2021 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – It was the last big push before Conference Championship Weekend.

It could be felt in the Week 5 edition of the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll that was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. The tie for No. 1 is no more, and while there was only one other change in the top-10, Nos. 11-30 all have a new face.

There will be no National Coaches’ Poll released next week as teams gear up for Conference Championship weekend. The next installment of the National Coaches’ Poll will be released on Wednesday, October 27.

NCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Adams State
Grand Valley State
Augustana (S.D.)
Colo. School of Mines
Lee (Tenn.)
1
Adams State
2
Grand Valley State
3
Augustana (S.D.)
4
Colo. School of Mines
5
Lee (Tenn.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Adams State is the lone No. 1 in Week 5 after receiving five first-place votes. Grand Valley State, who fell to No. 2, received three first-place votes. No. 3 Augustana (S.D.), No. 4 Colorado School of Mines and No. 5 Lee (Tenn.) all held steady.

The only other change in the top-10 is by Simon Fraser, as SFU went from No. 11 to No. 9 following a two spot improvement. SFU easily won the WWU Bill Roe Classic with 41 points and had all five runners finish in the top-13.

Wingate continues to climb the national leaderboard, posting another program-best ranking at No. 11. The Bulldogs showcased their depth at the Royals XC Challenge this past weekend and will now gear up for a battle with No. 8 Queens (N.C.) at the SAC Championships on October 23.

Three teams moved up multiple spots in Week 5: No. 13 Southern Indiana (up two from No. 15); No. 19 Colorado Christian (up two from No. 21); No. 23 Saginaw Valley State (up three from No. 26). The Screaming Eagles placed second to Lee (Tenn.) at the UAH Invitational and 56 points ahead of former No. 19 (now No. 20) Dallas Baptist. The Cougars and Cardinals raced at the Lewis Crossover and finished third and fifth, respectively.

No. 18 Lewis, No. 25 Pittsburg State and co-No. 29 Winona State jumped into the National Coaches’ Poll after not being ranked in Week 4. The Flyers are making their first appearance in the top-30 since 2016 after capturing runner-up honors at the Lewis Crossover. The Gorillas placed fourth at the UAH Invitational, while the Warriors finished three points behind former No. 21 (now No. 22) Minnesota State for second place at the Bob Waxlax Invitational.

Moving from the Land of Receiving Votes to the top-30 is co-No. 29 Lenoir-Rhyne.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, as the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place at Abbey Golf Course in Tampa, Florida!

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

2021 Week 5 - October 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (34th)
236
(5 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (23rd)
235
(3 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (21st)
223 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (10th)
215 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (8th)
209 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Corey Kubatzky (7th)
195 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 csu-pueblo CSU PUEBLO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Matt Morris (6th)
189 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Tom Scott (4th)
181 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (1)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (22nd)
170 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (5)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (15th)
162 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Jamison Dietrich (1st)
157 ▼ 2
(LW: 9)
11 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (2)
SAC
Matt Van Lierop (3rd)
157 ▲ 1
(LW: 12)
13 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (25th)
155 ▲ 2
(LW: 15)
14 southwest-baptist SOUTHWEST BAPTIST
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
Corey McElhaney (14th)
138 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (2)
CCAA
Gary Towne (26th)
128 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 cedarville CEDARVILLE
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Jeff Bolender (12th)
122 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 cal-state-stanislaus CAL STATE STANISLAUS
West Region (3)
CCAA
Darren Holman (6th)
115 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC
James Kearney (8th)
106 NR
19 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (6)
RMAC
John Poag (8th)
97 ▲ 2
(LW: 21)
20 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (7)
Lone Star
Jacob Phillips (17th)
86 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 minnesota-duluth MINNESOTA DULUTH
Central Region (3)
NSIC
Al Holappa (1st)
83 ▼ 2
(LW: 19)
22 minnesota-state MINNESOTA STATE
Central Region (4)
NSIC
Jen Blue (22nd)
70 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (6)
GLIAC
Rod Cowan (12th)
65 ▲ 3
(LW: 26)
24 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (7)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (10th)
47 ▼ 6
(LW: 18)
25 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (5)
MIAA
Kyle Rutledge (1st)
39 NR
26 biola-calif BIOLA (CALIF.)
West Region (4)
PacWest
Sean Henning (7th)
33 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (8)
Lone Star
Jake Krolick (5th)
23 ▲ 1
(LW: 28)
27 wayne-state-mich WAYNE STATE (MICH.)
Midwest Region (8)
GLIAC
Grant Lofdahl (5th)
23 ▼ 3
(LW: 24)
29 lenoir-rhyne LENOIR-RHYNE
Southeast Region (3)
SAC
Jason Stewart (19th)
18
(LW: RV)
29 winona-state WINONA STATE
Central Region (6)
NSIC
John Hibshman (2nd)
18 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Cal State San Marcos 14, Hillsdale 4, Neb.-Kearney 4, Anderson (S.C.) 2, Academy of Art 1

Dropped Out: No. 21 Cal State San Marcos, No. 25 Northwest Missouri, No. 29 Hillsdale, No. 30 Southern New Hampshire

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/31
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Wed 9/1
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Sep. 2: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/15
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Sep. 16: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/22
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Week 3Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/29
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 2: Pre-National
Week 4Tue 10/5
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Wed 10/6
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Week 5Tue 10/12
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Wed 10/13
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Oct. 22-24: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/26
Wed 10/27
Nov. 6: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Thu 11/11
Nov. 20: NCAA DII Championships
(Saint Leo, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/6
Sat 11/20
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