2017 NCAA DII Cross Country Women’s National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2

NEW ORLEANS – Ever heard of the saying “the rich get richer?”

That can be applied to Grand Valley State this week.

Despite already being ranked first, the Lakers gained a little bit of ground in the newest NCAA Division II Cross Country Women’s National Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, as the Lakers now own all eight first-place votes.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Grand Valley State Adams State Western State U-Mary Simon Fraser

The Lakers put together an impressive performance at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational this past weekend, finishing ahead of eight other NCAA Division II teams, as well as four NCAA Division I teams. Gina Patterson led the way for the Lakers, finishing 12th overall (and third by an NCAA Division II athlete) with a time of 11:43.7.

Adams State remained in second, but did lose their two first-place votes, after placing third at the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite. Desire Montenegro paced the Grizzlies with a time of 19:34.0, good for fifth overall. Also at the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite was Western State, who pulled off the victory with all seven performers finishing within the top-10. Aneta Konieczek won the meet with a finish of 18:47.0, helping to keep the Wildcats in third place in the polls.

Following the three aforementioned teams, there was a free-for-all for the remaining 22 spots in the polls.

U-Mary and Simon Fraser both jumped into the top-five at fourth and fifth, respectively. The ranking for the Clan – coming after a victory at the Sundodger Invitational thanks to a second-place finish by Julia Howley (21:22.9) – marks the first top-five ranking in program history.

Hillsdale and Cal State San Marcos made the most noise in the top-10 this week, with the Chargers vaulting all the way to sixth after coming in at 14th a week ago. The Chargers fell only to GVSU at the MSU Spartan Open on the NCAA Division II circuit, but defeated NCAA Division I schools Eastern Michigan and Valparaiso.

Cal State San Marcos, though, jumped into ninth place after going unranked a week ago. The Cougars defeated Chico State at the UC-Riverside Invitational, sending the Wildcats down to 11th in the polls.

Cal Baptist (seventh), Southern Indiana (eighth) and Cedarville (10th) rounded out the top-10 on the week.

Outside of teams that were unranked a week ago, Dallas Baptist made the biggest jump in the polls from last week to Wednesday, as the Patriots jumped 12 spots to 12th after winning the Missouri Southern Stampede with a school-record 17.59 average. The ranking is a new high for the Patriots, after coming in at 13th during the final week of the 2009 campaign.

Walsh (17th) and Oklahoma Baptist (19th) made their season debuts in the rankings this week, while Point Loma Nazarene (t-23rd) returned after being ninth in the preseason poll.

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

2017 Week 2 - September 20th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (19th)
200
(8 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Damon Martin (30th)
192 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 western-state WESTERN STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (4)
Jennifer Michel (11th)
184 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (1)
NSIC (1)
Dennis Newell (12th)
170 ▲ 2
(LW: 6)
5 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (1)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (18th)
168 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC (1)
Andrew Towne (7th)
157 ▲ 8
(LW: 14)
7 cal-baptist CAL BAPTIST
West Region (2)
PacWest (1)
Ben Gall (6th)
154 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (21st)
143 ▼ 3
(LW: 5)
9 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (3)
CCAA (2)
Steve Scott (19th)
136 NR
10 cedarville CEDARVILLE
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC (4)
Jeff Bolender (8th)
128 ▼ 1
(LW: 9)
11 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (4)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (22nd)
121 ▼ 7
(LW: 4)
12 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (3)
Heartland Conference (1)
Jacob Phillips (13th)
104 ▲ 12
(LW: 24)
13 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Kevin Licht (1st)
94 ▲ 2
(LW: 15)
14 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South (1)
Caleb Morgan (4th)
79 ▲ 5
(LW: 19)
15 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (2)
Chris Siemers (6th)
77 ▼ 3
(LW: 12)
16 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (5)
CCAA (3)
Chris Bradford (1st)
67 ▲ 2
(LW: 18)
17 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC (2)
Rob Mizicko (6th)
64
(LW: RV)
18 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (2)
Conf. Carolinas (1)
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
52 ▲ 3
(LW: 21)
19 northern-michigan NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Midwest Region (6)
GLIAC (2)
Jenny Ryan (11th)
51 ▼ 6
(LW: 13)
19 oklahoma-baptist OKLAHOMA BAPTIST
Central Region (2)
Great American (1)
Ford Mastin (22nd)
51 NR
21 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10 (1)
Karen Boen (20th)
46 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 minnesota-duluth MINNESOTA DULUTH
Central Region (3)
NSIC (2)
Joanna Warmington (8th)
38 ▼ 12
(LW: 10)
23 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (5)
RMAC (3)
Corey Kubatzky (3rd)
31 ▼ 7
(LW: 16)
23 point-loma-nazarene POINT LOMA NAZARENE
West Region (6)
PacWest (5)
Jerry Arvin (25th)
31
(LW: RV)
25 saint-leo SAINT LEO
South Region (2)
Sunshine (2)
Kent Reiber (3rd)
17 ▼ 8
(LW: 17)

Also Receiving Votes: Alaska Anchorage 16, Malone 12, Augustana (S.D.) 9, Shippensburg 5, Fort Lewis 3

Dropped Out: No. 11 Alaska Anchorage, No. 21 Malone, No. 23 Shippensburg, No. 25 Winona State

USTFCCCA 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
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 7: Pre-National
Week 5Tue 10/10
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/11
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 20-22: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/24
MEN | WOMEN
Wed 10/25
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 4-5: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/8
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/4
Sat 11/18

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