Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Women’s Cross Country Opens Season Ranked No. 1 in Nation

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country squads at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire have a reason to smile on this Wednesday as they are the top-ranked teams in the nation according to the Division III national coaches’ poll as sponsored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The men’s teams of WASHU finished seventh in the nation a year ago and are closely trailed by second-ranked and defending national champs, North Central (Ill.). The women of UW Eau Claire won their first national title last fall with a nine-point victory over No. 2 St. Lawrence and enter the 2010 season as favorites to repeat.

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Washington (Mo.) earned half of the first-place votes in the men’s poll as North Central (Ill.) claimed three of eight and No. 3 Allegheny notched a lone FPV. North Central (Ill.) won their 13th national crown in 2009 and their first since 1999 with a decisive, 131-point margin over Williams College. The Cardinals’ national title was the first of three in the school year as they would go on to win the NCAA team titles in indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.

The Bears of WASHU return top-20 national finisher Michael Burnstein and top-65 finisher Dave Spandorfer to a squad that claimed seventh at the NCAA Championships last year. North Central’s top five runners a year ago all finished in the national top 25 and two of those will be back for the 2010 campaign. Senior Michael Spain was the national runner up for the Cardinals last year and junior Neal Klein was a top 20 finisher a year ago. The Gators of Allegheny will return seniors Jermaine Parker and Chris Marker who placed in the top 15 of the national race in 2009.

Washington (Mo.) opens the season today at 6 p.m., central with the Gateway Dual where the Bears will take on Greenville College. The Bears will also host the Washington University Early Bird this Saturday. North Central will open the season with the Elmhurst Invitational on Friday, followed by the Aurora Invitational on September 10 and the Illinois Intercollegiates on September 17. Allegheny opens the season Saturday at Case Western Reserve’s Bill Sudeck Classic, followed by the Mideast Region Preview Meet on September 25.

The University Athletic Association tops all the leagues in Division III with six of their members in the national men’s top 35, including top-ranked Washington (Mo.), No. 5 NYU, No. 9 Brandeis, No. 11 Carnegie Mellon, No. 30 Rochester, and No. 34 Emory. The WIAC placed five teams in the top 35 and the SUNYAC and NESCAC each had three.

The women of UW Eau Claire swept the first-place votes in the preseason poll. No. 2 St. Lawrence earned all but one second-place vote and enter the season as the second-ranked team in the country. No. 3 Middlebury placed fourth at last year’s national championships and is the lead representatives of the New England Region.

UW Eau Claire’s Blugolds had four of their runners place in the top 45 at the national championships a year ago to lead the team to the national title. Three of those are back for another run at it in 2010 with junior Alyssa Sybilrud, Margaret Ho, and Beth Easker returning to squad. For St. Lawrence, defending individual national champion Wendy Pavlus is back for her senior campaign. In 2009, Pavlus won the six-kilometer championship race by over 17 seconds ahead of nearest finisher, Marie Borner of Bethel (Minn.). Along with Pavlus, the Saints return Jenna Hulton who placed 15th in last year’s national race and Megan Derby who was a top-40 finisher. Middlebury returns sophomores Addie Tousley and Sarah Lange who both finished in the national top 40 last year as freshmen.

The Blugolds open the season on Saturday by hosting their own Alumni/Open run which will be followed by the Luther All-American Invitational on September 11. St. Lawrence opens 2010 by hosting the Run for Ryan Alumni Race and will come back Wednesday, September 8 for the North Country Five Meet. SUNY Oneonta will host an Atlantic Region preview meet on September 17 in which the Saints will test their No. 1 regional ranking. The Panthers of Middlebury will start the season with the Dartmouth Invitational on September 11 and their home Panther Invitational on September 18.

The next national poll will be announced on September 22. The NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday, November 20 at the Max Championship Cross Country Course in Waverly, Iowa.
NCAA Division III
Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll
2010 Preseason, September 1
next ranking: September 22


