2021 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – That’s more like it!

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for Week 6 of the 2021 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. The top-5 teams might have stayed the same since Week 5 after handling business this past weekend, but after that, a plethora of changes!

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

Head-to-head competition between top-5 teams was en vogue this past weekend, as No. 1 Wartburg and No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer squared off at the Augustana Interregional Invitational and No. 3 Williams lined up against No. 4 MIT at the Connecticut College Invitational. Each of the higher-ranked squads in those instances picked up wins by less than 10 points: the Knights beat the Sagehens, 39-46; the Ephs took down the Engineers, 37-43.

John Carroll is back at No. 6 following a victory at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble. The Blue Streaks, behind Alex Phillip’s individual title, held off a strong challenge from No. 8 UW-Whitewater. JCU had a meager three-second spread between its second and fifth runners.

North Central (Ill.) and Otterbein, the third- and fourth-place teams from the Augustana Interregional Invitational, both saw their stock rise. The Illinois-based Cardinals jumped two spots from No. 12 to No. 12, while the Ohio-based Cardinals soared 10 spots from No. 22 to No. 12 to nearly crack the top-10 for just the second time in program history.

Middlebury and Lynchburg both improved their billing by four or more spots since Week 5. The Panthers, who finished a clear third at the Connecticut College Invitational, prowled their way to No. 14 for a four-spot improvement. The Hornets, who took runner-up honors at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle behind No. 5 SUNY Geneseo, buzzed five spots to No. 15.

Three other programs made big moves in Week 6: Loras went from No. 25 to No. 17; Connecticut College went from No. 32 to No. 24 for its best ranking in program history; Vassar went from No. 35 to No. 28 to match its best ranking of the season and program history.

Tufts joined the National Coaches’ Poll at No. 31 after not being ranked, while George Fox and Dickinson made their way into the top-35 at No. 33 and No. 35, respectively, following a week where they were in the Land of Receiving Votes.

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 6 - October 20th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (6th)
350
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Kyle Flores (1st)
337 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Pete Farwell (43rd)
333 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 mit MIT
East Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (40th)
320 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (7th)
309 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (1)
OAC (1)
Kyle Basista (8th)
297 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Marina Muncan (2nd)
291 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 uw-whitewater UW-WHITEWATER
North Region (1)
WIAC (2)
Jeff Miller (40th)
283 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 emory EMORY
South Region (1)
UAA (4)
Linh Nguyen (3rd)
270 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (2)
CCIW (1)
Frank Gramarosso (2nd)
254 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (2)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (10th)
249 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (2)
Dara Ford (8th)
238 ▲ 10
(LW: 22)
13 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (2)
Jeff Stiles (21st)
230 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (2)
NESCAC (2)
Nicole Wilkerson (11th)
222 ▲ 4
(LW: 18)
15 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South Region (2)
ODAC (1)
Jake Reed (5th)
210 ▲ 5
(LW: 20)
16 carleton CARLETON
North Region (3)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (15th)
198 ▼ 1
(LW: 15)
17 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
UAA (1)
Tim Connelly (7th)
186 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 loras LORAS
Midwest Region (4)
American Rivers (2)
Bob Schultz (17th)
182 ▲ 7
(LW: 25)
19 rpi RPI
Mideast Region (3)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (11th)
172 ▼ 3
(LW: 16)
20 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (5)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (21st)
155 ▼ 6
(LW: 14)
21 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Centennial (3)
Bobby Van Allen (22nd)
153 ▼ 8
(LW: 13)
22 haverford HAVERFORD
Metro Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Tom Donnelly (47th)
135 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
22 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
North Region (4)
WIAC (3)
Eamon McKenna (10th)
135 ▼ 3
(LW: 19)
24 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Mideast Region (4)
NESCAC (7)
Luke Maher (5th)
129 ▲ 8
(LW: 32)
25 bates BATES
East Region (2)
NESCAC (5)
Curtis Johnson (1st)
103 ▼ 2
(LW: 23)
26 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (5)
MIAC (2)
Brian Power (2nd)
93 ▼ 2
(LW: 24)
27 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (3)
UAA (5)
Kathy Lanese (21st)
89 ▼ 1
(LW: 26)
28 vassar VASSAR
Mideast Region (5)
Liberty League (2)
James McCowan (17th)
79 ▲ 7
(LW: 35)
29 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (6)
WIAC (4)
Dan Schwamberger (15th)
74 ▼ 2
(LW: 27)
30 colby COLBY
East Region (3)
NESCAC (3)
Jared Beers (16th)
68 ▼ 1
(LW: 29)
31 tufts TUFTS
East Region (4)
NESCAC (4)
Joel Williams (6th)
44 NR
32 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (36th)
41 ▼ 2
(LW: 30)
33 george-fox GEORGE FOX
West Region (3)
NWC (1)
Mike Wilson (2nd)
35
(LW: RV)
34 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (4)
C2C (1)
David Klech (5th)
13 ▼ 3
(LW: 31)
35 dickinson DICKINSON
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Centennial (3)
Don Nichter (32nd)
11
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Simpson (Iowa) 4, Washington and Lee 4, Colorado College 2, Mount Union 1, WPI 1

Dropped Out: No. 28 Amherst, No. 33 Rowan, No. 34 WPI, No. 35 Christopher Newport

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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 25: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/6
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/13
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Week 6Tue 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/20
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Oct. 30-31: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/3
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 13: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 20: NCAA DIII Championships
(Louisville, Ky.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/20
MEN | WOMEN
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