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

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason iteration of the NCAA Division II 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 Tuesday. Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from eight member coaches – one from each of the division’s eight regions – who also do the Regional Rankings.

NCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Adams State
Grand Valley State
Augustana (S.D.)
Colo. School of Mines
UC-Colorado Springs
1
Adams State
2
Grand Valley State
3
Augustana (S.D.)
4
Colo. School of Mines
5
UC-Colorado Springs
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

The two-time defending national champion Adams State is the unanimous favorite to pick up their third-straight NCAA title. It’s no surprise that the Grizzlies received all eight first place votes as they return their entire lineup from a year ago, led by sixth-place finisher Brianna Robles. Adams State also welcomes back Stephanie Cotter, who was the national champion in 2019 and set the all-time record with her 19:15.5 showing in Sacramento, California.

Last year’s national runner-up Grand Valley State is slotted at No. 2 and looking to contend for another podium finish. The Lakers return four of those seven athletes, including national runner-up Klaudia O’Malley. Other returning All-Americans from that group are Taryn Chapko (14th), Natalie Graber (35th) and Kayce Rypma (36th).

Augustana (S.D.) will begin the season at No. 3. The Vikings, who finished third at the NCAA Championships, welcome back a talented group of veteran athletes that features four All-Americans: Megan Means was the Vikings top finisher at eighth, Nicolette Schmidt was 20th, PJ English was 28th and Mia Salas ended up in 32nd. Several newcomers are also expected to bolster their lineup.

Colorado School of Mines enters the 2022 campaign at No. 4. The Orediggers welcome back six of their top-7 from their fourth-place NCAA team, which include two All-Americans: Zoe Backer finished 19th and Molly Maksin placed 23rd.

UC-Colorado Springs rounds out the preseason top-5. The Mountain Lions return four of their top-5 runners from last year’s seventh-place team, including All-Americans Layla Almasri (12th) and Riley McGrath (39th).

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in the preseason: No. 6 Wingate, No. 7 Western Colorado, No. 8 Saginaw Valley State, No. 9 Simon Fraser and No. 10 Lee (Tenn.).

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2, as the 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place at Chambers Bay Golf Club in Tacoma, Washington!

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

2022 Preseason - August 30th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2021
FINAL
1 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (35th)
240
(8 fpv)
1
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (24th)
232 2
3 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (22nd)
224 3
4 colo-school-of-mines COLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (11th)
212 4
5 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Corey Kubatzky (8th)
208 7
6 wingate WINGATE
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Pol Domenech (3rd)
204 5
7 western-colorado WESTERN COLORADO
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (16th)
183 9
8 saginaw-valley-state SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (3)
GLIAC
Rod Cowan (13th)
172 14
9 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (1)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (23rd)
168 16
10 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
GSC
Caleb Morgan (9th)
159 8
11 cal-state-stanislaus CAL STATE STANISLAUS
West Region (2)
CCAA
Darren Holman (7th)
156 12
12 cedarville CEDARVILLE
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC
Jeff Bolender (13th)
151 11
13 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (3)
NSIC
Chris Lessard (1st)
145 10
14 colorado-christian COLORADO CHRISTIAN
South Central Region (5)
RMAC
John Poag (9th)
126 22
15 minnesota-duluth MINNESOTA DULUTH
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Karly Brautigam (2nd)
122 26
16 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
R.P. White (1st)
115 23
17 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (3)
CCAA
Gary Towne (27th)
112 25
18 lewis LEWIS
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC
James Kearney (9th)
107 18
19 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (6)
Lone Star
Jacob Phillips (18th)
95 17
20 western-washington WESTERN WASHINGTON
West Region (4)
GNAC
Pee Wee Halsell (36th)
90 ---
21 biola-calif BIOLA (CALIF.)
West Region (5)
PacWest
Sean Henning (8th)
64 ---
22 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (7)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (11th)
63 21
23 csu-pueblo CSU PUEBLO
South Central Region (7)
RMAC
Matt Morris (7th)
54 20
24 wayne-state-mich WAYNE STATE (MICH.)
Midwest Region (6)
GLIAC
Grant Lofdahl (6th)
49 ---
25 minnesota-state MINNESOTA STATE
Central Region (4)
NSIC
Jen Blue (23rd)
48 ---
26 winona-state WINONA STATE
Central Region (8)
NSIC
John Hibshman (3rd)
40 ---
27 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (6)
CCAA
Torrey Olson (5th)
34 ---
28 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC
Nathan Meeuwenberg (2nd)
32 34
29 west-texas-am WEST TEXAS A&M
South Central Region (8)
Lone Star
Zach Daniel (1st)
29 13
30 academy-of-art ACADEMY OF ART
West Region (8)
PacWest
Bruce Jackson (2nd)
23 19

Also Receiving Votes: Saint Leo 19, Azusa Pacific 13, Neb.-Kearney 13, Anderson (S.C.) 7, Westminster (Utah) 6, Alaska 2, Mississippi College 2, Alfred 1



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Adams State111
Grand Valley State222
Colo. School of Mines453
Augustana (S.D.)334
UC-Colorado Springs545
Cedarville1286
Wingate667
Cal State Stanislaus11128
Western Colorado779
Lee (Tenn.)101010
Chico State171711
Minnesota Duluth151612
Colorado Christian141313
Pittsburg State3014
Lewis181915
CSU Pueblo231816
Winona State262717
Hillsdale161518
Western Washington202019
Wayne State (Mich.)242220
Southwest Baptist21
Biola (Calif.)212422
West Texas A&M292123
Azusa PacificRV2824
Rogers State25
Saginaw Valley State81126
Dallas Baptist192527
Simon Fraser9928
Michigan Tech29
Northwest Missouri30
U-Mary1314RV
Walsh2223RV
Seton HillRV
Southern New HampshireRV
TampaRV
Charleston (W.Va.)RV
FindlayRV
Minnesota State2526
Edinboro2829
Saint LeoRVRV
Anderson (S.C.)RVRV
Mississippi CollegeRVRV
Cal State San Marcos27RV
Westminster (Utah)RV
AlfredRV
Neb.-KearneyRV
AlaskaRV
Academy of Art30

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 15: At-large Countable Period Begins
Week 2Tue 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/28
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 10/4
Wed 10/5
Week 4Tue 10/11
Wed 10/12
Week 5Tue 10/18
Wed 10/19
Week 6Tue 10/25
Wed 10/26
Nov. 4-6: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/8
Wed 11/9
Nov. 18: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Wed 11/23
Dec. 2: NCAA Champs - Seattle, Wash.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/19
Fri 12/2