2020 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – Welcome back to cross country season!

The first big weekend of spring cross country made way for some movement in the latest installment of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll that was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The top-5 is made up with familiar names, with other teams making their moves among the remaining ranks – mainly outside the top-10.

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

For the fourth time this season and eighth consecutive week, Arkansas is ranked No. 1 after receiving nine first-place votes. The Razorbacks competed during the fall segment and closed it out with its eighth consecutive SEC Championship, winning the title by 16 points over runner-up Alabama, 41-57. Lauren Gregory led Arkansas in fourth place.

BYU moved up one spot to No. 2. While the Cougars rested some of its top athletes due to a split in the schedule between indoor and cross country, they took the opportunity to show off their depth. BYU won the Silver State Collegiate Challenge by 15 points over Boise State, 46-61. Anna Camp and Aubrey Frentheway led BYU with second and fourth place finishes, respectively.

NC State moved to No. 3 after swapping spots with the Cougars. The ACC champions earned their fifth consecutive title in dominating fashion, winning by 52 points over runner-up Georgia Tech, 47-99. The Wolfpack placed three runners in the top-7 and all five in the top-20. Dominique Clairmonte won the individual title, while Hannah Steelman finished third and Mariah Howlett took seventh.

Stanford gained one spot to No. 4. The Cardinal is scheduled to hit the grass circuit for the first time this season at the Pac-12 Championships on March 5. Ella Donaghu and Jessica Lawson will be the top returners for Stanford as it returns the bulk of their lineup from a third place team at the 2019 NCAA Championships.

No. 5 New Mexico rounds out the top-5 teams in Week 4. While the Lady Lobos have not competed this season, they are scheduled to compete in Nevada in a few weeks before the Mountain West Championships on March 5.

Moving up three spots to No. 6 is Michigan State following its showing at the Big Ten Championships. The Spartans topped Minnesota 48-76, to successfully defend their title from 2019. Jenna Magness and India Johnson finished third and fourth to lead Michigan State, respectively, with the remaining three scoring runners finishing in 11th, 14th and 16th.

Speaking of Minnesota, the Gophers climbed two spots to No. 10 for its first top-10 appearance since 2009. Bethany Hasz took home top honors at the Big Ten Championships in 20:13.2 over the 6K course, becoming the second woman in program history to win an individual Big Ten title. Abby Kohut-Jackson also came in eighth for a top-10 finish.

The biggest gainer in Week 4 of the National Coaches’ Poll is No. 17 Northern Arizona with a nine-spot jump from No. 26 in Week 3. NAU finished third at the Silver State Collegiate Challenge with 64 points – just three points shy of runner-up Boise State. Taryn O’Neill claimed the individual win over BYU’s Camp.

There are four new additions to the top-25: No. 22 Ohio State, No. 27 North Carolina, No. 29 Boston College and No. 30 Providence.

The rescheduled 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, March 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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

2020 Week 4 - February 3rd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Lance Harter (31st)
324
(9 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC (1)
Diljeet Taylor (5th)
308 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Laurie Henes (15th)
307 ▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (2nd)
302
(2 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (2)
Mountain West
Joe Franklin (14th)
292 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Lisa Breznau (1st)
268 ▲ 3
(LW: 9)
7 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (29th)
254 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (26th)
248 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Maurica Powell (3rd)
224 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (1)
Big Ten (2)
Sarah Hopkins (8th)
223 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (3)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (8th)
208 ▲ 2
(LW: 13)
12 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (2)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (9th)
192 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC (2)
Dan Waters (10th)
178 ▲ 6
(LW: 19)
14 georgia-tech GEORGIA TECH
South Region (2)
ACC (2)
Alan Drosky (28th)
176 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten (3)
Sarah Haveman (3rd)
173 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (4)
Ron Helmer (14th)
154 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (4)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (4th)
144 ▲ 9
(LW: 26)
18 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Mitchell Baker (1st)
122 ▲ 3
(LW: 21)
18 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (3)
ACC (3)
Kelly Phillips (6th)
122 ▲ 2
(LW: 20)
20 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12 (1)
Amy Rudolph (3rd)
114 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region (4)
Pac-12
Louis Quintana (4th)
108 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 ohio-state OHIO STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (5)
Khadevis Robinson (5th)
64 NR
23 duke DUKE
Southeast Region (3)
ACC (4)
Rhonda Riley (5th)
60 ▲ 5
(LW: 28)
24 oregon OREGON
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (9th)
58 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
PattiSue Plumer (3rd)
56 ▲ 4
(LW: 29)
26 utah UTAH
Mountain Region (6)
Pac-12
Kyle Kepler (16th)
55 ▼ 8
(LW: 18)
27 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (4)
ACC (5)
Chris Miltenberg (2nd)
50
(LW: RV)
28 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (5)
Big Ten (6)
Mackenzie Wartenberger (2nd)
49 ▼ 17
(LW: 11)
29 boston-college BOSTON COLLEGE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (9)
Randy Thomas (26th)
43 NR
30 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (2)
Big East
Ray Treacy (37th)
39
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Ole Miss 33, Notre Dame 31, Penn State 30, Oklahoma State 22, Weber State 19, Air Force 16, Tulsa 12, West Virginia 11, Portland 7, Villanova 6, Tennessee 6, San Francisco 3, Iona 2, California Baptist 1, Northern Illinois 1

Dropped Out: No. 15 Penn State, No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 27 Air Force, No. 30 California Baptist

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.
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