2022 NJCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – All but three positions – the top three – saw change in the Week 4 edition of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, which 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
Lansing (Mich.) CC
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Cowley (Kan.)
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC
Coconino (Ariz.) CC
1
Lansing (Mich.) CC
2
Mesa (Ariz.) CC
3
Heartland (Ill.) CC
4
Cowley (Kan.)
5
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC
5
Coconino (Ariz.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings

This is the final set of rankings before the 2022 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, which are set for Saturday, November 12 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

Lansing (Mich.) CC is a unanimous No. 1 for the first time this year. The Stars were easy winners with a near-perfect score of 17 points in the strong Region XII Championships, which included six ranked programs, the most of any region. Olivia Vanderwey earned the individual victory. Lansing – reigning national champions – will be seeking a sixth DII team title (the Stars can also add two DI crowns).

Mesa (Ariz.) CC remains No. 2. The Thunderbirds, who were No. 1 earlier this year, won the Region I Championships with 20 points over Coconino (Ariz.) CC, now tied for No. 5. Kate Brockman – runner-up individually last year – led a 2-3-4-5-6 Mesa fivesome at the region meet. The Thunderbirds will be seeking their first-ever team title; they were third last year.

Continuing at No. 3 for the third poll in a row is Heartland (Ill.) CC. Led by individual champ Taylor Joop, the Hawks won the Region XXIV Championships with a perfect-15 score. Heartland will be looking for its first-ever national team crown after being runner-up the last two years.

Climbing up four spots to No. 4 is Cowley (Kan.). The Tigers were the top Division II team in the Region VI Championships, finishing fourth and beating five ranked DI programs. Cowley last won the DII national title in 2020 after winning the DI meet in 2010.

Coconino zoomed up six places to tie Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC for No. 5. It’s a program-high for Coconino, who were led by individual winner – and current M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week – Hayley Burns in taking second as a team to Mesa in the Region I Championships. Grand Rapids was runner-up to Lansing in the Region XII Championships. Both Coconino and Grand Rapids will be seeking a first-ever national team title.

Rounding out the top-10: No. 7 Wallace State (Ala.) CC, No. 8 Pasco-Hernando State (Fla.), No. 9 Southeastern (Iowa) CC and No. 10 Daytona State (Fla.).

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

2022 Week #4 - November 2nd

RANK TEAM
CONFERENCE
CHANGE
1lansing-mich-ccLANSING (MICH.) CC
Region VII
 ◀▶
(LW: 1)
2mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (1)
 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3heartland-ill-ccHEARTLAND (ILL.) CC
Region XXIV
 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)
Region VI
 ▲4
(LW: 8)
5grand-rapids-mich-ccGRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▼1
(LW: 4)
5coconino-ariz-ccCOCONINO (ARIZ.) CC
ACCAC (3)
 ▲6
(LW: 11)
7wallace-state-ala-ccWALLACE STATE (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 ▼2
(LW: 5)
8pasco-hernando-flaPASCO-HERNANDO (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ▼2
(LW: 6)
9southeastern-iowa-ccSOUTHEASTERN (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ▲1
(LW: 10)
10daytona-state-flaDAYTONA STATE (FLA.)
Region VIII
 ▼3
(LW: 7)
11southwestern-michiganSOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
Region XII
 ▼2
(LW: 9)
12florida-gatewayFLORIDA GATEWAY
Region VIII
 ◀▶
(LW: 12)
13mott-mich-ccMOTT (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▲1
(LW: 14)
14des-moines-area-iowa-ccDES MOINES AREA (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 ▼1
(LW: 13)
15florida-state-jacksonvilleFLORIDA STATE-JACKSONVILLE
Region VIII
 NR
16st-clair-county-mich-ccST. CLAIR COUNTY (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▼1
(LW: 15)
17south-florida-stateSOUTH FLORIDA STATE
Region VIII
 NR
18calhoun-ala-ccCALHOUN (ALA.) CC
Region XXII
 ▼2
(LW: 16)
19kaskaskia-illKASKASKIA (ILL.)
Region XXIV
 ▲2
(LW: 21)
20state-fair-moSTATE FAIR (MO.)
Region XVI
 ▼2
(LW: 18)
21paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC
Region I (4)
 ▼4
(LW: 17)
22macomb-mich-ccMACOMB (MICH.) CC
Region XII
 ▲2
(LW: 24)
22northwest-arkansas-ccNORTHWEST ARKANSAS CC
Region II
 ▼3
(LW: 19)
24hawkeye-iowa-ccHAWKEYE (IOWA) CC
Region XI
 NR
25potomac-state-w-vaPOTOMAC STATE (W.VA.)
(none selected)
 NR


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