2019 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – The national leaderboard remained quiet in this week’s version of the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
So quiet that were was only one change in the top-16 teams.
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The unanimous No. 1 team is Adams State, who received all eight first-place votes. This is the 12th consecutive week the Grizzlies have been on top of the polls.
The only change to happen in the top-16 came from the No. 4 and No. 5 teams, which featured U-Mary and Colorado School of Mines swapping places from their positions last week despite neither team racing. Both are coming off of their season openers with wins and are slated to compete this weekend.
The shifting in this week’s polls occurred between Nos. 16-25, with two programs making their first-ever appearances.
Two teams climbed the leaderboard from their ranks last week: No. 17 Cal State San Marcos (up four spots from No. 21) earned their highest ranking since the 2017 season, and No. 23 Roberts Wesleyan (up one from No. 24) took home the team title at the Harry F. Anderson Cross Country Invitational.
There were three new additions to this week’s poll, starting with No. 18 UC San Diego, who moved into the top-25 for the first time since 2016 after receiving votes last week.
No. 21 Biola (Calif.) is ranked for the first time in program history as a NCAA Division II member following their second place finish at The Sundowner Classic to NCAA DI Portland and finishing ahead of Simon Fraser.
No. 24 Cal State East Bay, previous not ranked, also set a program benchmark for their first nod to the national poll. The Pioneers were the top Division II school at the Southern Stampede, finishing one point behind DI Missouri State for second place.
Although we have passed the first weekend of at-large countable meets, things will start to shake up more starting this weekend. A handful of top-25 teams are slated to run at aforementioned Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento, California and get a preview of the NCAA Championships course: Colorado School of Mines, Chico State, No. 7 Alaska Anchorage, No. 8 Seattle Pacific, Cal State San Marcos, UC San Diego, Biola (Calif.), and Cal State Easy Bay.
Be sure to check back to see how the season progresses now until November 23, when the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, California.
The next National Coaches’ Poll will be released on October 2.