2021 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – The postseason is just getting started!
With conference titles on the line, the results from Conference Championships Weekend could be felt throughout the newest NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll. The Week 6 installment, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday, did not see any changes among the top teams, but Nos. 7-30 were up for grabs.
There will be no National Coaches’ Poll released next week as teams gear up for their respective Regional Championship on Saturday, November 6. The Pre-Championships edition of the National Coaches’ Poll will be released on Wednesday, November 10.
NCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
Colo. School of Mines
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The entire top-5 remained the same following strong outcomes over Conference Championships Weekend: No. 1 Adams State scored 40 points to capture the RMAC title over No. 4 Colorado School of Mines, who finished in second with 71 points; No. 2 Grand Valley State achieved the GLIAC’s first perfect score since 1994 as the Lakers ran away with the team title; No. 3 Augustana (S.D.) scored 20 points and had runners finish 2-3-4-5-6 to claim their first NSIC title since 2014; No. 5 Lee (Tenn.) dominated the Gulf South Conference Championships and scored 21 points en route to their fifth-straight crown.
Elsewhere in the top-10 you will find two programs with season best rankings. Wingate climbed four spots to No. 7 after the Bulldogs topped former No. 8 (now No. 9) Queens (N.C.) for the South Atlantic Conference title, led by individual winner Lara Orrock. Simon Fraser, the GNAC Champion, improved one spot to No. 8. All five runners for SFU finished in the top-10, including individual champion Olivia Willet.
Southern Indiana, Cal State Stanislaus and Cedarville each captured conference titles and were rewarded with an improvement in the National Coaches’ Poll: the Screaming Eagles improved two spots to No. 11 and captured the program’s 14th GLVC title; the Warriors jumped five spots to No. 12 and beat co-No. 15 Chico State, 38-55, for the CCAA crown; the No. 14 Yellow Jackets moved up two spots following their G-MAC title over No. 23 Walsh.
Lewis set another season best ranking and moved into a tie for No. 15 following a three spot bump. The Flyers beat out former No. 14 (now No. 20) Southwest Baptist for runner-up honors at the GLVC Championships.
Minnesota Duluth and West Texas A&M also climbed multiple spots in Week 6 of the National Coaches’ Poll. The Bulldogs improved to No. 18 and ran to a third-place finish at the NSIC Championships. The Lady Buffs are now at No. 25 after finishing second at the Lone Star Conference Championships, led by a 1-2 punch of Florance Uwajeneza and Eleonora Curtabbi.
Three teams are new additions to the top-30 in Week 6: MSU Denver went from NR to No. 19 and finished fifth at the RMAC Championships; Neb.-Kearney went from RV to No. 24 after winning the MIAA title; Academy of Art went from RV to No. 28 following the program’s first PacWest title.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, as the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place at Abbey Golf Course in Tampa, Florida!