2020 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – We are less than a month out from the rescheduled 2020 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on March 15 at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course. The action in Stillwater, Oklahoma will be televised on ESPNU and through the ESPN App in a joint effort between the USTFCCCA and ESPN.

The next NCAA Division I Women’s National Coaches’ Poll is scheduled  for March 3. In addition, we will have a special, final regular season poll released on the evening of Friday, March 5, a day in which 11 conference championships are scheduled.

Time to see what has happened since the last National Coaches’ Poll release on February 3.

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

Arkansas continues to be No. 1, followed by No. 2 BYU and No. 3 NC State, No. 4 New Mexico and No. 5 Colorado.

New Mexico improved one spot back up to No. 4. The Lobos are set to open their season this Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada before the Mountain West Championships on March 5.

Colorado improved 3 spots from No. 8 for its first top-5 appearance of the season. Last time out, the Buffalos won the Garnet 6k section at the FSU Winter Cross Country Classic, narrowly edging now No. 6 Stanford, 72-77. Rachel McArthur was the top runner for the Buffalos with a fifth place finish in 20:19.9.

Duke, jumping four spots to No. 19, is at its best ranking since 2013. The Blue Devils finished third with 128 points at the FSU Winter Classic behind Colorado and Stanford. Duke’s top finisher was Michaela Reinhart in 19th place, with the next four scoring runners finishing in a tight pack at 25-27-28-29.

The biggest move was made by No. 23 Providence, climbing up seven spots from its Week 4 ranking of No. 30. The Friars first competition of the season is slated for March 5 at the Big East Championships in Cary, North Carolina.

There are five new additions to the top-30 in Week 5: No. 22 Oklahoma State, No. 25 Portland, No. 28 Ole Miss, No. 29 West Virginia and No. 30 San Francisco.

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

2020 Week 5 - February 17th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (1)
Lance Harter (31st)
326
(9 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC (1)
Diljeet Taylor (5th)
306 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Laurie Henes (15th)
305
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (2)
Mountain West (1)
Joe Franklin (14th)
295 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (3)
Pac-12 (2)
Mark Wetmore (26th)
286 ▲ 3
(LW: 8)
6 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (1)
J.J. Clark (2nd)
285
(1 fpv)
▼ 2
(LW: 4)
7 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten (1)
Lisa Breznau (1st)
260 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (29th)
253 ▼ 1
(LW: 7)
9 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (3)
Maurica Powell (3rd)
235 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (1)
Big Ten (2)
Sarah Hopkins (8th)
227 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (3)
Mountain West (2)
Corey Ihmels (8th)
216 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC (2)
Dan Waters (10th)
192 ▲ 1
(LW: 13)
13 georgia-tech GEORGIA TECH
South Region (2)
ACC (2)
Alan Drosky (28th)
180 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (3)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (9th)
178 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten (3)
Sarah Haveman (3rd)
169 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (4)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (4th)
152 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (4)
Ron Helmer (14th)
144 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (3)
ACC (3)
Kelly Phillips (6th)
124 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 duke DUKE
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (4)
Rhonda Riley (5th)
119 ▲ 4
(LW: 23)
20 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East (1)
Mitchell Baker (1st)
87 ▼ 2
(LW: 18)
21 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (4)
Big 12 (1)
Amy Rudolph (3rd)
79 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12 (4)
Dave Smith (12th)
68
(LW: RV)
23 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (1)
Big East (3)
Ray Treacy (37th)
66 ▲ 7
(LW: 30)
23 texas TEXAS
South Central Region (2)
Big 12 (2)
PattiSue Plumer (3rd)
66 ▲ 2
(LW: 25)
25 portland PORTLAND
West Region (4)
WCC (2)
Ian Solof (19th)
61
(LW: RV)
26 ohio-state OHIO STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (5)
Khadevis Robinson (5th)
60 ▼ 4
(LW: 22)
27 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region (6)
Pac-12 (4)
Louis Quintana (4th)
55 ▼ 6
(LW: 21)
28 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (4)
SEC (3)
Ryan Vanhoy (8th)
44
(LW: RV)
29 west-virginia WEST VIRGINIA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Sean Cleary (14th)
40
(LW: RV)
30 san-francisco SAN FRANCISCO
West Region (5)
WCC (3)
Tim Riley (1st)
38
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Oregon 37, Utah 35, North Carolina 33, Wisconsin 26, Penn State 18, Tulsa 12, Villanova 10, Air Force 9, Weber State 9, Iona 8, Butler 2

Dropped Out: No. 24 Oregon, No. 26 Utah, No. 27 North Carolina, No. 28 Wisconsin, No. 29 Boston College

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2020 Rankings & Polls Calendar
COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts
The NCAA Division I National Championsips have been rescheduled to be held on March 15, 2021.
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