MSU - Women's Cross Country Climbs To No. 2 In Coaches Poll

MSU - Women's Cross Country Climbs To No. 2 In Coaches Poll

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - For the second straight week, the Michigan State women’s cross country team continued their ascent in the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches Poll. The Spartans received three of 12 first-place votes as they moved up one spot to No. 2 in the poll behind top-ranked Michigan. Oregon, Stanford, and Georgetown rounded the top five in the rankings. Tuesday’s poll also marked the first time in its history that two schools from the same state have occupied the top two spots, dating back to 1995. For the complete coaches poll, click here.

Michigan State made their latest statement at Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational this past weekend as they pulled away late for a win over No. 9 Iowa State, 66-102. The Spartans were led by a pair of Top-10 finishes from Rachele Schulist (fifth, 20:50) and Leah O’Connor (ninth, 21:30). As a group, MSU placed five scorers among the top 22 finishers in the race, including Lindsay Clark (21:33) in 12th, Sara Kroll (21:46) in 18th, and Alexis Wiersma (21:52) in 22nd.

"The girls were patient and really ran well late in the race. It was very close between us and Iowa State with about 1,500 meters left and we turned it on over the last five to six minutes," said Michigan State Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Walt Drenth following the event.

Saturday’s win in Minnesota was the Spartan’s second victory on the young season. MSU also finished first at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Oregon back on Sept. 5. Schulist and O’Connor have each recorded a first-place individual finish this season, while Clark, Kroll, and Wiersma have each placed in the Top-10 on two occasions.