2019 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – There was not much change between the preseason and first week polls, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon.
In fact, the top-7 teams all remained the same since their preseason rankings.
With the first countable at-large considering date being September 19, things are about to be shaking up more than what the first two set of polls state.
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No. 1 Adams State stayed unanimous, receiving all eight first place votes. The Grizzlies opened up their season with two victories at the Joe I Vigil and Invite and Colorado College Invitational.
The defending national champions, Grand Valley State, sits second for the second week in a row. Senior Allie Ludge led the team to a second place finish at the MSU Spartan Invitational.
The RMAC held onto two more spots in the top-5, with Western Colorado coming in ranked third. The Mountaineers started the year off with a pair of meets, first at DI filled Wyoming Invite before returning home to win the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite.
The No. 4 team, Colorado School of Mines, collected a team title at the UCCS Rust Buster over No. 14 UC-Colorado Springs.
U-Mary rounds out the top-5 after cruising to a win at MSU-Moorhead. Their title was led by senior Ida Narbuvoll after taking home the individual crown in 13:22.5 for 4K, which resulted in her being named the National Athlete of the Week on September 9.
No. 6 Chico State saw the Wildcats get their season started with a third place finish at the Stump Invitational. No. 7 Alaska Anchorage began the season by winning a team title at the Blue & Gold Run Fest behind Emmanuelah Chelimo’s individual win.
No. 8 Seattle Pacific moved up one position, while No. 9 Hillsdale jumped up two spots to enter into the top-10for the first time since Week 2 of last year. No. 10 Augustana (S.D.) maintained position to round out the top teams.
No. 11 Lee (Tenn.) climbed up three spots from No. 14 for their highest ranking in program history. Their previous best was when they were ranked No. 13 for two consecutive weeks last year.
No. 12 Southern Indiana moved up four spots themselves. For the Screaming Eagles, this ties their preseason ranking last year and have been nationally ranked in Week 1 for seven consecutive years.
Wayne State (Mich.) moved up three spots to come in at No. 16 for their highest national ranking since 2014. The Warriors defeated NAIA No. 1 Madonna (Mich.) at the Titans Cross Country Invitational.
Four new teams entered the rankings for the first time this year – Missouri Southern (No. 18), Northern Michigan (No. 19), Dallas Baptist (No. 20), and Cal State San Marcos (No. 21).
The next NCAA Division II Women’s National Coaches’ Poll will be released on September 25.