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

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA). Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from 10 member coaches – one from each of the division’s ten regions – who also do the Regional Rankings.

NCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
SUNY Geneseo
Wartburg
Johns Hopkins
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Williams
1
SUNY Geneseo
2
Wartburg
3
Johns Hopkins
4
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
5
Williams
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

SUNY Geneseo won its first and only national title 17 years ago. Now, for the first time since “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey topped the charts, the Knights are favorites to bring home another crown. SUNY Geneseo, which landed seven first-place votes from the electorate, returns all seven runners from a lineup that placed third in Louisville, Kentucky, last year. The Knights had two All-America athletes in the guise of Kathleen McCarey (14th) and Windsor Ardner (22nd), and hope that Penelope Greene, Marcie Hogan and Rachel Hirschkind are ready to take that next step.

Wartburg has its sights not only on the podium, but its first national title in program history. The second-ranked Knights, who finished fourth last year, welcome back six of those seven athletes, including sixth-place individual Aubrie Fisher. Riley Mayer also took home All-America honors for Wartburg last year when she finished 27th at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.

Two-time defending national champion Johns Hopkins is third to begin the 2022 season and received the three remaining first-place votes. The Blue Jays, who also won seven of the past nine national titles awarded, will see three of the seven athletes from the 2021 lineup on its 2022 roster, including two All-Americans: Alex Ross finished 20th and Paloma Hancock ended up 21st. It was a close battle for JHU last year, as just two points separated it from runner-up Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Speaking of the Athenas, they sit fourth in the preseason poll. Only four athletes from that runner-up lineup return in 2022, led by two top-20 finishers in Meredith Bloss (13th) and Natalie Bitetti (16th). Depth is said to be a potential boon for CMS in 2022, as it added a few transfers and a talented freshman class.

Williams rounds out the top-5, which would be a two-spot improvement over where it finished last year in the Bluegrass State. Four of the seven athletes return who paced the Ephs to a seventh-place showing in 2021, led by Genna Girard, who was their only All-American.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in the preseason: No. 6 UChicago, No. 7 MIT, No. 8 Hope, No. 9 Washington (Mo.) and No. 10 UW-La Crosse. Of note, the Midwest Region has the most preseason top-10 teams with three, which is two more than any of the nine other regions.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19, as that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be held in Lansing, Michigan.

