• Hannah Thorn

2019 D3 XC Top 15 (Women): Update #2

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.

I’ll make this intro short: there are 25 to 30 women vying for the top 15 spots and they are all super close. The top 10, especially, will be decided truly by who has their best day on November 23rd in Louisville due to all of the nuances among these talented women. Things should be plenty fun one month from now...

15. Danielle Page, Sophomore, Tufts (-1 / 14)

Page ran 21:09 at the Connecticut College Invite to finish 3rd. It was a new personal best for her, but the only reason Page doesn’t move up in the rankings is because a few new women entered our XC Top 15 after incredible performances of their own.


Page’s breakout season will continue at the NESCAC meet where she will duel against runners from Williams, Middlebury, Amherst, and others.


14. Laurel Felt, Sophomore, Coast Guard (-8 / 6)

Felt dueled to the line with Sam Levy from Johns Hopkins at the Rowan Inter-regional Border Battle. Levy barely got the better of Felt, finishing in 21:11.5 to Felt’s 21:11.9. This was a PR for both of these women.


Felt may have dropped back a few places, but she is setting a new PR meet after meet and that consistency is generally pretty valuable. If Felt can continue that trend, then it looks like she'll have a good showing at her first national meet.


13. Sam Levy, Senior, Johns Hopkins (-2 / 11)

Levy had a great performance at the Rowan Inter-regional Border Battle where she finished 6th overall and narrowly edged out Coast Guard's Laurel Felt at the line. It's hard to drop her a few spots in the rankings, but there's no denying that the John Hopkins senior put together a very solid race.


12. Kassie Rosenbum, Sophomore, Loras (-7 / 5)

Rosenbum had a decent race two weeks ago at the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble. She ran 21:04 which, like many other top women, is a new personal best, but she finished 2nd to Trine’s Evie Bultemeyer (20:56) in that race.


It seems as if Rosenbum couldn’t hold onto Bultemeyer’s speed over the last 1000 meters and it's easy to understand why. Bultemeyer is an 800 and 1500 meter specialist, compared to Rosenbum whose strength lies in the 10,000 meters. So naturally, this result makes sense.


Bultemeyer's time of 20:56 was a PR by over a minute. However, the reason why she hasn't quite made our Top 15 yet is because I am looking for a bit more consistency from her before I kick anyone out of this list. Consider her a just miss...for now.


As for Rosenbum, this race was a solid result, but if she wants to compete for the national title then she is going to have to work on that foot speed.


11. Therese Olshanki, Junior, Johns Hopkins (+2 / 13)

10. Ariel Keklak, Junior, Johns Hopkins (Unranked)

9. Rebecca Grusby, Senior, Johns Hopkins (+3 / 12)

I would like to reiterate just how unbelievable it is that Johns Hopkins has FOUR women running sub 21:15 and FIVE running sub 21:30. That type of depth mixed with firepower makes them front-runners for the team title at Nationals.


At the Rowan Inter-regional Border Battle, the Blue Jays once again flexed their dominance. Olshanki finished in 5th in 21:09, Keklak was 4th in 21:09, and their top runner for that day was Grusby in 3rd in 21:04. On any given day, there are four or five women that could lead the Blue Jays.


Hopkins will run at the Centennial Conference Championships this weekend where they will be aiming to bring home their 12th straight title.


8. Sophia Gorman, Junior, Colby (-5 / 3)

Gorman had a good day at the Connecticut College Invite, but we were expecting a little more from her as she ran 21:19 to finish 5th overall. That is actually a PR for Gorman, but she finished behind the duo from Tufts, Gengaro from MIT, and Hannan from Ithaca. After finishing 2nd to Mooney from Coast Guard at Bowdoin, we expected her to be a bit more of a force against other competition.


That being said, 21:19 is a good time and Gorman still has time this season to improve. Her next race is at the NESCAC Championships against a field where she'll be able to validate herself as a legitimate national contender.


