What are your predictions for the top ten?
Ceili McCabe has looked like a force all season, streaking away from the likes of Chmiel and Roe on the final straight of Nuttycombe with ease. Top talent that she has defeated this season includes Chmiel, Roe, Magness, Tuohy, Hasz, Logue, Vestri, etc.
Kelsey Chmiel seems to really have improved her kick recently. She fought against McCabe well at Nuttycombe, and stayed within striking distance of Mercy Chelangat and Flomena Asekol at Joe Piane. She looked the strongest at ACCS, kicking away from the field with ease in the final 800, dropping Katelyn Tuohy, arguably her best result of the season. She is a gamer at national championships, so I expect her to compete well.
Chelangat doesn't need much of an introduction after winning NCAA XC in March, as well as Joe Piane and SECs.
Whitni Orton always poses an injury risk, but if she's healthy she will factor. She has only raced twice this season, but they were both wins, although against weaker fields than Nuttycombe and Joe Piane.
Abby Nichols and Emily Covert have taken major steps in fitness this year, putting Colorado in contention for a podium finish, maybe even a win.
Grace Forbes looks great, but hasn't run many competitive meets, except for finishing second to Taryn Oneil at Paul Short.
Taylor Roe and Logue look interchangeable as usual, with Roe having a slight edge in my opinion.
Lauren Ryan had an amazing track season overseas in Australia, but is a bit hit or miss for Florida State, finished 3rd at pre nats but just 11th at ACC.
Amaris Tyynismaa, Zofia Dudek, and Krissy Gear have the talent to do well, but haven't shown it too much this year.
1. Ceili McCabe
2. Kelsey Chmiel
3. Mercy Chelangat
4. Abby Nichols
5. Whitni Orton
6. Taylor Roe
7. Caili Logue
8. Taryn Oneil
9. Grace Forbes
10. Katelyn Tuohy
Others competing in top 15-20... Steelman, magness, Hasz twins, Joyce Kimeli, New Mexico contingent (Amelia Mazza Downie and others), Camp, Venters, Halladay, Tyynismaa, Gregory, Pray, Maggie Donahue, etc.