2020 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the final NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll of the 2020 fall segment on Tuesday afternoon.

The top-5 saw some shuffling among familiar faces, while several other changes occurred within the remaining ranked teams.

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

Arkansas remains atop the National Coaches’ Poll for the third time this season and the seventh consecutive week dating back to October 8, 2019. The Razorbacks competed in several meets in the fall, namely at the SEC Championships, where they won their eighth-straight conference title. Arkansas ended up scoring 41 points with Lauren Gregory as the top finisher for the program in fourth place.

No. 2 NC State and No. 3 BYU each earned a one spot bump from their previous rankings. The Wolfpack is back in the No. 2 spot for the first time since the 2016 season following its fifth-straight ACC title. Dominique Clairmonte earned the individual crown and teammate Hannah Steelman finished third to lead NC State. The Cougars only competed once this season, but didn’t disappoint, claiming the win at the Oklahoma State Invitational with 22 points. Whitni Orton was the individual winner with the rest of the BYU scoring contingent finishing in the top-10.

The shift by BYU pushed New Mexico to No. 4, while Stanford remained steady at No. 5 for a third consecutive week.

Indiana made the biggest jump in this week’s poll, climbing three spots to No. 16 for a season-high placement. The Hoosiers have not competed this season and intend on starting their season after the New Year. Indiana returns a pair of NCAA competitors in Bailey Hertenstein and Sarah Schmitt, who placed 31st and 58th, respectively, at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last year.

No. 26 Northern Arizona and No. 28 Duke each earned a two-spot bump in this week’s poll. While their male counterparts ran at the OSU Invitational, the Lumberjack women will look to return to competition in 2021. Duke competed in several meets and capped its fall segment with a fourth-place finish at the ACC Championships – the program’s highest finish since 2012.

No. 30 California Baptist is back in the top-30 for the second time this season to round out the National Coaches’ Poll. The Lancers are set to begin competition after January 1. CBU finished its season last year with a perfect score to claim the team title at the WAC Championships.

Remember: The rescheduled 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships are set for Monday, March 15, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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

2020 Week 3 - November 24th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region
SEC (1)
Lance Harter (31st)
320
(6 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region
ACC (1)
Laurie Henes (15th)
306
(1 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 3)
3 byu BYU
Mountain Region
WCC (1)
Diljeet Taylor (5th)
304
(2 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 4)
4 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region
Mountain West (1)
Joe Franklin (14th)
303 ▼ 2
(LW: 2)
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region
Pac-12 (1)
J.J. Clark (2nd)
300
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (29th)
274 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (26th)
261 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 washington WASHINGTON
West Region
Pac-12 (3)
Maurica Powell (3rd)
256 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten (1)
Lisa Breznau (1st)
243 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (9th)
211 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten (6)
Mackenzie Wartenberger (2nd)
192 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region
Big Ten (2)
Sarah Hopkins (8th)
185 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region
Mountain West (2)
Corey Ihmels (8th)
177 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 georgia-tech GEORGIA TECH
South Region
ACC (2)
Alan Drosky (28th)
175 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 penn-state PENN STATE
Mid-Atlantic Region
Big Ten (8)
John Gondak (7th)
160 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten (4)
Ron Helmer (14th)
146 ▲ 3
(LW: 19)
17 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region
Big Ten (3)
Sarah Haveman (3rd)
141 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 utah UTAH
Mountain Region
Pac-12 (6)
Kyle Kepler (16th)
138 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 alabama ALABAMA
South Region
SEC (2)
Dan Waters (10th)
132 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region
ACC (3)
Kelly Phillips (6th)
117 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region
Big East (1)
Mitchell Baker (1st)
114 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region
Pac-12 (4)
Louis Quintana (4th)
99 ▼ 2
(LW: 20)
23 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region
Big 12 (1)
Amy Rudolph (3rd)
89 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region
ACC (6)
Matt Sparks (3rd)
80 ▲ 1
(LW: 25)
25 oregon OREGON
West Region
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (9th)
69 ▲ 1
(LW: 26)
26 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (4th)
63 ▲ 2
(LW: 28)
27 air-force AIR FORCE
Mountain Region
Mountain West (5)
Ryan Cole (7th)
58 ◀▶
(LW: 27)
28 duke DUKE
Southeast Region
ACC (4)
Rhonda Riley (5th)
40 ▲ 2
(LW: 30)
29 texas TEXAS
South Central Region
Big 12 (2)
PattiSue Plumer (3rd)
36 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
30 california-baptist CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
West Region
WAC (1)
Adam Tribble (3rd)
27
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State 18, North Carolina 16, Tulsa 13, Ole Miss 13, Villanova 9, Virginia 7, West Virginia 5, San Francisco 4, Iona 4, Northern Illinois 3, Portland 3, Butler 2, Kentucky 1, Providence 1

Dropped Out: No. 24 Harvard

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