7. Carina Collet, Junior, Wartburg (0 / 7)

Collet did not have her best day at the KollegeTown Invitational in Oshkosh two weeks ago, but that does not mean it was a horrible day. She ran 22:01 to finish 3rd overall which is a result that most would still be happy about. Collet was unable to hang on to Paige Lawler and unattached runner Cheyenne Moore. She has a chance to bounce back this weekend at the American Rivers Conference meet.


6. Izzi Gengaro, Sophomore, MIT (Unranked)

Gengaro ran a big PR at the Connecticut College Invite two weeks ago. She beat the Tufts duo of Page and Gornisiewicz to finish in 2nd overall in 21:07. She is trending upwards at the right time as we enter the postseason. Gengaro will face another tough duo at the NEWMAC meet this Sunday as she races Coast Guard’s Mooney and Felt.


5. Isabel Cardi, Junior, Dickinson (Unranked)

Cardi ran by herself for much of the race at the Rowan Inter-regional Border Battle to finish 2nd in a time of 20:40. Things had started to break up around a mile in and only got more separated from there. Cardi beat the women from Johns Hopkins by a healthy 24 seconds.


This result was a PR for the junior and she has been getting faster each and every week. She most recently recorded a 21:02 at the Paul Short Invite earlier this month. The Dickinson junior will get to face off against the women from Johns Hopkins once again at the Centennial Conference Championship this weekend.


4. Parley Hannan, Sophomore, Ithaca (Unranked)

Hannan had a breakout race (and at this point, a breakout season) at the Connecticut College Invite. She won the race in a time of 20:52 which was 15 seconds faster than 2nd place. The only runner to beat her all season is Genny Corcoran from SUNY-Geneseo. Unlike some others on this list, Hannan doesn’t have the toughest conference race as she will square up against runners from schools in the Liberty League Championship this Saturday.


3. Kaitlyn Mooney, Junior, Coast Guard (-2 / 1)

I wanted to put Mooney as #1. I think she has the talent to win the national title, but she has not raced since Bowdoin on September 21st. That is a long time for the Bears to rest their toprunner. I understand wanting to have your top athletes ready to go in November, but an entire month seems like a long time. We will find out at the NEWMAC meet this weekend if Mooney is healthy and ready to race this championship season.


Because I want a close and entertaining national meet, I hope that she is.


2. Paige Lawler, Senior, Wash. U (+2 / 4)

After a late start to the season, Lawler ran a minute faster to finish as the top collegiate runner at the KollegeTown Invitational. She completed the Oshkosh course in 21:39, her first time back since winning Nationals on the same course a year earlier. Lawler easily handled the competition, beating Collet (again) by over 20 seconds.


Lawler will get another chance to race and defend her title at the UAA Championships this weekend.


1. Genny Corcoran, Senior, SUNY-Geneseo (+1 / 2)

Much like Ryan on the men’s side, Corcoran has been on a tear this cross country season. She has yet to lose a meet and has gone sub 22:00 in all four of her efforts. She has impressively gone sub 21:00 in her last two races, including her most recent win at the Rowan Inter-regional Border Battle.


In that race, she ran 20:24 to win by over 15 seconds over Cardi from Dickinson, Felt from Coast Guard, and multiple Johns Hopkins runners. She has not let one D3 runner get even close to her this season.


Her wins have been dominant and she will attempt to continue her undefeated streak at the SUNYAC Championships this weekend.

ADDED

Ariel Keklak (Johns Hopkins)

Izzi Gengaro (MIT)

Isabel Cardi (Dickinson)

Parley Hannan (Ithaca)


KICKED OFF

Anastasia Tucker (Hope)

Lilia Cardillo (Pomona Pitzer)

Clara Mayfield (Carleton)

Sabrina Gornisiewicz (Tufts)


JUST MISSED (in no particular order)

Sabrina Gornisiewicz (Tufts)

Evie Bultemeyer (Trine)

Clara Mayfield (Carleton)

Sophie Watterson (Wash U.)

Lexie Tremble (UW-Eau Claire)

Anastasia Tucker (Hope)

Lilia Cardillo (Pomona Pitzer)