D2 Top 15: Update #4 (Men)


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(Unranked): Was not ranked the week before


(#/#):

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

Second number indicates where the runner was ranked last week

15. Victor Moreau, Academy of Art (Unranked)

Moreau ran two personal bests this weekend. One at 3000 meters and another at 800. The 3000 stands out because he ran 8:11 and it’s a 17 second improvement over his last 3000 that he ran more than a year ago. He came back the next day and ran 1:54 in the 800. Moreau now sits at #9 in the 3000 and #8 in the mile with his time of 4:07.


14. Devundrick Walker, CSU-Pueblo (Unranked)

Walker ran the #3 time in the 800 for D2 this season with a time of 1:50.00. He was a part of a race that saw the five fastest times in the country. Walker has run 1:48 during the outdoor season and has been an All-American. That being said, Walker also plays a huge part in the Thunderwolves distance medley relay team and their aspirations of winning the national title in that event.


13. Felix Wammetsberger, Queens (N.C). (Unranked)

Wammetsberger got off to a rough start after Christmas break. He eventually fell out of these rankings due to his performances, but he seems to be back on track after this weekend. The Queens athlete competed at The Big Meet and ran 4:06.61 to finish 2nd place. This is the race we expected Wammetsberger to race at Nationals and he’s solidified that spot for March.


Wammetsberger was also the lead leg for the Queens distance medley relay team that finds themselves sitting at #5 on the national list after their 9:52.12 time was run at The Big Meet’s Saturday edition.


12. Rowan Doherty, Simon Fraser (+2 / 14)

Doherty ran another 3000 this weekend at the Husky Classic. This one was not as fast as the one two weeks ago (8:12), and it likely served as the last chance to improve upon that time before the conference and the national selections. Still, it's nice to see some consistency from him. He currently sits at #10 on the NCAA list and looks to be a lock for the 3000. He is also in line to qualify for the mile.


11. Benoit Campion, American International (+1 / 12)

Campion participated in two events at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational this past weekend. He ran 1:53 for 800 meters, and also anchored the Yellowjackets distance medley relay team to a 9:52.93 mark. That result is good enough for the #6 time in the country and should have them heading back to Nationals in the event once again. Campion is likely racing the mile and the DMR at Nationals so the, 800 here looks to be just for speed work.


10. Taylor Stack (Western Colorado) (+3 / 13)

A big performance from Stack this weekend at Husky has him moving up in the rankings. He ran 14:06.65 and now sits at #4 on the NCAA list. His time is a 20 second personal best from a year ago to the date where he ran 14:26. Stack ran both the 3000 and 5000 last year at Nationals, and he’s currently set up to do the same thing this year as he sits at #12 in the 3000 right now.


9. Josh Hoskinson, Colorado Mines (+3 / 12)

Also present at the Husky Invitational was Hoskinson. He ran his first 3000 of the year and made it known that he is in shape. He ran 8:08.00 and cut eight seconds off of his personal best from last year (set at Nationals). That time moves Hoskinson up to the #5 position on the NCAA list. He is also sitting at #6 from his 5000 performance before Christmas break, essentially making him a shoo-in for both events in March.


8. Dennis Mbuta, Grand Valley State (+3 / 11)

Mbuta gets to move up a few spots once again this weekend after his strong performance at his home meet. Mbuta ran an automatic qualifying mark of 1:49.24 for 2nd place. Mbuta has continued a very strong 2019 and has seen personal bests every time he’s stepped out on to the oval office. He was also the lead off leg for the Lakers DMR this past weekend as they recorded the #3 fastest time this year in 9:57.55.


7. Brett Meyer, Fort Hays State (0 / 7)

Idle.


6. Austin Anaya, Adams State (+3 / 9)

Anaya was one of the few Grizzlies that made their way up north in an attempt to run fast (and that is what he did). After running 4:06 at altitude last week, Anaya bounced back and ran 4:03 this weekend in a very loaded field at Husky (albeit, he was not in the fastest heat). Anaya is one of two athletes with an automatic qualifying mark in the mile and when March rolls around, he’ll be one of the favorites.


5. Elias Gedyon, Adams State (+1 / 6)

Gedyon joined teammate Austin Anaya by traveling north and he had an even better weekend. Gedyon finished 6th overall (from the same heat as Anaya) and ran 4:01 to back up what his altitude conversion said he could run from last week. Gedyon was a contender last year at the national meet, and he’s certainly in that conversation once again.


4. Enael Woldemichael, Grand Valley State (+1 / 5)

Idle.


3. Zach Panning, Grand Valley State (0 / 3)

Panning came back this week after his strong mile last week to run an automatic qualifying time of 8:01.12. It’s the #3 fastest time in the country currently and is the only raw time (read: unconverted) with the automatic mark. Panning has another auto mark in the 5000 that he set earlier in the year and is likely running both of these races at Nationals unless something changes between now and then.


2. Sydney Gidabuday, Adams State (0 / 2)

Idle.


1. Thomas Staines, CSU-Pueblo (0 / 1)

Another week, another unreal performance from Staines. Last week was a British national record, this week it’s the fastest 800 meter performance in Division II history. It breaks Drew Windle’s record from 2014 by three-tenths of a second which was ironically set at the same meet. Staines won the race by three seconds and proceeded to help the CSU-Pueblo team take 1st in the 4x400 the next day. Staines looks to be a lock for his third-straight 800 meter title.

800

1. Thomas Staines (CSU-Pueblo)

2. Dennis Mbuta (Grand Valley State)

3. Hugo Arlabosse (Franklin Pierce)

4. Devundrick Walker (CSU-Pueblo)

5. Juman Randall (Western State)


Mile

1. Elias Gedyon (Adams State)

2. Brett Meyer (Fort Hays State)

3. Austin Anaya (Adams State)

4. Benoit Campion (American International)

5. Felix Wammetsberger (Queens (N.C.))


3000

1. Sydney Gidabuday (Adams State)

2. Zach Panning (Grand Valley State)

3. Enael Woldemichael (Grand Valley State)

4. Elias Gedyon (Adams State)

5. Rowan Doherty (Simon Fraser)


5000

1. Sydney Gidabuday (Adams State)

2. Zach Panning (Grand Valley State)

3. Enael Woldemichael (Grand Valley State)

4. Josh Hoskinson (Colorado Mines)

5. Taylor Stack (Western Colorado)