Conference Results Bring About Changes to DIII National Poll

Conference Results Bring About Changes to DIII National Poll

NEW ORLEANS – If the conference championships – and the ensuing National Coaches’ Poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) – prove anything, we’re going to be in for a treat down the stretch in NCAA Division III Cross Country.

Competition was fierce around the nation this past weekend. Teams fought for position as they tried to get a leg up on each other before next week’s regional championships.

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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Men

1)North Central (Ill.) 2)UW-La Crosse 3)North Central (Ill.) 4)St. Olaf 5)Middlebury
UW-Eau Claire

Williams

North Central (Ill.) St. Olaf Amherst
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NCAA Division III National Coaches Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Johns Hopkins 2)UW-Eau Claire 3)MIT 4)Middlebury 5)MIT
Johns Hopkins Williams MIT Washington (Mo.) Tufts
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While the UW-Eau Claire men and Johns Hopkins women both remained No. 1 in their respective polls, one of those teams wasn’t a clear-cut favorite any longer. That would be the Blugolds, as they’re no longer unanimous.

Williams nabbed three first-place votes this week following a dominant performance at the NESCAC Championships. The second-ranked Ephs cruised to a 36-61 win over No. 5 Amherst and put four runners in the top-10, led by senior Bijan Mazaheri.

Even though the Williams women – who are also ranked No. 2 this week – put together a strong outing at the same meet (won 30-66 over No. 5 Tufts), they didn’t steal any top nods from the Blue Jays who won their eighth consecutive Centennial championship.

That NESCAC meet led to some major changes in this week’s poll, specifically on the men’s side. Third-place finisher Tufts went from No. 31 to No. 17, fourth-place Hamilton returned to the poll at No. 28 after dropping out last week and Bates tumbled from 19th to 35th following its seventh-place effort.

Outside of RPI surging from No. 22 to No. 10 and earning its highest ranking in school history after winning the Liberty Conference, the biggest changes to the women’s poll were a result of what happened at the University Athletic Association meet. Washington (Mo.) won and is back to No. 4, Rochester (N.Y.) placed second and went from No. 25 to No. 17, while the University of Chicago (No. 10 to No. 16), Emory (No. 14 to No. 27) and Brandeis (No. 21 to No. 28) all fell.

There is only one completely new addition to the poll this week as the Saint John’s (Minn.) men take over the 33rd spot.

Seven former ranked teams returned to the poll this week, including the aforementioned Hamilton men: the University of Chicago men (29th), the Middlebury men (30th), the Ohio Northern men (31st), the Amherst women (tied for 21st), the Otterbein women (30th) and the Elizabethtown women (31st).

The countdown until the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships is on. There are 17 days until runners take to the starting line at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #7 — November 4 (pre-regional)

next poll: MONDAY, November 16
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 UW-Eau Claire (5) 277 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
1
2 Williams (3) 274 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (37th)
2
3 North Central (Ill.) 263 Midwest CCIW Al Carius (50th)
3
4 St. Olaf 258 Central MIAC Phil Lundin (8th)
4
5 Amherst 245 New England NESCAC Ned Nedeau (19th)
5
6 SUNY Geneseo 241 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
6
7 Haverford 230 Mideast Centennial Tom Donnelly (41st)
8
8 MIT 224 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (34th)
10
9 St. Lawrence 220 Atlantic Liberty League John Newman (15th)
7
10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 205 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
11
11 Allegheny (Pa.) 202 Great Lakes NCAC Brent Wilkerson (6th)
15
12 Wabash 187 Great Lakes NCAC Colin Young (1st)
13
13 UW-La Crosse 185 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
8
14 Carnegie Mellon 178 Mideast UAA Tim Connelly (1st)
22
15 UW-Oshkosh 165 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (4th)
20
16 Washington (Mo.) 153 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
16
17 Tufts 150 New England NESCAC Michael Schmidt (1st)
31
18 TCNJ 147 Atlantic NJAC Justin Lindsey (3rd)
18
19 Loras 137 Central IIAC Bob Schultz (11th)
25
20 Central (Iowa) 118 Central IIAC Joe Dunham (8th)
17
21 Willamette 113 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (12th)
32
22 Johns Hopkins 104 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th)
23
23 Augustana (Ill.) 102 Midwest CCIW Paul Olsen (50th)
24
24 Calvin 94 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (30th)
26
25 Pomona-Pitzer 92 West SCIAC Tony Boston (8th)
14
26 Ramapo 89 Atlantic NJAC Mike Jackson (12th)
30
27 Elizabethtown 86 Mideast Landmark Brian Falk (5th)
27
28 Hamilton 65 Atlantic NESCAC Brett Hull (25th)
RV
29 Chicago 53 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (15th)
NR
30 Middlebury 52 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (5th)
NR
31 Ohio Northern 44 Great Lakes OAC Jason Maus (10th)
RV
32 Wesleyan (Conn.) 25 New England NESCAC John Crooke (16th)
29
33 Saint John’s (Minn.) 22 Central MIAC Tim Miles (37th)
NR
34 NYU 16 Atlantic UAA Will Boylan-Pett (2nd)
21
35 Bates 7 New England NESCAC Al Fereshetian (21st)
19
Also Receiving Votes: Oberlin 6, Carleton 4, Dickinson 3, UW-Platteville 3, Widener 1
Dropped Out: No. 11 UW-Stevens Point, No. 28 Wartburg, No. 33 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 34 RPI, No. 35 Oberlin
(* year as head coach of that team in men’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2015 Week #7 — November 4 (pre-regional)

