2021 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – It only took a few weeks of competition to start shaking up the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The newest installment features 17 programs that moved among the top-30, including two teams tied at No. 1 in Week 1. This is the first time in our polls that two NCAA DI women’s teams shared the No. 1 spot.

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

Joining BYU at the top of the National Coaches’ Poll this week is NC State after improving one spot. The Wolfpack, ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history, is slated to open up the season at the adidas XC Challenge this weekend in Cary, North Carolina.

The Cougars, who are also ranked No. 1 for the second week in a row, kicked off the season with a win at the BYU Autumn Classic. Individual winner Aubrey Frentheway completed the 5k course in 17:39.1 and led a Cougar sweep of the top-9 spots.

No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 New Mexico and No. 5 Michigan State each held their respective ranking from the Preseason edition.

Climbing into the top-10 for the first time this season is No. 9 Michigan. The Wolverines improved two spots to bump Minnesota and Washington back to No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. The Wolverines had an impressive showing at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, finishing third in the team standings and placing three runners in the top-8.

Speaking of the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, now-No. 15 Georgetown jumped five spots in the National Coaches’ Poll after topping previously mentioned Golden Gophers, 48-51. The Hoyas were paced by individual runner-up Maggie Donahue, who completed the 6k course in 20:46.2, while Kiera Bothwell earned a top-10 finish in ninth place.

Other teams that climbed up the leaderboard are No. 14 Ole Miss (one spot from No. 15), No. 21 Connecticut (up two from No. 23), No. 25 Providence (up one from No. 26), No. 26 Colorado State (up one from No. 27) and No. 28 Wisconsin (up one from No. 29). All five teams won their respective competitions to open up the season.

Oregon, which was previously receiving votes, moved up to No. 27 as the newest addition to the National Coaches’ Poll. The Ducks topped Portland at the Lewis & Clark Opener to start the season.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, as the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will take place at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

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

2021 Week 1 - September 14th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 byu BYU
Mountain Region (1)
WCC
Diljeet Taylor (6th)
320
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
1 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC
Laurie Henes (16th)
320
(3 fpv)
▲ 1
(LW: 2)
3 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (3rd)
305 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (2)
Mountain West
Joe Franklin (15th)
298 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (1)
Big Ten
Lisa Breznau (2nd)
280 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Lance Harter (32nd)
271 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC
Dan Waters (11th)
261 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (4)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (27th)
241 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (30th)
225 ▲ 2
(LW: 11)
10 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (1)
Big Ten
Sarah Hopkins (9th)
219 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Maurica Powell (4th)
216 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (3)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (5th)
208 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Dylan Sorensen (1st)
187 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC
Ryan Vanhoy (9th)
166 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Mitchell Baker (2nd)
160 ▲ 5
(LW: 20)
16 boise-state BOISE STATE
West Region (3)
Mountain West
Corey Ihmels (9th)
149 ▼ 2
(LW: 14)
17 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten
Sarah Haveman (4th)
144 ◀▶
(LW: 17)
18 indiana INDIANA
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Ron Helmer (15th)
138 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (3)
ACC
Bob Braman (8th)
120 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (5)
ACC
Matt Sparks (4th)
111 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 connecticut CONNECTICUT
Northeast Region (1)
Big East
Lindsay Crevoiserat (3rd)
90 ▲ 2
(LW: 23)
22 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region (4)
Pac-12
Louis Quintana (5th)
86 ◀▶
(LW: 22)
23 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12
Dave Smith (13th)
82 ▼ 2
(LW: 21)
24 princeton PRINCETON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Ivy League
Brad Hunt (6th)
67 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (2)
Big East
Ray Treacy (38th)
64 ▲ 1
(LW: 26)
26 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (5)
Mountain West
Art Siemers (10th)
59 ▲ 1
(LW: 27)
27 oregon OREGON
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (10th)
54
(LW: RV)
28 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Mackenzie Wartenberger (3rd)
51 ▲ 1
(LW: 29)
29 georgia-tech GEORGIA TECH
South Region (4)
ACC
Alan Drosky (29th)
46 ▼ 4
(LW: 25)
30 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (4)
Big 12
Amy Rudolph (4th)
35 ◀▶
(LW: 30)

Also Receiving Votes: Utah 26, West Virginia 25, Furman 16, Ohio State 13, Texas 10, Portland 10, Purdue 9, San Francisco 8, Boston College 6, Syracuse 5, Liberty 5, Duke 4, Tulsa 3, Kentucky 1, Tennessee 1

Dropped Out: No. 28 Ohio State

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sept. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 10: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/20
Tue 9/21
Week 3Mon 9/27
Tue 9/28
Week 4Mon 10/4
Tue 10/5
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/18
Tue 10/19
Oct. 28-31: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 11/1
Tue 11/2
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/15
Tue 11/16
Nov. 20: NCAA DI Championships
(Tallahassee, Fla.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/20
Sun 11/21
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