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NCAA.com | September 20, 2013

Preview: Simon Fraser launched into top-10

No. 1 Grand Valley State

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No. 2 Adams State at Colorado College Invitational 

Colorado has been the site of devastating and deadly flooding during the course of the past week, however, Colorado College — located in Colorado Springs — will move forward with its home invitational this Saturday morning that will bring a number of the state’s top-ranked teams together.

The race could potentially hold a lot of intrigue as two top-10 programs will duke it out in six kilometers in No. 2 Adams State and No. 9 Metro State.

At the Grizzlies previous meet, the Joe I. Vigil Open,  Kelly Lamb led the way and crossed the finish line in first place. Adams State also won as a team, scoring a perfect 15 points. 

No. 3 Augustana (S.D.)

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No. 4 Western State 

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No. 5 Alaska-Anchorage

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No. 6 Simon Fraser at Erik Anderson Invitational 

The Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane, Wash., will rumble beneath the feet of the Division II National Championships field on Nov. 23 and at the West Regionals before that, but this weekend it will serve as the site for the Runners Soul Erik Anderson Invitational. Three ranked teams in the women’s race — in addition to one ranked program from the NAIA — will take to the course on Saturday in the largest meeting of Division II ranked programs in the country this weekend.

No. 6 Simon Fraser’s women will look to ride a wave of momentum that propelled them up seven spots in the recent national polls against a field that includes No. 10 Colorado-Colorado Springs, No. 12 West Texas A&M and No. 18 Midwestern State.

SFU led all GNAC competitors at its opening meet of the season, finishing second overall at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Wash., last weekend.

No. 7 Chico State

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No. 8 Southern Indiana

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No. 9 Metro State at Colorado College Invitational 

After jumping 14 spots from the preseason to No. 9 in the first regular-season edition of the National Coaches Poll, Metro State will face its first big test as a top-10 team against a pair of RMAC rivals they will see multiple more times this season.

Colorado College is hosting the meet on Saturday. As a welcome to the top-10, Metro State will face off against No. 2 Adams State. 

T10 Colorado-Colorado Springs at Erik Anderson Invitational 

Colorado-Colorado Springs fell two spots after a strong finish at the Rust Buster at Monument Valley Park on Sept. 7, while Indiana (Pa.) gained eight positions to finish tied for the No. 10 position.

At the Rust Buster, Angie Martell led the team with 14 minutes and 57 seconds on the four-kilometer course.

The Mountain Lions were ranked fourth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Central Regional Polls released Tuesday.

The UCCS women's team will be competing at the Spokane Erik Anderson Invitational on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.  UCCS will have the opportunity to preview the course prior to the national championship in November. 

T10 Indiana (Pa.)

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