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#1 Providence 164
With the best 1-2-3 in the country -- Emily Sisson, Sarah Collins, and Laura Nagel -- the Friars control their own destiny this weekend. If their terrible trio have an average day, true freshman Catarina Rocha doesn't blow up in her first NCAAs, and Grace Thek can run just well enough to keep her inside the 100s, Providence will be taking home the national title. The bad news for the Friars is that doing all of that, is not as easy as it seems.
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#2 Georgetown - 168
A very, very deep team and the best 1-5 spread in the country really helps Georgetown in terms of their placement on the podium at nationals. A lot will depend on how far up their pack can finish and if they can get out well. If they start poorly, it is really hard to move all five of your athletes through a giant sea of runners. If the Hoyas do get out and move their pack through towards the 40s and 50s, Georgetown could knock off Providence.
#3 Florida State - 173
For the first time in a while at NCAAs, the target is completely off the back of the Seminoles. Florida State has yet to have a great day and is due for a big one at NCAAs. Led by Colleen Quigley and Hannah Walker, FSU is deeper than meets the eye and could sneak up and get Providence or vengeance on Georgetown from Pre-Nats.
#4 Arizona - 198
Maybe the best 1-4 in the country belongs to Arizona as Elvin Kibet, Nicci Corbin, Maria Larsson, and Kayla Beattie are all studs. Much will come down to how well their fifth can run and who will it be. Stephanie Bulder and Hanna Peterson have traded off no. 5 spot duties and one of them will have to run out of their minds to help Arizona win the whole thing.
Place Team Points 1 Providence 164 2 Georgetown 168 3 Florida State 173 4 Arizona 198 5 Arkansas 203 6 Colorado 210 7 Iowa State 273 8 Butler 280 9 Michigan 287 10 Michigan State 328 11 William and Mary 332 12 Washington 346 13 Virginia 349 14 Dartmouth 367 15 New Mexico 385 16 Villanova 410 17 Stanford 413 18 Minnesota 428 19 Oregon 453 20 San Francisco 476 21 Indiana 510 22 Syracuse 540 23 BYU 553 24 Notre Dame 561 25 Penn State 610 26 Princeton 619 27 Vanderbilt 623 28 Cornell 631 29 SMU 656 30 West Virginia 666 31 Wisconsin 748