25. Dorcas Wasike, Rs. Sophomore, Louisville (0 / 25)
Wasike showed off some better than expected finishing speed at ACC's by out-kicking NC State's Elly Henes for the conference title in the 3000 meters. However, Wasike did fall to Syracuse's Paige Stoner in the 5000 meters by less than a second which is why she maintains her position at the #25 spot.
24. Carina Viljoen, Junior, Arkansas (-5 / 19)
It's been a quiet few weeks for Viljoen who cruised to a DMR victory and a runner-up mile finish at the SEC Championships this past weekend. There is no doubt that she is talented, but she hasn't necessarily had a notable performance since her 4:33 earlier in the season. Viljoen may come into Nationals way under the radar (which could work to her advantage).
23. Susan Ejore, Junior, Oregon (0 / 23)
Ejore may not have taken home the win, but she did run a new personal best of 4:34 in the mile at the MPSF Championships. She has picked some steady momentum in terms of her performances heading into the national meet. Don't be surprised if the Oregon junior finds herself on the podium next weekend.
22. Hannah Meier, Senior, Michigan (Unranked)
Meier has quietly posted strong performances all season, but her race at the BIG 10 Championships was what truly caught my eye. The Michigan veteran threw down an incredibly fast time of 4:32 to edge Ohio State rival Julia Rizk for the conference title. Meier has slowly improved throughout the season and has now reached a point where she is one of the elites. By the end of next weekend, she could very easily be a national champion.
21. Elly Henes, Junior, NC State (-3 / 18)
It was an unexciting weekend at the ACC Championships for Henes, but it wasn't necessarily bad. Tactically, she had a great race in the 3000, but was hawked down by Wasike in the final 50 meters. She also anchored the Wolfpack DMR to a 4th place finish. There's not a whole lot to take away from this meet, but just know that Henes can still be an All-American threat at Nationals one week from now.
20. Katie Rainsberger, Rs. Sophomore, Washington (+2 / 22)
Rainsberger had a quiet MPSF Championship meet as she ran the 800 leg on Washington's DMR and nothing more. However, she did post a strong time of 4:35 at the Last Chance meet two weeks ago. I like the performances that we've seen from Rainsberger over the past month. She has shown me that she is peaking at the right time.
19. Makena Morley, Junior, Colorado (+1 / 20)
After she a national qualifying time of 9:02 in the 3000 meters, I had to give her a small bump up in the rankings. Morley has proven to be extremely consistent which is a major plus in my book and I think her experience at previous National Championships makes her a near lock for a podium finish.
18. Fiona O'Keeffe, Rs. Sophomore, Stanford (+3 / 21)
After throwing down a 15:35 for 5000 meters at the Husky Classic, O'Keeffe continues to put herself in the All-American conversation for both distance events. She won the MPSF 3k title in a big time of 8:58 over New Mexico's Adva Cohen and Washington's Lilli Burdon. So far this season, the Stanford redshirt sophomore has proven that she can run fast and take down talented competitors in the process.
17. Sharon Lokedi, Senior, Kansas (0 / 17)
It was expected, but Lokedi's double gold in the 3000 and 5000 meters at the BIG 12 Championships was an encouraging result. After anchoring her Kansas relay to a national qualifier in the DMR, Lokedi has begun to reestablish herself as a top contender in the country.
16. Karisa Nelson, Senior, Samford (0 / 16)
It was a very strong double for Karisa Nelson at the Southern Conference Championships. She was expected to take home crowns in both the 800 and mile, but running 4:38 and 2:06 in a single meet may be one of the underrated performances of last weekend.
15. Sinclaire Johnson, Sophomore, Oklahoma State (-1 / 14)
Another rankings update, another solid performance from Johnson. The Oklahoma State sophomore took home yet another win at the BIG 12 Championships, running 2:44 in the 1000 meters to hold off a young talent in Kassidy Johnson of Kansas State. Along with a DMR victory, Johnson also took home gold by anchoring the distance medley. She continues to bring immense value to the Pokes which is a big reason why she's in our Top 25.
14. Millie Paladino, Senior, Providence (+1 / 15)
We knew that Paladino was a top-level talent, but the Providence senior has gone from being a fringe All-American to an expected All-American after running a huge time of 4:33 at Boston. This past weekend, she took home the win in the 3000 meters while also anchoring her DMR to a 3rd place finish. Between the 1000, mile, and 3000 meters, Paladino has multiple wins this season in each of those events, showing me that she has a rare strength of being consistent among multiple disciplines.
13. Taylor Werner, Junior, Arkansas (-2 / 11)
It feels like the Arkansas women aren't capable of having bad performances. The Razorback junior took home wins in the 3000 and 5000 meters at the SEC Championships after winning the JDL DMR Invite on the anchor leg of Arkansas' relay. Up until two weeks ago, we had only seen Werner succeed in the longer distances. However, her mile leg of the distance medley was an encouraging result and shows us that she has some underrated speed.
