Top Two Remain the Same, Rest of Top Ten Shaken up in Women’s D2 XC

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

September 30, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS (September 30, 2009) – Adams State and Grand Valley State remained one-two  in week three of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Poll, but the rest of the top ten saw quite a bit of movement, the Association announced on Wednesday.

Adams State had three women compete in the Western State Mountaineer Open over the weekend and did not compile a team score, while No. 2 GVSU was idle. The Grizzlies and Lakers will both be in action this weekend with Adams State heading to the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree and Grand Valley State heading to the Notre Dame Invitational.

Following Adams and GVSU is Chico State at No. 3, Shippensburg at No. 4, and Alaska Anchorage at No. 5, all of which improved two spots apiece this week.

Chico State competed at Stanford over the weekend and finished fifth as a team against mostly Division I competition. The fifth-place finish bettered last year’s sixth-place showing at the Stanford Invite. No. 4 Shippensburg and No. 5 Alaska Anchorage were idle.

Ninth-ranked Tampa claimed its third team championship of the 2009 season when the Spartans took home the team title at the Southern Indiana Pre-National Invitational last Saturday. The Spartans claimed five of the top ten places in the women’s race and finished with 29 points helping the Spartans break into the women’s top ten this week.

To view the complete 2009 USTFCCCA Division II Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Poll, click here.