2022 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – It’s time to flip the calendar to October.
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from eight member coaches – one from each of the division’s eight regions – who also do the Regional Rankings.
Adams State is the top-ranked team for the fourth-straight week, followed by No. 2 Grand Valley State, No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, No. 4 UC-Colorado Springs (up one spot), No. 5 Augustana (S.D.) (down one spot), No. 6 Wingate (up one spot), No. 7 Cedarville (down one spot), No. 8 Cal State Stanislaus, No. 9 Dallas Baptist (up 18 spots) and No. 10 Lee (Tenn.).
Adams State and Colorado School of Mines ran their B-squads at the Ted Castaneda Classic. The Grizzlies topped the field with 44 points and picked up an individual win from Franziska Althaus.
The Live in Lou Classic Women’s 5k CC Gold Race featured Grand Valley State, UC-Colorado Springs, Cedarville and Lee (Tenn.) and finished in that order. The Lakers and Mountain Lions placed third and fourth, respectively, behind NCAA DI No. 24 Furman and West Virginia. The Yellow Jackets finished in 10th with the Flames right behind in 11th.
Wingate saw their stock rise following their performance in the Women’s 6k College Gold Race at the Paul Short Run. The Bulldogs had an impressive 28 second gap among their top-5 runners on Lehigh University’s hilly course.
Dallas Baptist made the biggest improvement in Week 4 with their 18 spot jump. The Patriots, who are back in the top-10 for the first time since 2018, finished third at the Chile Pepper Festival behind NCAA DI No. 14 Arkansas and Southern Miss. Madison Brown placed 10th overall in a new PR of 16:47.5 on the 5k grass circuit.
Further down the leaderboard, four teams improved their billing from a week ago: Winona State went from No. 17 to No. 16; Western Washington went from No. 19 to No. 18; Wayne State (Mich.) jumped from No. 20 to No. 19; Biola (Calif.) went from No. 22 to No. 21.
Two new teams joined the National Coaches’ Poll in Week 3: No. 22 Neb.-Kearney and No. 30 Charleston (W.Va.). This is the first time in program history the Golden Eagles have been ranked in the top-30 nationally. Charleston (W.Va.) placed sixth overall at the Chile Pepper Festival and finished second among DII schools behind Dallas Baptist.
Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2, as the 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place at Chambers Bay Golf Club in Tacoma, Washington!