2021 NJCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – Every ranked team found a new position in the latest NJCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Heartland (Ill.) CC now leads the rankings, earning all 12 first-place votes in moving up from No. 3 as six programs were ranked for the first time.

The 2021 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 13 at Pole Green Park in Richmond, Virginia.

NJCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Wallace State (Ala.) CC
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Wallace State (Ala.) CC
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Heartland (Ill.) CC earned the team’s first-ever No. 1 ranking after spending all of last year ranked No. 2. The Hawks were the leading JUCO team in the Bradley Invitational on September 17 with a fourth-place finish. Olivia Bloyd, who was 12th in last year’s NJCAA Division II Championships, is the team’s leading runner and earned National Athlete of the Week honors to kick off the season.

Defending national champion Cowley (Kan.) also moved up from No. 5 to No. 2. The Tigers finished an impressive fourth in the Missouri Southern Stampede on September 18 as the top JUCO program. Karissa Glover led the squad with a fifth-place finish, earning National Athlete of the Week honors. Glover was 11th in last year’s NJCAA Division II championships.

Wallace State (Ala.) CC is No. 3, down one spot from last week’s No. 2, a program high. The Lions finished as the leading JUCO squad in the North Alabama Showcase on September 18, with Macie Ellis earning team-high honors for the second meet in a row.

Entering the rankings for the first time this year is Lansing (Mich.) CC at No. 4. Freshman Haley Ellis was the team’s top runner at both the John McNichols Invitational on September 18 and the season-opening Olivet Comet Open, which she won. The Stars were the highest-finishing JUCO program in both meets.

Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC moves down one position to No. 5. Freshman Kaylee Scott was the team’s top runner in the Raiders’ lone competition thus far, a ninth-place finish as the top JUCO team in the Calvin Knight Invitational on September 4. The Raiders also return Audrey Meyering, who was 8th in last year’s NJCAA Division II Championships.

Rounding out the top-10: No. 6 Hawkeye (Iowa) CC, No. 7 UA Rich Mountain (Ark.), No. 8 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 9 Daytona State (Fla.) and No. 10 Pasco-Hernando (Fla.).

NJCAA Division II
Women's Cross Country
USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week #2 - September 22nd

1heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
(LW: 3)
2cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI (1)
(LW: 5)
3wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII (1)
(LW: 2)
4lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
5grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
(LW: 4)
6hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
(LW: 1)
7ua-rich-mountain-arkUA RICH MOUNTAIN (ARK.)
Region II (1)
(LW: 12)
8mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (1)
(LW: 10)
9daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII (2)
(LW: 14)
10pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII (1)
(LW: 8)
11st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
(LW: 6)
12kaskaskia-illKASKASKIA (ILL.)
Region XXIV
(LW: 11)
13north-iowa-area-ccNORTH IOWA AREA CC
Region XI (2)
(LW: 7)
14florida-gatewayFLORIDA GATEWAY
Region VIII (3)
(LW: 9)
15calhoun-ala-ccCALHOUN (ALA.) CC
Region XXII (2)
16southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
(LW: 13)
17southwestern-michiganSOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
Region XII
(LW: 15)
18south-florida-stateSOUTH FLORIDA STATE
Region VIII (4)
(LW: 16)
19carl-sandburg-illCARL SANDBURG (ILL.)
Region IV
20metropolitan-mo-ccMETROPOLITAN (MO.) CC
Region XVII (2)
21paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
22pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (2)
(LW: 21)
23mott-mich-ccMOTT (MICH.) CC
Region XII
24lake-sumter-state-flaLAKE-SUMTER STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII (5)
(LW: 18)
25marion-military-institute-alaMARION MILITARY INSTITUTE (ALA.)
ACCC (3)
(LW: 17)

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5FINAL
Lansing (Mich.) CC42211
Heartland (Ill.) CC311122
Mesa (Ariz.) CC1088533
Cowley (Kan.)523354
Wallace State (Ala.) CC234445
Allen (Kan.) CC696
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC457767
Pasco-Hernando (Fla.)8101214108
St. Clair County (Mich.) CC6111111129
Daytona State (Fla.)149591110
Florida Gateway91413181411
UA Rich Mountain (Ark.)12710131712
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC1668713
South Florida State161820231814
Kaskaskia (Ill.)111216151615
North Iowa Area CC7131512816
Moraine Valley (Ill.) CC2017
Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC18191518
Metropolitan (Mo.) CC202219
Lake-Sumter State (Fla.)182420222420
Southeastern (Iowa) CC131617162121
Carl Sandburg (Ill.)1922212222
Southwestern Michigan151714171923
Florida State-Jacksonville222424
Walters State (Tenn.) CC1925
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC2191013
Calhoun (Ala.) CC15192023
Sauk Valley (Ill.) CC25
Waubonsee (Ill.) CCRV
Pima (Ariz.) CC2122
Mott (Mich.) CC23
Marion Military Institute (Ala.)1725
Oakland (Mich.) CC20
Pensacola State (Fla.)23

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/8
Week 2Wed 9/22
Week 3Wed 10/6
Week 4Wed 10/20
Week 5Wed 11/3
Nov. 13: NJCAA DII Championships
(Richmond, Va.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13