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

2022 Preseason - August 24th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2021
FINAL
1 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Niagara Region (1)
SUNYAC
Dan Moore (8th)
347
(7 fpv)
3
2 wartburg WARTBURG
Midwest Region (1)
American Rivers
Ryan Chapman (7th)
336 4
3 johns-hopkins JOHNS HOPKINS
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Centennial
Bobby Van Allen (23rd)
331
(3 fpv)
1
4 claremont-mudd-scripps CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
West Region (1)
SCIAC
Marina Muncan (3rd)
326 2
5 williams WILLIAMS
Mideast Region (1)
NESCAC
Pete Farwell (23rd)
305 7
6 chicago CHICAGO
Midwest Region (2)
UAA
Chris Hall (22nd)
298 6
7 mit MIT
East Region (1)
NEWMAC
Riley Macon (1st)
292 12
8 hope HOPE
Great Lakes Region (1)
MIAA
Mark Northuis (35th)
282 9
9 washington-mo WASHINGTON (MO.)
Midwest Region (3)
UAA
Jeff Stiles (22nd)
269 5
10 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
North Region (1)
WIAC
Derek Stanley (11th)
256 11
11 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region (2)
SCIAC
Kirk Reynolds (34th)
240 10
12 tufts TUFTS
East Region (2)
NESCAC
Kristen Morwick (23rd)
239 8
13 amherst AMHERST
Mideast Region (2)
NESCAC
Cassie Funke-Harris (11th)
227 31
14 carleton CARLETON
North Region (2)
MIAC
Donna Ricks (30th)
215 21
15 bates BATES
East Region (3)
NESCAC
Danny Feldman (1st)
208 16
16 st-olaf ST. OLAF
North Region (3)
MIAC
Erica Maker (5th)
197 13
17 middlebury MIDDLEBURY
Mideast Region (3)
NESCAC
Nicole Wilkerson (12th)
194 14
18 john-carroll JOHN CARROLL
Great Lakes Region (2)
OAC
Kyle Basista (9th)
190 23
19 loras LORAS
Midwest Region (4)
American Rivers
Bob Schultz (18th)
181 ---
20 carnegie-mellon CARNEGIE MELLON
Mid-Atlantic Region (2)
UAA
Tim Connelly (8th)
156 18
21 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
MIAA
Nicole Kramer (1st)
154 17
22 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
North Region (4)
WIAC
Dan Schwamberger (16th)
143 22
23 colorado-college COLORADO COLLEGE
West Region (3)
SCAC
Alex Nichols (3rd)
132 27
24 trine TRINE
Great Lakes Region (4)
MIAA
Zach Raber (10th)
108 28
25 dickinson DICKINSON
Mid-Atlantic Region (3)
Centennial
Don Nichter (33rd)
106 26
26 lynchburg LYNCHBURG
South Region (1)
ODAC
Jake Reed (6th)
93 32
27 george-fox GEORGE FOX
West Region (4)
NWC
Mike Wilson (3rd)
89 ---
28 connecticut-college CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Mideast Region (4)
NESCAC
Ned Bishop (30th)
76 ---
29 swarthmore SWARTHMORE
Metro Region (1)
Centennial
Peter Carroll (23rd)
68 ---
30 emory EMORY
South Region (2)
UAA
Linh Nguyen (4th)
67 19
31 wpi WPI
East Region (4)
NEWMAC
Brian Chabot (15th)
43 ---
32 washington-and-lee WASHINGTON AND LEE
South Region (3)
ODAC
Mike Dager (9th)
33 ---
33 ohio-northern OHIO NORTHERN
Great Lakes Region (5)
OAC
Jason Maus (17th)
28 ---
34 st-lawrence ST. LAWRENCE
Mideast Region (5)
Liberty League
Kate Howard (7th)
22 ---
35 bowdoin BOWDOIN
East Region (5)
NESCAC
Ben Raphelson (2nd)
15 ---

Also Receiving Votes: UW-Stevens Point 11, UC Santa Cruz 11, RPI 11, Brandeis 1



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
SUNY Geneseo111
Wartburg222
Johns Hopkins333
Chicago664
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps445
MIT776
Washington (Mo.)997
Amherst13118
UW-La Crosse10109
Pomona-Pitzer111210
Carleton141311
Hope8812
Middlebury171913
Tufts121414
Williams5515
St. Olaf161515
John Carroll181817
Loras191618
Bates151719
Carnegie Mellon202020
UC Santa CruzRV21
UW-Eau Claire222422
Calvin212123
Dickinson252824
Lynchburg262725
NYU26
George Fox272227
Emory302328
Smith2529
Colorado College232630
RPIRV2931
Washington and Lee323131
Ohio Northern333233
WPI313034
Misericordia35
Swarthmore2932RV
WidenerRVRV
Central (Iowa)RVRV
Saint BenedictRV
ElizabethtownRV
Trine24RV
Bowdoin3534
St. Lawrence3434
Rochester (N.Y.)RV
UW-Stevens PointRV
BrandeisRV
Connecticut College28

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/23
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/24
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/14
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 24: 'Late-Season' begins
Week 3Tue 9/27
Wed 9/28
Oct. 1: Pre-National
Week 4Tue 10/4
Wed 10/5
Week 5Tue 10/11
Wed 10/12
Week 6Tue 10/18
Wed 10/19
Oct. 29-30: Conference Champs
Week 7Tue 11/1
Wed 11/2
Nov. 12: NCAA Regionals
Week 8Tue 11/15
Nov. 19: NCAA Champs - Lansing, Mich.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12
Sat 11/19