2022 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

There was a major shake-up at the top of the Week 4 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
Taylor (Ind.)
Milligan (Tenn.)
Saint Mary (Kan.)
The Master
Cornerstone (Mich.)
1
Taylor (Ind.)
2
Milligan (Tenn.)
3
Saint Mary (Kan.)
4
The Master's (Calif.)
5
Cornerstone (Mich.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Taylor (Ind.) usurped Milligan (Tenn.) as the No. 1 team in the nation following an action-packed weekend. The Trojans posted a resounding victory at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge, winning by 80 points over one of the best fields assembled this season. The Buffs also topped the podium – their triumph at the NAIA Appalachian Challenge – but it wasn’t deemed to be as impressive as Taylor (Ind.)’s.

Saint Mary (Kan.) held steady at No. 3 following a runner-up finish at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge.

The Master’s (Calif.) improved one spot from No. 5 to No. 4 after finishing as the top collegiate team at the John Elders Titan Invitational.

Cornerstone (Mich.) jumped two spots from No. 7 to No. 5 thanks to a third-place effort at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 4: No. 6 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 7 College of Idaho, No. 8 Dordt (Iowa), No. 9 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 10 Westmont (Calif.).

Mark you calendars for Friday, November 18, because that’s when the 2022 NAIA Cross Country Championships will be held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2022 Week 4 - October 27th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Quinn White (13th)
558 ▲ 1
(LW: 2)
2 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (24th)
544 ▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (10th)
522 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (15th)
498 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Josh Neideck (3rd)
497 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (11th)
463 ▼ 2
(LW: 4)
7 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (1)
Dominic Bolin (1st)
460 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (8th)
425 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (3)
405 ▲ 8
(LW: 17)
10 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (44th)
397 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (2)
Grier Gatlin (19th)
386 ▼ 1
(LW: 10)
12 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (2)
John Foss (35th)
372 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (10th)
320 ▲ 2
(LW: 15)
14 william-carey-miss WILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)
SSAC (1)
Blake Hegstrom (10th)
311 ▲ 2
(LW: 16)
15 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Jake Poyner (4th)
308 ▼ 6
(LW: 9)
16 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
297 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart (1)
Je'Kel Smith (3rd)
290 ▼ 4
(LW: 13)
18 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
WHAC (2)
Alex Kluchki (2nd)
263 ▲ 6
(LW: 24)
19 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Shannon Flynn (4th)
240 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
214 ▼ 6
(LW: 14)
21 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade (3)
Mike Collins (26th)
180 ▲ 1
(LW: 22)
22 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier (2)
Mike McLean (8th)
176 ▲ 3
(LW: 25)
23 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South (1)
Bradley Sowder (8th)
144 ▼ 3
(LW: 20)
24 concordia-neb CONCORDIA (NEB.)
GPAC (3)
Matt Beisel (7th)
126 ▼ 3
(LW: 21)
25 scad-savannah-ga SCAD SAVANNAH (GA.)
Sun Conference (1)
Andy Knapp (4th)
122
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Northwestern (Iowa) 121, Marian (Ind.) 85, Southeastern (Fla.) 68, William Woods (Mo.) 63, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 40, Arizona Christian 30, Oklahoma City 19, Campbellsville (Ky.) 10, Goshen (Ind.) 10

Dropped Out: No. 23 Goshen (Ind.)



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
Marian (Ind.)RVRVRVRVRV
Campbellsville (Ky.)RVRVRVRVRV
Northwestern (Iowa)RVRVRV
Montana Tech24RVRV
Missouri BaptistRV
Mount Mercy (Iowa)RVRV
Saint Francis (Ind.)2024
Texas WesleyanRV
Vanguard (Calif.)RV
Dalton State (Ga.)RV

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