2022 NJCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – There’s a new name at the top of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as the Week 2 edition 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
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Wallace State (Ala.) CC
1
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
2
Lansing (Mich.) CC
3
Heartland (Ill.) CC
4
Cowley (Kan.)
5
Wallace State (Ala.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

Mesa (Ariz.) CC garnered nine of the 11 first-place votes to earn its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA Division II women’s poll. The Thunderbirds – a top-10 program in NJCAA Division I in 2019 – won their own Mesa Jamboree last weekend. They’re led by Kate Brockman, who earned the season’s first M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week after winning the Vaquero CAMPY Invitational in early September. She was also runner-up at last year’s national championships.

Defending champion Lansing (Mich.) CC claimed two first-place votes and is No. 2. The Stars split their squad last weekend, taking fifth at the Oakland Raider Invitational the same as finishing runner-up to NCAA DI Michigan State at the Lansing Invitational. In five meets, the Stars have had four different No. 1 runners, with Barbara DeGood – who earned M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week honors three weeks ago – leading the way twice.

Heartland (Ill.) CC moved up to No. 3, its highest since being No. 1 three times last year. The Hawks scored a perfect 15 in winning their own Heartland Invitational, with Taylor Joop leading the way.

Cowley (Kan.) is No. 4, down one place from the last poll. The 2020 national champions had an incomplete team at the Gans Creek Classic after a seventh-place finish at the Missouri Southern Stampede in mid-September.

No. 5 remains Wallace State (Ala.) CC. The Lions were edged 27-28 by Blue Mountain of the NAIA at the Topper Trails Classic.

Rounding out the top-10: No. 6 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC, No. 7 Coconino (Ariz.) CC, No. 8 Pasco-Hernando State (Fla.), No. 9 Southwestern (Mich.) CC and No. 10 Southeastern (Iowa) CC. Coconino is led by Hayley Burns, this week’s M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week.

The 2022 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, November 12, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

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

2022 Week #2 - October 5th

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (1)
 ▲1
(LW: 2)
2lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
 ▼1
(LW: 1)
3heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
 ▲1
(LW: 4)
4cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 ▼1
(LW: 3)
5wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7coconino-ariz-ccCOCONINO (ARIZ.) CC
ACCAC (3)
 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ▲1
(LW: 9)
9southwestern-michiganSOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
Region XII
 ▼1
(LW: 8)
10southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ▲4
(LW: 14)
11daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ▼1
(LW: 10)
12des-moines-area-iowa-ccDES MOINES AREA (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 NR
13mott-mich-ccMOTT (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▲2
(LW: 15)
14st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▼3
(LW: 11)
15florida-gatewayFLORIDA GATEWAY
Region VIII
 ▼2
(LW: 13)
16calhoun-ala-ccCALHOUN (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 ▼4
(LW: 12)
17muskegon-mich-ccMUSKEGON (MICH.) CC
Region VII
 ▲2
(LW: 19)
18northwest-arkansas-ccNORTHWEST ARKANSAS CC
Region II
 ▼1
(LW: 17)
19paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (4)
 NR
20state-fair-moSTATE FAIR (MO.)
Region XVI
 ▼4
(LW: 16)
21kaskaskia-illKASKASKIA (ILL.)
Region XXIV
 ▼3
(LW: 18)
22walters-state-tenn-ccWALTERS STATE (TENN.) CC
Region VII
 NR
23gadsden-state-ala-ccGADSDEN STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 ▼3
(LW: 20)
24south-florida-stateSOUTH FLORIDA STATE
Region VIII
 ▼3
(LW: 21)
25ua-rich-mountain-arkUA RICH MOUNTAIN (ARK.)
Region II
 ▼2
(LW: 23)
25marion-military-institute-alaMARION MILITARY INSTITUTE (ALA.)
ACCC
 ▼3
(LW: 22)


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4FINAL
Lansing (Mich.) CC12111
Mesa (Ariz.) CC21222
Heartland (Ill.) CC43333
Coconino (Ariz.) CC771154
Wallace State (Ala.) CC55575
Cowley (Kan.)34846
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC66457
Pasco-Hernando (Fla.)98688
Daytona State (Fla.)10117109
Southeastern (Iowa) CC141010910
Florida Gateway1315121211
Calhoun (Ala.) CC1216161812
Southwestern Michigan8991113
Mott (Mich.) CC1513141314
Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC12131415
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC19172116
Florida State-Jacksonville1517
NorthWest Arkansas CC1718192218
South Florida State21241719
State Fair (Mo.)1620182020
Walters State (Tenn.) CC222521
Potomac State (W.Va.)2522
Marion Military Institute (Ala.)22252223
Gadsden State (Ala.) CC20232324
Carl Sandburg (Ill.)25
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC2426
Central Florida CC27
UA Rich Mountain (Ark.)232528
St. Clair County (Mich.) CC11141516
Kaskaskia (Ill.)18212119
Macomb (Mich.) CC242422
Muskegon (Mich.) CC191720
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
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Wed 10/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Wed 11/2
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 12: NJCAA Champs - Tallahassee, Fla.
FINAL ResultsSat 11/12
MEN | WOMEN