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

NEW ORLEANS – It’s a tight race right from the start in the NJCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NJCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Wallace State (Ala.) CC
1
Lansing (Mich.) CC
2
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
3
Cowley (Kan.)
4
Heartland (Ill.) CC
5
Wallace State (Ala.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

The Week 1 edition shows just one point separating No. 1 Lansing (Mich.) and No. 2 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, with the defending champion Stars enjoying a 7-4 lead in first-place votes over the Thunderbirds from the Grand Canyon state.

The two programs have claimed the first two M-F Athletic National Athletes of the Week this year – Barbara DeGood of Lansing after Mesa’s Kate Brockman earned the season’s first honor. Brockman is the top individual returner from last year (when she was runner-up), while DeGood is a new addition to the Lansing champions who return five of seven runners from last year.

The remainder of the top-5 are top-5 finishers from last year. No. 3 Cowley (Kan.) was fourth last year after winning the 2020 national title, and No. 4 Heartland (Ill.) CC was runner-up the last two years. Wallace State (Ala.) CC is No. 5, the same spot they finished in last year.

Completing the top-10: No. 6 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC, No. 7 Coconino (Ariz.) CC, No. 8 Southwestern Michigan CC, No. 9 Pasco-Hernando State (Fla.) and No. 10 Daytona State (Fla.).

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

2022 Week #1 - September 21st

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
2021
FINAL
1lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
 1
2mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I
 3
3cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 4
4heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
 2
5wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 5
6grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 7
7coconino-ariz-ccCOCONINO (ARIZ.) CC
(none selected)
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8southwestern-michiganSOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
Region XII
 23
9pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
 8
10daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 10
11st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 9
12calhoun-ala-ccCALHOUN (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
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13florida-gatewayFLORIDA GATEWAY
Region VIII
 11
14southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 21
15mott-mich-ccMOTT (MICH.) CC
Region XII
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16state-fair-moSTATE FAIR (MO.)
Region XVI
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17northwest-arkansas-ccNORTHWEST ARKANSAS CC
Region II
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18kaskaskia-illKASKASKIA (ILL.)
Region XXIV
 15
19muskegon-mich-ccMUSKEGON (MICH.) CC
Region VII
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20gadsden-state-ala-ccGADSDEN STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 ---
21south-florida-stateSOUTH FLORIDA STATE
Region VIII
 14
22marion-military-institute-alaMARION MILITARY INSTITUTE (ALA.)
ACCC
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23ua-rich-mountain-arkUA RICH MOUNTAIN (ARK.)
Region II
 12
24macomb-mich-ccMACOMB (MICH.) CC
Region XII
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25redlands-okla-ccREDLANDS (OKLA.) CC
Region II
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Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1
Lansing (Mich.) CC1
Mesa (Ariz.) CC2
Cowley (Kan.)3
Heartland (Ill.) CC4
Wallace State (Ala.) CC5
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC6
Coconino (Ariz.) CC7
Southwestern Michigan8
Pasco-Hernando (Fla.)9
Daytona State (Fla.)10
St. Clair County (Mich.) CC11
Calhoun (Ala.) CC12
Florida Gateway13
Southeastern (Iowa) CC14
Mott (Mich.) CC15
State Fair (Mo.)16
NorthWest Arkansas CC17
Kaskaskia (Ill.)18
Muskegon (Mich.) CC19
Gadsden State (Ala.) CC20
South Florida State21
Marion Military Institute (Ala.)22
UA Rich Mountain (Ark.)23
Macomb (Mich.) CC24
Redlands (Okla.) CC25

USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational 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