2017 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Pre-Championships

NEW ORLEANS – While changes were abound in the men’s portion of the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, the top teams in the women’s rankings cemented their positions after solid outings at the regional meets.

The top-four teams in the most recent rankings, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA), held their ground from a week ago. Cal Baptist, Grand Valley State, Adams State went 1-2-3 in the polls once again after winning their respective regions, while Alaska Anchorage remained in fourth after a runner-up finish to Cal Baptist at the West Regionals.

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 Alaska Anchorage U-Mary
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U-Mary represented the lone change in the top-five, returning to the grouping for the first time since week two after capturing the Central Regional team title behind a first-place finish from senior Alexis Zeis (20:35.5).

Cal Baptist defeated Alaska Anchorage by a score of 68 to 84, thanks to second- and third-place finishes from Anett Somogyi (21:04.5) and Emeline Delanis (21:08.6). The Seawolves’ Caroline Kurgat won the individual title at the meet with a time of 20:26.1. Cal Baptist picked up seven of the eight first-place votes on the week.

GVSU was dominant at the Midwest Regional Championships, winning by 35. The Lakers got three top-10 finishes at the meet against the likes of fellow top-10 teams Hillsdale (eighth) and Walsh (10th).

Adams State picked up the final first-place vote thanks to top-three finishes from Malena Grover (21:03.6), Eilish Flanagan (21:15.1) and Roisin Flanagan (21:21.6) that aided the Grizzlies in defeating Colorado Mines (11th) by an astounding 56 points.

Rounding out the top-10 were Chico State (sixth), Simon Fraser (eighth) and Pittsburg State (ninth). The Wildcats and Clan finished third and fourth, respectively, at the West Regionals, while the Gorillas placed second at the Central Regionals.

Two teams saw big boosts in the polls to put them right on the cusp of the top-10 this week. Augustana (S.D.) moved up eight spots to 12th and Western State jumped 11 spots to 13th. Each team posted third-place finishes at their respective regions, with Western State missing second place by just five points and Augustana (S.D.) missing by eight.

Northern Michigan (15th) and UC-Colorado Springs (17th) both moved up two spots, while Cal Poly Pomona joined them in climbing towards the top with a three-spot jump to 19th.

Saint Leo returned to the top-25 after falling out of the polls a week ago. The Lions came in at 20th this week, fresh off a South Regional team title and three top-10 individual finishes that included an individual title by Colett Rampf (20:49.2).

Edinboro also broke into the top-25 for the first time on the season. The Fighting Scots took home the Atlantic Region team title this past weekend.

The 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held November 18 in Evansville, Indiana.

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

2017 Week 7 - November 8th

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS CHANGE
1 cal-baptist CAL BAPTIST
West Region (1)
PacWest (1)
Ben Gall (6th)
199
(7 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 1)
2 grand-valley-state GRAND VALLEY STATE
Midwest Region (1)
GLIAC (1)
Jerry Baltes (19th)
190 ◀▶
(LW: 2)
3 adams-state ADAMS STATE
South Central Region (1)
RMAC (1)
Damon Martin (30th)
187
(1 fpv)
◀▶
(LW: 3)
4 alaska-anchorage ALASKA ANCHORAGE
West Region (2)
GNAC (1)
Michael Friess (28th)
175 ◀▶
(LW: 4)
5 u-mary U-MARY
Central Region (1)
NSIC (1)
Dennis Newell (12th)
165 ▲ 2
(LW: 7)
6 chico-state CHICO STATE
West Region (3)
CCAA (1)
Gary Towne (22nd)
162 ▼ 1
(LW: 5)
7 hillsdale HILLSDALE
Midwest Region (2)
G-MAC (1)
Andrew Towne (7th)
152 ▲ 1
(LW: 8)
8 simon-fraser SIMON FRASER
West Region (4)
GNAC (2)
Brit Townsend (18th)
138 ▲ 1
(LW: 9)
9 pittsburg-state PITTSBURG STATE
Central Region (2)
MIAA (1)
Russ Jewett (32nd)
137 ▼ 3
(LW: 6)
10 walsh WALSH
Midwest Region (3)
G-MAC (2)
Rob Mizicko (6th)
131 ◀▶
(LW: 10)
11 colorado-mines COLORADO MINES
South Central Region (2)
RMAC (2)
Chris Siemers (6th)
117 ◀▶
(LW: 11)
12 augustana-s-d AUGUSTANA (S.D.)
Central Region (3)
NSIC (3)
Tracy Hellman (17th)
104 ▲ 8
(LW: 20)
13 western-state WESTERN STATE
South Central Region (3)
RMAC (4)
Jennifer Michel (11th)
102 ▲ 11
(LW: 24)
14 cal-state-san-marcos CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
West Region (5)
CCAA (2)
Steve Scott (19th)
90 ▼ 2
(LW: 12)
15 northern-michigan NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Midwest Region (4)
GLIAC (2)
Jenny Ryan (11th)
87 ▲ 2
(LW: 17)
16 minnesota-duluth MINNESOTA DULUTH
Central Region (4)
NSIC (2)
Joanna Warmington (8th)
68 ▲ 1
(LW: 17)
17 uc-colorado-springs UC-COLORADO SPRINGS
South Central Region (4)
RMAC (3)
Corey Kubatzky (3rd)
61 ▲ 2
(LW: 19)
18 oklahoma-baptist OKLAHOMA BAPTIST
Central Region (5)
Great American (1)
Ford Mastin (22nd)
50 ▼ 4
(LW: 14)
19 cal-poly-pomona CAL POLY POMONA
West Region (6)
CCAA (3)
Chris Bradford (1st)
48 ▲ 3
(LW: 22)
20 saint-leo SAINT LEO
South Region (1)
Sunshine (2)
Kent Reiber (3rd)
44 NR
21 queens-n-c QUEENS (N.C.)
Southeast Region (1)
SAC (1)
Kevin Licht (1st)
43 ▼ 5
(LW: 16)
22 dallas-baptist DALLAS BAPTIST
South Central Region (5)
Heartland Conference (1)
Jacob Phillips (13th)
36 ▼ 9
(LW: 13)
23 lee-tenn LEE (TENN.)
South Region (2)
Gulf South (1)
Caleb Morgan (4th)
31 ▼ 8
(LW: 15)
24 southern-indiana SOUTHERN INDIANA
Midwest Region (5)
GLVC (1)
Mike Hillyard (21st)
23 ▼ 1
(LW: 23)
25 edinboro EDINBORO
Atlantic Region (1)
PSAC (1)
Ryan Foster (2nd)
16
(LW: RV)

Also Receiving Votes: Assumption 13, Malone 10, Anderson (S.C.) 8, Mount Olive 7, Stonehill 6

Dropped Out: No. 21 Mount Olive, No. 25 Malone, No. 25 Stonehill

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