson (1st)
135 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (5)
MIAC
Brian Power (2nd)
111 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 loras LORAS
Midwest Region (5)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (17th)
106 ◀▶
(LW: 25)
26 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (3)
UAA
Kathy Lanese (21st)
100 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (6)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (15th)
90 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 amherst AMHERST
Mideast Region (4)
NESCAC
Cassie Funke-Harris (4th)
80 ◀▶
(LW: 28)
29 colby COLBY
East Region (3)
NESCAC
Jared Beers (16th)
67 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
30 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
MIAA
Brian Diemer (36th)
62 ◀▶
(LW: 30)
31 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
C2C
David Klech (5th)
50 ◀▶
(LW: 31)
32 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Mideast Region (5)
NESCAC
Luke Maher (5th)
44 ◀▶
(LW: 32)
33 rowan ROWAN
Metro Region (2)
NJAC
Dustin Dimit (8th)
32 ◀▶
(LW: 33)
34 wpi WPI
East Region (4)
NEWMAC
Brian Chabot (14th)
23 ◀▶
(LW: 34)
35 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South Region (3)
CAC
Danny Feldman (3rd)
8 ◀▶
(LW: 35)
35 vassar VASSAR
Mideast Region (6)
Liberty League
James McCowan (17th)
8
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: George Fox 3, Dickinson 2, NYU 2

Dropped Out: (none)

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
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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
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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
Wed 10/20
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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