2017 NCAA DII Cross Country Women’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The first week of the NCAA Division II Women’s National Coaches’ Poll, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, practically mirrored the preseason poll with the top-six teams remaining in place from two weeks ago.

Grand Valley State and Adams State held down the top two spots in the poll, although the Grizzlies stole a first-place vote from the Lakers after GVSU owned seven of the eight in the preseason rankings.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

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Grand Valley State Adams State Western State Chico State Southern Indiana

Both squads had strong openings to the season, with Adams State notching a perfect score at the Joe I Vigil Open behind a first-place finish from Malena Grover. Grand Valley State scored a victory at the Calvin College Knight Invitational and were led by third-place finisher Theresa Mueller.

Simon Fraser was the lone team on the week to make up significant ground in the polls, as the Clan moved up seven spots to seventh with a perfect race at the Ash Creek Invitational. Julia Howley paced the pack with a time of 16:24.6. While the program was ranked ninth in the final poll of the 2016 season, the seventh-place ranking is the highest for the Clan since coming in at sixth in the final poll of the 2014 campaign.

Western State, Chico State, Southern Indiana and U-Mary placed third through sixth, respectively, for the second-consecutive week.

Cedarville also made a jump into the top-10 on the week, moving up to ninth from 12th. The Yellow Jackets placed fourth out of seven teams at the Queen City Invitational on Sept. 2, but were the lone NCAA Division II program in the meet. Alaina Spears placed eighth on the day with a time of 18:03.5.

Cal Baptist saw itself in eighth once again, while Minnesota Duluth rounded out the top-10 with a one-spot slide to 10th. Alaska Anchorage slipped out of the top-10, falling four spots to 11th after losing to Simon Fraser at the Ash Creek Invitational.

Lee (Tenn.) also made a significant climb in the poll, jumping up six spots to 19th. The Flames placed third at the Furman XC Challenge behind NCAA Division I programs Furman and Clemson.

Five teams broke into the top-25 for the first time on the season in Cal Poly Pomona (18th), Malone (t-21st), Mount Olive (t-21st), Dallas Baptist (24th) and Winona State (25th).  

NCAA Division II
Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

2017 Week 1 - September 13th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (19th)
198
(6 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (30th)
194
(2 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 western-state WESTERN STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (11th)
184 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (1)
CCAA
Gary Towne (22nd)
175 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (2)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (21st)
169 ◀▶
(LW: 5)
6 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (1)
NSIC
Dennis Newell (12th)
160 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (2)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (18th)
152 ▲ 7
(LW: 14)
8 cal-baptist CAL BAPTIST
West Region (3)
PacWest
Ben Gall (6th)
143 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 cedarville CEDARVILLE
Midwest Region (3)
G-MAC
Jeff Bolender (8th)
127 ▲ 3
(LW: 12)
10 minnesota-duluth MINNESOTA DULUTH
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Joanna Warmington (8th)
120 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (4)
GNAC
Michael Friess (28th)
118 ▼ 4
(LW: 7)
12 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (6th)
113 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 northern-michigan NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC
Jenny Ryan (11th)
103 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC
Andrew Towne (7th)
89 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Jim Vahrenkamp (6th)
83 ▲ 1
(LW: 16)
16 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Corey Kubatzky (3rd)
68 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 saint-leo SAINT LEO
South Region (1)
Sunshine
Kent Reiber (3rd)
65 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (5)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (1st)
57
(LW: RV)
19 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (2)
Gulf South
Caleb Morgan (4th)
48 ▲ 6
(LW: 25)
20 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (20th)
40 ▲ 1
(LW: 21)
21 malone MALONE
Midwest Region (6)
G-MAC
Jack Hazen (27th)
35
(LW: RV)
21 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (2)
Conf. Carolinas
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
35 NR
23 shippensburg SHIPPENSBURG
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC
Steve Spence (20th)
30 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
24 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference
Jacob Phillips (13th)
28
(LW: RV)
25 winona-state WINONA STATE
Central Region (3)
NSIC
Brett Ayers (5th)
25 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Point Loma Nazarene 16, Augustana (S.D.) 11, Lewis 5, Bellarmine 4, Walsh 3, Edinboro 1, Seattle Pacific 1

Dropped Out: No. 9 Point Loma Nazarene, No. 18 Southwest Baptist, No. 20 CSU-Pueblo, No. 22 Cal State San Marcos, No. 24 Augustana (S.D.)

2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 14: First countable, at-large
Week 2Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 9/26
Wed 9/27
Week 4Tue 10/3
Wed 10/4
Oct. 7: Pre-National
Week 5Tue 10/10
Wed 10/11
Oct. 20-22: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/24
Wed 10/25
Nov. 4-5: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/8
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/4
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time