Deck shuffled after conference championships

NEW ORLEANS – Conference championship weekend yielded more than just team trophies for four men’s teams, as each team moved to the top of their respective regions in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III regional rankings of the season released Nov. 5.

Regional Summary / Rankings Central

This set of rankings will hold until the regional championships Nov. 16. The results from those meets will serve as the final region rankings for 2013.

Williams (No. 6) moved atop the New England Region, SUNY-Cortland (No. 15) tied No. 7 New York University (NYU) atop the Atlantic, Johns Hopkins (No. 32) jumped to the top of the Mideast Region and Willamette (receiving votes) jumped past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (No. 22) to first in the West.

Williams’ move to first in the New England Region makes the Ephs the fourth team to occupy the spot this season. Behind 51 points and a runner-up finish by Colin Cotton, Williams defeated former No. 1 Middlebury (No. 4) with 62 points, Tufts (No. 23), former top-ranked Bowdoin (No. 13), Colby (No. 25) and Bates (No. 17).

The regional ranking reflects that order, with former top-ranked New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference champ Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 20) in fourth between Tufts and Bowdoin.
The region has had a different champion in each of the last three years, most recently Middlebury in 2012.

SUNY-Cortland improved one spot to share the top spot in the Atlantic Region with NYU. Cortland defeated SUNY-Geneseo (No. 18), 20-41, behind individual winner Nick Marcantonio and six top-10 finishers, while third-place Dylan Karten led No. 7 NYU to a runner-up finish to No. 2 Washington (Mo.) at the University Athletic Association championships.

The two teams were also tied at the top earlier this season in week one.
NYU is the defending regional champ, but a different team has won the title in each of the past four seasons.

Johns Hopkins upset Dickinson (No. 8) and preseason regional favorite Haverford (No. 12) to take control of the Mideast Region for the first time this season. Max Robinson finished third for the Blue Jays, who edged Dickinson, 34-39. Haverford has claimed each of the past three region titles.

Willamette rounded out the new top-ranked regional teams with an Northwest Conference title by 20 points against Puget Sound, 49-69, behind individual winner Parker Bennett. Their conference crown vaulted them past defending West Region champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to the top position.

Little changed near the top of the women’s rankings.

The most significant move in the women’s rankings was a one-spot increase by Hope (No. 22) to third in the Great Lakes Region following a runner-up showing to top-ranked Calvin (No. 5) at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships.

NCAA Division III regionals will be held Sunday, Nov. 16. More information can be found at Regional Championships Central.

Information and polls courtesy of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association