2022 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo.Taylor (Ind.) is the unanimous favorite to win the women’s team title at the 2022 NAIA Cross Country Championships next week, according to the final NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll of the season.

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

The Trojans enter next Friday’s meet in Tallahassee, Florida, on a roll. Most recently, Taylor (Ind.) cruised to the team title at the Crossroads League Championships this past weekend. The Trojans went 2-4-5-6-7 for 24 points as they beat No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan by 56 points.

Defending national champion Milligan (Tenn.) sits second. The Buffs are coming off a conference title of their own, taking top honors at the AAC Championships. Milligan (Tenn.), led by Ellen Mary-Kearney, ran away from the field with a total of 21 points, 28 fewer than runner-up No. 15 Montreat (N.C.).

Saint Mary (Kan.) held steady at No. 3 following its by-the-book victory at the KCAC Championships. The Spires swept the top-3 spots and added a sixth-place and eighth-place finish for 20 points, 52 fewer than Tabor. Riley Hiebert won the individual title in 17:43.8.

Both The Master’s (Calif.) and Cornerstone (Mich.) remained at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. There would be no reason to remove them from those spots as both the Mustangs and the Golden Eagles took top honors at their respective conference championships: The Master’s (Calif.) at the GSAC Championships; Cornerstone (Mich.) at the WHAC meet.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 5: No. 6 College of Idaho, No. 7 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 8 Dordt (Iowa), No. 9 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan.

USTFCCCA NAIA
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2022 Week 5 - November 7th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTSCHANGE
1 taylor-ind TAYLOR (IND.)
Crossroads (1)
Quinn White (13th)
529
(19 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 milligan-tenn MILLIGAN (TENN.)
AAC (1)
Chris Layne (24th)
512 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 saint-mary-kan SAINT MARY (KAN.)
KCAC (1)
Alstin Benton (10th)
494 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 the-masters-calif THE MASTER'S (CALIF.)
GSAC (1)
Zach Schroeder (15th)
472 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 cornerstone-mich CORNERSTONE (MICH.)
WHAC (1)
Josh Neideck (3rd)
463 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 college-of-idaho COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Cascade (1)
Dominic Bolin (1st)
447 ▲ 1
(LW: 7)
7 st-francis-ill ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
Chicagoland (1)
Jeff Barker (11th)
429 ▼ 1
(LW: 6)
8 dordt-iowa DORDT (IOWA)
GPAC (1)
Nate Wolf (8th)
409 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 westmont-calif WESTMONT (CALIF.)
GSAC (2)
Russell Smelley (44th)
382 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 indiana-wesleyan INDIANA WESLEYAN
Crossroads (2)
John Foss (35th)
375 ▲ 2
(LW: 12)
11 huntington-ind HUNTINGTON (IND.)
Crossroads (3)
352 ▼ 2
(LW: 9)
12 southern-oregon SOUTHERN OREGON
Cascade (2)
Grier Gatlin (19th)
349 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 william-carey-miss WILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)
SSAC (1)
Blake Hegstrom (10th)
321 ▲ 1
(LW: 14)
14 embry-riddle-ariz EMBRY-RIDDLE (ARIZ.)
Cal Pac (1)
Chris Bray (10th)
316 ▼ 1
(LW: 13)
15 montreat-n-c MONTREAT (N.C.)
AAC (2)
Jason Lewkowicz (8th)
288 ▲ 1
(LW: 16)
16 benedictine-kan BENEDICTINE (KAN.)
The Heart (1)
Je'Kel Smith (3rd)
274 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 indiana-tech INDIANA TECH
WHAC (2)
Alex Kluchki (2nd)
246 ▲ 1
(LW: 18)
17 grace-ind GRACE (IND.)
Crossroads (4)
Jake Poyner (4th)
246 ▼ 2
(LW: 15)
19 carroll-mont CARROLL (MONT.)
Frontier (1)
Shannon Flynn (4th)
230 ◀▶
(LW: 19)
20 aquinas-mich AQUINAS (MICH.)
WHAC (3)
Mike Wojciakowski (25th)
196 ◀▶
(LW: 20)
21 scad-savannah-ga SCAD SAVANNAH (GA.)
Sun Conference (1)
Andy Knapp (4th)
174 ▲ 4
(LW: 25)
22 lewis-clark-state-idaho LEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)
Cascade (3)
Mike Collins (26th)
168 ▼ 1
(LW: 21)
23 cumberlands-ky CUMBERLANDS (KY.)
Mid-South (1)
Bradley Sowder (8th)
154 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 rocky-mountain-mont ROCKY MOUNTAIN (MONT.)
Frontier (2)
Mike McLean (8th)
148 ▼ 2
(LW: 22)
25 southeastern-fla SOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)
Sun Conference (2)
Paul Kurtz (11th)
115
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 102, Hastings (Neb.) 90, William Woods (Mo.) 65, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 24, Concordia (Neb.) 22, Goshen (Ind.) 19, Arizona Christian 16, Oklahoma City 15, Thomas More (Ky.) 13, Tabor (Kan.) 7

Dropped Out: No. 24 Concordia (Neb.)



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

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