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

NEW ORLEANS – Championship fever is rising, especially in the latest NJCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Nowhere is the temperature higher than the cool trails in Idaho as the College of Southern Idaho remains the coaches’ near-unanimous selection as the nation’s best team.

Of course, everything will be settled on this year’s final course – the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships set for Saturday, November 13 at Pole Green Park near Richmond, Virginia.

NJCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Southern Idaho
Iowa Western CC
Iowa Central CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Central Arizona
1
Southern Idaho
2
Iowa Western CC
3
Iowa Central CC
4
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
5
Central Arizona
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College of Southern Idaho continued its impressive season, seeking its first national title. CSI’s resume gained strength with a fourth-place in the Inland Empire Championships, a respected meet with 4-year programs in the rugged northwest. Audrey Camp outdueled teammate Natalya Babcock, a previous National Athlete of the Week winner, for team honors as the Golden Eagles once again had a close-knit group of scorers with a 1-5 span of 31 seconds, just 2 seconds off their season’s best of 29 seconds.

Iowa Western CC maintained a razor-thin lead over in-state rival Iowa Central CC to settle this week’s No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The two respected programs haven’t met since mid-September, when the Reivers got the best of the Tritons in the Woody Greeno/Jay Dirksen Invitational. Both squads are led by athletes who’ve earned National Athlete of the Week honors in Iowa Western’s Mercy Biwott and Iowa Central’s Chloe Garcia Grafing.

Cloud County (Kan.) CC continued its move up in the poll to No. 4. The T-Birds won the Black Race at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open after a top-JUCO team finish at the Chile Pepper Festival. Melody Ochana regained team No. 1 honors by 0.6 seconds over Lucy Ndungu in the Fort Hays race.

Central Arizona remains at No. 5. The Vaqueras traveled to California for UC Riverside’s Highlander Invitational, where the reigining Arizona CC champions performed admirably among a myriad of four-year programs.

Leading the rest of the top-10 is No. 6 New Mexico JC, which earned the only No. 1 vote not given to CSI. Completing the top-10 are No. 7. Dodge City (Kan.) CC, No. 8 El Paso (Texas) CC, No. 9 Trinidad State (Colo.) JC and No. 10. Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Defending national champion Ranger (Texas) is No. 11.

NJCAA Division I
Women's Cross Country
USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll

2021 Week #4 - October 20th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region IX (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC
Region XI (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▲2
(LW: 6)
5central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V (2)
 ▼2
(LW: 4)
7dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8el-paso-texas-ccEL PASO (TEXAS) CC
Region V (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9trinidad-state-colo-jcTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.) JC
Region IX (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▲2
(LW: 12)
11ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V (4)
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12north-central-texasNORTH CENTRAL TEXAS
Region V (6)
 ▲1
(LW: 13)
13western-texasWESTERN TEXAS
Region V (3)
 ▲1
(LW: 14)
14indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ▲3
(LW: 17)
15garden-city-kan-ccGARDEN CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16monroe-new-rochelle-n-yMONROE-NEW ROCHELLE (N.Y.)
Region XV
 ▼5
(LW: 11)
17south-plains-texasSOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS)
Region V (7)
 ▼1
(LW: 16)
18vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)
Region XII
 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19nmmiNMMI
Region V (5)
 ▲2
(LW: 21)
20jacksonville-texasJACKSONVILLE (TEXAS)
Region XIV
 ▼1
(LW: 19)
21highland-kan-ccHIGHLAND (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 ▼2
(LW: 20)
23fort-scott-kan-ccFORT SCOTT (KAN.) CC
KJCCC/Region VI
 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24colorado-mountainCOLORADO MOUNTAIN
Region IX (2)
 ◀▶
(LW: 24)

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/8
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Wed 10/6
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Wed 10/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Wed 11/3
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 13: NJCAA DI Championships
(Richmond, Va.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
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