Haverford, MIT are Coaches’ Favorites Heading into DIII National Championships

 

November 12, 2012   

 

NEW ORLEANS – A competitive regional championship weekend in Division III yielded an interesting final regular-season national poll. According to the voting panel of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Haverford’s men and MIT’s women are the top teams in the country heading into Saturday’s NCAA Championships, but the first-place votes were split among other teams.

 

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Haverford has held the top men’s spot for the last three weeks and sailed to a third-consecutive Mideast regional crown on Saturday. The Fords placed second at last year’s national championships and were the champs in 2010. Haverford was placed first on four of eight ballots.

 

North Central (Ill.), the defending national champion, is the No. 2 men’s team and garnered two FPVs. The Cardinals won their 25th regional title in school history this past weekend and are looking to win their third national crown over a four year period. NCC has won 14 NCAA cross country national titles.

 

At No. 3, Calvin holds the other two first-place votes. The Knights won a 17th-straight region title and they will be making their 28th-consecutive NCAA appearance. Calvin finished 11th at last year’s championships, but won national crowns in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2006.

 

The women’s top 35 is led by MIT and their five first-place votes. The Engineers have been ranked No. 1 for four weeks and are looking to win their first NCAA cross country national crown. MIT will make only their fifth national-championship appearance and claimed their best finish in school history (third) in 2010.

 

Johns Hopkins at No. 2 will also be a chasing their first national title, having previously finished as high as seventh in 2009 and 2010.

 

No. 3 Williams is making their 20th-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. They were winners of the national crown in 2002 and 2004.

 

Washington (Mo.) will not be defending their national title as they did not make the championship field.

 

Rose-Hulman will host the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships from the LaVerne Gibson Cross Country Course outside of Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday. The men’s 8k race is slated for 11 a.m., eastern, while the women’s 6k will go off at Noon, eastern. NCAA.com will broadcast the national championships live.

 

 

USTFCCCA

 

NCAA Division III

 

Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

 

2012 Week #8 -- November 12 (pre-NCAA Championships)

 

next poll: none, final -- NCAA Championship results

 
               

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

Head Coach (Yr*)

Last Week

 

1

Haverford (4)

275

Mideast

Centennial

Tom Donnelly (38th)

1

 

2

North Central (Ill.) (2)

272

Midwest

CCIW

Al Carius (47th)

3

 

3

Calvin (2)

269

Great Lakes

MIAA

Brian Diemer (27th)

2

 

4

Middlebury

249

New England

NESCAC

Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)

8

 

5

NYU

247

Atlantic

UAA

Nick McDonough (15th)

12

 

6

UW-La Crosse

239

Midwest

WIAC

Derek Stanley (1st)

6

 

7

SUNY Geneseo

222

Atlantic

SUNYAC

Mike Woods (21st)

4

 

8

Washington (Mo.)

220

Midwest

UAA

Jeff Stiles (12th)

9

 

9

Bowdoin

219

New England

NESCAC

Peter Slovenski (27th)

14

 

10

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

211

West

SCIAC

John Goldhammer (29th)

10

 

11

Wheaton (Ill.)

202

Midwest

CCIW

Scott Bradley (11th)

13

 

12

Bates

200

New England

NESCAC

Al Fereshetian (18th)

11

 

13

Williams

179

New England

NESCAC

Peter Farwell (34th)

17

 

14

UW-Eau Claire

175

Midwest

WIAC

Dan Schwamberger (6th)

7

 

15

Tufts

167

New England

NESCAC

Ethan Barron (8th)

5

 

16

SUNY Cortland

161

Atlantic

SUNYAC

Steve Patrick (5th)

16

 

17

Carnegie Mellon

141

Mideast

UAA

Dario Donatelli (20th)

20

 

17

St. Olaf

141

Central

MIAC

Phil Lundin (5th)

29

 

19

Chicago

125

Midwest

UAA

Chris Hall (12th)

26

 

20

Johns Hopkins

117

Mideast

Centennial

Bobby Van Allen (14th)

25

 

21

Central (Iowa)

116

Central

IIAC

Joe Dunham (5th)

22

 

22

Dickinson

111

Mideast

Centennial

Don Nichter (23rd)

23

 

23

Rochester

94

Atlantic

UAA

John Izzo (13th)

30

 

24

Wabash

93

Great Lakes

NCAC

Roger Busch (7th)

27

 

25

UW-Stout

85

Midwest

WIAC

Matt Schauf (6th)

32

 

26

Allegheny

84

Mideast

NCAC

Brent Wilkerson (3rd)

19

 

27

Pomona-Pitzer

80

West

SCIAC

Tony Boston (5th)

RV

 

28

St. Lawrence

63

Atlantic

Liberty League

John Newman (12th)

24

 

29

UW-Platteville

49

Midwest

WIAC

Tom Antczak (20th)

15

 

30

Luther

40

Central

IIAC

Steve Pasche (8th)

NR

 

31

Augustana (Ill.)

