2021 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending champion St. Francis (Ill.) is an overwhelming favorite to win the team title again in 2021, according to the electorate in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll. The Saints earned all 20 first-place votes in the preseason edition of the poll, which was released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

NAIA — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
St. Francis (Ill.)
Taylor (Ind.)
College of Idaho
Milligan (Tenn.)
Indiana Wesleyan
1
St. Francis (Ill.)
2
Taylor (Ind.)
3
College of Idaho
4
Milligan (Tenn.)
5
Indiana Wesleyan
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Following top-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) – which returns its entire scoring lineup from last year – are second-ranked Taylor (Ind.) and third-ranked College of Idaho. The Trojans finished third at the 2020 NAIA Cross Country Championships, while the Yotes took runner-up honors.

No. 4 Milligan (Tenn.) and No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan round out the top-5 teams.

The 2021 NAIA Cross Country Championships are scheduled to be held Friday, November 19, in Vancouver, Washington.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2021 Preseason - August 26th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2020
FINAL
1 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (10th)
560
(20 fpv)
1
2 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (12th)
530 3
3 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Austin Basterrechea (6th)
523 2
4 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (23rd)
512 7
5 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (34th)
488 5
6 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (7th)
466 8
7 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (24th)
451 9
8 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (9th)
397 10
9 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (7th)
394 11
10 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (2nd)
391 12
11 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (25th)
377 13
12 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (9th)
353 4
13 oregon-tech OREGON TECH
Cascade
Jack Kegg (11th)
334 15
14 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (2nd)
319 16
15 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (14th)
298 17
16 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads
Corey Birchmeier (6th)
280 23
17 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (3rd)
270 19
18 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (18th)
242 ---
19 dalton-state-ga DALTON STATE (GA.)
SSAC
Dean Thompson (4th)
207 18
20 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference
Paul Kurtz (10th)
193 22
21 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South
Randy Greer (7th)
191 20
22 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (2nd)
188 25
23 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Matt Aguero (6th)
171 6
24 northwest-wash NORTHWEST (WASH.)
Cascade
Mark Mandi (13th)
163 21
25 baker-kan BAKER (KAN.)
The Heart
Tim Byers (8th)
131 28

Also Receiving Votes: William Woods (Mo.) 102, Morningside (Iowa) 77, Friends (Kan.) 77, Grace (Ind.) 74, Columbia (Mo.) 44, Westmont (Calif.) 40, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 33, Indiana Tech 33, Montana Western 24, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 10, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 9, Benedictine (Kan.) 8, Eastern Oregon 7, Shawnee State (Ohio) 6

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2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/23
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 8/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 9/20
Thu 9/23
Week 2Mon 10/4
Thu 10/7
Week 3Mon 10/11
Thu 10/14
Week 4Mon 10/25
Thu 10/28
Week 5Mon 11/8
Mon 11/8
Nov. 19 NAIA Championships
(Vancouver, Wash.)
FINAL ResultsFri 11/19
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