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

NEW ORLEANS – The College of Southern Idaho finds itself in familiar territory, opening the year as No. 1 in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NJCAA Division I — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Southern Idaho
Hutchinson (Kan.) CC
El Paso (Texas) CC
New Mexico JC
Iowa Central CC
1
Southern Idaho
2
Hutchinson (Kan.) CC
3
El Paso (Texas) CC
4
New Mexico JC
5
Iowa Central CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

It’s no surprise that the Golden Eagles are on top, as CSI is the defending champion for the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. This year’s edition is set for Saturday, November 12, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

CSI’s closest pursuer is a bit of an eye-opener, as Hutchinson (Kan.) CC is No. 2, just two points behind. The Blue Dragons – 12th in last year’s nationals – earned their best-ever ranking and received two of the seven first-place votes (CSI earned the other five). Hutchinson’s previous best showing in the rankings was No. 5 in 2020.

Both programs have been impressive out of the gates this year. After having its first two meets canceled, CSI was the top JUCO squad at the Eastern Oregon Invitational this past weekend, trailing only NAIA power College of Idaho, 27 to 30. Hutchinson was the leading JUCO team at the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic and last weekend’s Greeno/Dirksen Invitational.

Following in Nos. 3 and 4 are two programs familiar with each other – rivals El Paso (Texas) CC and New Mexico JC finished in that order at last year’s nationals. El Paso is led by reigning national champion Faith Nyathi.

Another familiar program is at No. 5 in Iowa Central CC – the Tritons have been ranked No. 1 at least once in each of the last five seasons.

Rounding out the top-10: No. 6 Salt Lake (Utah) CC, No. 7 Central Arizona, No. 8 Iowa Western CC, No. 9 Cloud County (Kan.) CC and No. 10 Butler (Kan.) CC. Iowa Western returns Mercy Biwott, last year’s runner-up, while Cloud County was runner-up the last two years.

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

2022 Week #1 - September 21st

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO
Region IX
 1
2hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 12
3el-paso-texas-ccEL PASO (TEXAS) CC
Region V
 3
4new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC
Region V
 4
5iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC
Region XI
 6
6salt-lake-utah-ccSALT LAKE (UTAH) CC
Region XVIII
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7central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA
Region I
 8
8iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC
Region XI
 5
9cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 2
10butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 22
11dodge-city-kan-ccDODGE CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 9
12southern-nevadaSOUTHERN NEVADA
Region XVIII
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13garden-city-kan-ccGARDEN CITY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
 14
14vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)
Region XII
 17
15crowder-moCROWDER (MO.)
Region XVI
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16north-central-texasNORTH CENTRAL TEXAS
Region V
 16
17pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 21
18neosho-county-kan-ccNEOSHO COUNTY (KAN.) CC
Region VI
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19seminole-state-flaSEMINOLE STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ---
20eastern-florida-stateEASTERN FLORIDA STATE
Region VIII
 ---
21western-texasWESTERN TEXAS
Region V
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22trinidad-state-coloTRINIDAD STATE (COLO.)
Region IX
 7
23indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 15


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1
Southern Idaho1
Hutchinson (Kan.) CC2
El Paso (Texas) CC3
New Mexico JC4
Iowa Central CC5
Salt Lake (Utah) CC6
Central Arizona7
Iowa Western CC8
Cloud County (Kan.) CC9
Butler (Kan.) CC10
Dodge City (Kan.) CC11
Southern Nevada12
Garden City (Kan.) CC13
Vincennes (Ind.)14
Crowder (Mo.)15
North Central Texas16
Pima (Ariz.) CC17
Neosho County (Kan.) CC18
Seminole State (Fla.)19
Eastern Florida State20
Western Texas21
Trinidad State (Colo.)22
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC23

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division I Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks National Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 9/21
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 10/5
Week 3Wed 10/19
Week 4Wed 11/2
Nov. 12: NJCAA Champs - Tallahassee, Fla.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12