2022 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Pollsters were as close to a tie as possible in the Week 3 edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday by the NAIA National Office.

NAIA — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Milligan (Tenn.)
Taylor (Ind.)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
St. Francis (Ill.)
The Master
1
Milligan (Tenn.)
2
Taylor (Ind.)
3
Saint Mary (Kan.)
4
St. Francis (Ill.)
5
The Master's (Calif.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Season-long No. 1 – and defending national champion – Milligan (Tenn.) held on to the No. 1 position by a scant one point as Taylor (Ind.) moved as close as possible to the top rung. Milligan led Taylor in terms of first-place votes, 11-10.

Milligan was victorious this past weekend at the Royals Challenge, holding off host Queens (N.C.) 75-84. Queens – sixth last year in the NCAA Division II Championships – is beginning a four-year transition to NCAA DI.

Taylor’s move up came after a week of non-racing.

The rest of the top-5 continued last week’s order: No. 3 Saint Mary (Kan.), No. 4 St. Francis (Ill.) and No. 5 The Master’s (Calif.).

Saint Mary scored a perfect 15 in going 1-7 at the Firestarter Classic, while The Master’s split its stable in being the top NAIA program at both the nearby Pomona-Pitzer Invitational and the Florida State Invitational at Apalachee Regional Park – the latter being the site of this year’s NAIA Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday, November 18.

Rounding out the top-10 are No. 6 College of Idaho, No. 7 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 8 Dordt (Iowa), No. 9 Grace (Ind.) and No. 10 Southern Oregon. Dordt’s move up over Grace was the only change in the top-10.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2022 Week 3 - October 13th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (24th)
582
(11 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Quinn White (13th)
581
(10 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (10th)
550 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (11th)
530 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (15th)
520 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (1)
Dominic Bolin (1st)
496 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Josh Neideck (3rd)
473 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (8th)
455 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Jake Poyner (4th)
443 ▼ 1
(LW: 8)
10 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (2)
Grier Gatlin (19th)
410 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (2)
John Foss (35th)
400 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (44th)
385 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart (1)
Je'Kel Smith (3rd)
367 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
339 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (10th)
315 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 william-carey-miss WILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)
SSAC (1)
Blake Hegstrom (10th)
312 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (3)
286 ▼ 1
(LW: 16)
18 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
262 ◀▶
(LW: 18)
19 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Shannon Flynn (4th)
250 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South (1)
Bradley Sowder (8th)
232 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 concordia-neb CONCORDIA (NEB.)
GPAC (3)
Matt Beisel (7th)
204 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade (3)
Mike Collins (26th)
191 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 goshen-ind GOSHEN (IND.)
Crossroads (5)
Rustin Nyce (7th)
164 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
WHAC (2)
Alex Kluchki (2nd)
143 ◀▶
(LW: 24)
25 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier (2)
Mike McLean (8th)
110
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 90, Oklahoma City 89, William Woods (Mo.) 72, Northwestern (Iowa) 53, Arizona Christian 37, Marian (Ind.) 36, Campbellsville (Ky.) 25, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 16, Southeastern (Fla.) 8, Missouri Baptist 4, Montana Tech 4

Dropped Out: No. 25 Oklahoma City



Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamPreseasonWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5FINAL
Taylor (Ind.)4222111
Milligan (Tenn.)1111222
College of Idaho7666763
St. Francis (Ill.)2344674
Cornerstone (Mich.)3777555
The Master's (Calif.)6555446
Saint Mary (Kan.)5433337
Dordt (Iowa)81198888
Southern Oregon1610101011129
Grace (Ind.)9889151710
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)13131515131411
Indiana Wesleyan1091111121012
Huntington (Ind.)21RV161791113
Westmont (Calif.)1215121210914
Benedictine (Kan.)25191313171614
Aquinas (Mich.)11121414202016
William Carey (Miss.)181716141317
Indiana Tech18RV2424181718
William Woods (Mo.)RVRVRVRVRVRV19
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)23212122212220
Montreat (N.C.)17141818161521
Carroll (Mont.)14161919191922
Cumberlands (Ky.)RV202020232323
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)2223RVRVRVRV24
SCAD Savannah (Ga.)RVRVRV252125
Rocky Mountain (Mont.)RVRV25222425
Concordia (Neb.)RV17222124RV27
Southeastern (Fla.)RVRVRVRV2528
Hastings (Neb.)18RVRVRV28
Oklahoma City152225RVRVRV30
Truett-McConnell (Ga.)RVRV31
Point Park (Pa.)32
Viterbo (Wis.)33
Haskell (Kan.)34
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)35
Dillard (La.)36
Goshen (Ind.)RV2323RVRV
Arizona ChristianRVRVRVRVRV
Tabor (Kan.)25RVRV
Thomas More (Ky.)RVRVRV
Campbellsville (Ky.)RVRVRVRVRV
Marian (Ind.)RVRVRVRVRV
Northwestern (Iowa)RVRVRV
Montana Tech24RVRV
Missouri BaptistRV
Mount Mercy (Iowa)RVRV
Saint Francis (Ind.)2024
Vanguard (Calif.)RV
Dalton State (Ga.)RV
Texas WesleyanRV

USTFCCCA NAIA Cross Country

2022 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Conference PollsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/22
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 8/25
MEN | WOMEN
Week 1Mon 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 9/22
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Mon 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/6
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/13
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/24
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 10/27
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 29-31, Nov. 4-5: Conference Champs
Week 5Mon 11/7
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 11/7
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NAIA Champs - Vancouver, Wash.
FINAL ResultsFri 11/18
MEN | WOMEN