2022 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The 2022 season begins on Thursday, September 1.

Regional Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining a rank-order of squad potential. Only USTFCCCA member programs are eligible to receive a ranking. Teams with provisional status within the region may be ranked.

Regional Championships Friday is set for Friday, November 11.

Great Lakes Region

Notre Dame and Michigan are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The defending regional champion Fighting Irish return four of their top-5 runners in addition to a strong group of newcomers. The Wolverines, who finished third last year, bring back their top-4 women and welcome several impact athletes.

Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio state round out the top-5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Georgetown and West Virginia are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids for the second straight year. The defending regional champion Hoyas will return four of their top-7 athletes, including two top-3 finishers in Sami Corman (second) and Maggie Donahue (third). The Mountaineers, who finished second last year, also bring back a strong group of athletes led by individual regional champion Ceili McCabe.

Penn State, Villanova and Princeton round out the top-5.

Midwest Region

Oklahoma State and Illinois are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The Cowgirls, who finished runner-up at last year’s regional meet, bring back a strong core of their runners from a year ago, including three top-8 finishers: Taylor Roe (second), Molly Born (seventh) and Gabby Hentemann (eighth). The Fighting Illini, who finished fifth a year ago, bring back five of their top-7 athletes.

Iowa State, Northwestern and Minnesota round out the top-5.

Mountain Region

New Mexico and Colorado are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids for a second consecutive year. The defending regional champion Lobos likely return six of their top-7 athletes from last year’s squad. The Buffaloes, who finished runner-up to the Lobos, will be led by Emily Covert and joined by several newcomers that could have an impact this season.

BYU, Colorado State and Utah round out the top-5.

Northeast Region

Providence and Harvard are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The Friars, who finished third at the regional championships, return most of their top-7 athletes, including two top-10 regional performers in Laura Mooney (seventh) and Shannon Flockhart (tenth). The defending regional champion Crimson bring back four of their top-6 runners, with three of them earning All-Region.

Syracuse, Connecticut and Dartmouth round out the top-5.

South Region

Ole Miss and Alabama are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The defending regional champion Rebels likely return several athletes from last year’s team, with the addition of several newcomers who could step up. The Crimson Tide will be led by regional champion Mercy Chelangat and Flomena Asekol, among other returners and incoming athletes.

Florida State, Tennessee and Florida round out the top-5.

South Central Region

Arkansas and Rice are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The defending regional champion Razorbacks return a talented group of athletes, led by Isabel Van Camp and Gracie Hyde who finished in the top-10. The Owls welcome back a strong core of last year’s lineup, led by defending champion Grace Forbes.

Texas, Texas A&M and Tulane round out the top-5.

Southeast Region

NC State and UNC are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The defending regional and national champion Wolfpack return their top athletes from last year’s squad, paced by defending champion Kelsey Chmiel and runner-up Katelyn Touhy. The Tarheels also bring back a solid core of last year’s group, only losing one from its NCAA team.

Furman, Kentucky and Liberty round out the top-5.

West Region

Stanford and Washington are projected to earn the region’s automatic bids. The defending regional champion Cardinal will have a younger squad in 2022, led by two regional top-10 finishers in Zofia Dudek (seventh) and Lucy Jenks (eighth). The Huskies, who finished second a year ago, will also have depth between their returner and newcomers.

Oregon, Gonzaga and Oregon State round out the top-5.

NCAA Division I
Women's Cross Country
USTFCCCA Regional Coaches' Rankings

2022 Preseason - August 30th

About this Product
The USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Coaches’ Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining a rank-order of squad potential. Only USTFCCCA member programs are eligible to receive a ranking. Teams with provisional status within the region may be ranked.

Great Lakes Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1notre-dameNOTRE DAME
ACC
 1
2michiganMICHIGAN
Big Ten
 3
3wisconsinWISCONSIN
Big Ten
 2
4michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten
 4
5ohio-stateOHIO STATE
Big Ten
 6
6toledoTOLEDO
Mid-American
 7
7indianaINDIANA
Big Ten
 8
8butlerBUTLER
Big East
 5
9purduePURDUE
Big Ten
 9
10miami-ohioMIAMI (OHIO)
Mid-American
 10
11cincinnatiCINCINNATI
American
 11
12bowling-greenBOWLING GREEN
Mid-American
 14
13ohioOHIO
Mid-American
 17
14western-michiganWESTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American
 ---
15milwaukeeMILWAUKEE
Horizon
 15

