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

NEW ORLEANS – Cross country is back!

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division III 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).

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 November 12.

East Region

MIT, which finished runner-up last year, is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s regional champion Tufts at No. 2. The Engineers return their entire top-7 from last year, including six All-Region athletes, while the Jumbos also welcome back their entire scoring lineup, which includes three top-10 individuals.

Bates, WPI and Bowdoin round out the preseason top-5.

Great Lakes Region

Defending regional champion Hope is No. 1 to begin the season, followed by last year’s third-place team John Carroll. The Flying Dutch return six of the seven runners who helped them capture the regional crown, while the Blue Streaks welcome back a strong core and have been said to have added some dynamic freshmen to their roster.

Last year’s runner-up Calvin, Trine and Ohio Northern round out the preseason top-5.

Metro Region

Swarthmore, which finished runner-up last year, is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s third-place team Widener at No. 2. The Garnet welcomes back a strong core that came on strong to end the 2021 season and built on that success on the track, while the Pride returns a talented group as well.

TCNJ, Stockton and defending regional champion Haverford round out the preseason top-5.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Defending regional champion Johns Hopkins is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s third-place team Carnegie Mellon at No. 2. The Blue Jays, who also won the national title, return three of their top athletes from last year, who were All-Americans in cross country and/or track & field, while the Tartans welcome back five All-Region runners and add several talented athletes.

Last year’s runner-up Dickinson, Susquehanna and Misericordia round out the preseason top-5.

Mideast Region

Defending regional champion Williams is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s third-place team Amherst at No. 2. The Ephs return four of their top-7 athletes and will look toward a small freshman class for depth, while the Mammoths return a talented top-4 that all finished top-35.

Last year’s runner-up Middlebury, Connecticut College and St. Lawrence rounds out the preseason top-5.

Midwest Region

Defending regional champion Wartburg is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s third-place team UChicago at No. 2. The Knights return six of the seven athletes who helped them win that regional title as all of them placed in the top-25, while the Maroons welcome back their entire top-7 from last year, including four who finished among the top-20 athletes.

Last year’s runner-up Washington (Mo.), Loras and Central round out the preseason top-5.

Niagara Region

Defending regional champion SUNY Geneseo is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s runner-up Rochester (N.Y.) at No. 2. The Knights return its entire top-7 that helped them win the regional title last year and added several talented athletes, while the Yellowjackets welcome back six of their top-7 athletes, including five who finished among the top-25 athletes.

Ithaca, Hamilton and NYU round out the preseason top-5.

North Region

Defending regional champion UW-La Crosse is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s third-place team Carleton at No. 2. The Eagles return five of the top-7 runners who helped them win that regional title and added several impact freshmen, while the Knights welcome back their entire top-7 from last year, including five top-25 finishers.

St. Olaf, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point round out the preseason top-5.

South Region

Defending regional champion Emory and regional runner-up Lynchburg swapped spots to begin the season: the Hornets are No. 1 to begin the 2022 season thanks to returning six of their top-7 runners from last year’s squad; the Eagles also welcome back six of their top-7 athletes. Both squads lost an athlete who finished among the top-3 individuals last year.

Washington & Lee, Christopher Newport and Rhodes round out the preseason top-5.

West Region

Defending regional champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is No. 1 to begin the season with last year’s runner-up Pomona-Pitzer at No. 2. The Athenas, who later took runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships, return four of its top-7 athletes from that team, who all finished among the top-20 athletes, while the Sagehens welcome back their entire top-7 from last year.

Colorado College, George Fox and UC Santa Cruz round out the preseason top-5.

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

2022 Preseason - August 23rd

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.

East Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1mitMIT
NEWMAC
 2
2tuftsTUFTS
NESCAC
 1
3batesBATES
NESCAC
 3
4wpiWPI
NEWMAC
 8
5bowdoinBOWDOIN
NESCAC
 7
6brandeisBRANDEIS
UAA
 4
7wellesleyWELLESLEY
NEWMAC
 5
8colbyCOLBY
NESCAC
 6
9suffolkSUFFOLK
CCC
 12
10colby-sawyerCOLBY-SAWYER
GNAC
 9

Great Lakes Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1hopeHOPE
MIAA
 1
2john-carrollJOHN CARROLL
OAC
 3
3calvinCALVIN
MIAA
 2
4trineTRINE
MIAA
 5
5ohio-northernOHIO NORTHERN
OAC
 7
6mount-unionMOUNT UNION
OAC
 8
7allegheny-paALLEGHENY (PA.)
PAC
 6
8depauwDEPAUW
NCAC
 9
9centreCENTRE
SAA
 11
10case-western-reserveCASE WESTERN RESERVE
UAA
 4

Metro Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1swarthmoreSWARTHMORE
Centennial
 2
2widenerWIDENER
MAC
 3
3tcnjTCNJ
NJAC
 4
4stocktonSTOCKTON
NJAC
 6
5haverfordHAVERFORD
Centennial
 1
6ursinusURSINUS
Centennial
 8
7rowanROWAN
NJAC
 10
8desalesDESALES
MAC
 9
9ramapoRAMAPO
NJAC
 11
10moravianMORAVIAN
Landmark
 5

Mid-Atlantic Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1johns-hopkinsJOHNS HOPKINS
Centennial
 1
2carnegie-mellonCARNEGIE MELLON
UAA
 3
3dickinsonDICKINSON
Centennial
 2
4susquehannaSUSQUEHANNA
Landmark
 4
5misericordiaMISERICORDIA
MAC
 5
6lebanon-valleyLEBANON VALLEY
MAC
 6
7scrantonSCRANTON
Landmark
 7
8franklin-marshallFRANKLIN & MARSHALL
Centennial
 8
9elizabethtownELIZABETHTOWN
Landmark
 9
10messiahMESSIAH
MAC
 10

Mideast Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1williamsWILLIAMS
NESCAC
 1
2amherstAMHERST
NESCAC
 3
3middleburyMIDDLEBURY
NESCAC
 2
4connecticut-collegeCONNECTICUT COLLEGE
NESCAC
 7
5st-lawrenceST. LAWRENCE
Liberty League
 6
6rpiRPI
Liberty League
 8
7coast-guardCOAST GUARD
NEWMAC
 11
8smithSMITH
NEWMAC
 4
9wesleyan-connWESLEYAN (CONN.)
NESCAC
 9
10vassarVASSAR
Liberty League
 10

Midwest Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1wartburgWARTBURG
American Rivers
 1
2chicagoCHICAGO
UAA
 3
3washington-moWASHINGTON (MO.)
UAA
 2
4lorasLORAS
American Rivers
 4
5central-iowaCENTRAL (IOWA)
American Rivers
 6
6millikinMILLIKIN
CCIW
 8
7simpson-iowaSIMPSON (IOWA)
American Rivers
 9
8wheaton-illWHEATON (ILL.)
CCIW
 7
9north-central-illNORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
CCIW
 11
10elmhurstELMHURST
CCIW
 5

Niagara Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1suny-geneseoSUNY GENESEO
SUNYAC
 1
2rochester-n-yROCHESTER (N.Y.)
UAA
 2
3ithacaITHACA
Liberty League
 3
4hamiltonHAMILTON
NESCAC
 4
5nyuNYU
UAA
 8
6st-john-fisherST. JOHN FISHER
Empire 8
 5
7nazarethNAZARETH
Empire 8
 6
8ritRIT
Liberty League
 7
9suny-cortlandSUNY CORTLAND
SUNYAC
 9
10suny-brockportSUNY BROCKPORT
SUNYAC
 10

North Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1uw-la-crosseUW-LA CROSSE
WIAC
 1
2carletonCARLETON
MIAC
 3
3st-olafST. OLAF
MIAC
 4
4uw-eau-claireUW-EAU CLAIRE
WIAC
 2
5uw-stevens-pointUW-STEVENS POINT
WIAC
 6
6saint-benedictSAINT BENEDICT
MIAC
 7
7uw-stoutUW-STOUT
WIAC
 8
8lawrenceLAWRENCE
MWC
 11
9gustavus-adolphusGUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS
MIAC
 9
10uw-oshkoshUW-OSHKOSH
WIAC
 5

South Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1lynchburgLYNCHBURG
ODAC
 2
2emoryEMORY
UAA
 1
3washington-and-leeWASHINGTON AND LEE
ODAC
 3
4christopher-newportCHRISTOPHER NEWPORT
C2C
 4
5rhodesRHODES
SAA
 5
6catholic-d-cCATHOLIC (D.C.)
Landmark
 8
7berryBERRY
SAA
 7
8bridgewater-vaBRIDGEWATER (VA.)
ODAC
 15
9shenandoahSHENANDOAH
ODAC
 10
10southern-virginiaSOUTHERN VIRGINIA
USA South
 6

West Region -- Women

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1claremont-mudd-scrippsCLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
SCIAC
 1
2pomona-pitzerPOMONA-PITZER
SCIAC
 2
3colorado-collegeCOLORADO COLLEGE
SCAC
 3
4george-foxGEORGE FOX
NWC
 5
5uc-santa-cruzUC SANTA CRUZ
C2C
 4
6caltechCALTECH
SCIAC
 8
7lewis-clarkLEWIS & CLARK
NWC
 9
8trinity-texasTRINITY (TEXAS)
SCAC
 6
9redlands-califREDLANDS (CALIF.)
SCIAC
 7
10occidentalOCCIDENTAL
SCIAC
 13


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
East (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
MIT111
Tufts222
Bates333
WPI444
Brandeis665
Bowdoin556
Colby877
Wellesley788
Univ. of New England9
Keene State10
Suffolk99
Colby-Sawyer1010
Great Lakes (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Hope111
John Carroll222
Calvin333
Ohio Northern544
Trine465
Allegheny (Pa.)756
Centre977
Mount Union688
Case Western Reserve10109
Wittenberg10
DePauw89
Metro (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Swarthmore111
Widener222
Stockton433
Ursinus644
TCNJ355
Rowan776
Haverford567
DeSales888
Arcadia99
Moravian101010
Ramapo9
Mid-Atlantic (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Johns Hopkins111
Carnegie Mellon222
Dickinson333
Misericordia544
Elizabethtown965
Susquehanna456
Saint Vincent77
Scranton788
Salisbury9
Messiah10910
Lebanon Valley610
Franklin & Marshall8
Mideast (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Amherst221
Middlebury332
Williams113
Smith844
RPI655
Coast Guard776
St. Lawrence567
Connecticut College488
Wesleyan (Conn.)999
Vassar101010
Midwest (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Wartburg111
Chicago222
Washington (Mo.)333
Loras444
Central (Iowa)555
Wheaton (Ill.)876
North Central (Ill.)987
Simpson (Iowa)7108
Illinois Wesleyan9
Millikin6610
Grinnell9
Elmhurst10
Niagara (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
SUNY Geneseo111
NYU532
Rochester (N.Y.)223
Ithaca354
Hamilton445
SUNY Brockport1066
St. John Fisher697
RIT878
Nazareth789
SUNY Oneonta10
Houghton10
SUNY Cortland9
North (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
UW-La Crosse111
Carleton222
St. Olaf333
UW-Eau Claire444
Saint Benedict665
UW-Stevens Point556
UW-Oshkosh107
UW-Whitewater108
Bethel (Minn.)9
Gustavus Adolphus9810
UW-Stout77
Macalester9
Lawrence8
South (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Lynchburg121
Emory212
Washington and Lee333
Christopher Newport444
Meredith85
Southern Virginia10106
Catholic (D.C.)667
Rhodes598
Bridgewater (Va.)859
Shenandoah9710
Berry7
West (NCAA DIII)
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps111
Pomona-Pitzer222
UC Santa Cruz593
George Fox434
Colorado College345
Caltech666
Occidental1057
Redlands (Calif.)978
Lewis & Clark789
Trinity (Texas)81010

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