2021 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – Big changes are coming, but not this week.
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for Week 5 of the 2021 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Just two teams found new spots in the index, as most squads geared up for an upcoming weekend that promises excitement.
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The top-13 teams in the National Coaches’ Poll remained in the same spot from Week 4.
Right below is where Bates and Emory were tied at No. 13 – but now, the Eagles sit alone in that position since the Bobcats fell one spot to No. 14. Emory turned in a strong effort at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic two weeks ago, finishing fourth in a loaded field. The Eagles were led by sophomore Annika Urban, who placed second overall in 21:49.1.
Further down is where you’ll find Case Western Reserve and Middlebury locked in a tie at No. 23. That’s because the Spartans climbed one spot from No. 24, which is where they were in Week 3. Case Western Reserve starred in a runner-up finish at the Mike Woods Invitational two weeks ago, as they put four runners in the top-30. Jana Fisher led the way in third place.
We’ll see five or more ranked teams compete at four different meets this weekend
- Augustana Invitational (6 teams): No. 2 Wartburg, No. 3 Washington (Mo.), No. 5 UChicago, No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 11 Calvin and No. 16 Hope
- Connecticut College Invitational (10 teams): No. 6 Williams, No. 12 MIT, No. 13 Amherst, No. 15 Bates, No. 18 Tufts, No. 23 Middlebury, No. 25 George Fox, No. 26 WPI, No. 28 Wesleyan (Conn.) and No. 35 Brandeis
- Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble (5 teams): No. 17 Carnegie Mellon, No. 19 John Carroll, No. 22 Allegheny (Pa.), No. 23 Case Western Reserve and No. 34 Trine
- Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle (7 teams): No. 1 Johns Hopkins, No. 7 Dickinson, No. 10 SUNY Geneseo, No. 29 Lynchburg, No. 30 St. Olaf, No. 31 Rochester (N.Y.) and No. 32 Haverford
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!