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1georgetownGEORGETOWN
Big East
 1
2west-virginiaWEST VIRGINIA
Big 12
 2
3penn-statePENN STATE
Big Ten
 5
4villanovaVILLANOVA
Big East
 3
5princetonPRINCETON
Ivy League
 4
6pennPENN
Ivy League
 10
7george-washingtonGEORGE WASHINGTON
Atlantic 10
 6
8navyNAVY
Patriot
 7
9la-salleLA SALLE
Atlantic 10
 13
10rutgersRUTGERS
Big Ten
 11
11marylandMARYLAND
Big Ten
 15
12monmouthMONMOUTH
Colonial
 8
13delawareDELAWARE
Colonial
 9
14templeTEMPLE
American
 12
15bucknellBUCKNELL
Patriot
 14

Midwest Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1oklahoma-stateOKLAHOMA STATE
Big 12
 2
2illinoisILLINOIS
Big Ten
 5
3iowa-stateIOWA STATE
Big 12
 3
4northwesternNORTHWESTERN
Big Ten
 4
5minnesotaMINNESOTA
Big Ten
 1
6bradleyBRADLEY
Missouri Valley
 10
7kansas-stateKANSAS STATE
Big 12
 6
8tulsaTULSA
American
 7
9loyola-chicagoLOYOLA-CHICAGO
Atlantic 10
 11
10missouriMISSOURI
SEC
 8
11nebraskaNEBRASKA
Big Ten
 9
12kansasKANSAS
Big 12
 12
13south-dakota-stateSOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit League
 13
14iowaIOWA
Big Ten
 14
15south-dakotaSOUTH DAKOTA
Summit League
 15

Mountain Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1new-mexicoNEW MEXICO
Mountain West
 1
2coloradoCOLORADO
Pac-12
 2
3byuBYU
WCC
 3
4colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE
Mountain West
 4
5utahUTAH
Pac-12
 5
6northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA
Big Sky
 6
7utah-valleyUTAH VALLEY
WAC
 9
8utah-stateUTAH STATE
Mountain West
 7
9air-forceAIR FORCE
Mountain West
 10
10weber-stateWEBER STATE
Big Sky
 8
11nevadaNEVADA
Mountain West
 13
12wyomingWYOMING
Mountain West
 12
13new-mexico-stateNEW MEXICO STATE
WAC
 15
14southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH
WAC
 11
15montana-stateMONTANA STATE
Big Sky
 14

Northeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1providencePROVIDENCE
Big East
 3
2harvardHARVARD
Ivy League
 1
3syracuseSYRACUSE
ACC
 2
4connecticutCONNECTICUT
Big East
 4
5dartmouthDARTMOUTH
Ivy League
 11
6stony-brookSTONY BROOK
Colonial
 13
7boston-universityBOSTON UNIVERSITY
Patriot
 12
8boston-collegeBOSTON COLLEGE
ACC
 8
9cornellCORNELL
Ivy League
 10
10columbiaCOLUMBIA
Ivy League
 9
11yaleYALE
Ivy League
 5
12quinnipiacQUINNIPIAC
Metro Atlantic
 15
13northeasternNORTHEASTERN
Colonial
 17
14new-hampshireNEW HAMPSHIRE
America East
 14
15army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT
Patriot
 19

South Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1ole-missOLE MISS
SEC
 1
2alabamaALABAMA
SEC
 3
3florida-stateFLORIDA STATE
ACC
 2
4tennesseeTENNESSEE
SEC
 4
5floridaFLORIDA
SEC
 5
6vanderbiltVANDERBILT
SEC
 6
7lipscombLIPSCOMB
ASUN
 7
8middle-tennesseeMIDDLE TENNESSEE
Conference USA
 8
9georgia-techGEORGIA TECH
ACC
 9
10auburnAUBURN
SEC
 10
11southern-missSOUTHERN MISS
Sun Belt
 11
12georgiaGEORGIA
SEC
 12
13miami-flaMIAMI (FLA.)
ACC
 13
14kennesaw-stateKENNESAW STATE
ASUN
 14
15ucfUCF
American
 15

South Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1arkansasARKANSAS
SEC
 1
2riceRICE
Conference USA
 2
3texasTEXAS
Big 12
 3
4texas-amTEXAS A&M
SEC
 6
5tulaneTULANE
American
 ---
6arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE
Sun Belt
 7
7smuSMU
American
 8
8lsuLSU
SEC
 4
9abilene-christianABILENE CHRISTIAN
WAC
 5
10new-orleansNEW ORLEANS
Southland
 9
11incarnate-wordINCARNATE WORD
Southland
 12
12baylorBAYLOR
Big 12
 11
13houston-christianHOUSTON CHRISTIAN
Southland
 ---
14mcneese-stateMCNEESE STATE
Southland
 13
15ut-arlingtonUT ARLINGTON
Sun Belt
 15

Southeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1nc-stateNC STATE
ACC
 1
2north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA
ACC
 2
3furmanFURMAN
SoCon
 4
4kentuckyKENTUCKY
SEC
 3
5libertyLIBERTY
ASUN
 5
6wake-forestWAKE FOREST
ACC
 8
7virginiaVIRGINIA
ACC
 7
8charlotteCHARLOTTE
Conference USA
 10
9virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH
ACC
 6
10dukeDUKE
ACC
 11
11elonELON
Colonial
 9
12eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY
ASUN
 12
13radfordRADFORD
Big South
 13
14george-masonGEORGE MASON
Atlantic 10
 14
15richmondRICHMOND
Atlantic 10
 15

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1stanfordSTANFORD
Pac-12
 1
2washingtonWASHINGTON
Pac-12
 2
3oregonOREGON
Pac-12
 3
4gonzagaGONZAGA
WCC
 4
5oregon-stateOREGON STATE
Pac-12
 7
6california-baptistCALIFORNIA BAPTIST
WAC
 ---
7portlandPORTLAND
WCC
 5
8san-franciscoSAN FRANCISCO
WCC
 6
9boise-stateBOISE STATE
Mountain West
 8
10uc-davisUC DAVIS
Big West
 9
11idahoIDAHO
Big Sky
 13
12cal-polyCAL POLY
Big West
 14
13portland-statePORTLAND STATE
Big Sky
 11
14cal-state-fullertonCAL STATE FULLERTON
Big West
 10
15washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE
Pac-12
 12


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
Great Lakes (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Notre Dame111
Michigan222
Wisconsin333
Ohio State554
Michigan State445
Toledo666
Indiana777
Butler888
Purdue999
Ohio131110
Miami (Ohio)101011
Central Michigan1212
Eastern Michigan13
Oakland1314
Dayton1415
Western Michigan1415
Cincinnati11
Bowling Green12
Milwaukee15
Mid-Atlantic (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Georgetown111
Penn State322
Princeton533
West Virginia244
Villanova455
Navy866
Penn677
La Salle988
George Washington799
Rutgers101010
Maryland111111
Delaware131212
Temple141313
Lehigh14
Pittsburgh1415
Bucknell1515
Monmouth12
Midwest (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Oklahoma State111
Illinois232
Iowa State323
Northwestern444
Minnesota555
Bradley666
Tulsa887
Kansas State778
Loyola-Chicago999
Nebraska111310
South Dakota State131011
Drake12
Kansas121113
Missouri101214
Iowa141415
South Dakota1515
Mountain (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Colorado221
BYU332
Colorado State443
Utah554
Utah Valley775
Utah State886
Wyoming12107
Southern Utah14158
Montana State15149
Weber State101110
Northern Arizona6611
Nevada111312
Idaho State13
Northern Colorado14
Montana15
New Mexico11
Air Force99
New Mexico State1312
Northeast (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Providence111
Harvard222
Syracuse333
Connecticut444
Dartmouth555
Stony Brook666
Boston University777
Boston College888
Binghamton9
Columbia10910
Quinnipiac121011
Northeastern131112
Cornell91213
Army West Point151414
Yale111315
New Hampshire1415
South (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Alabama211
Ole Miss122
Florida State333
Tennessee444
Florida555
Vanderbilt666
Lipscomb777
Georgia Tech998
Auburn10109
Middle Tennessee8810
Kennesaw State141511
Southern Miss111112
UCF151313
Miami (Fla.)131414
Samford15
Georgia1212
South Central (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Arkansas111
Texas332
Texas A&M443
SMU754
LSU865
Tulane576
TCU97
Rice228
New Orleans1089
Arkansas State61010
Incarnate Word111111
Abilene Christian91212
Stephen F. Austin13
Baylor121414
Houston1515
UTSA13
Houston Christian13
McNeese State14
UT Arlington15
Southeast (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
NC State111
North Carolina222
Kentucky443
Furman334
Liberty555
Elon11106
Charlotte887
Virginia778
Wake Forest669
Duke101110
Virginia Tech9911
High Point1412
Richmond151213
William & Mary14
Clemson15
Eastern Kentucky1213
Radford1315
George Mason14
West (NCAA DI)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Stanford111
Washington222
Oregon333
Gonzaga444
Oregon State555
California Baptist666
San Francisco877
Portland788
Boise State999
UC Davis101010
Portland State131111
Washington State151212
Cal State Fullerton141313
Arizona14
Cal Poly121515
Idaho1114

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