Lauren Ellsworth, USTFCCCA
August 31, 2022
new orleans – Cross country is back!
Click here for the preseason version NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll The U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Wednesday that the 2022 season will feature 11 member coaches (one from each of the division’s nine regions (also with regional rankings)) and Note that this is done by counting votes from two members of the NCAA Cross Country Executive Committee.
NCAA Division I — Women’s Cross Country
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Cross Country Voting and Rankings
For the first time in program history, north carolina are the top-ranked teams in the pre-season iteration of the National Coaches Pole. The defending national champion got his first-place vote with nine votes as he seeks his second consecutive title at Stillwater. The Wolfpack will return four of his athletes, including three All-Americans, from the 2021 lineup. Kelsey Timir (No. 6), Caitlin Tuohy (No. 15) and Samantha Bush (No. 32). North Carolina also added Tennessee transfer Sidney Seymour to its roster during the offseason.
new mexicofinished third in the NCAA Championship, but started the season in second place. Lobos got his #1 vote and is predicted to be the biggest competition at NC State at the end of the season. Lobos will likely return with a majority of the line-up headlined by Top 21 finishers Emma Heckel and Gracelyn Larkin, with a handful of other quality athletes adding depth.
Colorado 3rd place to start the season. The Buffaloes are led by All-American Emily Covert, who finished 31st in Tallahassee, Florida, while a year before he was 4th. The Buffaloes also added Bailee Hertenstein, who moved to Indiana, and Ella Baran, who moved to NCAA Division III’s Johns Hopkins, to his 2022 roster. For the 19th time in the show’s history, Colorado has ranked in the top five in preseason polls.
Oklahomawill start the season in 4th place after finishing 13th in November last year. Cowgirl enjoys home his course advantage and finishes on the podium for the first time in program history (their best finish was his 5th place in 1989). Oklahoma State University has a capable team with his five returning athletes led by All-American Taylor Law. Their line-up will also be strengthened by a strong recruiting class featuring 2021 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year Natalie Cook.
Stanford He rounded out the top 5 preseason and got the first place vote. The Cardinal, who finished sixth a year ago, will bring back five of his seven athletes from his NCAA team last year. Lucy Jenks is the top-ranked returner and just missed out on all-American honors at No. 49. Stanford also brought in some rookies who could cause a stir for this young team.
Here are the top 10 for the rest of the preseason: No. 6 Notre DameNo.7 BYUNo.8 WashingtonNo.9 Arkansas and number 10 Michigan.
Mark your calendars for November 19th. 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships It will be held at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Remember, the winning race will be broadcast commercial-free again on ESPNU.