2017 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll — Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Cal Baptist’s women’s cross country team has been climbing all year. On Wednesday, they finally reached the summit.

The Lancers jumped five spots into to first place in the fifth week of the NCAA Division II Women’s National Coaches’ Poll, announced the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Cal Baptist used a huge weekend to propel themselves into the top spot for the first time in program history.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Colorado
Cal Baptist Grand Valley State Adams State Western State Simon Fraser
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Two weeks after coming in a then-program best sixth-place in the polls, Cal Baptist went out and laid claim to Lewis Crossover team title. A trio of Lancers in Emeline Delanis (21:36.2 – third), Fruzsina Ladanyi (21:46.7 – fourth) and Leanda du Bruyn (21:47.8 – fifth) finished in the top-10 at the meet that featured 353 runners, as well as a slew of nationally-ranked teams. The Lancers own seven of the eight first-place votes in this week’s poll, as well.

Cal Baptist’s win caused four teams to lose ground in the polls in Grand Valley State (second), Adams State (third), Western State (fourth) and Simon Fraser (fifth). Each team fell one spot, with Adams State picking up the final first-place vote. Due to Cal Baptist’s hot weekend, this week marked the first time since the second, third, fourth and fifth weeks of the 2015 NCAA Division II Women’s National Coaches’ Poll that either GVSU or Adams State did not hold down the top spot, as Hillsdale had done so during those weeks.

While there was a major shakeup at the top of the rankings, the bottom half of the top-10 also saw its fair share of upheaval.

Chico State rose six spots to sixth after nearly upsetting Simon Fraser at the 44th Annual Western Washington University Cross Country Classic. The Wildcats finished just two points behind the Clan thanks to first and second place finishes from Hannah Dorman and Alex Burkhart, respectively.

Alaska Anchorage returned to the rankings in eighth place after falling out after week two. The Seawolves finished third at the Lewis Crossover thanks to a first-place finish from Caroline Kurgat.

Walsh (ninth) and U-Mary (10th) jumped one and three spots, respectively, to claim the final two spots in the top-10. Only Pittsburg State (seventh) remained in its respective spot amongst top-10 teams from a week ago.

Outside of the top-10, two teams gained a little ground in the rankings, while two teams returned after  brief hiatuses on the outside, looking in. Dallas Baptist moved up two spots to 18th and Augustana (S.D.) jumped four spots to 19th while Northern Michigan (17th) and Minnesota Duluth (22nd) both found themselves amongst the top-25 once again.

Northern Michigan was last ranked 19th during the second week of the season, while Minnesota Duluth was 22nd in that same poll.

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

2017 Week 5 - October 11th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 cal-baptist CAL BAPTIST
West Region (1)
PacWest
Ben Gall (6th)
199
(7 fpv)
▲ 5
(LW: 6)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC
Jerry Baltes (19th)
191 ▼ 1
(LW: 1)
3 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC
Damon Martin (30th)
186
(1 fpv)
▼ 1
(LW: 2)
4 western-state WESTERN STATE
South Central Region (2)
RMAC
Jennifer Michel (11th)
175 ▼ 1
(LW: 3)
5 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (2)
GNAC
Brit Townsend (18th)
169 ▼ 1
(LW: 4)
6 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (3)
CCAA
Gary Towne (22nd)
154 ▲ 6
(LW: 12)
7 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (1)
MIAA
Russ Jewett (32nd)
150 ◀▶
(LW: 7)
8 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (4)
GNAC
Michael Friess (28th)
141
(LW: RV)
9 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC
Rob Mizicko (6th)
129 ▲ 1
(LW: 10)
10 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (3)
G-MAC
Andrew Towne (7th)
122 ▼ 5
(LW: 5)
10 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (2)
NSIC
Dennis Newell (12th)
122 ▲ 3
(LW: 13)
12 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (5)
CCAA
Steve Scott (19th)
112 ▼ 3
(LW: 9)
13 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (3)
RMAC
Chris Siemers (6th)
104 ▼ 3
(LW: 10)
14 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (1)
Gulf South
Caleb Morgan (4th)
99 ◀▶
(LW: 14)
15 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC
Jim Vahrenkamp (6th)
81 ◀▶
(LW: 15)
16 oklahoma-baptist OKLAHOMA BAPTIST
Central Region (3)
Great American
Ford Mastin (22nd)
77 ◀▶
(LW: 16)
17 northern-michigan NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC
Jenny Ryan (11th)
74
(LW: RV)
18 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (4)
Heartland Conference
Jacob Phillips (13th)
60 ▲ 2
(LW: 20)
19 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (4)
NSIC
Tracy Hellman (17th)
55 ▲ 4
(LW: 23)
20 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (6)
CCAA
Chris Bradford (1st)
50 ▼ 1
(LW: 19)
21 mount-olive MOUNT OLIVE
Southeast Region (2)
Conf. Carolinas
Matt Van Lierop (9th)
33 ◀▶
(LW: 21)
22 minnesota-duluth MINNESOTA DULUTH
Central Region (5)
NSIC
Joanna Warmington (8th)
32 NR
23 stonehill STONEHILL
East Region (1)
Northeast-10
Karen Boen (20th)
29 ◀▶
(LW: 23)
24 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (5)
RMAC
Corey Kubatzky (3rd)
21 ▼ 6
(LW: 18)
25 saint-leo SAINT LEO
South Region (2)
Sunshine
Kent Reiber (3rd)
17 ◀▶
(LW: 25)

Also Receiving Votes: UC San Diego 10, Malone 7, Southern Indiana 1

Dropped Out: No. 8 Southern Indiana, No. 17 Cedarville, No. 22 Malone

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