2017 NCAA DI Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – That didn’t last long.
After falling out of first place in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll a week ago for the first time on the season, Colorado found itself back in familiar territory on Tuesday.
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The Buffaloes were highly impressive at the Pac-12 Championships, winning its third-consecutive league title. Colorado was led by Dani Jones, who won the race with a time of 18:57.3 to become the first Buff to win an individual conference championship since Jenny Barringer did so in 2009. Three other Buffs finished within the top-15 to allow Colorado to leap back into first in the national poll while picking up eight of 12 first-place votes.
New Mexico remained in second place on the week thanks to a Mountain West title. Ednah Kurgat (19:58.8 – first), Weini Kelati (20:11.7 – second), Charlotte Prouse (20:14.7 – third) and Alice Wright (20:54.9 – fifth) dominated the race for the Lobos, who have three first-place votes.
After sitting in first after the last polls were announced, Oregon dropped back down to third despite a solid, second-place outing at the Pac-12 Championships. Katie Rainsberger finished second at the meet for the Ducks with a time of 18:58.5, while Lilli Burdon (19:07.8 – sixth) also finished in the top-10.
Below the three aforementioned powerhouses, the remainder of the top-10 was filled with teams that held their ground in the rankings, as well as teams who used stellar performances to rise in the polls.
Stanford jumped seven spots to seventh place after slipping out of the top-five a week ago. The Cardinal placed third at the Pac-12 Championships, dropping a tie breaker to Oregon. Michigan is right behind Stanford in the rankings thanks to a two-spot jump after winning the Big Ten Championships. Jamie Morrissey (20:16.8 – third) and Gina Sereno (20:22.2 – fourth) both posted top-five outings for the Wolverines. Villanova also saw a significant increase in the polls, moving up six spots to ninth after winning a Big East title.
San Francisco (fourth), NC State (fifth) and Arkansas (sixth) all stayed put in the rankings after each went out and won a conference title this past weekend.
The Dons were dominate at the West Coach Championships, winning with a score of 20 thanks to Charlotte Taylor (19:10.5), Weronika Pyzik (19:30.3) and Isabelle Brauer (19:40.2) finishing 1-2-3. NC State won the ACC title with four top-10 finishes, including Dominque Clairmonte’s third-place finish. The Razorbacks took home the SEC Championship with five top-12 finishes, including Taylor Werner’s runner-up outing.
Rounding out the top-10 on the week were Boise State and Providence, who tied for 10th after both fell in the rankings.
Outside of the top-10, Minnesota got a decent boost in the rankings, moving up six spots to 13th, while Ohio State (25th) and Georgetown (t-27th) both returned to the top-30.