2019 XC D2 Top 10 Teams (Women): Update #2

Updated: Jan 13


KEY

(Unranked):

Was not ranked the week before.


(#/#):

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

The second number indicates where the team was ranked the week before.

10. Western Colorado Mountaineers (-3 / 7)

Did not compete.


9. Lee Flames (0 / 9)

The Flames had another "fire" performance at the Trevecca Nazarene DII Showcase (pun intended). They took home the team title and individual title with Celine Ritter winning the race in 17:37. Not far behind was Chloe Flora in 3rd, Charlee Boxall in 4th, Hannah Spooneybarger in 7th, and Toni Moore in 9th. Consistent low-sticks and another solid performance keeps Lee in the #9 spot. They have been one of the more pleasant surprises of the season so far.


8. Seattle Pacific Falcons (-2 / 6)

The Falcons placed 8th at the Capital Cross Challenge with Kaylee Mitchell winning the race in 20:30. Following Mitchell was Lilly Kate in 12th, Dania Holmberg in 24th, Katherine Walter in 115th, and Kelsey Washenberge in 130th. This was a solid performance with impressive times, but they will have to improve the backend of their lineup to be higher up in the rankings. If not, they could be vulnerable to a few upsets.


7. UCCS Mountain Lions (+1 / 8)

The Mountain Lions had an impressive performance at Roy Griak and move up one spot in the rankings. They had two runners in the top 10 with Kayla Wooten placing 3rd and Layla Almasri placing 8th. Those two low-sticks were followed by Marissa Kuik (25th), Hannah Ellis (38th), and Meg Super (44th). With Wooten almost back to 100% and another solid performance by Almasri, the Mountain Lions now have the scoring potency that we thought they could have at the beginning of the season. It will be fun to see their progression over the next two months.


6. U-Mary Marauders (-1 / 5)

The Marauders placed 2nd at Roy Griak and had individual champion Ida Narbuvoll win the race in 21:24. Next up was Starlynn Costa in 6th, Kayla Ogle in 9th, Kiran Green in 33rd, and Bree Erickson in 45th. This race was extremely impressive for U-Mary, but their low-sticks outshined the second half of their lineup. They are bumped down one spot due to the champions of Griak.


5. Augustana (S.D.) Vikings (Unranked)

The Vikings enter the rankings after a dominating performance at Roy Griak. Claire Boersma had a runner-up finish and Cat Savey placed 5th. The next three runners all finished within a second of each other, giving us a fantastic example of pack-running which comprised of Haylee Waterfall (10th), Nicollete Schmidt (11th), and Rachel Rairdon (12th). Not far behind was Rebekah Rairdon (13th) and Megan Means (18th). Augustana has the perfect balance of low-sticks and solid supporting scorers. This result proved that they have the right recipe for success.


4. Adams State Grizzlies (-2 / 2)

Did not compete.


3. Chico State Wildcats (0 / 3)

The Wildcats hold their #3 ranking after a solid performance (5th) at the Capital Cross Challenge. The most impressive aspect of their race was Chico's ability to run in a pack with their top five time spread being only 19 seconds. Talia Swangler led the way in 26th, followed by Destiny Everett (34th), Desirae Jones (46th), Nora Pizzella (51st), and Grace Dupuis (52nd).


2. Colorado Mines Orediggers (+3 / 5)

The Orediggers proved themselves to be better than we thought after winning the Capital Cross Challenge. They had three runners inside the top 15: Chloe Cook in 3rd, Zoe Baker in 8th, and Morgan Molesworth in 14th. Madeline Geesen (33rd) and Brook Eberle (38th) rounded out their scoring five. It appears that the Orediggers have a consistent pack of low-sticks and will continue to improve as the season goes on.


1. Grand Valley State Lakers (0 / 1)

The Lakers remain on top after an impressive 5th place performance against Division One teams at the Ohio State Buckeye Preview. Allie Ludge led the way (7th) running 21:10, followed by Hannah Grober (24th) in 21:44, Jessica Gockley (22nd) in 21:56, Madison Goen (37th) in 22:03, Olivia Brian (45th) in 22:13, Natalie Grober (50th) in 22:15, and Abby Crouch (52nd) in 22:17. This was a relatively deep field for the Lakers, so for them to come out with a top five finish is encouraging.

ADDED

Augustana (S.D.) Vikings


KICKED OFF

Walsh Cavaliers


JUST MISSED (in no order)

Michigan Tech Huskies

Walsh Cavaliers

Western Washington Vikings

Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles


HONORABLE MENTIONS (in no order)

Northern Michigan Wildcats

Queens (N.C.) Royals

Cal State San Marcos Cougars

Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks

Alaska Anchorage Seawolves

UC San Diego Tritons

Biola Eagles


SURPRISE OF THE WEEK

Augustana (SD) Vikings

The Vikings easily beat two ranked teams and showed their depth at Griak. They had two runners in the top five and then had five women finish within 10 seconds of each other. Great firepower and a solid pack puts this team high on our radar after being unranked the last few weeks. It will be interesting to see how their next race goes.


TEAM OF THE WEEK

Colorado Mines Orediggers

A 1st place finish at the Capital Cross Challenge with five runners under 21:30 for 6000 meters earns the Orediggers Team of the Week honors.


NOTES

- It was a big weekend for most team with Griak and the Capital Cross Challenge, but not DII powerhouses Western Colorado and Adams State who both had the week off.


- The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles placed 2nd behind Lee at the Trevecca Nazarene DII Showcase and are proving themselves to be a team on the rise.


- Western Washington (4th) and Michigan Tech (5th) had solid performances at Griak. Make sure to watch out for them this fall.