2021 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Only one team remained in the same spot it began the preseason in the most recent NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

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This Week's National Top Five
St. Francis (Ill.)
Milligan (Tenn.)
Cornerstone (Mich.)
Taylor (Ind.)
Aquinas (Mich.)
1
St. Francis (Ill.)
2
Milligan (Tenn.)
3
Cornerstone (Mich.)
4
Taylor (Ind.)
5
Aquinas (Mich.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Top-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) held steady at No. 1 for the second week in a row. The Saints rolled to the team title at the Ray Bullock Invitational this past weekend and took down several top-10 team in the process. USF put four runners in the top-7 and capped it scoring lineup with another runner in the top-15.

Milligan (Tenn.) is now ranked No. 2. The Buffs last competed at the Covered Bridge Open on September 3, taking fifth place in the team standings. Lemi Wutz paced Milligan (Tenn.) at the meet three weeks ago, finishing third overall in front of a host of NCAA Division I athletes.

Cornerstone (Mich.) vaulted 11 spots from No. 14 to No. 3. The Golden Eagles earned runner-up honors behind St. Francis (Ill.) at the Ray Bullock Invitational this past weekend. CU saw Anna Martin and Haley Nieuwkoop finish fourth and fifth individually, respectively.

Taylor (Ind.) and Aquinas (Mich.) round out the top-5 teams in Week 1 at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Trojans finished third at the Ray Bullock Invitational this past weekend, while the Saints posted two strong results to begin the season, including a recent victory at the Raider Knight Invitational and a runner-up finish at the IWU Wildcat Twilight back on September 10.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Saint Mary (Kan.), No. 7 College of Idaho, No. 8 Montreat (N.C.), No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 1 - September 23rd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (10th)
560
(20 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (23rd)
528 ▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (2nd)
527 ▲ 11
(LW: 14)
4 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (12th)
507 ▼ 2
(LW: 2)
5 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (24th)
463 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (9th)
456 ▲ 2
(LW: 8)
7 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (6th)
444 ▼ 4
(LW: 3)
8 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (7th)
439 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (34th)
433 ▼ 4
(LW: 5)
10 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (25th)
391 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (14th)
380 ▲ 4
(LW: 15)
12 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (2nd)
353 ▲ 10
(LW: 22)
13 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (2nd)
332 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (9th)
311 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 concordia-neb CONCORDIA (NEB.)
GPAC
Matt Beisel (6th)
306 NR
16 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads
Corey Birchmeier (6th)
298 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (18th)
280 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
18 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (7th)
277 ▼ 12
(LW: 6)
19 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (3rd)
249 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 dalton-state-ga DALTON STATE (GA.)
SSAC
Dean Thompson (4th)
202 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (6th)
174
(LW: RV)
22 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference
Paul Kurtz (10th)
173 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (13th)
156 ▲ 1
(LW: 24)
24 hastings-neb HASTINGS (NEB.)
GPAC
Ryan Mahoney (9th)
134 NR
25 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South
Randy Greer (7th)
116 ▼ 4
(LW: 21)

Also Receiving Votes: Indiana Tech 94, Benedictine (Kan.) 85, Vanguard (Calif.) 68, Marian (Ind.) 44, Doane (Neb.) 44, Montana Tech 32, Oregon Tech 27, Baker (Kan.) 16, William Woods (Mo.) 15, Grace (Ind.) 12, Oklahoma City 12, Westmont (Calif.) 10, Morningside (Iowa) 3, Campbellsville (Ky.) 3

Dropped Out: No. 13 Oregon Tech, No. 23 Oklahoma City, No. 25 Baker (Kan.)

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2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/23
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Thu 8/26
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Week 1Mon 9/20
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Thu 9/23
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Week 2Mon 10/4
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Thu 10/7
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Week 3Mon 10/11
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Thu 10/14
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Week 4Mon 10/25
Thu 10/28
Week 5Mon 11/8
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Nov. 19 NAIA Championships
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FINAL ResultsFri 11/19
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