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
Laurie Henes (17th)
330
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 new-mexico NEW MEXICO
Mountain Region (1)
Mountain West
Joe Franklin (16th)
318 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region (2)
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (28th)
289 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 oklahoma-state OKLAHOMA STATE
Midwest Region (1)
Big 12
Dave Smith (14th)
287 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 stanford STANFORD
West Region (1)
Pac-12
J.J. Clark (4th)
281 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region (1)
ACC
Matt Sparks (5th)
270 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 byu BYU
Mountain Region (3)
WCC
Diljeet Taylor (7th)
259 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 washington WASHINGTON
West Region (2)
Pac-12
Maurica Powell (5th)
257 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region (1)
SEC
Lance Harter (33rd)
235 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 alabama ALABAMA
South Region (1)
SEC
Dan Waters (12th)
228 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region (2)
Big Ten
Mike McGuire (31st)
211 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 wisconsin WISCONSIN
Great Lakes Region (3)
Big Ten
Mick Byrne (5th)
197 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 north-carolina NORTH CAROLINA
Southeast Region (2)
ACC
Dylan Sorensen (2nd)
191 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 colorado-state COLORADO STATE
Mountain Region (4)
Mountain West
Andrew Epperson (1st)
178 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 providence PROVIDENCE
Northeast Region (1)
Big East
Ray Treacy (39th)
166 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region (2)
SEC
Connie Price-Smith (1st)
149 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 oregon OREGON
West Region (3)
Pac-12
Jerry Schumacher (1st)
138 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 utah UTAH
Mountain Region (5)
Pac-12
Kyle Kepler (18th)
134 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 georgetown GEORGETOWN
Mid-Atlantic Region (1)
Big East
Mitchell Baker (3rd)
128 ▼ 2
(LW: 17)
20 harvard HARVARD
Northeast Region (2)
Ivy League
Alex Gibby (6th)
111 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 northern-arizona NORTHERN ARIZONA
Mountain Region (6)
Big Sky
Michael Smith (6th)
106 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 michigan-state MICHIGAN STATE
Great Lakes Region (4)
Big Ten
Lisa Breznau (3rd)
101 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 gonzaga GONZAGA
West Region (4)
WCC
Jake Stewart (5th)
90 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 iowa-state IOWA STATE
Midwest Region (2)
Big 12
Amy Rudolph (5th)
82 ▲ 2
(LW: 26)
25 west-virginia WEST VIRGINIA
Mid-Atlantic Region (4)
Big 12
Sean Cleary (16th)
51 ▼ 1
(LW: 24)
26 oregon-state OREGON STATE
West Region (5)
Pac-12
Louis Quintana (6th)
49 ▼ 1
(LW: 25)
27 illinois ILLINOIS
Midwest Region (3)
Big Ten
Sarah Haveman (5th)
39 ▲ 1
(LW: 28)
28 furman FURMAN
Southeast Region (3)
SoCon
Robert Gary (11th)
38
(LW: RV)
29 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region (5)
Big Ten
Sarah Hopkins (10th)
35 ◀▶
(LW: 29)
29 utah-valley UTAH VALLEY
Mountain Region (7)
WAC
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 #2
NC State111
New Mexico222
Colorado333
Oklahoma State443
Stanford555
Washington886
BYU777
Notre Dame668
Arkansas999
Alabama121010
North Carolina141311
Michigan101112
Wisconsin111213
Colorado State131414
Providence151515
Oregon191716
Ole Miss161617
Georgetown171918
Utah181819
Harvard202020
Gonzaga232321
Northern Arizona222122
Michigan State212223
Oregon State252624
Ohio StateRVRV25
Iowa State262426
Utah Valley272927
Illinois282728
KentuckyRVRV29
California BaptistRVRV29
West Virginia2425RV
FurmanRV28RV
Minnesota2929RV
SyracuseRVRVRV
Penn StateRVRVRV
ToledoRVRVRV
Utah StateRVRVRV
VillanovaRVRVRV
ButlerRVRVRV
Florida State30RVRV
San FranciscoRV
TexasRVRV
IndianaRV
RiceRVRV
NorthwesternRV
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
Tue 9/27
Week 4Mon 10/3
Tue 10/4
Oct. 15: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/17
Tue 10/18
Oct. 27-30: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/31
Tue 11/1
Nov. 11: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/14
Nov. 19: NCAA Championships - Stillwater, Okla.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/11
Sat 11/19