In this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings, the Carleton Women’s Cross-Country team surprisingly dropped a spot, to No. 15, despite a dominant performance at the MIAC Championships. Regionally, the Knights kept hold of their second spot, only trailing Wartburg, who is ranked third in the country.
The Knights movement in the national ranking is a head-scratcher, as they ran excellently at the MIAC Championships, which saw them crowned MIAC Champions. The trio of Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka), Winona Rachel (Fy./Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee), and Ruth Steinke (So./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively earning each of them All-MIAC distinctions. They are joined by first year Kazia Mermel (Sherman Oaks, Calif/Notre Dame), who claimed the 15th and final spot on the All-Conference team.
Carleton has been ranked all season, bouncing between No. 12 and No. 21.
The Knights will take part in the Great Karhu Shoe Race this weekend in Northfield before the NCAA Regional Championships at St. Olaf on Nov. 16.