2022 NJCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Ranking – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – For the first time this year, there were no changes in the NJCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as the Week 4 and season’s final version was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
NJCAA Division III — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Mineral Area (Mo.)
Joliet (Ill.) JC
RCSJ Gloucester (N.J.)
Cross Country Polls & Rankings
Remember that famous line that “it’s too quiet out there”?
Well, it’s about to get plenty loud as four of the top-5 are ready for two straight weekends of racing, culminating with the 2022 NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 5 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Mineral Area (Mo.) CC holds onto No. 1 for the third time in four polls. The Cardinals are set to begin its final two weeks of action with the Region XVI meet on Friday in Peculiar, Missouri.
No. 2 Oxford (Ga.) raced impressively twice last week. The Eagles – reigning national champions – scored a perfect 15 in going 1-6 at the Region XVII Championships before taking sixth on Saturday as the leading JUCO program at the Newberry Invitational. Emily Wilhelm won the regional title by 38 seconds, but runner-up Joyce Zhang led a tighter Eagle top-4 at Newberry, separated by just 29 seconds.
Nos. 3, 4 and 5 are the same for the fourth-straight week. No. 3 Joliet (Ill.) JC and No. 4 Harper (Ill.) are set to square off in the Region IV Championships on Saturday at Kenosha, Wisconsin. Joliet was natonal runner-up last year after winning the 2020 national crown, while Harper is seeking to regain form that had them first or second nationally for six-straight years (2014-19).
No. 5 RCSJ Gloucester (N.J.) will prepare for the national meet by competing in the Region XIX Championships on Saturday at Wilmington, Delaware. The Roadrunners haven’t competed in the national championships since 2018; they won the 2012 title.
Completing the top-10 are No. 6 Hudson Valley (N.Y.) CC, No. 7 Georgia Military, No. 8 Abraham Baldwin (Ga.), No. 9 SUNY Broome CC and No. 10 SUNY Westchester.