2021 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6

NEW ORLEANS – Change is in the air!

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for Week 6 of the 2021 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Would you believe us if we told you that only six teams from Week 5 remained in the same place after an action-packed weekend?

NCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Johns Hopkins
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Pomona-Pitzer
Wartburg
Washington (Mo.)
1
Johns Hopkins
2
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
3
Pomona-Pitzer
4
Wartburg
5
Washington (Mo.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Johns Hopkins, the unanimous No. 1, cemented its spot atop the index with a dominant victory at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle this past weekend. The Blue Jays scored just 28 points in the 35-team meet thanks to placing its entire scoring lineup in the top-10. Johns Hopkins also saw its next two runners finish 11th and 14th, so they were all in the top-15.

Two West Coast teams hold down spots No. 2 and No. 3: rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer, respectively. The Athenas didn’t compete this past weekend, but made it look easy at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational two weeks ago with a 63-point win. The Sagehens, who jumped six spots from No. 9, were supposed to compete at their own invitational, but didn’t (COVID restrictions), certainly made up for lost time at the Augustana Interregional Invitational with an impressive victory over former No. 2 (now No. 4) Wartburg.

Hope rose eight spots between Week 5 and Week 6 to a program-best-since-2018 No. 8. The Flying Dutch, behind Anastasia Tucker’s individual title, finished a close – and we mean close – fifth at the Augustana Interregional Invitational. Hope ended up with 100 points, just three points fewer than No. 5 Washington (Mo.) and No. 7 UChicago totaled in a third-place tiebreaker.

Tufts, Bates and Middlebury, the third-, fourth- and fifth-place teams from the Connecticut College Invitational, sit No. 14, No. 15 and No. 16, respectively. The Jumbos were a clear third behind meet champion No. 6 Williams and No. 12 MIT, while the Bobcats and the Panthers were separated by just four points (163-167). No. 19 Amherst was fifth with 169 points.

Three programs jumped seven or more spots since Week 5: St. Olaf went from No. 30 to No. 23 after a third-place effort at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle; Brandeis went from No. 35 to No. 24 after a seventh-place showing at the Connecticut College Invitational; Trine went from No. 34 to No. 27 thanks to a fifth-place effort at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble.

No. 25 UW-Stevens Point, No. 30 Colorado College and No. 34 Smith all joined the poll after not being ranked in Week 5. This is the Pointers’ best ranking since 2014, while the Pioneers are ranked for the first time in program history.

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!

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

2021 Week 6 - October 20th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (22nd)
350
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Marina Muncan (2nd)
340 ▲ 2
(LW: 4)
3 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Kirk Reynolds (33rd)
330 ▲ 6
(LW: 9)
4 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (6th)
320 ▼ 2
(LW: 2)
5 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (21st)
306 ▼ 2
(LW: 3)
6 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Pete Farwell (22nd)
301 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (21st)
290 ▼ 2
(LW: 5)
8 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Mark Northuis (34th)
276 ▲ 8
(LW: 16)
9 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (7th)
268 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 dickinson DICKINSON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (32nd)
262 ▼ 3
(LW: 7)
11 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (1)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (10th)
254 ▼ 3
(LW: 8)
12 mit MIT
East Region (1)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (15th)
240 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Brian Diemer (16th)
230 ▼ 2
(LW: 11)
14 tufts TUFTS
East Region (2)
NESCAC (2)
Kristen Morwick (22nd)
222 ▲ 3
(LW: 17)
15 bates BATES
East Region (3)
NESCAC (4)
Jay Hartshorn (17th)
210 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (2)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (11th)
199 ▲ 7
(LW: 23)
17 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
UAA (3)
Tim Connelly (7th)
183 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 emory EMORY
South Region (1)
UAA (4)
Linh Nguyen (3rd)
176 ▼ 4
(LW: 14)
19 amherst AMHERST
Mideast Region (3)
NESCAC (5)
Cassie Funke-Harris (10th)
174 ▼ 6
(LW: 13)
20 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (2)
WIAC (2)
Dan Schwamberger (15th)
161 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (3)
NCAC (1)
Ben Mourer (6th)
151 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 carleton CARLETON
North Region (3)
MIAC (2)
Donna Ricks (29th)
147 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (4)
MIAC (1)
Erica Maker (4th)
123 ▲ 7
(LW: 30)
24 brandeis BRANDEIS
East Region (4)
UAA (6)
Sinead Evans (8th)
119 ▲ 11
(LW: 35)
25 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
North Region (5)
WIAC (4)
Brett Witt (8th)
110 NR
26 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (4)
OAC (1)
Kyle Basista (8th)
100 ▼ 7
(LW: 19)
27 trine TRINE
Great Lakes Region (5)
MIAA (3)
Zach Raber (9th)
87 ▲ 7
(LW: 34)
28 haverford HAVERFORD
Metro Region (1)
Centennial (3)
Fran Rizzo (31st)
81 ▲ 4
(LW: 32)
29 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (6)
UAA (5)
Kathy Lanese (24th)
64 ▼ 6
(LW: 23)
30 colorado-college COLORADO COLLEGE
West Region (3)
SCAC (1)
Alex Nichols (2nd)
49 NR
31 rit RIT
Niagara Region (2)
Liberty League (5)
Amanda Haller (3rd)
47 ▼ 4
(LW: 27)
32 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South Region (2)
ODAC (1)
Jake Reed (5th)
45 ▼ 3
(LW: 29)
33 wpi WPI
East Region (5)
NEWMAC (5)
Brian Chabot (14th)
38 ▼ 7
(LW: 26)
34 smith SMITH
Mideast Region (4)
NEWMAC (3)
Ellen O'Neil (18th)
23 NR
35 loras LORAS
Midwest Region (4)
American Rivers (2)
Bob Schultz (17th)
16 ▼ 2
(LW: 33)

Also Receiving Votes: Trinity (Texas) 7, Central (Iowa) 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 George Fox, No. 28 Wesleyan (Conn.), No. 31 Rochester (N.Y.)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/24
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/25
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/15
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 25: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/5
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/6
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 10/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/13
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Tue 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/20
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 30-31: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 11/3
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 13: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/16
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 20: NCAA DIII Championships
(Louisville, Ky.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/20
MEN | WOMEN
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