2021 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Steadiness best describes the top of the latest NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Thursday by the NAIA National Office. The order remained the same for positions 1 through 17.

The 2021 NAIA Cross Country Championships are set for Friday, November 19, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington.

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

St. Francis (Ill.) continues in its perch at No. 1. The Saints’ top runners rested last week, explaining St. Francis’ third-place finish at the Bethel Invitational just a week after being the top NAIA program at the Live in Lou Classic.

Milligan (Tenn.) stays at No. 2, hot off a strong runner-up finish at the Royals Challenge on the same course where the Buffs won the Queen City Invitational two weeks earlier. Milligan’s Lemi Wutz earned NAIA Athlete of the week honors with a 4th-place finish.

Remaining in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots are Cornerstone (Mich.) and Taylor (Ind.), respectively. Both squads took a week off from racing after being the second- and third-best teams at Live in Lou Classic.

Saint Mary (Kan.) maintains the No. 5 position after a runner-up finish in the Fort Hays State Tiger Open’s Gold race.

Completing the top-10 are No. 6 The Master’s (Calif.), No. 7 Aquinas (Mich.), No. 8 Montreat (N.C.), No. 9 College of Idaho and No. 10 Southern Oregon.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 3 - October 14th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (10th)
591 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (23rd)
572 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (2nd)
553 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (12th)
530 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (9th)
513 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (14th)
492 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (24th)
473 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (7th)
463 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (6th)
443 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (18th)
413 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 concordia-neb CONCORDIA (NEB.)
GPAC
Matt Beisel (6th)
389 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (9th)
387 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (2nd)
359 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (7th)
350 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (34th)
329 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (25th)
305 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads
Corey Birchmeier (6th)
288 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 montana-tech MONTANA TECH
Frontier
Zach Kughn (2nd)
248 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (2nd)
245 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (6th)
227 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC
Tracy Jex (6th)
201 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (43rd)
198 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (3rd)
178 ▲ 2
(LW: 25)
24 hastings-neb HASTINGS (NEB.)
GPAC
Ryan Mahoney (9th)
150 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (13th)
132 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)

Also Receiving Votes: Vanguard (Calif.) 95, Grace (Ind.) 91, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 52, Benedictine (Kan.) 45, Marian (Ind.) 29, Missouri Baptist 20, Cumberlands (Ky.) 19, Oregon Tech 7, Indiana Tech 6, Morningside (Iowa) 6, Southeastern (Fla.) 3, William Carey (Miss.) 3, Montana Western 3

Dropped Out: (none)

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2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/23
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 8/26
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Week 1Mon 9/20
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Thu 9/23
MEN | WOMEN
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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/25
Thu 10/28
Week 5Mon 11/8
Mon 11/8
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