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

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country season is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday afternoon.

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 Saturday is set for Saturday, November 19.

Atlantic Region

Defending regional champion Edinboro is No. 1 to begin the season, followed by last year’s third-place team Charleston (W.Va.) at No. 2. The Fighting Scots return their entire roster that helped them win the regional title last year, while the Golden Eagles bring back their top-3 runners from a year ago and add several international athletes to their group.

Last year’s runner-up Seton Hill, Slippery Rock and Lock Haven round out the preseason top-5.

Central Region

Defending regional champion Augustana (S.D.) is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s runner-up Minnesota Duluth at No. 2. The Vikings, who later finished third at the NCAA Championships, return four First Team All-Americans from that squad, while the Bulldogs welcome back their entire top-7 from last year.

U-Mary, Minnesota State and Neb.-Kearney round out the preseason top-5.

East Region

Southern New Hampshire, who finished fourth at last year’s regional championship, is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s sixth-place team Daemen at No. 2. The Penmen return four of their top-7 athletes from last year, while the Wildcats are coming off of a strong track season and expect several breakthrough performers.

Roberts Wesleyan, Southern Connecticut and Saint Anselm round out the preseason top-5.

Midwest Region

Defending regional champion Grand Valley State is No. 1 to begin the season, while last year’s third-place team Cedarville sits No. 2. The Lakers, who finished second at the NCAA Championships, bring back four First Team All-Americans and welcome several newcomers to the group. The Yellow Jackets return six of their top-7 athletes that ran at the NCAA meet.

Saginaw Valley State, Hillsdale and Lewis round out the preseason top-5.

South Region

Defending regional champion Lee (Tenn.) is No. 1 to begin the season, followed by last year’s runner-up Saint Leo at No. 2. The Flames return five of the seven athletes from last year’s team, while the Lions have two low sticks that could play a big role for the team this year.

Mississippi College, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Tampa round out the preseason top-5.

South Central Region

Defending regional champion Adams State is No. 1 to start the season with last year’s regional runner-up Colorado School of Mines at No. 2. The Grizzlies, who won the NCAA Championships last year, bring back their entire top-7 and welcome back Stephanie Cotter, the individual national champion from 2019. The Orediggers return six of their top-7 athletes and bring in two transfers who are expected to make an impact.

UC-Colorado Springs, Western Colorado and Colorado Christian round out the preseason top-5.

Southeast Region

Wingate, which finished runner-up last year, is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s third-place team Anderson (S.C.) at No. 2. The Bulldogs bring back five of their top-7 athletes and have a strong incoming class to bolster their squad. The Trojans only lost one athlete from last year while adding two newcomers that are expected to add some depth to their lineup.

Flagler, Lenoir-Rhyne and North Georgia round out the preseason top-5.

West Region

Defending regional champion Simon Fraser is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s runner-up Cal State Stanislaus at No. 2. SFU returns six of their top-7 that helped them win the regional title last year, while the Warriors welcome back the majority of their team and several newcomers that could make an impact.

Chico State, Western Washington and Biola (Calif.) round out the preseason top-5.

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

2022 Preseason - August 29th

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.

Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1edinboroEDINBORO
PSAC
 1
2charleston-w-vaCHARLESTON (W.VA.)
Mountain East
 3
3seton-hillSETON HILL
PSAC
 2
4slippery-rockSLIPPERY ROCK
PSAC
 7
5lock-havenLOCK HAVEN
PSAC
 5
6bloomsburgBLOOMSBURG
PSAC
 4
7california-paCALIFORNIA (PA.)
PSAC
 13
8kutztownKUTZTOWN
PSAC
 10
9shippensburgSHIPPENSBURG
PSAC
 9
10davis-and-elkinsDAVIS AND ELKINS
Mountain East
 8

Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)
NSIC
 1
2minnesota-duluthMINNESOTA DULUTH
NSIC
 2
3u-maryU-MARY
NSIC
 3
4minnesota-stateMINNESOTA STATE
NSIC
 11
5neb-kearneyNEB.-KEARNEY
MIAA
 6
6central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI
MIAA
 7
7pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE
MIAA
 8
8winona-stateWINONA STATE
NSIC
 4
9northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI
MIAA
 5
10rogers-stateROGERS STATE
MIAA
 10

East Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1southern-new-hampshireSOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Northeast-10
 4
2daemenDAEMEN
ECC
 6
3roberts-wesleyanROBERTS WESLEYAN
ECC
 3
4southern-connecticutSOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
Northeast-10
 5
5saint-anselmSAINT ANSELM
Northeast-10
 8
6adelphiADELPHI
Northeast-10
 15
7st-thomas-aquinasST. THOMAS AQUINAS
ECC
 9
8jefferson-paJEFFERSON (PA.)
CACC
 12
9felicianFELICIAN
CACC
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10american-internationalAMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
Northeast-10
 1

