2021 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Uncanny agreement continues for the third week in a row, as the top-5 is unchanged in the latest NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

There was, however, movement in the lower half of the top-10 after three major regional meets were held this past Saturday – the Great Lakes Challenge in Michigan, Mid-States Challenge in Kansas and Southern States Challenge in South Carolina.

Most teams are now focusing on conference competition that takes center stage on November 6 before the next set of rankings. After that it’s all-in for the 2021 NAIA Cross Country Championships, which 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

No. 1 remains in possession of St. Francis (Ill.), once again in unanimous fashion. The Saints won the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge, topping 11 other ranked programs that included three in the top-5. St. Francis returns all five scorers from the national champion unit that won in April, but this fall Laisha Corona – last year’s No. 4 Saint runner – has earned team honors in every meet.

Milligan (Tenn.) remains at No. 2 after winning the NAIA Southern States Challenge impressively with 20 points off a 1-2-3 sweep of the individual spots led by Lemi Wutz. The Buffs – No. 2 in each poll this year since Week 1 – are the only squad to have garnered a No. 1 vote this season that wasn’t directed for St. Francis.

No. 3 Cornerstone (Mich.) was impressive at the Great Lakes Challenge, earning runner-up honors just 14 points behind St. Francis. Freshman Anna Martin won the individual title in 17:34.1 for the 5k course.

Taylor (Ind.) maintains the No. 4 position it has held since Week 1. The Trojans were third in the deep Great Lakes Challenge meet.

No. 5 continues to be Saint Mary (Kan.). The Spires bypassed the Mid-States Challenge for the Great Lakes Challenge, in which they finished a strong fourth.

The rest of the top-10 saw a some changes, with College of Idaho moving up 3 spots to No. 6. The Yotes – runner-up in April – are followed by No. 7 The Master’s (Calif.), No. 8 Aquinas (Mich.), No. 9 Montreat (N.C.) and No. 10 Westmont (Calif.), which moved up all the way from last week’s No. 22.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week 4 - October 28th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (10th)
560
(20 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (23rd)
537 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Josh Neideck (2nd)
529 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Quinn White (12th)
501 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (9th)
478 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (1)
Austin Basterrechea (6th)
472 ▲ 3
(LW: 9)
7 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (14th)
454 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (2)
Mike Wojciakowski (24th)
435 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (7th)
426 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (43rd)
380 ▲ 12
(LW: 22)
11 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (9th)
368 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
12 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland (2)
Kyle Rago (2nd)
354 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (2)
Grier Gatlin (18th)
348 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (7th)
339 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads (3)
304
(LW: RV)
16 montana-tech MONTANA TECH
Frontier (2)
Zach Kughn (2nd)
283 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads (5)
Corey Birchmeier (6th)
274 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Lauren Davenport Johnson (2nd)
240 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 columbia-mo COLUMBIA (MO.)
AMC (1)
Tracy Jex (6th)
235 ▲ 2
(LW: 21)
20 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Shannon Flynn (3rd)
215 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 concordia-neb CONCORDIA (NEB.)
GPAC (5)
Matt Beisel (6th)
201 ▼ 10
(LW: 11)
22 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
WHAC (3)
Alex Kluchki (1st)
190
(LW: RV)
23 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (2)
John Foss (34th)
163 ▼ 8
(LW: 15)
24 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier (3)
Mike McLean (7th)
123 NR
25 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade (5)
Mark Mandi (13th)
122 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: Vanguard (Calif.) 91, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 83, Hastings (Neb.) 83, Dalton State (Ga.) 50, Doane (Neb.) 42, Oregon Tech 23, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 19, Cumberlands (Ky.) 15, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 11, Friends (Kan.)

Dropped Out: No. 16 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 20 Oklahoma City, No. 24 Hastings (Neb.)

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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
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Thu 10/28
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Week 5Mon 11/8
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Mon 11/8
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Nov. 19 NAIA Championships
(Vancouver, Wash.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/19
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Fri 11/19
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