2021 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 8

NEW ORLEANS – All eyes are focused on Louisville, Kentucky!

Here is the final edition of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2021 season, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), just five days before the NCAA Championships on Saturday, November 20. Two different teams received first-place votes and only six teams held steady from the previous week as Regional Championships Saturday shed some light on what we can expect come Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.

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

Defending champion Johns Hopkins is the consensus favorite to win its seventh national title in program history and tie SUNY Cortland for the most women’s crowns in NCAA DIII history with seven. The Blue Jays, who earned eight of ten first-place votes, compiled an impressive resume this season with resounding victories at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships, the Centennial Conference Championships and the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle, among others (JHU won each of those meets by an average margin of 43 points). Ashley Heidenrich and Alex Ross have traded the seasonal responsibility of being the top runner for the Blue Jays.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps asserted itself since the start of the season and is JHU’s toughest competition on Saturday, according to the electorate. The Athenas, who earned two first-place votes, most recently steamrolled the field at the West Region Championships, where they put up a meager total of 27 points thanks to four top-10 finishers. Earlier in the season, CMS won the SCIAC crown by 33 points over rival and then-ranked No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer and throttled a big-time field at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic, where it won by 27 points. Meredith Bloss has been the top Athena in three meets, while Natalie Bitetti, Emily Clarke and Riley Harmon all led the team at some point this season as well.

A trio of programs from the Midwest Region are expected to contend for podium spots: Wartburg, which won the regional title and is ranked No. 3; Washington (Mo.), which finished runner-up this past weekend and is ranked No. 4; and UChicago, which finished third this past weekend and is ranked No. 6. Oh, that No. 5 squad is Mideast champion Williams. The Knights are a clear third and put considerable distance between themselves and their Midwest foes over the past few weeks thanks to that regional title this past weekend as well as a strong runner-up effort at the stacked Augustana Interregional Invitational.

Other regional champions are scattered throughout the National Coaches’ Poll in Week 8: North champion UW-La Crosse went from No. 8 to No. 7; Niagara champion SUNY Geneseo moved one spot from No. 9 to No. 8; East champion Tufts is ranked No. 11 after a three-spot improvement and has one of the strongest 1-2-3s in the nation, led by Danielle Page; Great Lakes champion Hope dropped two spots to No. 12; South champion Emory climbed two spots to No. 20; Metro champion Haverford fell one spot to No. 28.

Champions will be crowned on Saturday, November 20, as the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will take place at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky! The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 12 pm ET!

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

2021 Week 8 - November 16th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Centennial (1)
Bobby Van Allen (22nd)
318
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC (1)
Marina Muncan (2nd)
311
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers (1)
Ryan Chapman (6th)
301 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (2)
UAA (1)
Jeff Stiles (21st)
290 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC (1)
Pete Farwell (22nd)
275 ▲ 1
(LW: 6)
6 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (3)
UAA (2)
Chris Hall (21st)
257 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (1)
WIAC (1)
Derek Stanley (10th)
254 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC (1)
Dan Moore (7th)
241 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC (2)
Kirk Reynolds (33rd)
240 ▼ 4
(LW: 5)
10 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (2)
NESCAC (3)
Nicole Wilkerson (11th)
233 ▲ 5
(LW: 15)
11 tufts TUFTS
East Region (1)
NESCAC (2)
Kristen Morwick (22nd)
226 ▲ 3
(LW: 14)
12 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA (1)
Mark Northuis (34th)
218 ▼ 2
(LW: 10)
13 dickinson DICKINSON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Centennial (2)
Don Nichter (32nd)
201 ▼ 1
(LW: 12)
14 mit MIT
East Region (2)
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (15th)
195 ▼ 3
(LW: 11)
15 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
UAA (3)
Tim Connelly (7th)
171 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (2)
MIAA (2)
Brian Diemer (16th)
170 ▼ 3
(LW: 13)
17 bates BATES
East Region (3)
NESCAC (4)
Jay Hartshorn (17th)
159 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (2)
WIAC (2)
Dan Schwamberger (15th)
139 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (3)
OAC (1)
Kyle Basista (8th)
137 ▲ 4
(LW: 23)
20 emory EMORY
South Region (1)
UAA (4)
Linh Nguyen (3rd)
130 ▲ 2
(LW: 22)
21 amherst AMHERST
Mideast Region (3)
NESCAC (5)
Cassie Funke-Harris (10th)
127 ▲ 9
(LW: 30)
22 carleton CARLETON
North Region (3)
MIAC (2)
Donna Ricks (29th)
118 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 brandeis BRANDEIS
East Region (4)
UAA (6)
Sinead Evans (8th)
96 ▲ 3
(LW: 26)
24 case-western-reserve CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Great Lakes Region (4)
UAA (5)
Kathy Lanese (24th)
87 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (4)
MIAC (1)
Erica Maker (4th)
74 ▼ 6
(LW: 19)
26 wellesley WELLESLEY
East Region (5)
NEWMAC (2)
Phil Jennings (9th)
70 ▼ 2
(LW: 24)
27 trine TRINE
Great Lakes Region (5)
MIAA (3)
Zach Raber (9th)
56 ▲ 5
(LW: 32)
28 haverford HAVERFORD
Metro Region (1)
Centennial (3)
Fran Rizzo (31st)
54 ▼ 1
(LW: 27)
29 colorado-college COLORADO COLLEGE
West Region (3)
SCAC (1)
Alex Nichols (2nd)
51 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
30 allegheny-pa ALLEGHENY (PA.)
Great Lakes Region (6)
NCAC (1)
Ben Mourer (6th)
28 ▼ 9
(LW: 21)
30 smith SMITH
Mideast Region (4)
NEWMAC (3)
Ellen O'Neil (18th)
28 ▼ 2
(LW: 28)
32 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South Region (2)
ODAC (1)
Jake Reed (5th)
25 ▼ 1
(LW: 31)

Dropped Out: No. 32 UW-Oshkosh, No. 34 Elmhurst, No. 35 UW-Stevens Point, No. 35 WPI

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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