12. Allie Wilson, Senior, Monmouth (+1 / 13)
In a four race span, Wilson ran 2:06, 2:06, 2:05, and 2:02 in that order. She has slowly improved throughout the season and just showed off some impressive range after running a winning time of 4:41 in the mile at the Metro Atlantic Championships. It seems like Wilson doesn't have a weak spot and she has handled every challenge thrown her way this season with relative ease. She will be a major problem for her competitors come next weekend.
11. Martha Bissah, Junior, Norfolk State (+1 / 12)
After running an NCAA #1 converted time in the 800 meters, Bissah has spent the rest of February focusing on improving her resume. She ran 4:43 at the JDL DMR Invite before dropping a pair of wins at the MAAC Championships in both the 800 and mile as part of her ridiculous 800/mile/DMR/4x400 quadruple. Clearly, the Norfolk State junior knows how to handle a heavy workload which is an encouraging sign for Nationals where she'll have to run a prelim and final.
10. Rachel Pocratsky, Senior, Virginia Tech (-1 / 9)
Pocratsky cruised to a relatively easy win at the ACC Championships with a blistering fast time of 2:03. It pains me to drop her in the rankings after such a phenomenal performance, but I'm struggling to find a reason to put her ahead of others. Regardless, Pocratsky is a very legitimate threat to win the national title in the 800 next weekend, even if none of the top seeds scratched out of the event.
9. Erica Birk, Senior, BYU (+ 1 / 10)
It is really hard to ignore just how good Birk has been in the second half of the season. Not only has she been an absolute beast in the longer distances, but she showed off some impressive range at MPSF Championships this past weekend. Her 4:34 mile time was a new personal best and helped give her the win over a respectable field that included Susan Ejore and teammate Whittni Orton. She will be a nightmare for her opponents at Nationals next weekend.
8. Ednah Kurgat, Senior, New Mexico (-2 / 6)
Kurgat posted a DNF result in the 3000 meters at the Mountain West Championships while also getting dusted by Ostrander on the anchor of the DMR. Maybe it was just a bad weekend, but this is probably not the kind of conference championship Kurgat wanted to have going into the national meet.
7. Lauren Gregory, Rs. Freshman, Arkansas (+1 / 8)
The Arkansas women took the top three spots in the mile at the SEC Championships with Gregory leading the way in a time of 4:39. The redshirt freshman was also able to guide Arkansas to a win and national qualifying performance at the JDL DMR Invite two weeks ago. Throughout this winter season, Gregory has not given us any reason to doubt her. She has consistently posted top times and has shown that she take home multiple wins. For that reason, she is in the top 10 of our rankings.
6. Nicole Hutchinson, Senior, Villanova (+1 / 7)
Nothing too exciting here as Hutchinson crossed the line in a runner-up mile finish at the BIG East Championships surrounded by her teammates. She has done enough this season to validate her talent as an NCAA elite and I expect her to be a major contender in the 3000 come next Saturday.
5. Allie Ostrander, Junior, Boise State (0 / 5)
Ostrander was unable to hang with Kelati in the mile at the Mountain West Championships, but she was able to pull away from her competition in the 3000 meters with an altitude conversion under 9 minutes. Not only that, but she was able to dominate New Mexico on the anchor of the DMR and bring home another win. Overall, it was a very successful weekend for Ostrander who showed the country that she was still one of the top talents in the nation and a legitimate title contender.
4. Weini Kelati, Sophomore, New Mexico (0 / 4)
Kelati continues to separate herself in a year where the distance events are the best they have ever been. She ran a 4:31 altitude conversion at the Mountain West Championships to soundly defeat Allie Ostrander for the conference title. She may be focusing on the longer distances, but it's nice to see that she can be just as successful by dropping down in distance.
3. Alicia Monson, Junior, Wisconsin (0 / 3)
Monson took double gold in the 3000 and 5000 meters at the BIG 10 Championships last weekend after securing the Badgers a national berth in the DMR a week prior. Yet, what has impressed me about Monson over the past two weeks is not necessarily the wins and national qualifiers, but it's how easy she makes her races look. The Wisconsin veteran was quite literally coaching her teammate Amy Davis through the final two laps of the BIG 10 5k en route to a 1-2 finish and a time of 16:18. Simply put, Monson is very fit.
2. Jessica Hull, Senior, Oregon (0 / 2)
A massive 4:31 split from Hull at the MPSF Championships helped the Ducks qualify a distance medley relay for Nationals. If she's able to produce these kind of performances during outdoors, she could very possibly end up winning The Bowerman.
1. Danae Rivers, Junior, Penn State (0 / 1)
Danae Rivers posted a winning time of 2:03 at the BIG 10 Championships to walk away with gold as expected. She continues to leave no doubt in my mind that she is the favorite to win the national title in the 800 meters. Rivers has the times and consistency that others simply haven't displayed this season which is why she is #1.