2022 NCAA DIII Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – October means great competition!
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DIII 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). Just a few changes dotted the index between Week 2 and Week 3, but you can expect a lot more coming up with the head-to-head matchups that we’ll see across the nation this upcoming weekend.
NCAA Division III — Men's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
North Central (Ill.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings
The top-10 remained mainly unchanged, except for two spots: Pomona-Pitzer is still the unanimous favorite to three-peat as national champion, followed by No. 2 MIT, new No. 3 UW-La Crosse (up one spot), new No. 4 Wartburg (down one spot), No. 5 North Central (Ill.), No. 6 Johns Hopkins, No. 7 John Carroll, No. 8 UW-Whitewater, No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 10 RPI.
UW-La Crosse most recently starred at the Roy Griak Invitational, where they finished runner-up in the Maroon 8k. The Eagles had two athletes in the top-4 of the individual standings, led by individual champion and M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week honoree Ethan Gregg and fourth-place Isaac Wegner.
There will be two strong head-to-head battles between top-10 teams this weekend: No. 2 MIT goes up against No. 3 UW-La Crosse, No. 5 North Central (Ill.) and No. 8 UW-Whitewater at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Pre-National Meet in East Lansing, Michigan; No. 6 Johns Hopkins squares off with No. 7 John Carroll and No. 10 RPI in Bethlehem for the Paul Short Run (No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is in another race at the meet).
Five different programs jumped two or more spots since Week 2: Loras went from No. 24 to No. 22; UW-Stout went from No. 28 to No. 26; Middlebury went from No. 34 to No. 29; UW-Eau Claire went from No. 32 to No. 30; and Case Western Reserve went from the Land of Receiving Votes to t-No. 33.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 19, either! That’s when the 2022 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships will be held at the Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan, home of the first NCAA Championships back in 1938.