2019 D2 XC Top 25 Women: Update #5

Updated: Jan 13


KEY

(Unranked):

Was not ranked the week before.

(#/#):

First number indicates how much the individual has moved in the rankings.

The second number indicates where they were ranked the week before.

25. Kayla Ogle, Freshman, U-Mary (Unranked)

The U-Mary freshman was runner-up at the NSIC Championships in a time of 22:20. She managed to out-kick the Augustana duo of Claire Boersma and Cait Savey, as well as teammate Starlynn Costa. Ogle is the real deal and has built an impressive resume as only a freshman. She is one to watch at both the regional and national meets, but more importantly, for years to come.


24. Emmanuelah Chelimo, Senior, Alaska Anchorage (Unranked)

Chelimo enters the rankings again after winning the GNAC Championship in 21:31. Chelimo tends to peak when it matters so look out for her at the regional and national meets. She is not someone to be forgotten on large, championships stages.


23. Madison Goen, Junior, Grand Valley State (-8 / 15)

Goen did her thing and helped Grand Valley State pull off a dominating performance. She was 4th at the GLIAC Championship in 21:37. Goen is consistently successful and should easily improve upon her 26th place finish from last year. She drops down this week due to better performances from other runners, but there's no doubt that she's a Top 25 talent.


22. Claire Boersma, Junior, Augustana (-2 / 20)

Boersma placed 3rd at the NSIC Championship in 22:21 to lead her team to a runner-up finish. This was another solid performance by the Augustana low-stick who continues to give her team some scoring potency.


21. Jennifer Comsastri, Junior, Southern Indiana (Unranked)

20. Taryn Christy, Sophomore, Illinois Springfield (Unranked)

19. Lauren Bailey, Junior, Indianapolis (Unranked)

18. Elysia Burgos, Sophomore, Southwest Baptist (+5 / 23)

Burgos improves upon her ranking after winning the GLVC title in a time of 21:05. She has quietly moved up to the upper-tier of the NCAA with great result after great result. Burgos has held her own in larger meets and hasn't lost any momentum in her first postseason meet.


Taryn Christy enters the rankings again after a 3rd place finish in 21:34.


Lauren Bailey enters the rankings after being an honorable mention last week. However, looking at how her season has been going (and with this performance), she deserves to be in the rankings. She was runner-up behind Burgos at the GLVC Championships, was 4th at the Lewis Conference Crossover, and won the Taylor University Ray Bullock Invitational. Not to mention a 12th place finish in the 5k at NCAA's last year. She has had consistent progression and should earn All-American honors at the Big Dance.


Like Bailey, Comastri enters the rankings after being an honorable mention last week. She was 5th in 21:51 at the GLVC Championships, 5th at the Lewis Conference Crossover, runner-up at the Trevecca Nazarene DII Showcase, and won her home meet at Southern Indiana. We haven't seen a performance from her yet this season that suggests she isn't a Top 25 talent.


Comastri, Christy, and Bailey will all meet up again at the Midwest regional meet.


17. Kaylee Bogina, Senior, Adams State (Unranked)

Bogina placed 7th at the RMAC Championships to add to her developing resume. She was 5th in the 10k during outdoors and then continued her momentum into this cross country season. She started with a 2nd place finish at the Joe I Vigil Open and later finished 96th at Paul Short (not her best performance, but it was also against mostly Division One teams). After her performance from conference weekend, she should easily beat her 117th place finish from NCAA's last year.


16. Chloe Flora, Senior, Lee (-7 / 9)

15. Celine Ritter, Junior, Lee (-7 / 8)

The Flames duo went 1-2 at the Gulf South Conference Championship for another stellar performance. However, they both drop down seven spots this week because of insanely impressive performances from all over the country.


14. Jessica Gockley, Senior, Grand Valley State (0 / 14)

Gockley maintains her #14 ranking after a 7th place finish at the GLIAC Championships.

13. Zoe Baker, Sophomore, Colorado Mines (-1 / 12)

Baker recorded a top 10 finish at the RMAC Championships, finishing 9th overall.


12. Alden Gruidel, Junior, MSU-Denver (+1 / 13)

Alden Gruidel entered first entered our rankings during out last update and has only solidified her position since then. She finished 6th in a loaded RMAC Championship meet and continues to be one of the better distance runners in the country.


11. Billie Hatch, Junior, Dixie State (+7 / 18)

Hatch improves seven spots after an impressive 5th place performance at the RMAC Championship. She displayed plenty of consistency as she entered the postseason, but ended up showing that she was capable of hanging with the nation's best at her conference meet.