38

Midwest

CCIW

Paul Olsen (47th)

21

 

31

Case Western Reserve

38

Great Lakes

UAA

Kathy Lanese (12th)

33

 

33

Saint John's (Minn.)

20

Central

MIAC

Tim Miles (34th)

NR

 

34

UW-Stevens Point

19

Midwest

WIAC

Rick Witt (34th)

18

 

35

TCNJ

13

Atlantic

NJAC

Phil Jennings (10th)

34

 

Others Receiving Votes: Lynchburg 12, Ithaca 11, La Verne 11, Manchester 9, RPI 5, Willamette 5, Loras 4, Trinity (Texas) 4, MIT 4, Cal Lutheran 1

 
 
 

Dropped Out: No. 28, Willamette, No. 31 MIT, No. 35 Loras, No. 35 Amherst

 

(* year as head coach of that team in men's cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)

   
               

USTFCCCA

 

NCAA Division III

 

Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

 

2012 Week #8 -- November 12 (pre-NCAA Championships)

 

next poll: none, final -- NCAA Championship results

 
               

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Region

Conference

Head Coach (Yr*)

Last Week

 

1

MIT (5)

277

New England

NEWMAC

Halston Taylor (6th)

1

 

2

Johns Hopkins (3)

275

Mideast

Centennial

Bobby Van Allen (14th)

2

 

3

Williams

260

New England

NESCAC

Peter Farwell (13th)

3

 

4

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

259

West

SCIAC

John Goldhammer (29th)

4

 

5

Middlebury

243

New England

NESCAC

Nicole Wilkerson (2nd)

5

 

6

St. Lawrence

241

Atlantic

Liberty League

Mike Howard (14th)

7

 

7

UW-Eau Claire

231

Midwest

WIAC

Dan Schwamberger (6th)

11

 

8

Haverford

212

Mideast

Centennial

Fran Rizzo (22nd)

13

 

8

Hope

212

Great Lakes

MIAA

Mark Northuis (25th)

16

 

8

Wartburg

212

Central

IIAC

Steve Johnson (24th)

9

 

11

Oberlin

202

Great Lakes

NCAC

Ray Appenheimer (7th)

10

 

12

Chicago

200

Midwest

UAA

Chris Hall (12th)

8

 

13

St. Olaf

177

Central

MIAC

Chris Daymont (32nd)

18

 

13

SUNY Geneseo

177

Atlantic

SUNYAC

Mike Woods (21st)

12

 

15

Calvin

176

Great Lakes

MIAA

Brian Diemer (7th)

5

 

16

NYU

152

Atlantic

UAA

Nick McDonough (15th)

14

 

17

Bates

149

New England

NESCAC

Jay Hartshorn (8th)

25

 

18

Dickinson

141

Mideast

Centennial

Don Nichter (23rd)

19

 

19

Trinity (Texas)

126

South/Southeast

SCAC

Derick Lawrence (1st)

28

 

20

Luther

125

Central

IIAC

Yarrow Pasche (8th)

22

 

21

Illinois Wesleyan

117

Midwest

CCIW

Greg Huffaker (8th)

27

 

22

Kenyon

104

Great Lakes

NCAC

Duane Gomez (30th)

33

 

23

Amherst

98

New England

NESCAC

Cassie Funke-Harris (1st)

17

 

24

Lewis & Clark

96

West

Northwest

Keith Woodard (6th)

24

 

25

Gustavus Adolphus

84

Central

MIAC

Dale Bahr (4th)

15

 

26

Rowan

81

Atlantic

NJAC

Derick "Ringo" Adamson (6th)

26

 

27

Carnegie Mellon

77

Mideast

UAA

Dario Donatelli (20th)

20

 

28

Carleton

69

Central

MIAC

Donna Ricks (20th)

29

 

29

UW-Oshkosh

63

Midwest

WIAC

Drew Ludtke (1st)

RV

 

30

Tufts

49

New England

NESCAC

Kristen Morwick (13th)

20

 

31

Case Western Reserve

47

Great Lakes

UAA

Kathy Lanese (15th)

23

 

32

Ithaca

33

Atlantic

Empire 8

Erin Dinan (1st)

RV

 

33

UW-La Crosse

29

Midwest

WIAC

Derek Stanley (1st)

34

 

34

Willamette

14

West

Northwest

Matt McGuirk (9th)

RV

 

35

Elizabethtown

12

Mideast

Middle Atlantic

Brian Falk (5th)

NR

 

Others Receiving Votes: Mount Union 5, Rochester 4, Wellesley 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 3, Occidental 2, RPI 2, Emory 1

 

Dropped Out: No. 30 Ohio Northern, No. 31 Washington (Mo.), No. 32 SUNY Plattsburgh, No. 35 Rochester

 

(* year as head coach of that team in women's cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)