2019 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Let’s talk about change, because that’s exactly what happened in this week’s edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. 

NCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Arkansas
Stanford
Washington
BYU
Colorado
1
Arkansas
2
Stanford
3
Washington
4
BYU
5
Colorado
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

The Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and Pre-National Invitational were two of the meets that brought a multitude of alterations to the poll, and a preview of what to expect in the upcoming weeks, as teams are beginning to shift gears towards postseason racing. In total, 16 teams climbed the national leaderboard between Week 4 and Week 5.

SEE MORE: Weekend In Review (October 18-20)

The top spot was held down by Arkansas for the second week in a row after earned all 11 first-place votes. The Razorbacks proved why they are the unanimous No. 1 team in the country with a team title at Nuttycombe, beating out No. 2 Stanford 62-98. Arkansas was led by Taylor Werner, who placed third and led four runners to finish in the top-10 en route to their victory. The Cardinal earned two-spot bump in the poll this week with that runner-up performance to move up from No. 4 a week ago and able to break up the Arkansas contingent by having their top two runners go 4-6.

No. 3 Washington moved up five spots from No. 8 following their three point victory at the Pre-National Invitational over now No. 4 BYU, 84-87, which dropped two spots from No. 2 last week. Colorado, placing third at Pre-Nats behind the Huskies and Cougars, will come in at No. 5

NC State sits at No. 6 following a two-spot jump from No. 8. The Wolfpack earned a third-place finish at Nuttycombe behind Arkansas and Stanford. No. 7 Wisconsin finished fourth behind NC State and jumped up six places from No. 13. The Badgers were led by the newly-minted National Athlete of the Week, Alicia Monson, who claimed her second individual title at Nuttycombe and taking down runner-up Weini Kelati of No. 11 New Mexico.

Michigan State and Florida State each earned one spot bumps in the poll. The Spartans moved from No. 10 to No. 9 after a fifth-place finish in Wisconsin, while the Seminoles moved from No. 11 to No. 10 following a fifth-place performance in Terre Haute to earn a spot in the top-10 for the first time since 2014.

As we go down the list, the biggest jump in the National Coaches’ Poll comes from No. 11 Northern Arizona, moving up 16 spots from No. 27. Air Force gained 7 spots in the poll this week to move from No. 21 to No. 14, setting a program all-time best in the national poll. The Lumberjacks and Falcons placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in a loaded Nuttycombe field.

SEE MORE: On The Rise At The Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational

Penn State made the second biggest jump in this week’s poll moving up 12 spots from No. 30 to No. 18. The Nittany Lions won the Penn State National on their home course, 31-63, over second place RV Georgia Tech with runners finishing 1-4-5-6.

Three new teams enter the poll this week after previously receiving votes – No. 22 Virginia Tech, No. 23 Indiana, and No. 26 Butler. The Hokies and Bulldogs both earned their highest placement in the poll since 2014.

The next NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll will be released on Tuesday, November 5.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2019 Week 5 - October 22nd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Lance Harter (30th)
330
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (1)
J.J. Clark (1st)
314 ▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (2)
Maurica Powell (2nd)
306 ▲ 5
(LW: 8)
4 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC (1)
Diljeet Taylor (4th)
300 ▼ 2
(LW: 2)
5 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12 (4)
Mark Wetmore (25th)
277 ▼ 2
(LW: 3)
6 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Laurie Henes (14th)
274 ▲ 3
(LW: 9)
7 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (2)
Mackenzie Wartenberger (1st)
261 ▲ 6
(LW: 13)
8 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (3)
Mike McGuire (28th)
251 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (1)
Walt Drenth (16th)
241 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (1)
ACC (2)
Kelly Phillips (5th)
212 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (3)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (3rd)
211 ▲ 16
(LW: 27)
11 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West (1)
Joe Franklin (13th)
211 ▼ 7
(LW: 4)
13 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (3)
Mountain West (3)
Corey Ihmels (7th)
191 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (2)
Ryan Cole (6th)
182 ▲ 7
(LW: 21)
15 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (2)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (8th)
175 ▲ 3
(LW: 18)
16 utah UTAH
Mountain Region (6)
Pac-12 (3)
Kyle Kepler (15th)
157 ▼ 10
(LW: 6)
17 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (4)
ACC (3)
Matt Sparks (2nd)
145 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 penn-state PENN STATE
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big Ten (4)
John Gondak (6th)
142 ▲ 12
(LW: 30)
19 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (1)
Big Ten (6)
Sarah Haveman (2nd)
141 ▲ 1
(LW: 20)
20 oregon OREGON
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (5)
Robert Johnson (8th)
135 ▼ 6
(LW: 14)
21 ohio-state OHIO STATE
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten (5)
Khadevis Robinson (4th)
114 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (4)
Eric Johannigmeier (2nd)
80
(LW: RV)
23 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (6)
Big Ten (8)
Ron Helmer (13th)
67
(LW: RV)
24 columbia COLUMBIA
Northeast Region (1)
Ivy League (1)
Dan Ireland (6th)
60 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (3)
Big Ten (7)
Sarah Hopkins (7th)
59 ▼ 7
(LW: 18)
26 butler BUTLER
Great Lakes Region (7)
Big East (1)
Matt Roe (13th)
45
(LW: RV)
27 boston-college BOSTON COLLEGE
Northeast Region (2)
ACC (7)
Randy Thomas (25th)
34 ▼ 1
(LW: 26)
28 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East (3)
Julie Culley (4th)
31 ◀▶
(LW: 28)
29 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (11th)
30 ▲ 1
(LW: 30)
30 penn PENN
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Ivy League (3)
Steve Dolan (8th)
25 ▼ 7
(LW: 23)

Also Receiving Votes: Tulsa 24, Georgia Tech 22, California Baptist 21, Ole Miss 13, Syracuse 13, Texas 6, Oregon State 4, West Virginia 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Tennessee 3, Princeton 1

Dropped Out: No. 15 Syracuse, No. 17 Ole Miss, No. 25 Oregon State, No. 29 Iowa State

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2019 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/26
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Tue 8/27
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Aug. 30: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/16
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Tue 9/17
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Sep. 13: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/23
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Tue 9/24
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Week 3Mon 9/30
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Tue 10/1
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Week 4Mon 10/7
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Tue 10/8
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Oct. 19: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/21
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Tue 10/22
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Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/4
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Tue 11/5
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Nov. 15: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/18
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 23: NCAA Champs (Terre Haute, Ind.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/23
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