D2 XC Top 20: Week 6 (10/17)


It wasn’t as jam-packed of a weekend as last week, but we still had some strong performances. We saw one athlete come back into our rankings while another new face leaped multiple athletes with a dominant race. Take a look below.


Outside Looking In

Austin Pasch (Minnesota State)

Hosava Kretzmann (Fort Lewis)

Nathan Schroeder (Augustana (S.D.))

Joshua Chepkesir (UNC Pembroke)

Eddie King (Chico State)

Corbin Hansen (Nebraska-Kearney)

Quenten Lasseter (Tarleton State)

Johen Deleon (Tarleton State)

Rowan Doherty (Simon Fraser)

Pierre-Louis Detourbe (Simon Fraser)

Stetson Reyes (Dallas Baptist)


Falling Out

Grant Colligan (Mines)


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20. Dustin Nading | Previously: Unranked | Movement: N/A

I didn’t expect Nading to stay out of the rankings for too long after his performance at Lewis. He immediately bounced back this weekend with a victory at the Warner Pacific XC Classic. His 24:11 is the fastest he has ever run in cross country and it bettered his time from last week by more than a minute. He’s leading the charge for Western Oregon in 2018.


19. Tom Goforth | Previously: 20 | Movement: Up 1

Saginaw Valley State was idle this weekend.


18. Austin Nolan | Previously: 19 | Movement: None

Southern Indiana was idle this weekend.


17. Derrick Williams | Previously: 17 | Movement: None

CSU-Pueblo was idle this weekend.


16. Ross Husch | Previously: 14 | Movement: Down 2

Western Colorado University (weird ring to it) was idle this weekend.


15. Gideon Kimutai | Previously: 16 | Movement: Up 1

Kimutai claimed another victory over the weekend as he ran 24:54 to defeat some impressive names in the process. The freshman continues to show that he has the ability to run at the front of the pack. He outlasted Nebraska-Kearny’s Corbin Hansen and Minnesota State’s Austin Pasch as well as athletes from Air Force and Colorado State on his way to the win.


14. Bashir Aidrus | Previously: 15 | Movement: Up 1

Aidrus finished 3rd at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational and was the first D2 athlete across the line. In front of him were athletes who are part of incredible programs such as Iowa Central CC and Wis.-La Crosse. While Aidrus doesn’t have an incredible team around him, it’s almost certain that we will see him at the big meet in December. Aidrus came on strong last year, and he is already ahead of that (time-wise) giving us an idea that he is going to keep improving as time goes on.


13. Kale Adams | Previously: 13 | Movement: None

Adams State sent a team to Fort Hays State, but Adams was not apart of the roster.


12. Christian Noble | Previously: Unranked | Movement: N/A

Noble is the biggest name to jump into this list this week. Why? He ran 23:26 at the Royals Challenge and bested 2nd place by 20 seconds. He has been throwing down some impressive performances as of late and this only validated his talent. Granted, the course looks like it was fast due to the rest of the times posted there, but Noble is ready to take on anyone. The progression of his time this season has dropped almost 90 seconds. Noble has the fastest time in D2 this season. Take it as you will, but I’ll buy the hype.


11. Andrew Curry | Previously: 11 | Movement: None

Dallas Baptist competed this weekend, but Curry was not on the roster for them.


10. Jacob Klemz | Previously: 10 | Movement: None

Washburn was idle this weekend.


9. Joshua Joseph | Previously: 9| Movement: None

Adams State sent a team to Fort Hays State this weekend, but Joseph’s was not part of the roster.


8. Taylor Stack | Previously: 8| Movement: None

Western Colorado University was idle this weekend.


7. Mason Phillips | Previously: 7| Movement: None

Sioux Falls was idle this weekend.


6. Marcelo Laguera | Previously: 6| Movement: None

CSU-Pueblo was idle this weekend.


5. Elias Gedyon | Previously: 5 | Movement: None

Adams State sent a team to Fort Hays State this weekend, but Gedyon was not part of the competing roster.


4. Leakey Kipkosgei | Previously: 4 | Movement: None

American International was idle this weekend.


3. Enael Woldemichael | Previously: 3 | Movement: None

Another 2nd place performance for Woldemichael this past weekend (behind his teammate Zach Panning) in another impressive performance. He ran 24:29 and was second for Grand Valley State while helping them to a runner-up finish.


2. Sydney Gidabuday | Previously: 2 | Movement: None

Adams State sent a team to Fort Hays State this weekend, but Gidabuday was not part of the competing roster.


1. Zach Panning | Previously: 1 | Movement: None

Panning recorded his third victory on the season making him three for three in competitions this year. His 24:09 was better than 2nd place by 20 seconds. This is the first time we have seen him run away from his teammate (Woldemichael) this year. While it may not have any meaning in terms of fitness levels, it’s nice to see Panning separate himself.

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The top ten of this list seems to be pretty strong going into the latter half of the season. With the likes of pre-nationals and conference meets creeping up on us, there could be some shakeup in the near future. We have a lot of strong athletes that are moving forward and really coming into their own as the season starts to wrap up. This is the time of year where we will really see who has the fitness to make a run to the top.

As always, leave some comments with your thoughts.