The Northern Kentucky University women’s cross country team earned a national ranking for the first time in history Wednesday, vaulting to No. 22 in the NCAA Division II poll. NKU jumped into the national poll after its showing at the Queen City Invitational last weekend. The Norse women finished third in the overall competition and were the top non-Division I team in the standings.
NKU placed four runners in the top 10 finishers at the Queen City Invitational for a team score of 50, just two points behind Xavier (48) and Cincinnati (48) in the overall competition. The Norse were led by sophomore Jerrica Maddox, who took sixth place by completing the course in 19:32.
NKU’s finishers also included Jenna Siemer, who posted an eighth-place finish with a time of 19:44. Just behind Siemer were teammates Danielle Mercer (9th place, 19:46) and Tarah Cole (10th place, 19:48).
NKU won the college-division title at the Dayton Flyer 5K the previous week.