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.

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

2017 Week 2 - September 20th

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

2017 Rankings & Polls Calendar
Weeks Regional RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 8/29Wed 8/30
MEN | WOMEN
Aug. 31: Earliest Contest
Week 1Tue 9/12Wed 9/13
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 14: First countable, at-large
Week 2Tue 9/19Wed 9/20
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 9/26Wed 9/27
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Tue 10/3Wed 10/4
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 7: Pre-National
Week 5Tue 10/10Wed 10/11
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 20-22: Conference Champs
Week 6Tue 10/24Wed 10/25
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 4-5: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Wed 11/8
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsSat 11/4
MEN | WOMEN
Sat 11/18
MEN | WOMEN
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