2021 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 7

NEW ORLEANS – It’s always good to peak in the postseason.

Just ask 17 of the 24 programs who improved their positions in the latest NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Adams State
Grand Valley State
Augustana (S.D.)
Lee (Tenn.)
Colo. School of Mines
1
Adams State
2
Grand Valley State
3
Augustana (S.D.)
4
Lee (Tenn.)
5
Colo. School of Mines
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Even the top-3 of Adams State, Grand Valley State and Augustana (S.D.) – who maintained their top-3 spots – showed improvement following dominating wins in their regional meet.

Reigning national champion Adams State remains at the top for good reasons. The Grizzlies won the deep South Central Region Championships by 67 points as individual champion Brianna Robles led four other teammates in the top-10.

How deep is the South Central Region? The region has the most teams in the poll (eight), all of whom earned berths to the upcoming NCAA Championships. Adams State is very familiar with six of those who hail from the Rocky Mountain Conference – twice as many as the next-best conference – including No. 5 Colorado School of Mines and co-No. 6 UC-Colorado Springs.

The Midwest Region can match that total of eight teams in the top-30, with seven gaining their way to the upcoming NCAA Championships. No. 2 Grand Valley State was impressive in winning the deep meet by 70 points, led by Hannah Becker and Klaudia O’Malley, who finished 3-4 with the same time. The Lakers spent four polls earlier this season with at least a share of No. 1.

Augustana (S.D.) was also triumphant on Saturday, taking the Central Region by 80 points. The Vikings were led by runner-up Megan Means, who became the third runner with team honors this year, joining Nicolette Schmidt and P.J. English.

Three other regional winners are in this week’s Top-10, led by Lee (Tenn.). The Flames are the highest-ranked team to move up in this week’s poll and are now at a season-high No. 4 after winning the South Region Championships. Celine Ritter – who has won four of her five races this fall – took the individual crown by more than 20 seconds.

Queens (N.C.) won the team title at the Southeast Regional Championships by 18 points in a reversal of positions with rival Wingate, who the SAC title by 16 points. The Royals thus moved up three places to a season-best of co-No. 6 as the Bulldogs dropped a rung to No. 8.

Simon Fraser is No. 9 after winning the West Region Championship by 16 points over No. 12 Cal State Stanislaus. Southern Indiana moved up to No. 10 after being runner-up to GVSU in the Midwest Region.

The biggest mover of the week was Colorado Christian, jumping up 10 spots to No. 16 and earning a first-ever entry to the NCAA Championships as a team – an honor shared with Academy of Art, which leaped up five places to No. 23.

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 7 - November 10th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Damon Martin (34th)
240
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (23rd)
232 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC (1)
Tracy Hellman (21st)
224 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC (1)
Caleb Morgan (8th)
214 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (2)
Chris Siemers (10th)
208 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (2)
Tom Scott (4th)
196 ▲ 3
(LW: 9)
6 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (3)
Corey Kubatzky (7th)
196 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
8 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (2)
SAC (1)
Pol Domenech (2nd)
178 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (1)
GNAC (1)
Brit Townsend (22nd)
176 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (25th)
169 ▲ 1
(LW: 11)
11 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (5)
Jennifer Michel (15th)
165 ▲ 2
(LW: 13)
12 cal-state-stanislaus CAL STATE STANISLAUS
West Region (2)
CCAA (1)
Darren Holman (6th)
154 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 cedarville CEDARVILLE
Midwest Region (3)
G-MAC (1)
Jeff Bolender (12th)
143 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (3)
CCAA (2)
Gary Towne (26th)
129 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC (2)
Rod Cowan (12th)
124 ▲ 7
(LW: 22)
16 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (5)
RMAC (13)
John Poag (8th)
116 ▲ 10
(LW: 26)
17 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC (2)
James Kearney (8th)
109 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
18 minnesota-duluth MINNESOTA DULUTH
Central Region (2)
NSIC (3)
Karly Brautigam (1st)
106 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (6)
Lone Star (1)
Jacob Phillips (17th)
94 ▲ 2
(LW: 21)
20 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (6)
G-MAC (2)
Rob Mizicko (10th)
89 ▲ 3
(LW: 23)
21 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (3)
NSIC (2)
Jamison Dietrich (1st)
75 ▼ 4
(LW: 17)
22 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (7)
G-MAC (3)
Andrew Towne (11th)
73
(LW: RV)
23 academy-of-art ACADEMY OF ART
West Region (4)
PacWest (1)
Bruce Jackson (1st)
64 ▲ 5
(LW: 28)
24 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (7)
Lone Star (2)
Jake Krolick (5th)
51 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 csu-pueblo CSU PUEBLO
South Central Region (8)
RMAC (4)
Matt Morris (6th)
47 ▼ 15
(LW: 10)
26 american-international AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (1)
Logan Sharpe (1st)
39
(LW: RV)
27 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC (1)
Nathan Meeuwenberg (1st)
20 NR
28 winona-state WINONA STATE
Central Region (4)
NSIC (5)
John Hibshman (2nd)
16 NR
29 southwest-baptist SOUTHWEST BAPTIST
Midwest Region (8)
GLVC (3)
Corey McElhaney (14th)
13 ▼ 9
(LW: 20)
30 saint-leo SAINT LEO
South Region (2)
Sunshine (1)
Kent Reiber (7th)
11
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: MSU Denver 10, Stonehill 10, Anderson (S.C.) 7, Biola (Calif.) 6, Seton Hill 6, Mississippi College 5, Cal State San Marcos 3, Charleston (W.Va.) 1, Roberts Wesleyan 1

Dropped Out: No. 19 MSU Denver, No. 24 Neb.-Kearney, No. 26 Minnesota State, No. 29 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 30 Biola (Calif.)

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

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