2022 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from 11 member coaches – one from each of the division’s nine regions (who also do the regional rankings) – as well as two members from the NCAA Cross Country Executive Committee.

NCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
NC State
New Mexico
Colorado
Oklahoma State
Stanford
1
NC State
2
New Mexico
3
Colorado
4
Oklahoma State
5
Stanford
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

For the first time in program history, NC State is the top-ranked team in the preseason iteration of the National Coaches’ Poll. The defending national champions received nine first-place votes as they look to capture their second-straight crown in Stillwater. The Wolfpack return four athletes from their 2021 lineup, including three All-Americans: Kelsey Chmiel (6th), Katelyn Tuohy (15th) and Samantha Bush (32nd). NC State also added Tennessee transfer Sydney Seymour to their roster during the offseason.

New Mexico, who finished third at the NCAA Championships, will begin the season at No. 2. The Lobos received one first-place vote and projected to be NC State’s biggest competition at the end of the season. The Lobos likely return the majority of its lineup, headlined by top-21 finishers Emma Heckel and Gracelyn Larkin, along with a handful of other quality athletes to add depth.

Colorado is at third to start the season. The Buffaloes placed fourth a year ago and will be led by All-American Emily Covert, who finished 31st in Tallahassee, Florida. The Buffaloes also added Indiana transfer Bailey Hertenstein and NCAA Division III Johns Hopkins transfer Ella Baran to their 2022 roster. This is the 19th time in program history Colorado has been ranked in the top-5 in the preseason poll.

Oklahoma State, who finished 13th last November, will begin the season slotted fourth. The Cowgirls will enjoy home course advantage as they look to get on the podium for the first time in program history (their best finish was 5th back in 1989). Oklahoma State has a talented squad that sees the return of five athletes, led by All-American Taylor Roe. Their lineup will also be bolstered by a strong recruiting class that features the 2021 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year Natalie Cook.

Stanford rounds out the preseason top-5 and received one first-place vote. The Cardinal, who finished sixth a year ago, return five of the seven athletes from last year’s NCAA squad. Lucy Jenks is the top returner and just finished outside of All-America honors at 49th. Stanford also brought in several newcomers that could make some noise for this young team.

Here are the rest of the top-10 in the preseason: No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 BYU, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Arkansas and No. 10 Michigan.

Mark your calendars for November 19, as that’s when the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships will be held at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Don’t forget that the championship races will be broadcast commercial-free once again on ESPNU.

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

2022 Preseason - August 31st

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2021
FINAL
1 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC
Laurie Henes (17th)
325
(9 fpv)
1
2 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (1)
Mountain West
Joe Franklin (16th)
319
(1 fpv)
3
3 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (28th)
292 4
4 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Dave Smith (14th)
287 13
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (4th)
277
(1 fpv)
6
6 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC
Matt Sparks (5th)
272 5
7 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
WCC
Diljeet Taylor (7th)
271 2
8 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Maurica Powell (5th)
247 11
9 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Lance Harter (33rd)
242 8
10 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (31st)
202 22
11 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (5th)
201 12
12 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (2)
SEC
Dan Waters (12th)
196 15
13 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West
Andrew Epperson (1st)
189 17
14 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Dylan Sorensen (2nd)
178 14
15 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (1)
Big East
Ray Treacy (39th)
171 26
16 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (1)
SEC
Connie Price-Smith (1st)
157 10
17 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Mitchell Baker (3rd)
138 18
18 utah UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Pac-12
Kyle Kepler (18th)
135 20
19 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Jerry Schumacher (1st)
129 24
20 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy League
Alex Gibby (6th)
124 25
21 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Lisa Breznau (3rd)
108 16
22 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (6)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (6th)
106 23
23 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (4)
WCC
Jake Stewart (5th)
76 ---
24 west-virginia WEST VIRGINIA
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
Big 12
Sean Cleary (16th)
65 21
25 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Louis Quintana (6th)
63 ---
26 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (3)
Big 12
Amy Rudolph (5th)
56 9
27 utah-valley UTAH VALLEY
Mountain Region (7)
WAC
Scott Houle (19th)
50 ---
28 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (2)
Big Ten
Sarah Haveman (5th)
48 ---
29 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (5)
Big Ten
Sarah Hopkins (10th)
43 7
30 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region (3)
ACC
Bob Braman (9th)
35 19

Also Receiving Votes: Furman 30, Ohio State 18, Villanova 12, Toledo 9, Utah State 9, Syracuse 8, California Baptist 7, Tennessee 7, Kentucky 6, Penn State 3, Butler 2, Rice 1, Texas 1



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
NC State111
New Mexico222
Colorado333
Oklahoma State443
Stanford555
Washington886
BYU777
Notre Dame668
Arkansas999
Alabama121010
North Carolina141311
Michigan101112
Wisconsin111213
Colorado State131414
Providence151515
Oregon191716
Ole Miss161617
Georgetown171918
Utah181819
Harvard202020
Gonzaga232321
Northern Arizona222122
Michigan State212223
Oregon State252624
Ohio StateRVRV25
Iowa State262426
Utah Valley272927
Illinois282728
California BaptistRVRV29
KentuckyRVRV29
West Virginia2425RV
FurmanRV28RV
Minnesota2929RV
Penn StateRVRVRV
ToledoRVRVRV
Utah StateRVRVRV
VillanovaRVRVRV
ButlerRVRVRV
SyracuseRVRVRV
Florida State30RVRV
San FranciscoRV
TexasRVRV
IndianaRV
NorthwesternRV
RiceRVRV
TennesseeRV

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/31
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 9: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Mon 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/26
Tue 9/27
Week 4Mon 10/3
Tue 10/4
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/17
Tue 10/18
Oct. 27-30: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/31
Tue 11/1
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/14
Nov. 19: NCAA Championships - Stillwater, Okla.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/11
Sat 11/19