2022 NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 8
NEW ORLEANS – And then there were 32.
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DIII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Voting coaches only considered those teams that will be competing at the 2022 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships on Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan.
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Eighteen of the top-20 teams from Week 7 shifted in Week 8 following an ultra-competitive Regional Championships Saturday, which decided entrants to the NCAA Championships.
No. 1 now belongs to Wartburg, which is the third top-ranked team this season. The Knights usurped former No. 1 UChicago, which took down former-former No. 1 SUNY Geneseo. This top billing went to Wartburg following an impressive victory at the Midwest Region Championships, where it beat two other top-10 programs, including the Maroons. The Knights, who are seeking their first national title in program history, won the regional title with 36 points (2-3-6-12-13), nine fewer than UChicago’s 45 (4-5-7-14-15).
Four out of the next five spots are occupied by regional champions: Niagara champion SUNY Geneseo at No. 2; Mid-Atlantic champion Johns Hopkins at No. 3; West champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at No. 5; and North champion Carleton at No. 6. Further down, you’ll see East champion MIT at No. 8 and Mideast champion Williams at No. 10.
Seven different programs jumped multiple spots outside of the top-10.
- East runner-up Bates went from No. 16 to No. 14
- West third-place finisher UC Santa Cruz went from No. 18 to No. 16
- Great Lakes champion John Carroll went from No. 25 to No. 19
- South runner-up Emory went from No. 30 to No. 25
- Mideast third-place finisher RPI went from No. 30 to No. 26
- Mideast fourth-place finisher Lawrence went from No. 33 to No. 28
- Metro champion Widener went from No. 35 to No. 31
Remember that the 2022 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday, November 19, at the Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan.