D2 Outdoor Top 20: Update #4 (Women)


KEY

(Unranked)

Was not ranked the week before

(#/#)

First number indicates the change in a runner's ranking from week priorSecond number indicates where the runner was ranked last week

20. HaLeigh Hunter-Galvan | Adams State (JR) (Unranked)

Hunter-Galvan appears in the rankings for the first time this season off the strength of her 5k at Bryan Clay and two enormous PR's. She ran a PR and provisional time of 16:30.12 (which puts her at #6 in D2) while also running a provisional time and PR of 4:33.18 in the 1500. With her previous PR's in the 5k and 1500 being 17:28.85 and 4:39.14 respectively, this Adams State junior has quickly popped onto the scene as a national contender.


19. Liz Bloch | Michigan Tech (SR) (-1 / 18)

Idle


18. Alexa Shindruk | Central Washington (SR) (-3 / 15)

Shindruk did not have a great performance last weekend. She ran a 17:18.99 in the 5k at Bryan Clay, which is actually slower than her 10k pace she ran earlier this season. She did, however, pick up a PR in the 1500 with a time of 4:36.00. With Shindruk sitting at #3 in the D2 10k rankings, I am going to guess that this 5k was just a bad day for her.


17. Bailey Sharon | Western Colorado (SO) (0 / 17)

There was no time improvement from Sharon this weekend. She ran a 2:09.87 800 at Bryan Clay and a 56.74 400 at Long Beach, both of which were about a second off of her season’s best.


16. Alana Mussatto | Simon Fraser (SR) (Unranked)

Mussatto appears in the rankings for the first time this season after her 800 meter performance at Bryan Clay this weekend. She ran a PR and provisional time of 2:07.83 which puts her at #6 in D2. Mussatto has ran the 800 three times this season, and has improved each time she has run it, so she could be a strong contender come the end of the year.


15. Gina Patterson | Grand Valley State (JR) (+5 / 20)

With already having a provisional time in the 5k, Patterson hopped up to the 10k at Bryan Clay. She added another provisional time and PR of 34:45.25, which currently sits at #4 in D2.


14. Sophie Dodd | Simon Fraser (SR) (0 / 14)

Dodd moved up in distance this week, running a 1500 at Bryan Clay. She ran a provisional time and PR of 4:29.63, finishing 2nd in her heat. It's another steady performance that won't capture many headlines, but it's a nice mark to have this season.


13. Andra Lehotay | Walsh (JR) (0 / 13)

Lehotay had a pretty disappointing 1500 meter race last weekend at Bryan Clay as she ran a 4:30.97. That time is far off her PR of 4:23.16, which she ran earlier this season. She does still currently sit at #6 in the D2 rankings, but she needs to get her mojo back.


12. Stephanie Cotter | Adams State (FR) (-7 / 5)

Cotter appeared in her first 1500 of the season at Bryan Clay. She ran a provisional time of 4:25.21, which puts her at #10 in D2. She also ran a season best 800 of 2:13.34 at Long Beach. We are still waiting to see the breakout performance like she had during indoors that made her the national champion.


11. Allie Ludge | Grand Valley State (JR) (+1 / 12)

Ludge added her name to another qualifying list this weekend. In addition to her being near the top of the D2 800 and 1500 meter rankings already this season, she now adds the 5k, as she ran a provisional time of 16:30.18 at Bryan Clay. She now sits at #9 in the 800, #5 in the 1500, and #7 in the 5k.


10. Carsyn Koch-Johnson | Cedarville (SR) (+1 / 11)

Koch-Johnson looks to be back at her top form. She appeared in the 800 at Bryan Clay and ran an auto qualifying time and season best of 2:06.94, which puts her at #4 in the D2 rankings.


9. Julia Howley | Simon Fraser (SR) (+1 / 10)

Howley was out to show that she is not just a steeplechaser this year as she ran her first 1500 and 5k of the season at Bryan Clay in impressive fashion. She ran a PR of 16:10.89, which puts her at #4 in D2 in the 5k and a very solid 4:26.01 1500, which puts her at #12 in D2. Howley just continues to impress in her last outdoor season.


