Top-Ranked Colorado Leads Women's Team Battle At Pre-Nationals

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Led by the No. 1-ranked Colorado Buffaloes, a stellar lineup awaits fans at the Pre-National Invitational this Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. The women's competition features a showdown between nine FloXC-ranked teams, five of which are in the top 10. Check out the storylines for this weekend's cross country action:

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Women's Red Seeded 6K

Who: No. 1 Colorado, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Michigan, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 9 BYU, No. 17 Portland, No. 20 Utah State, No. 22 Ole Miss, No. 25 Missouri
When: 10:45 ET CST
Why: The top-ranked team and the defending NCAA champions head to Louisville to preview the NCAA championship course and put down solid performances against fellow ranked opponents. 

nullColorado competes this weekend after notching a narrow victory over No. 2 New Mexico at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. Led by a third-place individual finish from Dani Jones, the Buffaloes edged out a 47-point team win over the Lobos, who tallied 51 points for second place. The close team battle earned the Lobos a jump in the rankings from No. 3 to No. 2, but Colorado remains at the top of the FloXC standings. Pre-Nationals is another test for the team attempting to capture an NCAA crown after falling short last year. 

Maybe revenge plays a part for Colorado, because the two teams who upset them at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships are in attendance at Pre-Nats. Defending NCAA champion Oregon is set to compete after a dominant team win at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, where Katie Rainsberger obliterated the meet record and the Ducks tallied just 33 points to beat Stanford, BYU, and Washington. 

Rainsberger's performance also put her in the conversation of challengers for three-time NCAA champion Karissa Schweizer, who will be competing for an individual title in Louisville. 



No. 5 Michigan, who earned a breakthrough runner-up finish at last year's NCAA Cross Country Championships, is competing in their most competitive meet at this point in the season. The Wolverines are ranked No. 5 and boast returning talents such as NCAA qualifier Gina Sereno and NCAA champion Jamie Phelan. The Wolverines' performance will likely be one of the most anticipated results of the weekend. 

No. 7 Arkansas and No. 9 BYU also highlight the team showdowns set to take place. Arkansas is returning from a fourth-place finish at the competitive Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. The Razorbacks lost to Colorado, New Mexico, and NC State but didn't run to their full strength, as low stick Taylor Werner sat the race out. Across the country at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Oregon, BYU notched a third-place finish to Oregon and Stanford which catapulted them from 18th to ninth in the FloXC rankings. 

Rounding out the ranked team competition are No. 17 Portland, No. 20 Utah State, No. 22 Ole Miss, and No. 25 Missouri. 

The individual race is also a battle to watch, as three-time NCAA champion Karissa Schweizer toes the line and leads a total of 12 FloXC-ranked individuals. 

Schweizer has already dominated over the grass this season, as evidenced by her victories at the Cowboy Jamboree and the Commodore Classic. These performances also follow a stellar spring in which she won the 5K indoors and outdoors and notched a fourth-place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships, missing the world championship team by one spot. She faces challengers Rainsberger, Jones, Sharon Lokedi, and Elinor Purrier, who all return after breakthrough spring track seasons. 

Related: Who Could Challenge Schweizer At Pre-Nats?

Catch all of the action this Saturday by watching the Pre-National Invitational LIVE on FloTrack!

Bowerman Awards Photo Gallery

Johanna Gretschel 2017 Bowerman Award finalists

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.

Raevyn Rogers Wins The 2017 Bowerman Award

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

NXN Champ Katelyn Tuohy To Attempt H.S. 5K Record LIVE on FloTrack

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Nike Cross National champion Katelyn Tuohy has just one more 5K on her schedule, and that one will be the fastest of them all. On Saturday, January 20, LIVE ON FLOTRACK, she will toe the line at the VA Showcase in a special section of the 5K with the sole purpose of taking down Brie Oakley's 15:55 national record. 

Ruby Stauber To Transfer From LSU To Oregon

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After a standout freshman season with LSU, Ruby Stauber will take her talents to the Pacific Northwest to compete for the University of Oregon. A since-deleted tweet from the Wayzata High School girls cross country account first made the announcement, and FloTrack later confirmed it with Stauber.

'Just Wait,' Fred Kerley Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Raevyn Rogers Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Christian Coleman Could Win The Bowerman Award

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

Who's No. 1? FloTrack Tackles The Katelyn Tuohy vs Claudia Lane Debate

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If you've paid the slightest modicum of attention to high school girls cross country this season, you know the names Katelyn Tuohy and Claudia Lane. 

2017 Bowerman Blind Resume Test

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