D2 Outdoor Top 20: Update #7 (Women)


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(Unranked)

Was not ranked the week before


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First number indicates the change in a runner's ranking from week prior

Second number indicates where the runner was ranked last week

20. Olivia Woods | Western Oregon (SR) (-1 / 19)

It was not a fantastic weekend for Woods as she finished 5th in the 800 at the GNAC Championships. She was also a part of the Western Oregon 4x4 which finished 3rd. Now, granted, all four women who finished ahead of her in the 800 will be appearing in the same race at Nationals, but she needs to be in peak form to be able to be a true contender in what is going to be a stacked 800.


Entered in 800 at Nationals


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

In her first ever steeplechase this weekend at Oxy, Hunter-Galvan ran a 10:35.58 to finish 3rd (as the top D2 athlete) and punch her ticket to NCAA's. It has been a fantastic season for Hunter-Galvan as she has picked up four PR's in her last four races. She will make her first individual appearance at a track and field national meet later next week...


Entered in steeplechase and 5k at Nationals


18. Liz Bloch | Michigan Tech (SR) (0 / 18)

In her last race before Nationals, Bloch took home a 2nd place finish at North Central behind fellow Top 20 woman Danielle McCormick. She picked up a PR of 2:09.57, which may have been the deciding factor as to why she is deciding to double at Nationals. We will season what kind of finish she will have to what has been a breakout season for Bloch.


Entered in 800 and 1500 at Nationals


17. Alana Mussatto | Simon Fraser (SR) (0 / 17)

Mussatto had a solid showing this weekend, finishing 3rd in the 800 at the GNAC Championships, only behind Danielle McCormick and teammate Sophie Dodd. She also hopped on the Simon Fraser 4x4 to help them to a 2nd place finish. Mussatto has been running well as the season has started to wind down, so hopefully she carries that to Nationals.


Entered in 800 at Nationals


16. Gina Patterson | Grand Valley State (JR) (0 / 16)

Idle


Entered in 5k and 10k at Nationals


15. Sophie Dodd | Simon Fraser (SR) (0 / 15)

Despite being bested by fellow 800 meter contender Danielle McCormick, Dodd captured a 2nd place finish in the 800 this past weekend at the GNAC Championships. She was also on the Simon Fraser 4x4 that grabbed a 2nd place finish. She has still not bested her PR from her first 800 earlier in March, so it will be interesting to see what kind of form she is in at NCAA's.


Entered in 800 at Nationals


14. Andra Lehotay | Walsh (JR) (0 / 14)

Idle


Entered in 1500 at Nationals


13. Kristen Metcalfe | Embry-Riddle (SR) (0 / 13)

This is now the fourth straight week that Metcalfe has raced, which is extremely unusual this late in the season. With that said, she looked as good as she has all season, as she picked up easy wins in both the 800 and 1500, running a season best of 2:08.15 in the 800, to move up to #8 in D2. If she can get sharp in the next couple of weeks, she can be a real contender in both the 800 and 1500 at Nationals.


Entered in the 800 and 1500 at Nationals


12. Allie Ludge | Grand Valley State (JR) (0 / 12)

Idle


Entered in 1500 and 5k at Nationals


11. Carsyn Koch-Johnson | Cedarville (SR) (0 / 11)

Koch-Johnson continued her very consistent season this past weekend at North Central as she picked up the win, running a 2:08.03 to take down fellow Top 20 woman Liz Bloch. She has carried over her momentum from the indoor season and has shown that after a two-year layoff, she is a real contender to win another national title


Entered in 800 at Nationals


10. Danielle McCormick | Alaska Anchorage (SR) (-1 / 9)

McCormick had a busy schedule at the GNAC Championships last weekend. She took home the win in the 800, taking down four fellow Top 20 women and running a solid time of 2:08.67. She also picked up a PR in the 1500 (running a 4:27.74) to place 3rd in the race. McCorrmick finished up by helping the Alaska Anchorage 4x4 to a 4th place finish. It was an extremely successful weekend for McCormick, which is a good sign going into Nationals.


Entered in 800 and 4x4 at Nationals


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

Another steeplechase, another race where Howley was not tested. She took home the easy win at the GNAC Championships, winning by more than 30 seconds. Yet, more impressively, she picked up a PR in the process, running a 10:02.45. She also picked up a 6th place finish in the 1500. Howley has now run four steeplechases this season and has picked up four wins, none by less than 15 seconds. It is going to be very interesting to see how fast she can run with the likes of Konieczek and Flanagan at NCAA's.


Entered in steeplechase and 5k at Nationals


8. Stephanie Cotter | Adams State (FR) (0 / 8)

Idle


Entered in 1500 at Nationals


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

Idle


Entered in 5k and 10k at Nationals


6. Roisin Flanagan | Adams State (JR) (0 / 6)

Idle


Entered in 1500 at Nationals


5. Rachael Walters | Grand Valley State (SR) (0 / 5)

Idle


Entered in 800 and 4x4 at Nationals


4. Skylyn Webb | UC Colorado-Springs (SR) (0 / 4)

Idle


Entered in 800 at Nationals


3. Alicja Konieczek | Western Colorado (SR) (0 / 3)

Idle


Entered in 1500 and steeplechase at Nationals


2. Eilish Flanagan | Adams State (JR) (0 / 2)

Idle


Entered in steeplechase and 5k at Nationals


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

Three races, three wins! It was no surprise to see Kurgat dominate the GNAC Championships last weekend as she coasted to easy wins in the 1500, 5k, and 10k. I would have loved to see her try the triple at Nationals, but she will go in as the favorite to repeat in both the 5k and 10k.


Entered in 5k and 10k 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. Kristen Metcalfe (Embry-Riddle)


1500

1. Roisin Flanagan (Adams State)

2. Stephanie Cotter (Adams State)

3. Alijca Konieczek (Western Colorado)

4. Allie Ludge (Grand Valley State)

5. Kristen Metcalfe (Embry-Riddle)


3000 Steeplechase

1. Alijca Konieczek (Western Colorado)

2. Eilish Flanagan (Adams State)

3. Julia Howley (Simon Fraser)

4. Hanna Groeber (Grand Valley State)

5. Allysen Eads (Hillsdale)


5000

1. Caroline Kurgat (Alaska Anchorage)

2. Eilish Flanagan (Adams State)

3. Leah Hanle (Mount Olive)

4. Julia Howley (Simon Fraser)

5. Allie Ludge (Grand Valley State)


10,000

1. Caroline Kurgat (Alaska Anchorage)

2. Leah Hanle (Mount Olive)

3. Gina Patterson (Grand Valley State)

4. Alexa Shindruk (Central Washington)

5. Eileen Stressling (Azusa Pacific)