2020 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – The newest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), remained fairly calm following a handful of conference championships this past weekend.

No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 New Mexico and No. 5 Stanford kept their initial top-5 spots from a week ago, while No. 3 NC State moved up one spot to bump BYU down to No. 4.

NCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Arkansas
New Mexico
NC State
BYU
Stanford
1
Arkansas
2
New Mexico
3
NC State
4
BYU
5
Stanford
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The Razorbacks have not only kept their grasp on the No. 1 spot in the National Coaches’ Poll, but continue to rule the SEC, claiming the program’s eighth consecutive SEC title. Arkansas placed all five scoring runners in the top-11 with Lauren Gregory leading the Razorback contingent with a fourth-place finish. Logan Morris (seventh), Abby Gray (ninth), Taylor Ewert (10th) and Krissy Gear (11th) rounded out the scoring for the Razorbacks to give them their 44 point total.

NC State rolled to its fifth-straight ACC title in program history with 47 points over second-place Georgia Tech. Dominique Clairmonte claimed her first ACC title to lead the Wolfpack, with teammates Hannah Steelman (third) and Mariah Howlett (10th) finishing in the top-10.

Speaking of Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets made the biggest jump in this week’s rankings, coming in at No. 13 for a 12-spot improvement for the program’s highest placement in the National Coaches’ Poll. It was a historical weekend for Georgia Tech, as the Yellow Jackets finished a program-best second at the ACC Championships behind NC State. Nicole Fegans led Georgia Tech with her ninth-place finish, with juniors Liz Galarza and Mary Kathryn Knott finishing in the top-15. 

Joining the top-30 for the first time this season are No. 17 Alabama, No. 23 Iowa State and No. 30 Duke.

The Crimson Tide earned the second-best national ranking in program history following a runner-up finish to Arkansas at the SEC Championships. Alabama scored 57 points in the program’s best conference finish since 1994. After finishing 10th a year ago, Mercy Chelengat took home the gold in 19:46.5, becoming the first individual from Alabama to win since 1993. Alabama also placed two other individuals within the top-10: Esther Gitahi and Jami Reed finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Iowa State won the Big 12 Conference Championship with 39 points over runner-up Texas (ranked No. 29). Cailie Logue brought home the individual crown for the third-straight year, navigating the 6K course in 20:00.5. The Cyclones were bolstered by three other top-10 performers: Brenna Cohoon (fifth), Winrose Chesang (seventh) and Dana Feyen (eighth). This is the eighth title in the last 10 years for Iowa State.

Duke is back in the top-30 for the first time since 2013. The Blue Devils placed fourth in the team standings at the ACC Championships behind NC State, Georgia Tech and third-place Florida State (ranked No. 21) for its highest team finish since 2012. Michaela Reinhart led the team with her fourth-place finish, while Samantha Schadler placed 10th.

The 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships were rescheduled for Monday, March 15, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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

2020 Week 2 - November 3rd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region
SEC
Lance Harter (31st)
318
(7 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region
Mountain West
Joe Franklin (14th)
312
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region
ACC
Laurie Henes (15th)
306
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 byu BYU
Mountain Region
WCC
Diljeet Taylor (5th)
298 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (2nd)
296
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (29th)
276 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (26th)
262 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 washington WASHINGTON
West Region
Pac-12
Maurica Powell (3rd)
254 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Walt Drenth (17th)
243 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region
SoCon
Robert Gary (9th)
208 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Mackenzie Wartenberger (2nd)
190 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region
Big Ten
Sarah Hopkins (8th)
175 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 georgia-tech GEORGIA TECH
South Region
ACC
Alan Drosky (28th)
169 ▲ 12
(LW: 25)
14 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (8th)
160 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 penn-state PENN STATE
Mid-Atlantic Region
Big Ten
John Gondak (7th)
145 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region
Big Ten
Sarah Haveman (3rd)
134 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 alabama ALABAMA
South Region
SEC
Dan Waters (10th)
129 NR
18 utah UTAH
Mountain Region
Pac-12
Kyle Kepler (16th)
128 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (14th)
120 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region
Pac-12
Louis Quintana (4th)
112 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region
ACC
Kelly Phillips (6th)
111 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region
Big East
Mitchell Baker (1st)
97 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region
Big 12
Amy Rudolph (3rd)
87 NR
24 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region
Ivy League
Alex Gibby (4th)
80 ▼ 2
(LW: 22)
25 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region
ACC
Matt Sparks (3rd)
73 ▼ 13
(LW: 12)
26 oregon OREGON
West Region
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (9th)
71 ▼ 2
(LW: 24)
27 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region
Mountain West
Ryan Cole (7th)
68 ▼ 4
(LW: 23)
28 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region
Big Sky
Michael Smith (4th)
52 ▼ 2
(LW: 26)
29 texas TEXAS
South Central Region
Big 12
PattiSue Plumer (3rd)
50 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
30 duke DUKE
Southeast Region
ACC
Rhonda Riley (5th)
43
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: North Carolina 36, California Baptist 32, Ole Miss 15, West Virginia 14, Tulsa 13, Princeton 10, Villanova 8, Oklahoma State 5, Iona 4, San Francisco 4, Portland 3, Butler 1, Kentucky 1, Providence 1, Syracuse 1

Dropped Out: No. 27 North Carolina, No. 28 California Baptist, No. 30 Princeton

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2020 Rankings & Polls Calendar
COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts
The NCAA Division I National Championsips have been rescheduled to be held on March 15, 2021. National poll dates are tentative and subject to change and/or additions. Currently regional rankings are not scheduled to be released. (as of 10/15/20)
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Mon 10/26
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/3
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 11/24
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4
Week 5Mon 2/22
Tue 2/23
Week 6Mon 3/1
Tue 3/2
Week 7Mon 3/8
Mon 3/8
FINAL ResultsMon 3/15
Mon 3/15
March 15, 2021: NCAA DI Championship (Stillwater, Okla.)
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