2017 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll — Week 4

NEW ORLEANS – Two new teams entered the top-10 of the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, while another squad already in the top-five continued to rise in the polls.

In an otherwise dormant top-10, Walsh and Colorado Mines made astronomical climbs to both tie for 10th on the week after solid weeks in action. Additionally, Simon Fraser jumped one spot to a program-best fourth after starting the season at 14th, only to climb to seventh a week later and eventually fifth during the second week of the season.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Grand Valley State Adams State Western State Simon Fraser Hillsdale
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Walsh impressed at the All Ohio Championships, where the team finished third overall – and first amongst NCAA Division II teams – thanks to a first-place finish from Sarah Berger, who led all 343 runners with a time of 20:52.0. Walsh came in at 19th in the rankings a week ago, and the tie for 10th is a program-best ranking.

Colorado Mines – who was 21st in the polls a week ago – was equally as solid, winning the non-Division I portion of the Chile Pepper XC Festival.  Megan Wenham (17:24.0 – fifth) and Molly Reicher (17:26.2 – sixth) both finished within the top-10 of a race that featured 296 finishers. The top-10 ranking for the Orediggers was its first since ranking ninth in the final poll of the 2005 season.  

Despite an idle weekend, Simon Fraser rose to fourth after Hillsdale slipped to fifth following a tough weekend at the Cross Country Classic in Louisville.

Grand Valley State was strong at the Cross Country Classic, winning the NCAA Division II portion of the gold race to remain in first place in the polls. The Lakers, however, did lose a first-place vote to Adams State, who held onto its second-place spot. The Grizzlies finished 10th at the Paul Short Run Gold race, ahead of a slew of NCAA Division I programs.

Western State was inactive over the weekend, staying in third place in the polls.

Cal Baptist (sixth), Pittsburg State (seventh), Southern Indiana (eighth) and Cal State San Marcos (ninth) rounded out the top-10.

Outside of the top-10, only two teams saw their stock increase in the remainder of the top-25. Lee (Tenn.) crept up one spot to 14th after a big win at the Royals XC Challenge after falling to 15th a week ago.

Malone also re-entered the rankings after falling out of the polls after the first week of the season. The Pioneers came in at 22nd after finishing second at the All Ohio Championships.

Eight of the final 15 teams in the top-25 this week fell from where they were a week ago.

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

2017 Week 4 - October 4th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (19th)
199
(7 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (30th)
193
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 western-state WESTERN STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (11th)
184 ◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (1)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (18th)
173 ▲ 1
(LW: 5)
5 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC
Andrew Towne (7th)
171 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 cal-baptist CAL BAPTIST
West Region (2)
PacWest
Ben Gall (6th)
158 ◀▶
(LW: 6)
7 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (1)
MIAA
Russ Jewett (32nd)
152 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (3)
GLVC
Mike Hillyard (21st)
142 ◀▶
(LW: 8)
9 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (3)
CCAA
Steve Scott (19th)
133 ◀▶
(LW: 9)
10 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (4)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (6th)
115 ▲ 9
(LW: 19)
10 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (6th)
115 ▲ 11
(LW: 21)
12 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (4)
CCAA
Gary Towne (22nd)
114 ▼ 1
(LW: 11)
13 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Dennis Newell (12th)
103 ◀▶
(LW: 13)
14 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South
Caleb Morgan (4th)
99 ▲ 1
(LW: 15)
15 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Jim Vahrenkamp (6th)
75 ▼ 1
(LW: 14)
16 oklahoma-baptist OKLAHOMA BAPTIST
Central Region (3)
Great American
Ford Mastin (22nd)
73 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 cedarville CEDARVILLE
Midwest Region (5)
G-MAC
Jeff Bolender (8th)
72 ▼ 7
(LW: 10)
18 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC
Corey Kubatzky (3rd)
67 ▼ 2
(LW: 16)
19 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (5)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (1st)
59 ▼ 1
(LW: 18)
20 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference
Jacob Phillips (13th)
49 ▼ 8
(LW: 12)
21 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (2)
Conf. Carolinas
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
33 ▼ 1
(LW: 20)
22 malone MALONE
Midwest Region (6)
G-MAC
Jack Hazen (27th)
24
(LW: RV)
23 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (20th)
23 ▼ 1
(LW: 22)
23 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (4)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (17th)
23 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
25 saint-leo SAINT LEO
South Region (2)
Sunshine
Kent Reiber (3rd)
20 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: Alaska Anchorage 13, Edinboro 9, Northern Michigan 4, Humboldt State 3, Fort Lewis 1, Assumption 1

Dropped Out: No. 24 Point Loma Nazarene

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
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