D2 National Meet Scouting Report: 3000 (Women)

Our TSR staff is previewing each athlete in each distance event for the Indoor National Championships. Below, we offer analysis and evaluate how each of these athletes will fare at the National Championships. Names are ordered by seed time.

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Allie Ludge (Grand Valley State)

Other events: Mile + DMR

Analysis: GLIAC champion in both the mile and 3000 meters, Ludge is in peak form as she has run PR's in both events this season. She will look to take the next step towards a national title as she earned three All-American certificates last indoor season. Between her range, experience and recent improvements, it's hard to say that she's not favorite.

Ida Narbuvoll (U-Mary)

Other events: DMR + 5k

Analysis: Undefeated this indoor season, Narbuvoll will take her streak to Birmingham in hopes of winning both the 3k and 5k. Winner of three Northern Sun indoor gold medals, she has shaved nearly 30 seconds off her 3k time and is dangerous in these longer distances. Expect the U-Mary ace to assert an aggressive pace as she usually does.

Lauren Bailey (Indianaoplis)

Other Events: 5k

Analysis: A two-time GLVC champion over 5000 meters, the Indy star has shown that she has range from the mile on up. It's been a breakout season for Bailey who been able to earn marquee wins over a handful of elite D2 talents. Can she put together all of her regular season success and pull off another big win?

Celine Ritter (Lee (Tenn.))

Other events: DMR

Analysis: A transfer from Mount Olive, Ritter has shown that her move has paid off for her as she has two new PR's this season in the mile and 3k. Still looking for a top eight finish, her chances look better than ever as she took home three 1st place finishes from the Gulf South Championships. It seems fair to say that she's peaking at the right point in the season while also showing that she is capable of handling multiple rounds of racing.

Jennifer Comastri (Southern Indiana)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: Comastri has transferred all of that momentum and success from cross country into the indoor season as she has reeled off PR's in the mile, 3k and 5k. At the GLVC Championships, she picked up her first win in the 3k and also was the runner-up in the 5k to Lauren Bailey. The Indianapolis women have stole much of the spotlight when it comes to breakout performers this season, but Comastri has done everything right this season and it's hard to see that stopping this weekend.

Clarissa Morales (Stanislaus State)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: The first of the two Stanislaus State seniors, Morales has helped put the Warriors on the map. This will be her first NCAA meet ever across the three seasons. Her best performance of the year came at the Big Meet at GVSU where she finished 2nd to Jennifer Comastri in the 3k with a time of 9:35. She has broken out in a big way and has had enough great performances to show that those recent results weren't flukes.

HaLeigh Hunter-Galvan (Adams State)

Other events: DMR + 5k

Analysis: A regular at the NCAA meet, usually on the DMR, Hunter-Galvan has gone all-in for her senior year. She has PR'd in both the 5k and 3k this season and is looking very strong. She will be tasked with a difficult triple this weekend which makes us curious how fatigued Hunter-Galvan will be by the time she gets to this event.

Hanna Groeber (Grand Valley State)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: Winning her second GLIAC 5k title, Groeber is looking to turn in back-to-back All-American performances in the 5k. Keeping with what she did last year, she is also running the 3k and will look to snag her first top eight finish there. Groeber has quietly worked her way to the upper ranks of the NCAA and will be able to work with an army of teammates in this race this weekend.

Kaylee Bogina (Adams State)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: Bogina took on the 3k/5k double at RMAC's, so why can’t she do it again at the national meet? That exactly what she is going to do as she'll be replicating her double from last year. Bogina looks like she's in peak form after winning the RMAC 5k title. Pair her recent momentum with a plethora of experience, and Bogina looks like one of the top contenders in the 5k coming into the weekend.

Zoe Baker (Colorado School of Mines)

Other events: N/A

Analysis: Make sure you catch the name Zoe Baker as she is only a (redshirt) freshman. Baker ran herself into the national meet by winning the 3k at RMAC's. That is no easy feat as the RMAC is often considered the best conference in all of Division Two. Baker is still realizing her full potential and competing against this kind of field could help her tap into that raw talent.

Klaudia O’Malley (Grand Valley State)

Other events: N/A

Analysis: Another freshman to make it to Alabama, O’Malley qualified for her second straight NCAA meet and is looking for the same result. O'Malley will look to use the momentum of finishing within a second of her teammate Allie Ludge in the 3k at GLIAC's. That result hopefully gives O'Malley some confidence that she can compete with the best of the best at the national meet.

Dania Holmberg (Seattle Pacific)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: The first GNAC athlete in the 3k, Holmberg secured a trip to the CrossPlex by way of a last chance race. Her 9:38 3k seeds her at #12 on the starting line. With numerous top finishes and relevant big meet experience, Holmberg is an under the radar talent that you should keep in mind this weekend.

Nicole McMillen (Tusculum)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: The senior hails from Canada and will represent the South Atlantic Conference with Tusculum across her chest. She absolutely dominated the South Atlantic Conference, winning the 3k, 5k and DMR at her championship meet. A fun fact about McMillen is that she played soccer for four years. This past fall she ran cross country and played soccer, eventually making it to Nationals in cross country. If McMillen can handle two sports, then she can likely handle two races in one weekend without much trouble.

Cynthia Mejia (Stanislaus State)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: Fun fact: Mejia has already run a 10k for the outdoor track season, so we shall see if that impacts her at Nationals. She has run personal bests in the mile, 3k and 5k this winter in what has ultimately been a breakout season for her. We've seen enough from her over the past few months to know that she's the real deal. Mejia runs well when competing alongside teammate Clarissa Morales and we don't expect that to stop this weekend.

Natalie Graber (Grand Valley State)

Other events: 5k

Analysis: Every indoor performance this season for Graber has been at the Kelly Family Sports Center, which is the 300 meter indoor track on the campus of Grand Valley State University. It should be a breath of fresh air when she gets to run at the CrossPlex, as it hosts somewhere that isn’t a blue oval. Graber can take solace in the fact that GVSU could theoretically dictate how this race unfolds with four total entries.

Chloe Flora (Lee (Tenn.))

Other events: N/A

Analysis: Dayton transfer Chloe Flora has flourished at Lee, now making her second NCAA appearance. Flora had an outstanding cross country season and was solid all winter long, but has been generally pretty quiet over the past few months.

Stefanie Parsons (Edinboro)

Other events: Mile

Analysis: Bring out the brooms, Parsons is coming to town. Parsons won four PSAC titles consisting of the 800 meters, the mile, the 3k, and the DMR. Her range, underrated speed and ability to double back effectively makes her an exciting name to watch in this race.

Emmanuelah Chemilmo (Alaska Anchorage)

Other events: DMR

Analysis: The senior won the 5k at GNAC's for the first time ever and helped qualify the Seawolves DMR squad at the Seattle Pacific last chance meet. She will look to carry that momentum into the NCAA meet and continue to peak right on time like Alaska Anchorage usually does.