Movers And Shakers Highlight NCAA DIII XC Women’s Poll
An earlier version of this post had the incorrect rankings listed at the bottom. That has since been corrected.
NEW ORLEANS — Take a look at the top of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and you’ll see not much has changed.
Where it gets interesting is from No. 5 to No. 9 and elsewhere in the top-35.
MIT jumped two spots from No. 7 to No. 5, forcing Tufts and SUNY Oneonta down one slot each. The Engineers haven’t showed off their entire lineup, but should in two weeks’ time at the Purple Valley Classic at Williams College.
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and RPI swapped spots with the Athenas going from No. 11 to No. 9 and the Engineers from No. 9 to No. 11. CMS last competed at the Biola Invite alongside DII Cal Baptist and Biola, the second-ranked NAIA team, and held its own.
Of all teams on the move in the poll, Calvin surged the most in any direction. And for the Knights, it’s the only direction that matters — up. Calvin went from No. 20 to No. 13 following a spirited effort at its home invitational. The Knights rolled to an easy win over the field, scoring just 32 points and putting five runners inside the top-10.
The only other team to move four or more spots in the positive direction was that of Emory. The Eagles last competed at the Furman Cross Country Classic this past weekend and finished second behind Montevallo in the Non-Division I section.
There were four new additions to the poll this week: No. 30 Whitworth, No. 31 Wartburg, No. 33 Stevens and No. 34 St. Olaf. Three of those teams (Whitworth, Stevens and St. Olaf) weren’t ranked in the preseason nor did they receive votes.
Looking ahead there are three important dates to remember: October 29, November 12 and November 19. Those are the dates for conference meets, regional meets and finally the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. We’ll be sure to learn a lot more about all of these teams leading up to those showdowns.
Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll
2016 Week #1 — September 14
|next poll: September 21|
|Rank||Institution (FPV)||Points||Region (CR)||Conference||Head Coach (Yr*)|
|1||Williams (8)||280||New England (1)||NESCAC||Pete Farwell (17th)|
|2||SUNY Geneseo||269||Atlantic (1)||SUNYAC||Dan Moore (2nd)|
|3||Johns Hopkins||266||Mideast (1)||Centennial||Bobby Van Allen (18th)|
|4||Washington (Mo.)||255||Midwest (1)||UAA||Jeff Stiles (16th)|
|5||MIT||248||New England (2)||NEWMAC||Halston Taylor (10th)|
|6||Tufts||236||New England (3)||NESCAC||Kristen Morwick (17th)|
|7||SUNY Oneonta||233||Atlantic (2)||SUNYAC||Brett Willmott (1st)|
|8||Middlebury||221||New England (4)||NESCAC||Nicole Wilkerson (6th)|
|9||Claremont-Mudd-Scripps||213||West (1)||SCIAC||John Goldhammer (33rd)|
|10||UW-La Crosse||206||Midwest (2)||WIAC||Derek Stanley (5th)|
|11||RPI||204||Atlantic (3)||Liberty League||John Lynch (6th)|
|12||Rochester (N.Y.)||191||Atlantic (4)||UAA||Eddie Novara (2nd)|
|13||Calvin||179||Great Lakes (1)||Michigan Intercollegiate||Brian Diemer (11th)|
|14||St. Thomas (Minn.)||178||Central (1)||MIAC||Joe Sweeney (37th)|
|15||Hope||165||Great Lakes (2)||Michigan Intercollegiate||Mark Northuis (29th)|
|16||Haverford||162||Mideast (2)||Centennial||Fran Rizzo (26th)|
|17||Emory||149||South/Southeast (1)||UAA||John Curtin (32nd)|
|18||Carleton||145||Central (2)||MIAC||Donna Ricks (24th)|
|19||UW-Eau Claire||142||Midwest (3)||WIAC||Dan Schwamberger (10th)|
|20||St. Lawrence||120||Atlantic (5)||Liberty League||Kate Curran (1st)|
|21||Colorado College||118||West (2)||SCAC||Ted Castaneda (25th)|
|22||Elizabethtown||105||Mideast (3)||Landmark||Brian Falk (9th)|
|23||Amherst||104||New England (5)||NESCAC||Cassie Funke-Harris (5th)|
|24||UW-Oshkosh||97||Midwest (4)||WIAC||Eamon McKenna (2nd)|
|25||Chicago||81||Midwest (5)||UAA||Chris Hall (16th)|
|26||Willamette||80||West (3)||Northwest Conference||Matt McGuirk (13th)|
|27||Allegheny (Pa.)||74||Great Lakes (3)||NCAC||Ben Mourer (1st)|
|28||Wellesley||55||New England (6)||NEWMAC||Phil Jennings (4th)|
|29||Ithaca||49||Atlantic (6)||Empire 8||Erin Dinan (5th)|
|30||Whitworth||44||West (4)||Northwest Conference||Toby Schwarz (21st)|
|31||Wartburg||41||Central (3)||IIAC||Ryan Chapman (1st)|
|32||Dickinson||39||Mideast (4)||Centennial||Don Nichter (27th)|
|33||Stevens||26||Atlantic (7)||Empire 8||Justin Wood (5th)|
|34||St. Olaf||23||Central (4)||MIAC||Chris Daymont (36th)|
|35||Oberlin||11||Great Lakes (4)||NCAC||Ray Appenheimer (11th)|
|Also Receiving Votes: Rhodes 10, Brandeis 8, St. Norbert 6, Loras 4, DeSales 3|
|Dropped Out: No. 30 Loras, No. 31 Macalester, No. 33 Brandeis, No. 34 Rhodes|
|(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)|