Midwest Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 1
2cedarvilleCEDARVILLE
G-MAC
 3
3saginaw-valley-stateSAGINAW VALLEY STATE
GLIAC
 4
4hillsdaleHILLSDALE
G-MAC
 7
5lewisLEWIS
GLVC
 5
6wayne-state-michWAYNE STATE (MICH.)
GLIAC
 10
7walshWALSH
G-MAC
 6
8findlayFINDLAY
G-MAC
 15
9southwest-baptistSOUTHWEST BAPTIST
GLVC
 8
10druryDRURY
GLVC
 11

South Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1lee-tennLEE (TENN.)
GSC
 1
2saint-leoSAINT LEO
Sunshine
 2
3mississippi-collegeMISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
GSC
 3
4embry-riddle-flaEMBRY-RIDDLE (FLA.)
Sunshine
 10
5tampaTAMPA
Sunshine
 4
6alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
GSC
 5
7florida-southernFLORIDA SOUTHERN
Sunshine
 6
8nova-southeasternNOVA SOUTHEASTERN
Sunshine
 7
9palm-beach-atlanticPALM BEACH ATLANTIC
Sunshine
 8
10montevalloMONTEVALLO
GSC
 12

South Central Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1adams-stateADAMS STATE
RMAC
 1
2colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES
RMAC
 2
3uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS
RMAC
 3
4western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO
RMAC
 4
5colorado-christianCOLORADO CHRISTIAN
RMAC
 5
6dallas-baptistDALLAS BAPTIST
Lone Star
 6
7csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO
RMAC
 8
8west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M
Lone Star
 7
9westminster-utahWESTMINSTER (UTAH)
RMAC
 10
10msu-denverMSU DENVER
RMAC
 9

Southeast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1wingateWINGATE
SAC
 2
2anderson-s-cANDERSON (S.C.)
SAC
 3
3flaglerFLAGLER
PBC
 5
4lenoir-rhyneLENOIR-RHYNE
SAC
 4
5north-georgiaNORTH GEORGIA
PBC
 6
6carson-newmanCARSON-NEWMAN
SAC
 7
7unc-pembrokeUNC PEMBROKE
Conference Carolinas
 8
8augustaAUGUSTA
PBC
 9
9lincoln-memorialLINCOLN MEMORIAL
SAC
 10
10catawbaCATAWBA
SAC
 11

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1simon-fraserSIMON FRASER
GNAC
 1
2cal-state-stanislausCAL STATE STANISLAUS
CCAA
 2
3chico-stateCHICO STATE
CCAA
 3
4western-washingtonWESTERN WASHINGTON
GNAC
 7
5biola-califBIOLA (CALIF.)
PacWest
 5
6cal-state-san-marcosCAL STATE SAN MARCOS
CCAA
 6
7azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC
PacWest
 9
8academy-of-artACADEMY OF ART
PacWest
 4
9alaskaALASKA
GNAC
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10cal-state-east-bayCAL STATE EAST BAY
CCAA
 8


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
Atlantic (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Edinboro11
Charleston (W.Va.)22
Slippery Rock43
Seton Hill34
Davis and Elkins105
Lock Haven56
Bloomsburg67
Kutztown88
California (Pa.)79
Shippensburg910
Central (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Augustana (S.D.)11
U-Mary32
Minnesota Duluth23
Minnesota State44
Pittsburg State75
Central Missouri66
Winona State87
Rogers State108
Neb.-Kearney59
Northwest Missouri910
East (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Southern New Hampshire11
Daemen22
Roberts Wesleyan33
Southern Connecticut44
Saint Anselm55
Felician96
St. Thomas Aquinas77
Adelphi68
Le Moyne9
Jefferson (Pa.)810
American International10
Midwest (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Grand Valley State11
Cedarville22
Saginaw Valley State33
Hillsdale44
Lewis55
Wayne State (Mich.)66
Walsh77
Southwest Baptist98
Drury109
Michigan Tech10
Findlay8
South (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Lee (Tenn.)11
Mississippi College32
Saint Leo23
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)44
Tampa55
Palm Beach Atlantic96
Alabama-Huntsville67
Florida Southern78
Nova Southeastern89
Montevallo1010
South Central (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Adams State11
UC-Colorado Springs32
Colo. School of Mines23
Western Colorado44
Colorado Christian55
CSU Pueblo76
West Texas A&M87
Dallas Baptist68
MSU Denver109
Westminster (Utah)910
Southeast (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Wingate11
Anderson (S.C.)22
Flagler33
North Georgia54
Lenoir-Rhyne45
UNC Pembroke76
Catawba107
Converse8
King9
Lincoln Memorial910
Carson-Newman6
Augusta8
West (NCAA DII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1
Simon Fraser11
Cal State Stanislaus22
Chico State33
Western Washington44
Biola (Calif.)55
Azusa Pacific76
Cal State San Marcos67
Cal State East Bay108
Academy of Art89
Alaska910

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
Wed 9/28
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