next poll: MONDAY, November 16
Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
Last
Week
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 280 Mideast Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th)
1
2 Williams 272 New England NESCAC Pete Farwell (16th)
2
3 MIT 264 New England NEWMAC Halston Taylor (9th)
3
4 Washington (Mo.) 251 Midwest UAA Jeff Stiles (15th)
5
5 Tufts 250 New England NESCAC Kristen Morwick (16th)
4
6 SUNY Geneseo 242 Atlantic SUNYAC Dan Moore (1st)
6
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 230 West SCIAC John Goldhammer (32nd)
8
8 Middlebury 224 New England NESCAC Nicole Wilkerson (5th)
7
9 Whitworth 218 West Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (20th)
12
10 RPI 198 Atlantic Liberty League John Lynch (5th)
22
11 Willamette 196 West Northwest Conference Matt McGuirk (12th)
9
12 Hope 189 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Mark Northuis (28th)
11
13 St. Lawrence 181 Atlantic Liberty League Mike Howard (17th)
18
14 Carleton 180 Central MIAC Donna Ricks (23rd)
16
15 SUNY Oneonta 168 Atlantic SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (6th)
19
16 Chicago 162 Midwest UAA Chris Hall (15th)
10
17 Rochester (N.Y.) 156 Atlantic UAA Eddie Novara (1st)
25
18 Keene State 143 New England Little East Tom Pickering (1st)
15
19 UW-Oshkosh 134 Midwest WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st)
29
20 Haverford 127 Mideast Centennial Fran Rizzo (25th)
27
21 Dickinson 104 Mideast Centennial Don Nichter (26th)
20
21 Amherst 104 New England NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (4th)
NR
23 UW-La Crosse 98 Midwest WIAC Derek Stanley (4th)
13
24 St. Thomas (Minn.) 94 Central MIAC Joe Sweeney (36th)
23
25 RIT 90 Atlantic Liberty League David Stevens (8th)
17
25 Calvin 90 Great Lakes Michigan Intercollegiate Brian Diemer (10th)
28
27 Emory 78 South/Southeast UAA John Curtin (31st)
14
28 Brandeis 71 New England UAA Sinead Evans (2nd)
21
29 SUNY Cortland 43 Atlantic SUNYAC Steve Patrick (8th)
30
30 Otterbein 40 Great Lakes OAC Dara Ford (2nd)
NR
31 Elizabethtown 37 Mideast Landmark Brian Falk (8th)
NR
32 Cornell College 33 Central Midwest Conference Dan Schofer (10th)
31
32 Wellesley 33 New England NEWMAC Phil Jennings (3rd)
26
34 UW-Eau Claire 28 Midwest WIAC Dan Schwamberger (9th)
23
35 Swarthmore 15 Mideast Centennial Peter Carroll (16th)
33
Also Receiving Votes: TCNJ 14, North Central (Ill.) 2, Christopher Newport 1
Dropped Out: No. 32 Colby, No. 34 TCNJ, No. 35 Carnegie Mellon, No. 35 North Central (Ill.)
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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