By Lauren Ellsworth, USTFCCCA
September 22, 2021
NEW ORLEANS – The cross-country season is progressing well!
Twenty-three changes took place in the week 2 installment of the 2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Coaches Survey which was released Wednesday by the American Association of Athletics and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA).
NCAA Division II – Women’s Cross Country
This week’s national top 5
State of the Great Valley
Colo. School of Mines
Cross Country Polls and Rankings
State of the Great Valley continues to sit atop the National Coaching Poll after receiving all eight top-place votes. The Lakers made their full-team debut at the Spartan Invitational and finished second behind Division I of the NCAA Michigan State, currently ranked No.6 nationally. Hannah Becker set the pace for the GVSU with her seventh place in the individual standings.
Keeping steady for a second week in a row is # 2 Colorado School of Mines, No. 3 Adam State and n ° 4 Augustane (SOUTH DAKOTA). The Orediggers led the field at the Roadrunners Invitational and had seven top-13 runners, including their top five in the top-9, led by a 2-3 punch from Zoe Baker and Molly Maksin, respectively. The Grizzlies sent a team to compete in the Mountaineer Cowboy Invite, and although they finished third in the team standings, they didn’t have their top 5 last week.
Not only is Lee (Tenn.) in the top-5 for the first time this season, it is also their best showing in program history. The fifth-ranked Flames placed sixth at the Florida State Open in an area that included several nationally ranked NCAA DI programs, including the co-No. 1 BYU. Celine Ritter played for the Flames and finished 11th to be the first NCAA DII athlete to cross the finish line.
State of California Stanislaus rose to # 6 this week for a better schedule, while Southwestern Baptist improved to five places at No.7 for their first appearance in the top 10 since 2015, and second overall. The Bearcats finished second behind NCAA DI Arkansas at the Missouri Southern Stampede and beat several NCAA DII opponents in the process. Elysia Burgos and Tessa Valdivia placed in the top 10, fifth and ninth respectively.
Colorado Christian, who climbed six places from 27th to 21st place, also enjoys a best program ranking. The Cougars had a solid outing at the Roadrunners Invite which ended in third place behind Colorado School of Mines and NCAA DI Colorado State, which finished first and second respectively. Shannon King was the first Cougar to cross the finish line in seventh, while Paige Tack also placed in the top 10 in tenth.
There are four new faces in this week’s National Coaching Survey: # 23 Northwestern Missouri, n ° 25 West Texas A&M and n ° 26 Saginaw Valley State both left the Land of the Unclassified; No. 29 Western Colorado previously received votes. The Bearcats are back in the National Coaching Poll for the first time since 2012 and clinched a third place finish on the Greeno / Dirksen Invite. The Lady Buffs, making their first appearance in the national ballot since 2014, placed fourth in the Southern Stampede, led by a brace from Florance Uwajeneza and Eleonora Curtabbi.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20, because the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held at the Abbey Golf Course in Tampa, Florida.