8. Danielle McCormick | Alaska Anchorage (SR) (0 / 8)

McCormick had another impressive showing in the 800 this weekend at Bryan Clay. She ran another PR, her 2nd of the year in the event, of 2:05.00, finishing 6th overall and as the 2nd D2 athlete. She currently ranks #3 in D2 and will definitely be a contender when Nationals comes around.


7. Leah Hanle | Mount Olive (JR) (0 / 7)

Idle


6. Roisin Flanagan | Adams State (JR) (+3 / 9)

Flanagan split her time at two different meets this weekend - Bryan Clay and the Beach Invitational. At Bryan Clay, she ran a PR of 4:16.42, which currently tops the D2 rankings by more than three seconds. She then went to Long Beach and ran a PR (as well as a provisional time) of 2:08.34 in the 800, which currently ranks her #7 in D2 on time.


5. Rachael Walters | Grand Valley State (SR) (+1 / 6)

Walters continues to impress this outdoor season as she grabbed another PR at Bryan Clay this weekend. She ran a D2 leading time of 2:04.15 in the 800, placing 3rd overall and as the top D2 athlete. She came back and ran her first 1500 of the season, running a 4:31.10. She looks to be tired of finishing runner-up behind Webb and is out to prove a point this season.

4. Alicja Konieczek | Western Colorado (SR) (-2 / 2)

Konieczek had kind of a disappointing weekend, especially for her expectations. She ran a 5k of 16:15.97 at Mt. SAC, which is a provisional time and the #5 time in D2, but well off of her PR. She then went to Long Beach and ran a 4:31.52 1500, which is well off what she ran two weeks prior. It was just one of those weeks for her, but I am sure she will bounce back.


3. Skylyn Webb | UC Colorado-Springs (SR) (0 / 3)

Webb broke out this weekend with the race all of us were waiting for at Mt. SAC. After only running a 2:08.17 earlier this season, the reigning outdoor/indoor 800 meter champion broke out with a 2:04.70, which is more of what we expect from her. That time puts her at #2 in D2, only behind her 800 rival Rachael Walters.


2. Eilish Flanagan | Adams State (JR) (+2 / 4)

Flanagan gave me no choice but to move her up after her performances at Bryan Clay last weekend. She picked up PR's in both the 1500 and 5k, running 4:23.59 and 16:00.39, respectively. She currently sits at #3 in D2 in the 1500 and #2 in D2 for the 5k. She has yet to run a steeplechase this year, but was the runner-up at last year’s National Championship. Flanagan is a scary contender no matter what event she runs.


1. Caroline Kurgat | Alaska Anchorage (SR) (0 / 1)

Kurgat had an impressive weekend at the Bryan Clay Invitational. She placed 3rd in the 5k running a 15:40.45, finishing only behind Weini Kelati and Adva Cohen, who ran the top two times in the NCAA. She also picked up a PR in the 1500 with a time of 4:19.48. Kurgat’s 5k time puts her at the top of the D2 rankings and her 1500 puts her as the second-leading time in D2. Odds are she will focus more on the 5k/10k double, but it would be interesting to see her try to triple at Nationals.

800

1. Skylyn Webb (UC Colorado Springs)

2. Rachael Walters (Grand Valley State)

3. Danielle McCormick (Alaska Anchorage)

4. Carsyn Koch-Johnson (Cedarville)

5. Sophie Dodd (Simon Fraser)


1500

1. Roisin Flanagan (Adams State)

2. Caroline Kurgat (Alaska Anchorage)

3. Eilish Flanagan (Adams State)

4. Alijca Konieczek (Western Colorado)

5. Allie Ludge (Grand Valley State)


3000 Steeplechase

1. Alijca Konieczek (Western Colorado)

2. Eilish Flanagan (Adams State)

3. Julia Howley (Simon Fraser)

4. Hanna Groeber (Grand Valley State)

5. Zita Molnar (Point Loma)


5000

1. Caroline Kurgat (Alaska Anchorage)

2. Eilish Flanagan (Adams State)

3. Leah Hanle (Mount Olive)

4. Alijca Konieczek (Western Colorado)

5. Julia Howley (Grand Valley State)


10,000

1. Caroline Kurgat (Alaska Anchorage)

2. Leah Hanle (Mount Olive)

3. Alexa Shindruk (Central Washington)

4. Gina Patterson (Grand Valley State)

5. Eileen Stressling (Azusa Pacific)