GVSU Women Top Defending Champ Adams State in Preseason DII National Poll

GVSU Women Top Defending Champ Adams State in Preseason DII National Poll

NEW ORLEANS – Adams State and Grand Valley State have combined to win all but one NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country national team title since 2003.

So it’s only fitting, then, that those are the two programs pegged to be battling for this year’s crown in the Preseason National Coaches’ Poll announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

While reigning national champ Adams State got the edge over GVSU at the NCAA Championships in Joplin, Missouri, in November of 2015, it is Grand Valley who came out on top to start 2016.

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1)Grand Valley State 2)Adams State 3)Adams State 4)Minnesota Duluth 5)Augustana (S.D.)
GVSU Adams State Chico State Western State U-Mary
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The Lakers earned five first-place votes to take the preseason No. 1 rank, followed very closely by the Grizzlies with three nods for the top spot.

No. 3 Chico State, No. 4 Western State and No. 5 U-Mary rounded out the top five.

GVSU returns three scorers from last year’s runner-up squad – including former national champion Kendra Foley and ninth-place Gina Patterson – plus last year’s No. 6 and 7 runners, both of whom finished 105th or better.

Adams State returns as many as five runners from its title-winning squad from a year ago, including top-15 finishers Jenna Thurman and Maura O’Brien.

Coming in at No. 3 after finishing fourth last November, Chico State returns four scorers from 2015, including All-American Sadie Gastelum and near-All-Americans McCall Habermehl and Alex Burkhart.

Also moving up one spot from a year ago was No. 4 Western State. Returning from its 2015 fifth-place team are All-Americans Georgia Porter and Alicja Konieczek.

Making by far the biggest move of any top-10 team was No. 5 U-Mary, which finished 12th at NCAAs last year. Individual national champion Alexis Zeis is one of seven returning members of last year’s nationals squad, and she led the Marauders to their highest preseason rank since starting the 2012 season ranked No. 4.

Rounding out the top-10 were No. 6 Alaska Anchorage, No. 7 Hillsdale, No. 8 Northern Michigan, No. 9 Western Washington and No. 10 Southern Indiana. Each of those teams finished top-10 at the NCAA Championships a year ago.

The highest-ranked team that did not qualify for the NCAA Championships a year ago was No. 16 Fort Lewis. It is the school’s highest national rank in program history, and its first national rank overall since 2006.

Also showing up in the rankings after not competing in Joplin last year were No. 20 Simon Fraser and No. 25 Cedarville.

Leading the way among all conferences were the RMAC and the GNAC, which both put four teams inside the top-25. The GLIAC, GLVC and NSIC all accounted for three ranked teams each.

 

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Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

2016 Preseason — August 31

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Rank Institution (FPV) Points Region (CR) Conference Head Coach (Yr*)
2015 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State (5) 197 Midwest (1) GLIAC Jerry Baltes (18th)
2
2 Adams State (3) 194 South Central (1) RMAC Damon Martin (29th)
1
3 Chico State 183 West (1) CCAA Gary Towne (21st)
4
4 Western State 171 South Central (2) RMAC Jennifer Michel (10th)
5
5 U-Mary 160 Central (1) NSIC Dennis Newell (11th)
12
6 Alaska Anchorage 158 West (2) GNAC Michael Friess (27th)
8
7 Hillsdale 154 Midwest (2) GLIAC Andrew Towne (6th)
3
8 Northern Michigan 143 Midwest (3) GLIAC Jenny Ryan (10th)
9
9 Western Washington 132 West (3) GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (30th)
6
10 Southern Indiana 129 Midwest (4) GLVC Mike Hillyard (20th)
10
11 Minnesota Duluth 123 Central (2) NSIC Joanna Warmington (6th)
7
12 Augustana (S.D.) 112 Central (3) NSIC Tracy Hellman (16th)
13
13 Stonehill 102 East (1) Northeast-10 Karen Boen (19th)
14
14 Lewis 94 Midwest (5) GLVC James Kearney (3rd)
11
15 UW-Parkside 78 Midwest (6) GLVC Thomas Breitbach (1st)
16
16 Fort Lewis 72 South Central (3) RMAC Mark Dutro (5th)
NR
17 Cal Baptist 62 West (4) PacWest Ben Gall (5th)
26
17 Shippensburg 62 Atlantic (1) PSAC Steve Spence (19th)
22
19 Montevallo 60 Southeast (1) Peach Belt Julia Marquardt (4th)
20
20 Simon Fraser 44 West (5) GNAC Brit Townsend (17th)
NR
21 Dallas Baptist 39 South Central (4) Heartland Conference Jacob Phillips (12th)
23
22 Southwest Baptist 29 Central (4) MIAA Corey McElhaney (9th)
18
23 Seattle Pacific 27 West (6) GNAC Karl Lerum (4th)
15
24 Colorado Mines 19 South Central (5) RMAC Chris Siemers (5th)
19
25 Cedarville 14 Midwest (7) G-MAC Jeff Bolender (7th)
NR
25 Tampa 14 South (1) Sunshine Jarrett Slaven (18th)
24
Also Receiving Votes: Bloomsburg 12, Cal Poly Pomona 5, UC-Colorado Springs 5, California (Pa.) 3, Pittsburg State 2, Saint Leo 1
(* year as head coach of that team in women’s cross country, officially NCAA-recognized coach listed)
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