Only Five Teams Remain In Place In NCAA DIII XC Women’s Coaches’ Poll
NEW ORLEANS — This past weekend had major implications on the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls.
It’s safe to say that happened as 30 of the 35 ranked teams in the most recent poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) moved around. The only teams to stay in place were unanimous No. 1 SUNY Geneseo (second week in a row with all eight first-place votes), No. 2 MIT, No. 10 Dickinson, No. 11 RPI and No. 30 UW-Eau Claire.
One week after dropping to No. 5 after being ranked No. 1 since the preseason, Williams jumped back into the top-3. The Ephs competed in the Women’s Gold Race at the Paul Short Run and finished 23rd out of 44 teams, a commendable result with the amount of NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II teams in the race. Williams’ top runner was Emma Zehner, who finished 75th overall in 21:07.2.
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Though it’s what happened in the Women’s Brown Race that really shook up the poll.
NCAA DIII teams dominated the proceedings as six of the top-7 teams were from the third division. Middlebury won it with 110 points, St. Lawrence came in third (129), Ithaca was fourth (151), Johns Hopkins was fifth (219), Amherst was sixth (230) and Allegheny (Pa.) was seventh (248).
Thanks to the win, Middlebury jumped 15 spots from No. 23 to a tie for eighth. The Panthers packed up extremely well behind Abigail Nadler, who took fifth overall, and went 23-26-27-29 to round out the scoring lineup.
St. Lawrence had something cooking up front as Megan Kellogg and Lisa Grohn ran extremely well. Kellogg got the individual win in 20:51.7 and Grohn placed third to give the Saints important low sticks. St. Lawrence surged 13 spots from last week, going from No. 25 to No. 12 — its best ranking of the season.
Allegheny (Pa.) came into the meet ranked 31st, but its seventh-place finish helped the team jump 13 spots to No. 18 this week. The Gators were paced by Sarah Jane Guillaume, who finished 11th overall.
There were three teams that were new or returned to the poll this week: No. 25 Bates, No. 28 Otterbein and No. 35 Willamette.
As the season continues to evolve, so will the National Coaches’ Poll. We’ll see many of these teams — as well as several select individuals from others — in action at the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships come November 19 in Louisville, Kentucky at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.
Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll
2016 Week #4 — October 5
|next poll: October 12|
|Rank||Institution (FPV)||Points||Region (CR)||Conference||Head Coach (Yr*)|
|1||SUNY Geneseo (8)||280||Atlantic (1)||SUNYAC||Dan Moore (2nd)|
|2||MIT||271||New England (1)||NEWMAC||Halston Taylor (10th)|
|3||Williams||260||New England (2)||NESCAC||Pete Farwell (17th)|
|4||Johns Hopkins||255||Mideast (1)||Centennial||Bobby Van Allen (18th)|
|5||Washington (Mo.)||253||Midwest (1)||UAA||Jeff Stiles (16th)|
|6||Claremont-Mudd-Scripps||237||West (1)||SCIAC||John Goldhammer (33rd)|
|7||UW-La Crosse||225||Midwest (2)||WIAC||Derek Stanley (5th)|
|8||Middlebury||224||New England (3)||NESCAC||Nicole Wilkerson (6th)|
|8||Calvin||224||Great Lakes (1)||Michigan Intercollegiate||Brian Diemer (11th)|
|10||Dickinson||201||Mideast (2)||Centennial||Don Nichter (27th)|
|11||RPI||200||Atlantic (2)||Liberty League||John Lynch (6th)|
|12||St. Lawrence||191||Atlantic (3)||Liberty League||Kate Curran (1st)|
|13||Tufts||187||New England (4)||NESCAC||Kristen Morwick (17th)|
|14||Ithaca||175||Atlantic (4)||Empire 8||Erin Dinan (5th)|
|15||Carleton||168||Central (1)||MIAC||Donna Ricks (24th)|
|16||Hope||164||Great Lakes (2)||Michigan Intercollegiate||Mark Northuis (29th)|
|17||UW-Oshkosh||143||Midwest (3)||WIAC||Eamon McKenna (2nd)|
|18||Allegheny (Pa.)||131||Great Lakes (3)||NCAC||Ben Mourer (1st)|
|19||Amherst||126||New England (5)||NESCAC||Cassie Funke-Harris (5th)|
|20||Chicago||122||Midwest (4)||UAA||Chris Hall (16th)|
|21||SUNY Oneonta||112||Atlantic (5)||SUNYAC||Brett Willmott (1st)|
|22||Emory||111||South/Southeast (1)||UAA||John Curtin (32nd)|
|23||St. Olaf||105||Central (2)||MIAC||Chris Daymont (36th)|
|24||Haverford||103||Mideast (3)||Centennial||Fran Rizzo (26th)|
|25||Bates||99||New England (6)||NESCAC||Jay Hartshorn (12th)|
|26||St. Thomas (Minn.)||86||Central (3)||MIAC||Joe Sweeney (37th)|
|27||Whitworth||69||West (2)||Northwest Conference||Toby Schwarz (21st)|
|28||Otterbein||61||Great Lakes (4)||OAC||Dara Ford (3rd)|
|29||Stevens||54||Atlantic (6)||Empire 8||Justin Wood (5th)|
|30||UW-Eau Claire||52||Midwest (5)||WIAC||Dan Schwamberger (10th)|
|31||Oberlin||51||Great Lakes (5)||NCAC||Ray Appenheimer (11th)|
|32||Elizabethtown||35||Mideast (4)||Landmark||Brian Falk (9th)|
|33||Colorado College||25||West (3)||SCAC||Ted Castaneda (25th)|
|34||DeSales||10||Mideast (5)||Middle Atlantic||Gordon Hornig (20th)|
|35||Willamette||9||West (4)||Northwest Conference||Matt McGuirk (13th)|
|Also Receiving Votes: SUNY Cortland 8, Brandeis 6, Loras 3, Pomona-Pitzer 2, Rhodes 1, Wartburg 1|
|Dropped Out: No. 33 Wartburg, No. 33 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 35 Brandeis|
|(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)|