2019 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – It didn’t take long for things to tighten up at the top of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

North Central (Ill.) is no longer the unanimous favorite to win the national title come November 23 in Louisville, Kentucky. The three-time defending champion Cardinals, who own five of the possible eight first-place votes, are still No. 1 for the 23rd week in a row – but not by much.

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This Week's National Top Five
North Central (Ill.)
Williams
Washington (Mo.)
Wartburg
UW-La Crosse
1
North Central (Ill.)
2
Williams
3
Washington (Mo.)
4
Wartburg
5
UW-La Crosse
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Those three remaining first-place votes now belong to No. 2 Williams, as it inched closer to top-ranked North Central (Ill.). The Ephs recently dominated the proceedings at the Little 3 Cross Country Meet, sending eight runners across the finish line before the first runner from another program completed the 6K course. The spread between the first three runners for Williams was 18 seconds (Aidan Ryan won it in 18:53.0), while the next five runners all finished between three seconds of each other.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps jumped a whopping 12 spots between the Preseason and Week 1. The Stags are now slotted in at a program-record No. 6 behind No. 3 Washington (Mo.), No. 4 Wartburg and No. 5 UW-La Crosse. Just this past weekend, CMS finished fifth as a team at the NCAA Division I-dominated UCR Invitational and was led by Kyril van Schendel’s 10th-place individual effort.

Five other teams climbed multiple spots in Week 1: No. 8 Calvin (up three from No. 11), No. 16 Bates (up four from No. 20), No. 20 Emory (up nine from No. 29), No. 23 UC Santa Cruz (up four spots from No. 27) and No. 30 Dickinson (up three spots from No. 33).

Emory flew those nine spots primarily due to its efforts at the JSU Struts Cross Country Season Opener back on August 30. The Eagles defeated NCAA Division I Auburn at the meet thanks to the performances of individual champion Jack Whetstone and three other athletes who finished in the top-7 overall (Spencer Moore, 4th; Matt Dillon, 6th; Brett Lucas, 7th).

Three new programs joined the top-35 this week: No. 24 John Carroll, No. 27 Rochester (N.Y.) and No. 32 Connecticut College. This is the best ranking in program history for the Blue Streaks and the best spot the Yellowjackets have had in the poll since 2013.

The next NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll will be released next Wednesday, September 25.

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Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2019 Week 1 - September 18th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (1)
CCIW (1)
Al Carius (54th)
277
(5 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Pete Farwell (41st)
273
(3 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA (2)
Jeff Stiles (19th)
263 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 wartburg WARTBURG
Central Region (1)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (4th)
257 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region (3)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (8th)
246 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
John Goldhammer (36th)
240 ▲ 12
(LW: 18)
7 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mideast Region (1)
UAA (1)
Tim Connelly (5th)
229 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Brian Diemer (34th)
226 ▲ 3
(LW: 11)
9 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mideast Region (2)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (20th)
213 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Jordan Carpenter (3rd)
205 ▼ 5
(LW: 5)
11 mit MIT
New England Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (38th)
203 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 carleton CARLETON
Central Region (2)
MIAC (1)
Dave Ricks (13th)
197 ▼ 3
(LW: 9)
13 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (5th)
184 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA (3)
Chris Hall (19th)
176 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 rpi RPI
Atlantic Region (2)
Liberty League (1)
John Lynch (9th)
166 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 bates BATES
New England Region (3)
NESCAC (5)
Al Fereshetian (25th)
157 ▲ 4
(LW: 20)
17 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC (1)
Dara Ford (6th)
156 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
18 haverford HAVERFORD
Mideast Region (3)
Centennial (2)
Tom Donnelly (45th)
146 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 amherst AMHERST
New England Region (4)
NESCAC (2)
Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd)
130 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 emory EMORY
South/Southeast Region (1)
UAA (5)
Linh Nguyen (1st)
126 ▲ 9
(LW: 29)
21 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region (5)
WIAC (6)
Brett Witt (6th)
110 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
New England Region (5)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (9th)
105 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
ACAA (1)
David Klech (3rd)
104 ▲ 4
(LW: 27)
24 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC (2)
Kyle Basista (6th)
93 NR
25 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region (6)
WIAC (2)
Matt Schauf (13th)
88 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
26 elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN
Mideast Region (4)
Landmark (1)
Brian Falk (9th)
76 ◀▶
(LW: 26)
27 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Atlantic Region (3)
UAA (6)
Eddie Novara (5th)
71 NR
28 berea-ky BEREA (KY.)
South/Southeast Region (2)
USA South (1)
Shawn Jakubowski (3rd)
63 ▼ 5
(LW: 23)
29 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (4)
UAA (4)
Kathy Lanese (19th)
50 ▼ 10
(LW: 19)
30 dickinson DICKINSON
Mideast Region (5)
Centennial (3)
Don Nichter (30th)
49 ▲ 3
(LW: 33)
31 st-olaf ST. OLAF
Central Region (3)
MIAC (3)
Phil Lundin (12th)
46 ▼ 3
(LW: 28)
32 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
New England Region (6)
NESCAC (6)
Luke Maher (3rd)
37 NR
33 brockport BROCKPORT
Atlantic Region (4)
SUNYAC (3)
John Davis (1st)
24 ▼ 3
(LW: 30)
33 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region (7)
WIAC (3)
Dan Schwamberger (13th)
24 ▲ 1
(LW: 34)
35 st-thomas-minn ST. THOMAS (MINN.)
Central Region (4)
MIAC (2)
Pete Wareham (27th)
16 ▼ 4
(LW: 31)

Also Receiving Votes: Occidental 5, SUNY Oneonta 3, Trine 2, Washington and Lee 2, St. Lawrence 1, WPI 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 DePauw, No. 32 UW-Oshkosh, No. 35 WPI

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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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/8Wed 10/9
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Week 5Tue 10/15Wed 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Tue 10/22Wed 10/23
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Nov. 2-3: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/5Wed 11/6
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 16: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/19
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Louisville, Ky.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/23
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