2020 NJCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – There were a few notable changes to the top-5 of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll since the Week 1 installment.
Two different programs received first-place votes and two teams joined the ranks of the elite for the first time this season.
NJCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Heartland (Ill.) CC
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC
Wallace State (Ala.) CC
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC
Cross Country Polls & Rankings
Cowley (Kan.) CC hauled in eight of 12 possible first-place votes after a strong effort in back-to-back weeks. The Tigers followed up a runner-up effort at the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic with a seventh-place showing at the Muthama-Rogers Invitational this past weekend. Lubna Suied led the way for Cowley CC once again, finishing third individually (She won the individual title at the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic).
Heartland (Ill.) CC joins the poll for the first time and received four first-place votes. The Hawks recently won their own Heartland Invitational this past weekend, scoring 31 points to upend NJCAA Division I foe Vincennes. Heartland CC showed great depth at the meet, putting its entire scoring lineup inside the top-10 (4-5-6-7-9).
Former No. 2 Hawkeye (Iowa) CC dropped one spot to No. 3. The RedTails finished team runner-up in back-to-back meets to begin the season, first at the Grandview Open and then again at the Fighting Bee Invitational.
Wallace State (Ala.) CC enters the poll at No. 4 following a strong effort at the UAH Charger Open. The Tigers, competing against a number of four-year programs from NCAA Division II, finished eighth in the team standings with a good grouping in the middle of the pack.
Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC dropped two spots from No. 3 to No. 5 in Week 2. The Raiders won their season opener and will look to make it two in a row at the Jackson Jets Invitational this weekend in Summit Township, Michigan.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams: No. 6 St. Clair (Mich.) CC, No. 7 North Iowa Area CC, No. 8 Pasco-Hernando (Fla.), No. 9 Kaskaskia (Ill.), No. 10 Daytona State (Fla.).