2019 NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championship weekend left us with some changes in the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday afternoon.
Teams begin to make their climb as we head deeper into the post season, with 10 teams moving up and one new team entering the poll after their performances at their respective conference championships.
NCAA Division II — Women's Cross Country
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
Colo. School of Mines
Cross Country Polls & Rankings
Receiving all eight first place votes is Adams State, who has continued to remain the unanimous No. 1 for the seventh straight week. The Grizzlies won their eighth consecutive RMAC title by scoring 21 points, placing all five of their scoring runners in the top-8 and sweeping the top three spots. Stephanie Cotter won the individual title in 19:40.3.
No. 3 Colorado School of Mines placed second at the RMAC Championships with 60 points, while No. 6 Western Colorado scored 88 points and placed third. Both teams maintained their positions for the fourth straight week.
No. 2 Grand Valley State scored an impressive 17 points en route to their 19th consecutive GLIAC Championships for a 72 point margin of victory over second place. Allie Ludge won the individual crown in 21:23.6 and led the Lakers to a 1-2-3-4-7 finish.
After winning the 12th consecutive CCAA title in program history, Chico State moved up one spot to No. 4. The Wildcats defeated CCAA runner-up, No. 16 Cal State East Bay 23-81 and put all five of their scoring runners in the top-10.
No. 5 U-Mary climbed four spots from No. 9. The Marauders claimed their fourth straight NSIC Championship, topping now No. 7 Augustana (S.D.) 21-37. Ida Narbuvoll navigated the 6K in 20:56.0 for a 84-second victory over the next closest competitor.
The GMAC Champions and Runner-Ups, No. 9 Hillsdale and No. 10 Walsh, moved up one and three spots, respectively. The Chargers won their second title in the last three years by a three point margin, defeating the Cavaliers 43-46. This is the Cavaliers’ highest national placement this season.
Earning its highest placement this season is No. 11 Western Washington, moving up three spots from No. 14 after winning its first GNAC Cross Country Championship in program history on a snowy Saturday in Billings, Montana. The Vikings took down four-time defending GNAC Champion Alaska Anchorage 53-60. The Seawolves moved up three spots to No. 13.
Following a fourth place finish at the RMAC Championships, UC-Colorado Springs moved up three spots to No. 12 to achieve its highest ranking this season.
GLVC Champion, No. 15 Southern Indiana, jumped up seven spots in this week’s poll to No. 15. The Screaming Eagles topped Southwest Baptist 48-56 to win their 10th conference title in the last 12 years, and GLVC-record 13th overall. The Bearcats fell six spots to No. 17.
Saginaw Valley moved up one spot to No. 18 and fellow GLIAC foe Michigan Tech jumped two spots into No. 19 this week. The Cardinals and Huskies finished second and third at the GLIAC Championships by a three point margin (89-92).
Cedarville joins the National Coaches’ Poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 22. The Yellow Jackets placed third at the GMAC Championships with 74 points and finished 12 points ahead of No. 24 Malone, who was previously ranked No. 23 heading into conference weekend.
As teams prepare for the Regional Championships, the final National Coaches’ Poll of the cross country season will be released on November 13, prior to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on November 23 in Sacramento, California.