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

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Here is the Week 6 edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. The entire-top 30 changed as a result of Conference Championships Weekend.

NCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
NC State
New Mexico
Colorado
BYU
Minnesota
1
NC State
2
New Mexico
3
Colorado
4
BYU
5
Minnesota
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

NC State is back at No. 1 after sitting at No. 2 in Week 5. The Wolfpack, who received five first-place votes, scored 20 points en route to the program’s sixth consecutive ACC title. The 20 points scored by the Wolfpack also tied the lowest point total in championship history. Kelsey Chmiel and Katelyn Tuohy went 1-2 to lead all five runners to top-10 finishes.

New Mexico, who also received five first-place votes, is at No. 2 this week. The Lobos were impressive in claiming their 14th straight Mountain West title with a perfect score of 15. Amelia Mazza-Downie led the Lobos with her individual win, just 0.6 seconds ahead of Emma Heckel.

Colorado received one first-place vote and improved one spot to No. 3 for a season best billing. The Buffaloes captured the program’s fifth Pac-12 Championship with 24 points over now No. 7 Utah. It was an impressive run for the Buffaloes, as they placed four runners in the top-5 led by the 1-2 punch of Abby Nichols and Emily Covert.

BYU will come in at No. 4 in Week 6 following the improvement of Colorado. The Cougars recently won the West Coast Conference title with 21 points. Whittni Orton won the individual title to pace all scoring runners to top-8 finishes.

Minnesota improved one spot to No. 5 and is back in the top-5 for the first time since 2008. The Gophers won a close team battle for the Big Ten title by just six points over runner-up Wisconsin, 72-78. Megan Hasz captured the individual crown in 20:34.5 and held off runner-up Ericka VanderLende of Michigan by 0.8 seconds. Abby Kohut-Jackson and Bethany Hasz also earned top-10 finishes in seventh and ninth, respectively, for the Gophers.

Oklahoma State inched closer to the top-5 after improving one spot to No. 6. The Cowgirls held off former No. 17 (now co-No. 13) Iowa State by one point for the Big 12 title, 35-36. Taylor Roe was the Cowgirls’ top finisher with her third-place finish and led four runners to top-10 finishes.

Arkansas made one of the biggest leaps of the week, moving up seven spots from No. 15 to No. 8. The Razorbacks captured their ninth-straight SEC title with 68 points over former No. 11 (now No. 15) Ole Miss and former No. 5 (now No. 11) Alabama, who finished in second and third, respectively. Krissy Gear placed third to lead the Razorbacks, while Isabel Van Camp also earned a top-10 finish in tenth.

Florida State and North Carolina are co-No. 9 this week after strong performances at the ACC Championships that saw them finish third and second, respectively. The Seminoles improved one spot from No. 10 and had runners finish 11-13-22-26-30. The Tar Heels are back in the top-10 for the first time since 2004 following a four spot jump. Brynn Brown (sixth) and Paige Hofstaf (tenth) paced the Tar Heels to runner-up honors.

Speaking of Wisconsin and that thrilling Big Ten matchup earlier, the Badgers are credited with the Biggest Move of the Week after soaring nine spots to become co-No. 13. The Big Ten runner-ups went 10-11-16-18-23 for 78 points, finishing ahead of third-place Michigan State (82) and fourth-place Michigan (85). The Spartans improved to No. 16 and the Wolverines fell to No. 12.

Moving from the Land of Receiving Votes to the National Coaches’ Poll are No. 20 Oregon, No. 28 West Virginia, No. 29 Gonzaga and No. 30 Kentucky. The Zags are making their first top-30 appearance since 2015 thanks to a runner-up finish at the West Coast Conference Championships.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20 as the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will take place at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida! Remember that you can watch ALL of the action commercial-free on ESPNU starting at 10 am ET!

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

2021 Week 6 - November 2nd

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Laurie Henes (16th)
323
(5 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (2)
Mountain West (1)
Joe Franklin (15th)
321
(5 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (1)
Mark Wetmore (27th)
305
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC (1)
Diljeet Taylor (6th)
304 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Sarah Hopkins (9th)
282 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (13th)
251 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 utah UTAH
Mountain Region (4)
Pac-12 (2)
Kyle Kepler (17th)
250 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Lance Harter (32nd)
243 ▲ 7
(LW: 15)
9 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (1)
ACC (3)
Bob Braman (8th)
207 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
9 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (2)
Dylan Sorensen (1st)
207 ▲ 4
(LW: 13)
11 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (3)
SEC (3)
Dan Waters (11th)
206 ▼ 6
(LW: 5)
12 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (4)
Mike McGuire (30th)
193 ▼ 3
(LW: 9)
13 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12 (2)
Amy Rudolph (4th)
189 ▲ 4
(LW: 17)
13 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (2)
Mackenzie Wartenberger (3rd)
189 ▲ 9
(LW: 22)
15 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC (2)
Ryan Vanhoy (9th)
183 ▼ 4
(LW: 11)
16 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (3)
Lisa Breznau (2nd)
162 ▲ 4
(LW: 20)
17 syracuse SYRACUSE
Northeast Region (1)
ACC (4)
Brien Bell (4th)
161 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (5)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (5th)
147 ▲ 1
(LW: 19)
19 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (7)
Mountain West (3)
Art Siemers (10th)
123 ▼ 7
(LW: 12)
20 oregon OREGON
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (3)
Robert Johnson (10th)
99
(LW: RV)
21 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (4)
Maurica Powell (4th)
95 ▼ 3
(LW: 18)
22 utah-state UTAH STATE
Mountain Region (6)
Mountain West (2)
Artie Gulden (5th)
92 ▲ 6
(LW: 28)
23 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big East (1)
Mitchell Baker (2nd)
86 ▲ 3
(LW: 26)
24 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (2)
Big East (5)
Ray Treacy (38th)
71 ▼ 10
(LW: 14)
25 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (5)
ACC (5)
Matt Sparks (4th)
57 ▼ 4
(LW: 21)
26 stanford STANFORD
West Region (4)
Pac-12 (5)
J.J. Clark (3rd)
55 ▼ 3
(LW: 23)
27 liberty LIBERTY
Southeast Region (4)
ASUN (1)
Isaac Wendland (3rd)
47 ▼ 3
(LW: 24)
28 west-virginia WEST VIRGINIA
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big 12 (3)
Sean Cleary (15th)
44
(LW: RV)
29 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (3)
WCC (2)
Jake Stewart (4th)
35
(LW: RV)
30 kentucky KENTUCKY
Southeast Region (3)
SEC (4)
Lonnie Greene (4th)
32
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Toledo 26, Portland 20, Connecticut 20, Butler 20, Villanova 16, Weber State 16, Illinois 15, Indiana 6, Boise State 6, San Francisco 5, Tennessee 3, Boston College 1, Harvard 1, Texas 1

Dropped Out: No. 25 Illinois, No. 27 Portland, No. 29 Butler, No. 30 Toledo

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sept. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 10: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/5
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Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 28-31: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/15
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
(Tallahassee, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 11/21
MEN | WOMEN
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