2022 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)! Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from 10 member coaches – one from each of the division’s ten regions – who also do the Regional Rankings.

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

Two-time defending champion Pomona-Pitzer is a near unanimous favorite to three-peat come November 19 in Lansing, Michigan. The Sagehens, who could become just the third program in meet history to win three consecutive national titles (North Central (Ill.) and UW-Oshkosh are the others), return five of those seven runners who helped them capture back-to-back crowns last year. Three of those five runners finished among the top-15 individuals: Colin Kirkpatrick was tenth; Derek Fearon was 12th; and Lucas Florsheim was 14th.

Last year’s national runner-up MIT looks to stand in Pomona-Pitzer’s way, as the Engineers were the only other program to receive a first-place vote. MIT also returns five of their seven runners from last year’s meet, including four All-Americans: Sam Acquaviva was 13th; Matthew Kearney was 28th; Ryan Wilson was 29th; and Andrew Mah was 33rd. Vedang Lad was right outside in 48th place.

It’s a near dead heat between third-ranked John Carroll and fourth-ranked Williams. The Blue Streaks own the slimmest one-point margin over the Ephs, as their improved depth and ultimate low stick at the front of their lineup (defending national champion Alex Phillip) was deemed slightly stronger than a Williams squad that put three in the top-20 last year (but lost one of those three runners in fourth-place finisher Aidan Ryan).

Wartburg sits fifth to begin the season with high hopes in 2022. The Knights are down one sizeable piece in Joe Freiburger, but welcome back the rest of the top-5 that helped them place ninth in the team standings last year. Christopher Collet is tabbed to be a leading athlete for Wartburg. Collet finished runner-up in four consecutive meets last year, including the Midwest Regional Championships, and won the steeplechase crown during the outdoor season.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in the preseason: No. 6 UW-La Crosse, No. 7 SUNY Geneseo, No. 8 Washington (Mo.), No. 9 UW-Whitewater and No. 10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Of note is that each of the top-7 teams from the preseason poll are from a different region: East, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, Niagara, North and West.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19, as that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held in Lansing, Michigan.

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

2022 Preseason - August 24th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2021
FINAL
1 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Kyle Flores (2nd)
349
(9 fpv)
1
2 mit MIT
East Region (1)
NEWMAC
Riley Macon (1st)
339
(1 fpv)
2
3 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (1)
OAC
Kyle Basista (9th)
325 4
4 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (44th)
324 3
5 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (7th)
309 9
6 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (1)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (11th)
300 10
7 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (8th)
288 8
8 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (22nd)
285 7
9 uw-whitewater UW-WHITEWATER
North Region (2)
WIAC
Jeff Miller (41st)
261 5
10 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Marina Muncan (3rd)
256 6
11 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South Region (1)
ODAC
Jake Reed (6th)
243 18
12 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
UAA
Tim Connelly (8th)
233 12
13 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region (3)
CCIW
Matt Sinnott (1st)
226 15
13 otterbein OTTERBEIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC
Dara Ford (9th)
226 16
15 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (2)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (12th)
211 13
15 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (3)
MIAC
Brian Power (3rd)
211 17
17 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (3)
C2C
David Klech (6th)
189 ---
18 haverford HAVERFORD
Metro Region (1)
Centennial
Tom Donnelly (48th)
172 31
19 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (4)
UAA
Chris Hall (22nd)
165 11
20 emory EMORY
South Region (2)
UAA
Linh Nguyen (4th)
155 23
21 tufts TUFTS
East Region (2)
NESCAC
Michael Schmidt (3rd)
132 30
22 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
MIAA
Nicole Kramer (1st)
131 27
23 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (23rd)
125 24
24 rpi RPI
Mideast Region (3)
Liberty League
John Lynch (12th)
124 14
25 george-fox GEORGE FOX
West Region (4)
NWC
Mike Wilson (3rd)
107 ---
26 uw-stout UW-STOUT
North Region (4)
WIAC
Matt Schauf (16th)
101 ---
27 colby COLBY
East Region (3)
NESCAC
Jared Beers (17th)
98 22
28 loras LORAS
Midwest Region (5)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (18th)
91 29
29 bates BATES
East Region (4)
NESCAC
Danny Feldman (1st)
68 26
30 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (5)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (16th)
65 25
31 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Mideast Region (4)
NESCAC
Sam Alexander (1st)
52 ---
32 mount-union MOUNT UNION
Great Lakes Region (4)
OAC
Kevin Lucas (12th)
49 ---
33 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Niagara Region (2)
UAA
Eddie Novara (8th)
34 ---
34 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (5)
UAA
Kathy Lanese (22nd)
22 19
35 christopher-newport CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
South Region (3)
C2C
Tyler Wingard (1st)
14 ---

Also Receiving Votes: TCNJ 7, Lewis & Clark 4, WPI 3, Amherst 2, SUNY Cortland 2, Washington and Lee 2



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Pomona-Pitzer111
MIT222
Wartburg543
UW-La Crosse654
North Central (Ill.)13135
Johns Hopkins23166
John Carroll337
UW-Whitewater998
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps10139
RPI24810
Washington (Mo.)8711
Williams41012
Carnegie Mellon121113
Lynchburg111214
UC Santa Cruz171915
Otterbein131516
Haverford181817
St. Olaf151718
SUNY Geneseo7619
Chicago192119
Emory202021
Bates293222
Calvin222323
Loras283324
Connecticut College312925
Tufts212526
George Fox252827
UW-Stout262628
AmherstRV2229
NYU30
Mount Union323131
UW-Eau Claire303032
Colby272733
Middlebury152434
Rowan3435
TCNJRVRVRV
Case Western Reserve34RVRV
SUNY BrockportRV
Rochester (N.Y.)3334
Lewis & ClarkRVRV
SUNY CortlandRVRV
WPIRVRV
VassarRV
Christopher Newport35RV
Washington and LeeRV

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/23
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/24
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 24: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/27
Wed 9/28
Oct. 1: Pre-National
Week 4Tue 10/4
Wed 10/5
Week 5Tue 10/11
Wed 10/12
Week 6Tue 10/18
Wed 10/19
Oct. 29-30: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/1
Wed 11/2
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/15
Nov. 19: NCAA Champs - Lansing, Mich.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12
Sat 11/19