(NEW ORLEANS) – There has been light movement for Walsh in this week's USTFCCCA cross country national polls as both the men's and women's teams remain in the top 20. The Cavalier women jumped up one spot after the pre-national meet to No. 15, while the men dropped five spots to No. 20.
The women continue to be the highest ranked team from the G-MAC after a second place finish in the Pre-National meet at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh. Brianna Coy also finished third in the meet and was named the G-MAC Athlete of the Week.
Coy will be a key runner for the Cavaliers in next week's G-MAC Championships. Coy helped lead the charge as Walsh placed four runners in the top-25 finishers (Claire Robertson, Andra Lehotay, Alyssa Viscounte).
Coy crossed the finish line third with a time of 22:05 and already owns the top time in the league this year in the 6K and this is her second conference weekly honor of the season. The 22:05 represents the third-fastest time in the league this year. Coy will be competing in her own backyard in the comfy confines at GlenOak High School for the upcoming conference meet. The senior standout attended GlenOak before committing to run for coach Rob Mizicko at Walsh.
The only team that defeated the Walsh women at the Pre-National was Colorado School of Mines, now ranked No. 5 in the nation after moving up one spot from last week. The top four of Adams State, Western State, Grand Valley State, and U-Mary all remained the same.
On the men's side, the Cavaliers come in at No. 20 after they finished sixth at the Pre-National meet. The same teams as last week comprised of the top five, but Colorado Mines and Grand Valley switched places as the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, respectively. Adams State still tops the list at No. 1, while Chico State and Western State complete the top five.
As aforementioned, next week Walsh will host the G-MAC Championships at GlenOak High School, just east of Walsh University. The women will start off the day at 11 a.m. with the men's race following at 12.