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

NEW ORLEANS – There are a few things in life that you can be certain of: North Central (Ill.) being ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll is definitely one of those things, at least in recent memory.

The three-time defending champion Cardinals unanimously headline the preseason edition of the annual index that was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the 22nd week in a row that North Central (Ill.) has been No. 1.

NCAA Division III — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
North Central (Ill.)
Washington (Mo.)
Williams
Wartburg
Pomona-Pitzer
1
North Central (Ill.)
2
Washington (Mo.)
2
Williams
4
Wartburg
5
Pomona-Pitzer
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

For North Central (Ill.) to top the podium for an unprecedented fourth year in a row and win its 20th crown in program history, new athletes must step up to the occasion. The Cardinals lost a ton of talent to graduation, including 2018 individual champion Dhruvil Patel, 2018 runner-up Al Baldonado and 2018 eighth-place finisher Chris Buechner. Don’t rule out North Central (Ill.) just yet, as it does return Matt Osmulski, who finished 11th last year and qualified for the final of the indoor 5000 and outdoor 10,000.

The voting coaches were split on who they thought the second-best team entering the 2019 season was, so they bestowed co-No. 2 rankings on both Washington (Mo.) and Williams.

We’ll start with the Bears, who finished a distant runner-up to the Cardinals last year in Winneconne, Wisconsin – but were the clear-cut next best team. WashU only returns one of its scorers from last year in Nick Matteucci, who is truly talented. Matteucci finished 10th in cross country and then showed his range to place runner-up in the indoor mile and fourth in the outdoor 1500 at NCAAs.

The Ephs return each and every runner who helped them finish eighth at NCAAs last year. The biggest name to watch is Aidan Ryan, who took a big step forward on the track with an NCAA title in the outdoor 1500 and All-America honors in the indoor 3000 and outdoor 5000. Don’t overlook Ryan Cox, either, who finished sixth overall in cross country and last competed at the Little Three Indoor Championships where he won the 3000.

Wartburg, ranked a program-high fourth, is another team with a substantial number of returning athletes. The Knights will feature six of the seven men who pushed them to a fifth-place finish at NCAAs. Sam Pinkowski was the top finisher for Wartburg last year as he crossed the finish line 27th. Pinkowski also earned First-Team All-America honors during the indoor season with an eighth-place finish in the 5000.

Pomona-Pitzer holds down the fort at No. 5, the second time in the past four years that it opens the season with that ranking. The Sagehens lost 2018 third-place finisher Andy Reiscling to graduation, but return five of the other six athletes. That includes Hugo Ward, who improved his PRs on the track to 14:44.98 in the 5000 and 30:49.52 in the 10,000.

UW-La Crosse comes in at No. 6, three spots down from where it finished at NCAAs one year ago, while Carnegie Mellon jumped 11 spots from its 2018 placing (No. 18 to No. 7). The Tartans have now been ranked in the top-10 in five of the past six weeks.

MIT, Carleton and Johns Hopkins come in at No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. This matches the best ranking in program history for the Knights and is the second best preseason ranking in the past eight years for the Blue Jays.

Elsewhere in the poll, eight teams that didn’t compete at NCAAs last year are expected to do so this year: No. 21 UW-Stevens Point, No. 26 Elizabethtown, No. 27 UC Santa Cruz, No. 30 Brockport, No. 32 UW-Oshkosh, No. 33 Dickinson and No. 35 WPI.

The next NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll will be released on Wednesday, September 18.

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

2019 Preseason - August 28th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2018
FINAL
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (54th)
280
(8 fpv)
1
2 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA (2)
Jeff Stiles (19th)
262 2
2 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Pete Farwell (41st)
262 8
4 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (1)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (4th)
257 5
5 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC (2)
Jordan Carpenter (3rd)
254 7
6 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (8th)
244 3
7 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (1)
UAA (1)
Tim Connelly (5th)
229 18
8 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (38th)
220 16
9 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (2)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (13th)
213 14
10 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (20th)
209 9
11 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (34th)
197 19
11 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (5th)
197 10
13 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (19th)
188 12
14 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (9th)
174 13
15 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (6th)
167 28
16 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Tom Donnelly (45th)
161 4
17 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (2)
Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd)
153 6
18 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (36th)
149 27
19 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (3)
UAA (4)
Kathy Lanese (19th)
135 21
20 bates BATES
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (5)
Al Fereshetian (25th)
122 26
21 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (6)
Brett Witt (6th)
115 ---
22 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (9th)
106 15
23 berea-ky BEREA (KY.)
South/Southeast Region (1)
USA South (1)
Shawn Jakubowski (3rd)
99 24
24 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC (2)
Matt Schauf (13th)
96 22
25 depauw DEPAUW
Great Lakes Region (4)
NCAC (1)
Kori Stoffregen (24th)
85 20
26 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (4)
Landmark (1)
Brian Falk (9th)
77 ---
27 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
ACAA (1)
David Klech (3rd)
75 ---
28 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC (3)
Phil Lundin (12th)
68 23
29 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (2)
UAA (5)
Linh Nguyen (1st)
45 31
30 brockport BROCKPORT
Atlantic Region (3)
SUNYAC (3)
John Davis (1st)
44 ---
31 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (4)
MIAC (2)
Pete Wareham (27th)
41 30
32 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
Midwest Region (7)
WIAC (4)
Eamon McKenna (8th)
36 ---
33 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (5)
Centennial (3)
Don Nichter (30th)
25 ---
34 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (8)
WIAC (3)
Dan Schwamberger (13th)
20 11
35 wpi WPI
New England Region (6)
NEWMAC (2)
Brian Chabot (12th)
19 ---

Also Receiving Votes: Washington and Lee 10, Loras 4, Occidental 2

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/27Wed 8/28
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Aug. 30: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/17Wed 9/18
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Week 2Tue 9/24Wed 9/25
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Sep. 28: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 10/1Wed 10/2
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Week 4Tue 10/8Wed 10/9
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Week 5Tue 10/15Wed 10/16
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Week 6Tue 10/22Wed 10/23
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Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/5Wed 11/6
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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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