2022 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championships Weekend was a thriller!
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll for the 2022 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from 11 member coaches – one from each of the division’s nine regions (who also do the regional rankings) – as well as two members from the NCAA Cross Country Executive Committee.
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NC State pushes its No. 1 streak to seven consecutive weeks. The Wolfpack recently captured the ACC Cross Country Championships and held off a strong challenge from new No. 5 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish improved one spot in the National Coaches’ Poll after finishing four points behind the Wolfpack, with the final score being 34-38. NC State went 1-2-5-10-16 behind Katelyn Tuohy’s individual title, while Notre Dame took places 3-6-7-8-14.
No. 2 New Mexico, No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Northern Arizona also held their rankings after winning their respective conference championships: the Lady Lobos won their 15th consecutive Mountain West title; the Cowgirls defended their Big 12 crown; the Lumberjacks took home top honors at the Big Sky Championship.
BYU fell one spot to No. 6 to make room for Notre Dame’s accession. The Cougars sit just three points behind the Fighting Irish after capturing the West Coast Conference title. Right behind is Alabama remaining in the No. 7 spot. The Crimson Tide won its first SEC title since 1987.
The first, second and third-place teams from Pac-12 Cross Country Championships sit in the next three spots. Colorado jumped three spots to No. 8 after winning the meet in a tiebreaker over new No. 9 Utah, who also improved one spot. The Buffs and Utes were tied at 66 points each, with the win ultimately going to the former thanks to a 4-1 advantage. Oregon climbed two spots to No. 10 aftering beating Stanford by seven points for third, 86-93. The Cardinal tumbled to No. 11.
Four teams saw their stock improve by multiple spots: Virginia soared 13 spots to No. 12 thanks to a third-place showing at the ACC Championships; Washington improved three spots to No. 16 following it’s fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships; Michigan State won the Big Ten title and jumped four spots to No. 19; Michigan moved up to No. 21 after capturing runner-up honors in the Big Ten.
Florida State, who was previously receiving votes, is now ranked No. 24 following a fifth-place performance at the ACC Championships.
Mark your calendars for November 19, as that’s when the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships will be held at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Don’t forget that the championship races will be broadcast commercial-free once again on ESPNU.