2017 FloXC Countdown: #11 North Carolina State Women

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Follow our 2017 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 11 women's spot goes to North Carolina State, and here's why:

Probable Top Six:

JR Rachel Koon (9:09 3K; 16:01 5K; 25th at '16 NCAA XC)
SR Wesley Frazier (4:39 Mile; 9:01 3K; 15:45 5K; 47th at '16 NCAA XC)
SR Alyssa Rudawsky (4:32 1500; 16:26 5K; 84th at '16 NCAA XC)
JR Ryen Frazier (4:38 Mile; 9:17 3K; 16:02 5K; 115th at '16 NCAA XC)
SO Elly Henes (4:23 1500; 16:01 5K; 159th at '16 NCAA XC)
SO Bethlehem Taye (16:53 5K; 27th at '16 ACC XC)

Impact Freshmen/Transfers:

Julia Zachgo via Clifton Park, NY (4:33 1500; 100th at '16 NXN)
Isabel Zimmermann via Pfafftown, NC (10:41 3200; 2nd at '17 NBN Outdoor 2 Mile)

Analysis:

The NC State women return four of their top five from their fourth-place finish last year. The one loss was their number one stick in Erika Kemp, but the Wolfpack should still be a top-10 caliber team based on potential. NC State will rely heavily on upperclassmen Rachel Koon (25th last year) and Alyssa Rudawsky (84th last year) to improve on their performances. But, most notably, it will be the Frazier sisters who dictate the direction of this team. If both Wesley and Ryen can put together 'A' races on the same day this team will be a scary team to face in the postseason.

Outside of the top four NC State will look to younger ladies to fill in the 5-7 slots. Sophomores Elly Henes and Bethlehem Taye should step up this season and potentially incoming freshmen Julia Zachgo and Isabel Zimmermann could make immediate impacts as well.

FULL WOMEN'S RANKINGS HERE

Bowerman Awards Photo Gallery

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Last night, the USTFCCCA named Raevyn Rogers of the University of Oregon and Christian Coleman of the University of Tennessee as the 2017 Bowerman Award Winners. Rogers, the NCAA record holder for 800m, is the third women's winner from Oregon, and Coleman, the NCAA 60m and 100m record holder, is the first-ever winner for the Volunteers. Check out the photo gallery from the evening in Phoenix, Arizona below; watch interviews and highlights from the event here.

Christian Coleman Wins The 2017 Bowerman Award

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Tennessee’s Christian Coleman has been named The Bowerman award winner for the 2017 NCAA season.

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Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers has been named The Bowerman award winner for the 2017 NCAA season.

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The Bowerman Award Ceremony will be LIVE on FloTrack this Friday, December 15, at 9 PM ET.