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

NEW ORLEANS – The College of Southern Idaho bolted to the lead as No. 1 in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.

It’s the first No. 1 ranking in program history for the Golden Eagles as an exciting season will culminate with the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 13 at Pole Green Park in Richmond, Virginia.

NJCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Southern Idaho
New Mexico JC
Dodge City (Kan.) CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Western Texas
1
Southern Idaho
2
New Mexico JC
2
Dodge City (Kan.) CC
4
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
5
Western Texas
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

College of Southern Idaho opened the season impressively with four freshmen finishing ahead of the three returners from last year’s third-place team in the CSI Classic on September 3. CSI earned six of the eight first-place votes in the Week 1 poll.

Dodge City (Kan.) CC earned the only other first-place votes and tied New Mexico JC for the No. 2 position in the Week 1 poll. Dodge City, which returns six runners from last year’s fifth-place team, finished second at the Terry Masterson Classic on September 3 with 81 points. NMJC was national runner-up in 2019 but missed last year’s meet. The T-Birds opened up with an all-freshman squad that finished seventh in the Texas Tech Open on September 4.

Runners-up last year, Cloud County (Kan.) checks in at No. 4 in the Week 1 poll. The T-Birds were right behind Dodge City for third place at the Terry Masterson Classic.

Western Texas, ninth last year, was the second-highest JC team in the Texas Tech Open. The Westerners were led by Valerie Garcia, one of three freshmen who complement four returners.

Rounding out the top-10: No. 6 Garden City (Kan.) CC, No. 7 (tie) Hutchinson (Kan.) CC and North Central Texas, No. 9 Indian Hills (Iowa) and No. 10 Ranger (Texas) JC, the defending national champions.

Only programs which have competed this year are eligible in the poll.

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

2021 Week #1 - September 8th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2020
FINAL
1southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region IX (1)
 3
2new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V (2)
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2dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 5
4cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 2
5western-texasWESTERN TEXAS
Region V (3)
 9
6garden-city-kan-ccGARDEN CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
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7hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 7
7north-central-texasNORTH CENTRAL TEXAS
Region V (6)
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9indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
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10ranger-texasRANGER (TEXAS)
Region V (4)
 1
11jacksonville-texasJACKSONVILLE (TEXAS)
Region XIV
 12
12butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 11
13highland-kan-ccHIGHLAND (KAN.) CC
Region VI
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14coffeyville-kan-ccCOFFEYVILLE (KAN.) CC
Region VI
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USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2021 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/8
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 9/22
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Week 3Wed 10/6
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Week 4Wed 10/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Wed 11/3
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 13: NJCAA DI Championships
(Richmond, Va.)
FINAL ResultsSat 11/13
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