2022 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – They’re taking care of business!
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DIII 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 ten member coaches – one from each of the division’s ten regions – who also do the Regional Rankings each week.
NCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Cross Country Polls & Rankings
Don’t look at the top-10, if you’re searching for changes: No. 1 SUNY Geneseo, No. 2 Wartburg, No. 3 Johns Hopkins, No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 5 Williams, No. 6 UChicago, No. 7 MIT, No. 8 Hope, No. 9 Washington (Mo.) and No. 10 UW-La Crosse all held their spots from the preseason. The New York-based Knights hauled in nine first-place votes, while the two-time defending champion Blue Jays nabbed the other.
If you peruse the top-10 with a magnifying glass, you’d see that there are three teams from the Midwest Region, compared to just one each from the East, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, Niagara, North and West. Wartburg, UChicago and WashU are those Midwest squads.
Eight of the next nine slots saw new teams: Amherst jumped two spots to No. 11; Pomona-Pitzer fell one spot to No. 12; Carleton climbed one spot to No. 13; Tufts fell two spots to No. 13; St. Olaf improved one spot to No. 15; Loras soared three spots to No. 16; both Bates and Middlebury fell two spots to No. 17 and No. 19, respectively. Both the Mammoths and the Duhawks rolled to team titles this past weekend and scored fewer than 20 points in the process.
Mark your calendars for November 19, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships will be held at the Forest Akers East Golf Course in Lansing, Michigan. This will be just the second time in meet history that the Mitten State will play host (Hope College welcomed the nation to Holland back in 1987).