2022 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The season is officially underway!

Here is the Week 1 edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from 11 member coaches – one from each of the division’s nine regions (who also do the regional rankings) – as well as two members from the NCAA Cross Country Executive Committee.

NCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
NC State
New Mexico
Colorado
Oklahoma State
Stanford
1
NC State
2
New Mexico
3
Colorado
4
Oklahoma State
5
Stanford
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

All remained steady among the top teams between the preseason and Week 1 of the National Coaches’ Poll: NC State is still No. 1, followed by No. 2 New Mexico, No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Stanford. The Wolfpack received all 11 first-place votes and are slated to kick off their season on Friday at the adidas XC Challenge. The Cowgirls and the Cardinal opened up the year with collegiate competition and showed their depth: Oklahoma State hosted the Cowboy Preview; Stanford rolled to a win at the University of San Francisco Invitational.

There wasn’t much movement in the rest of the top-10 either. Sixth-ranked Notre Dame, seventh-ranked BYU, eighth-ranked Washington and ninth-ranked Arkansas maintained their positions, and are now joined by No. 10 Alabama. The Crimson Tide improved two spots from their preseason billing after cruising to a win at the Lion Opener with 18 points.

Several teams throughout the remainder of the National Coaches’ Poll saw improvements in their Week 1 positions: No. 13 North Carolina (up one from No. 14), No. 17 Oregon (up two from No. 19), No. 21 Northern Arizona (up one from No. 22), No. 24 Iowa State (up two from No. 16) and No. 27 Illinois (up one from No. 28). Furman, who was previously receiving votes in the preseason, is now ranked No. 28 after sweeping the USC Upstate Eye Opener Invitational.

Mark your calendars for November 19, as that’s when the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships will be held at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Don’t forget that the championship races will be broadcast commercial-free once again on ESPNU.

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

2022 Week 1 - September 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 nc-state NC STATE
Southeast Region (1)
ACC (1)
Laurie Henes (17th)
330
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (1)
Mountain West (1)
Joe Franklin (16th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12 (1)
Mark Wetmore (28th)
289 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12 (1)
Dave Smith (14th)
287 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12 (4)
J.J. Clark (4th)
281 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC (2)
Matt Sparks (5th)
270 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
WCC (1)
Diljeet Taylor (7th)
259 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12 (5)
Maurica Powell (5th)
257 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC (2)
Lance Harter (33rd)
235 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC (1)
Dan Waters (12th)
228 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten (2)
Mike McGuire (31st)
211 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten (3)
Mick Byrne (5th)
197 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC (4)
Dylan Sorensen (2nd)
191 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West (2)
Andrew Epperson (1st)
178 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (1)
Big East (2)
Ray Treacy (39th)
166 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC (3)
Connie Price-Smith (1st)
149 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12 (3)
Jerry Schumacher (1st)
138 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 utah UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Pac-12 (2)
Kyle Kepler (18th)
134 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East (1)
Mitchell Baker (3rd)
128 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy League (1)
Alex Gibby (6th)
111 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (6)
Big Sky (1)
Michael Smith (6th)
106 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten (1)
Lisa Breznau (3rd)
101 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (4)
WCC (4)
Jake Stewart (5th)
90 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12 (3)
Amy Rudolph (5th)
82 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 west-virginia WEST VIRGINIA
Mid-Atlantic Region (4)
Big 12 (2)
Sean Cleary (16th)
51 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
26 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region (5)
Pac-12 (6)
Louis Quintana (6th)
49 ▼ 1
(LW: 25)
27 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (3)
Big Ten (9)
Sarah Haveman (5th)
39 ▲ 1
(LW: 28)
28 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (3)
SoCon (1)
Robert Gary (11th)
38
(LW: RV)
29 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (5)
Big Ten (8)
Sarah Hopkins (10th)
35 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
29 utah-valley UTAH VALLEY
Mountain Region (7)
WAC (2)
Scott Houle (19th)
35 ▼ 2
(LW: 27)

Also Receiving Votes: Florida State 31, California Baptist 21, Syracuse 19, Ohio State 16, Villanova 12, Kentucky 8, Penn State 8, Utah State 6, Toledo 4, Rice 3, Butler 2, Northwestern 2

Dropped Out: No. 30 Florida State



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7FINAL
NC State111111111
New Mexico222322222
Alabama1210101067753
Oklahoma State443233334
North Carolina1413111211815135
Northern Arizona222122444466
Notre Dame6688106547
BYU7775556108
VirginiaRV2512169
Georgetown171918181312131410
Colorado333771181111
Utah1818191112109712
Stanford55568911813
Oregon19171622211210914
Ohio StateRVRV25252422251715
Providence151515151618181816
Washington8869919161517
Florida State30RVRVRV24RV242618
Wisconsin111213262817222319
Michigan State212223191723192020
Arkansas999131421232121
Michigan101112171826211922
SyracuseRVRVRV141515262823
Oregon State25262427RV30RV2324
Colorado State131414202220201225
Utah Valley272927161924272726
West Virginia2425RVRVRV28292927
ToledoRVRVRVRVRV16172528
California BaptistRVRV29211914142229
NorthwesternRV29303030
TexasRVRVRVRVRV31
FurmanRV28RVRV242728RV
Utah StateRVRVRV23RVRVRV
Ole Miss16161729RVRVRVRV
LipscombRVRV
BradleyRV
Boise StateRVRVRV
Air ForceRVRVRV
WyomingRVRVRV
Harvard2020202430RV
DukeRV
KentuckyRVRV292327RV
Illinois2827282829RV
San FranciscoRVRVRV
IndianaRVRVRV
Gonzaga23232130RV
Minnesota2929RVRVRV
VillanovaRVRVRVRVRV
LibertyRVRV
Iowa State262426RV
Penn StateRVRVRVRV
ButlerRVRVRV
RiceRVRV
TennesseeRV

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
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/18
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 27-30: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 11/1
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/14
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 19: NCAA Championships - Stillwater, Okla.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/11
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/19
MEN | WOMEN