2022 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Welcome back, cross country!

Defending champion Milligan (Tenn.) is favored to repeat its team crown in 2022, according to the preseason edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

NAIA — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Milligan (Tenn.)
St. Francis (Ill.)
Cornerstone (Mich.)
Taylor (Ind.)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
1
Milligan (Tenn.)
2
St. Francis (Ill.)
3
Cornerstone (Mich.)
4
Taylor (Ind.)
5
Saint Mary (Kan.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

The poll’s similarity to last year’s results goes even deeper – the top-4 programs are listed in the same order in which they finished last year, with spots 2-4 filled by St. Francis (Ill.), Cornerstone (Mich.) and Taylor (Ind.). The only variation in the poll’s top-5 vs. last year’s results comes at No. 5, which is occupied by Saint Mary (Kan.), which finished seventh last year in Fort Vancouver, Washington.

The 2022 NAIA Cross Country Championships are scheduled to be held Friday, November 18, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. This is the first time in the 43-year history of the NAIA women’s championships that the race will be held in the Sunshine State.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2022 Preseason - August 25th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2021
FINAL
1 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC
Chris Layne (24th)
551 1
2 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Jeff Barker (11th)
535 2
3 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC
Josh Neideck (3rd)
530 3
4 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads
Quinn White (13th)
510 4
5 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC
Alstin Benton (10th)
491 7
6 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC
Zach Schroeder (15th)
462 6
7 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade
Dominic Bolin (1st)
445 5
8 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC
Nate Wolf (8th)
444 8
9 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads
Jake Poyner (4th)
410 15
10 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads
John Foss (35th)
382 9
11 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
373 10
12 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC
Russell Smelley (44th)
368 17
13 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac
Chris Bray (10th)
340 14
14 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier
Shannon Flynn (4th)
325 16
15 oklahoma-city OKLAHOMA CITY
SAC
Frezer Legesse (2nd)
312 12
16 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade
Grier Gatlin (19th)
305 18
17 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
257 22
18 hastings-neb HASTINGS (NEB.)
GPAC
Ryan Mahoney (10th)
248 19
18 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
WHAC
Alex Kluchki (2nd)
248 20
20 saint-francis-ind SAINT FRANCIS (IND.)
Crossroads
Corey Birchmeier (7th)
218 25
21 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads
Lauren Davenport Johnson (3rd)
187 23
22 olivet-nazarene-ill OLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)
Chicagoland
Kyle Rago (3rd)
175 13
23 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade
Mike Collins (26th)
166 27
24 montana-tech MONTANA TECH
Frontier
Zach Kughn (3rd)
161 11
25 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart
Je'Kel Smith (3rd)
111 32

Also Receiving Votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 99, Concordia (Neb.) 87, Cumberlands (Ky.) 63, Marian (Ind.) 55, Dalton State (Ga.) 31, Vanguard (Calif.) 30, William Woods (Mo.) 28, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 15, Goshen (Ind.) 5, Campbellsville (Ky.) 4, Texas Wesleyan 3



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Milligan (Tenn.)11
Taylor (Ind.)42
St. Francis (Ill.)23
Saint Mary (Kan.)54
The Master's (Calif.)65
College of Idaho76
Cornerstone (Mich.)37
Grace (Ind.)98
Indiana Wesleyan109
Southern Oregon1610
Dordt (Iowa)811
Aquinas (Mich.)1112
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)1313
Montreat (N.C.)1714
Westmont (Calif.)1215
Carroll (Mont.)1416
Concordia (Neb.)RV17
William Carey (Miss.)18
Benedictine (Kan.)2519
Cumberlands (Ky.)RV20
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)2321
Oklahoma City1522
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)2223
Saint Francis (Ind.)2024
Tabor (Kan.)25
Arizona ChristianRV
Campbellsville (Ky.)RVRV
Marian (Ind.)RVRV
Mount Mercy (Iowa)RV
Southeastern (Fla.)RV
Northwestern (Iowa)RV
Thomas MoreRV
William Woods (Mo.)RVRV
Hastings (Neb.)18RV
Indiana Tech18RV
Huntington (Ind.)21RV
Montana Tech24RV
Dalton State (Ga.)RV
Rocky Mountain (Mont.)RV
Vanguard (Calif.)RV
Goshen (Ind.)RV
SCAD Savannah (Ga.)RV
Texas WesleyanRV

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2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/22
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 8/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 10/3
Thu 10/6
Week 3Mon 10/10
Thu 10/13
Week 4Mon 10/24
Thu 10/27
Oct. 29-31, Nov. 4-5: Conference Champs
Week 5Mon 11/7
Mon 11/7
Nov. 18: NAIA Champs - Vancouver, Wash.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/18