2022 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – Welcome to October!
Here is the newest NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from ten member coaches – one from each of the division’s ten regions – who also do the weekly Regional Rankings.
NCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
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Top teams handled business this past weekend, which is a big reason why the top-5 squads didn’t change from Week 3.
- SUNY Geneseo held steady at No. 1 following a clean sweep of the Mike Woods Invitational, which was led by Kathleen McCarey’s individual title in 21:11.8.
- Wartburg remained No. 2 after turning away fellow top-10 program Washington (Mo.) at the Dan Huston Invitational and getting a win from Aubrie Fisher.
- UChicago decimated a talented field at the NCAA DIII National Preview Meet by putting three athletes in the top-5 separated by just 3.2 seconds and scoring 59 points.
- Johns Hopkins ran admirably in the ultra-competitive Women’s College Gold 6k at the Paul Short Run as the only NCAA DIII program in the field and finished 34th out of 46 teams, but didn’t budge from No. 4.
- Claremont-Mudd-Scripps posted an impressive victory in the Women’s College Brown 6k at the Paul Short Run and is ranked No. 5 once again.
You’ll see two of the biggest jumps in the top-15 with George Fox soaring from No. 25 to No. 12 and Lynchburg climbing the index from No. 27 to No. 15. The Bruins finished a clear fourth at the NCAA DIII National Preview Meet (just 19 points behind No. 9 UW-La Crosse), while the Hornets stung programs from all three NCAA divisions in a third-place effort in the Women’s College Brown 6k at the Paul Short Run. This is the best ranking in program history for both GFU and Lynchburg.
Five other teams saw their stock rise four or more spots in Week 4: Calvin went from No. 23 to No. 18 after finishing fifth at the NCAA DIII National Preview Meet; NYU went from No. 26 to No. 20 following a seventh-place effort in the Women’s College Brown 6k at the Paul Short Run; Colorado College went from No. 29 to No. 22 after nearly beating NCAA DII No. 1 Adams State at the Ted Castaneda Classic; Emory went from No. 28 to No. 25 after hanging tough in the Women’s College Brown 6k at the Paul Short Run; and St. Lawrence went from No. 35 to No. 31 thanks to a sixth-place effort in the Mitten State.
Two new teams joined the National Coaches’ Poll: No. 27 Case Western Reserve and No. 33 Central (Iowa). This is the first time since 2009 that the Dutch have been ranked among the top-35 teams in the country. Central posted a win at the Aurora Invitational this past weekend.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships will be held at the Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan. Top athletes and teams from the 2022 season will take the course at 11 am ET.