NCAA Division III

Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Preseason, September 1

next ranking: September 22
RankInstitution (FPV)PointsRegionConferenceLocation2009 NCAA
1Washington (Mo.) (4)271MidwestUAASt. Louis, Mo.7
2North Central (Ill.) (3)267MidwestCCIWNaperville, Ill.1
3Allegheny (1)260MideastNCACMeadville, Pa.3
4Haverford255MideastCentennialHaverford, Pa.8
5NYU249AtlanticUAANew York, N.Y.4
6SUNY Geneseo245AtlanticSUNYACGeneseo, N.Y.6
7UW Platteville228MidwestWIACPlatteville, Wis.9
8Calvin224Great LakesMIAAGrand Rapids, Mich.13
9Brandeis209New EnglandUAAWaltham, Mass.24
10UW La Crosse207MidwestWIACLa Crosse, Wis.10
11Carnegie Mellon196MideastUAAPittsburgh, Pa.12
12St. Lawrence188AtlanticLiberty LeagueCanton, N.Y.11
12Williams188New EnglandNESCACWilliamstown, Mass.2
14Claremont-Mudd-Scripps181WestSCIACClaremont, Calif.15
15UW Whitewater158MidwestWIACWhitewater, Wis.DNQ
16St. Olaf154CentralMIACNorthfield, Minn.21
17Willamette138WestNorthwestSalem, Ore.20
18UW Stevens Point137MidwestWIACStevens Point, Wis.DNQ
19Grinnell114CentralMWCGrinnell, IowaDNQ
20Elizabethtown106MideastMACElizabethtown, Pa.28
21Mount Union105Great LakesOACAlliance, Ohio32
22Amherst98New EnglandNESCACAmherst, Mass.17
23Plattsburgh State97AtlanticSUNYACPlattsburgh, N.Y.DNQ
24Hamline91CentralMIACSaint Paul, Minn.23
24Heidelberg91Great LakesOACTiffin, Ohio18
26Colorado College84WestSCACColorado Springs, Colo.25
27UW Oshkosh83MidwestWIACOshkosh, Wis.DNQ
27Dickinson83MideastCentennialCarlisle, Pa.22
29Manchester41Great LakesHCACNorth Manchester, Ind.26
30Rochester38AtlanticUAARochester, N.Y.DNQ
31Centre34South/SoutheastSCACDanville, Ky.DNQ
32Tufts32New EnglandNESCACMedford, Mass.DNQ
33Keene State25New EnglandLittle EastKeene, N.H.29
34SUNY Cortland24AtlanticSUNYACCortland, N.Y.5
34Emory24South/SoutheastUAAAtlanta, Ga.14
Others Receiving Votes: Wheaton (Ill.) 23, Oberlin 16, Southern Maine 13, MIT 11, Augustana (Ill.) 11, Nebraska Wesleyan 10, Lynchburg 8, UW Eau Claire 7, Whitworth 7, Pomona-Pitzer 6, Case Western Reserve 4, Ohio Wesleyan 2, Susquehanna 1, Bowdoin 1.



NCAA Division III

Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2010 Preseason, September 1

next ranking: September 22
RankInstitution (FPV)PointsRegionConferenceLocation2009 NCAA
1UW Eau Claire (8)280MidwestWIACEau Claire, Wis.1
2St. Lawrence271AtlanticLiberty LeagueCanton, N.Y.2
3Middlebury259New EnglandNESCACMiddlebury, Vt.4
4Washington (Mo.)249MidwestUAASt. Louis, Mo.10
5Calvin245Great LakesMIAAGrand Rapids, Mich.3
6MIT241New EnglandNEWMACCambridge, Mass.5
7Whitworth233WestNorthwestSpokane, Wash.6
8Nebraska Wesleyan221CentralIndependentsLincoln, Neb.12
9SUNY Geneseo215AtlanticSUNYACGeneseo, N.Y.9
10Williams214New EnglandNESCACWilliamstown, Mass.8
11Johns Hopkins197MideastCentennialBaltimore, Md.7
12Chicago179MidwestUAAChicago, Ill.DNQ
13Carleton171CentralMIACNorthfield, Minn.11
14Amherst167New EnglandNESCACAmherst, Mass.21
15UW Oshkosh162MidwestWIACOshkosh, Wis.13
16Haverford158MideastCentennialHaverford, Pa.30
17Claremont-Mudd-Scripps143WestSCIACClaremont, Calif.22
18Hope136Great LakesMIAAHolland, Mich.DNQ
19Dickinson135MideastCentennialCarlisle, Pa.18
19NYU135AtlanticUAANew York, N.Y.24
21Oberlin129Great LakesNCACOberlin, Ohio23
22St. Thomas (Minn.)125CentralMIACSaint Paul, Minn.DNQ
23Case Western Reserve98Great LakesUAACleveland, Ohio15
24Luther90CentralIIACDecorah, IowaDNQ
25UW Stevens Point80MidwestWIACStevens Point, Wis.DNQ
26Brandeis78New EnglandUAAWaltham, Mass.DNQ
27Wesleyan (Conn.)71New EnglandNESCACMiddletown, Conn.14
28Plattsburgh State65AtlanticSUNYACPlattsburgh, N.Y.DNQ
29Baldwin-Wallace64Great LakesOACBerea, Ohio29
30Rhodes45South/SoutheastSCACMemphis, Tenn.26
31Grove City35MideastPACGrove City, Pa.DNQ
32St. Olaf33CentralMIACNorthfield, Minn.27
33Occidental25WestSCIACLos Angeles, Calif.DNQ
34DePauw23Great LakesSCACGreencastle, Ind.20
35Emory15South/SoutheastUAAAtlanta, Ga.32
Others Receiving Votes: UW La Crosse 14, Gustavus Adolphus 12, Ithaca 11, Lynchburg 7, Elizabethtown 5, SUNY Cortland 3, Carnegie Mellon 1.

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