10. Chloe Cook, Senior, Colorado Mines (+1 / 11)

Cook had a fantastic day at the RMAC Championship with a 4th place finish. She improves one spot in the rankings and her consistent progression and success proves that she is in contention for a top 10 finish at Nationals.


9. HaLeigh Hunter-Galvan, Senior, Adams State (-2 / 7)

Hunter-Galvan had a decent day at the RMAC Championships where she placed 8th. Consistent performances from the Adams State veteran earn her the #9 spot in our rankings this week.


8. Hanna Groeber, Junior, Grand Valley State (-2 / 6)

Groeber finished runner-up at the GLVC Championship in 21:29. Although this was another solid performance by the Grand Valley low-stick, she drops two places due to the return and season debut of two standout stars.


7. Roisin Flanagan, Senior, Adams State (Unranked)

Roisin Flanagan opened up her season at the RMAC Championships to place 3rd. Despite injury rumors and a delayed started, she hasn't lost a beat and seems to be near the peak of her fitness as we enter the regional and national meets. She brings more overwhelming firepower to this group in 2019.


6. Leah Hanle, Senior, Mount Olive (-2 / 4)

Hanle continues her impressive senior season by winning the Conference Carolinas Championship by a minute and 49 seconds (in a time of 21:23). She only drops due to the introduction and standout performances from others.


5. Kaylee Mitchell, Sophomore, Seattle Pacific (-2 / 3)

Mitchell has not competed since the Capital Cross Challenge, leaving us concerned about a potential injury (but that's just speculation). We'll give her one more week until she completely drops (or drops significantly) from our rankings.


4. Stephanie Cotter, Sophomore, Adams State (Unranked)

Stephanie Cotter.


Where do I begin?


I guess my first question would be, “Where has she been?”


Cotter opened her season at the RMAC Championship and won the race by 14 seconds to lead a trio of Grizzlies across the line. She ran a time of 19:40, but according to the meet host (Colorado Mesa), the course was about 0.15 short of 6000 meters. Regardless, Cotter showed everyone that she is on a new level this fall and should easily improve upon her 11th place finish at Nationals from last year. With a senior-heavy group set to graduate, it looks like Cotter will become the new face of the program in the near future.


3. Ida Narbuvoll, Senior, U-Mary (+2 / 5)

Narbuvoll won the NSIC Championship pretty easily, beating 2nd place by a whole minute and 24 seconds. The NSIC has had plenty of successful teams with solid runners, but Narbuvoll blew them all out of the water. This performance shows just how talented the U-Mary senior is and leads me to believe that she could be in the fight for the national title.


2. Allie Ludge, Senior, Grand Valley State (0 / 2)

Once again, there’s not much new here. Another week and another win for Ludge. She continued her success at the GLIAC Championships and won the race in 21:23 to be the fearless leader of the Grand Valley Lakers.


1. Eilish Flanagan, Senior, Adams State (0 / 1)

Flanagan continues her stellar season with a runner-up finish at the RMAC Championships. Her teammate may have out-shined her during the race, but Flanagan has had consistent success throughout the season and maintains her #1 spot.

ADDED

Kayla Ogle (U-Mary)

Emmanuelah Chelimo (Alaska Anchorage)

Jennifer Comsastri (Southern Indiana)

Taryn Christy (Illinois Springfield)

Lauren Bailey (Indianapolis)

Kaylee Bogina (Adams State)

Roisin Flanagan (Adams State)

Stephanie Cotter (Adams State)


KICKED OFF

Kayla Wooten (UCCS)

Alexa Rodriguez (Western Colorado)

Alexia Thiros (Western Colorado)

Tiffany Christensen (Adams State)

Piper Meuwissen (Adams State)

Nicolette Schmidt (Augustana)

Nicole McMillen (Tusculum)

Starlynn Costa (U-Mary)


JUST MISSED (in no particular order)

Kayla Wooten (UCCS)

Alexa Rodriguez (Western Colorado)

Alexia Thiros (Western Colorado)

Tiffany Christensen (Adams State)

Piper Meuwissen (Adams State)

Nicolette Schmidt (Augustana (S.D.))

Starlynn Costa (U-Mary)


HONORABLE MENTION (in no particular order)

Nicole McMillen (Tusculum)

Starlynn Costa (U-Mary)

Taylor Hestekin (U-Mary)

Cait Savey (Augustana (S.D.))

Nancy Jeptoo (Alaska Anchorage)

Kate Lilly (Seattle Pacific)

Talia Swangler (Chico State)