2021 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” isn’t just a lyric in a Bob Dylan song.

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Multiple teams shifted between Week 1 and Week 2, including seven of the top-10 programs 30 overall throughout the ranks.

NCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Johns Hopkins
Wartburg
Chicago
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Washington (Mo.)
1
Johns Hopkins
2
Wartburg
3
Chicago
4
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
5
Washington (Mo.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

If you think Johns Hopkins is going anywhere other than the top spot, you’re sorely mistaken. The Blue Jays, who are unanimous favorites in the Week 2 index, starred at the Iona Br. Paddy Doyle Meet of Championships this past weekend. Johns Hopkins beat a NCAA Division I-loaded field by 22 points. The Blue Jays put three runners in the top-10, led by Ella Baran in 2nd place.

Both Wartburg and UChicago moved up one spot to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps jumped three spots to No. 5. Each of those moves were facilitated by a three-spot drop by Washington (Mo.) from No. 2 to No. 5. Both the Maroons and the Athenas impressed this past weekend. UChicago split its squad and finished a strong fourth at the MSU Spartan Invitational and steamrolled the field at the Gil Dodds Invitational. CMS took runner-up honors at the UCR Cross Country Invitational behind NCAA DI Cal Baptist.

Elsewhere in the top-10, Williams and Bates both jumped six or more spots. The now eighth-ranked Ephs improved six spots from Week 1 thanks to an 11-point win at the Little 3 Championships over Amherst and Wesleyan. The now 10th-ranked Bobcats brandished their depth at the Bates Super XC Shootout, as they put six runners in the top-10 to beat former No. 5 Tufts, 26-42.

Four other teams improved five or more spots in Week 2: Pomona-Pitzer went from No. 21 to No. 14 after a strong performance at the UCR Cross Country Invitational, where they won the Open race; Emory went from No. 25 to No. 20 following a runner-up finish at the Converse Kick-Off, which featured NCAA DII and NCAA DIII programs; WPI went from No. 32 to No. 25 thanks to winning the UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational; Haverford went from No. 32 to No. 27 with a solid effort at the Main Line Invitational.

Perhaps the most notable vault belonged to Calvin, which went from Also Receiving Votes to No. 16. The Knights, still riding the high of a runner-up finish at the Calvin Knight Invitational to reigning NCAA DII champ Grand Valley State, took seventh at the MSU Spartan Invitational and were the second-best NCAA DIII program in the field.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, because that’s when the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky!

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

2021 Week 2 - September 22nd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (22nd)
350
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (6th)
340 ▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Chris Hall (21st)
330 ▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Marina Muncan (2nd)
318 ▲ 5
(LW: 9)
5 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (21st)
312 ▼ 3
(LW: 2)
6 mit MIT
East Region (1)
NEWMAC
Halston Taylor (15th)
300 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 dickinson DICKINSON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Centennial
Don Nichter (32nd)
290 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (22nd)
280 ▲ 6
(LW: 14)
9 amherst AMHERST
Mideast Region (2)
NESCAC
Cassie Funke-Harris (10th)
266 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 bates BATES
East Region (2)
NESCAC
Jay Hartshorn (17th)
258 ▲ 12
(LW: 22)
11 tufts TUFTS
East Region (3)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (22nd)
239 ▼ 6
(LW: 5)
12 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (7th)
238 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (3)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (11th)
228 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (1)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (10th)
221 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Kirk Reynolds (33rd)
218 ▲ 6
(LW: 21)
16 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA
Brian Diemer (16th)
208
(LW: RV)
17 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA
Mark Northuis (34th)
187 ▼ 4
(LW: 13)
18 carleton CARLETON
North Region (2)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (29th)
178 ▲ 2
(LW: 20)
19 george-fox GEORGE FOX
West Region (3)
NWC
Mike Wilson (2nd)
154 ▼ 3
(LW: 16)
20 rpi RPI
Mideast Region (4)
Liberty League
John Lynch (11th)
152 ▼ 3
(LW: 17)
21 emory EMORY
South Region (1)
UAA
Linh Nguyen (3rd)
146 ▲ 4
(LW: 25)
22 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
UAA
Tim Connelly (7th)
139 ▲ 1
(LW: 23)
22 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (3)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (15th)
139 ▼ 3
(LW: 19)
24 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC
Kyle Basista (8th)
122 ▼ 6
(LW: 18)
25 wpi WPI
East Region (4)
NEWMAC
Brian Chabot (14th)
106 ▲ 7
(LW: 32)
26 rit RIT
Niagara Region (2)
Liberty League
Amanda Haller (3rd)
99 NR
27 haverford HAVERFORD
Metro Region (1)
Centennial
Fran Rizzo (31st)
97 ▲ 5
(LW: 32)
28 uc-santa-cruz UC SANTA CRUZ
West Region (4)
C2C
David Klech (5th)
77 ▼ 2
(LW: 26)
29 wesleyan-conn WESLEYAN (CONN.)
Mideast Region (5)
NESCAC
Leo Mayo (1st)
70 ▼ 1
(LW: 28)
30 rochester-n-y ROCHESTER (N.Y.)
Niagara Region (3)
UAA
Eddie Novara (7th)
60 ▼ 15
(LW: 15)
31 brandeis BRANDEIS
East Region (5)
UAA
Sinead Evans (8th)
49 ▼ 2
(LW: 29)
32 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (4)
MIAC
Erica Maker (4th)
36 ▼ 2
(LW: 30)
33 loras LORAS
Midwest Region (4)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (17th)
26 ▲ 1
(LW: 34)
34 swarthmore SWARTHMORE
Metro Region (2)
Centennial
Peter Carroll (22nd)
24 ▼ 7
(LW: 27)
35 ithaca ITHACA
Niagara Region (4)
Liberty League
Erin Dinan (10th)
20 ▼ 11
(LW: 24)

Also Receiving Votes: Case Western Reserve 17, Elizabethtown 3, Colorado College 2, St. Lawrence 1

Dropped Out: No. 31 Trine, No. 35 Colorado College

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/24
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/25
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/15
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 25: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/6
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/13
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Tue 10/19
Wed 10/20
Oct. 30-31: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/2
Wed 11/3
Nov. 13: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/16
Wed 11/17
Nov. 20: NCAA DIII Championships
(Louisville, Ky.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/20
Sun 11/21
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