Thursday, October 6, 2022

Mental Health Advisory Group to Meet


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Mental Health Advisory Group to Meet
by Justin Whitaker, NCAA

"The Mental Health Advisory Group, created to advise the NCAA on emerging developments in mental health science and policy, will gather Thursday for its inaugural meeting.

After the 2020 Diverse Student-Athlete Mental Health and Well-Being Summit, the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports commissioned the advisory group. It is tasked with reviewing and recommending updates to the NCAA's Mental Health Best Practices and other relevant mental health materials. 

The group will specifically consider updates in support of the mental health and well-being of diverse student-athletes, particularly those of color, those with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQ, as well as international student-athletes."

>> Why It Matters: "The 2021 Student-Athlete Well-Being Study showed that rates of mental exhaustion, anxiety and depression have seen little change since fall 2020 and remain 1.5 to two times higher than identified before the COVID-19 pandemic. Importantly, fewer than half of student-athletes said they would feel comfortable seeking support from a mental health provider on campus."

>> What They're Saying: "The benefit of this group is that student-athletes can see due diligence and a high level of seriousness that is being taken in regard to the current mental health situation on campuses across the country. The importance of this work is quite literally life and death," said Megan Koch, chair of the Division III SAAC, a 2022 graduate of Colorado College and a former cross country and track and field student-athlete.

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3.  The Knight Shift

Top teams handled business this past weekend, which is a big reason why the top-5 squads didn’t change from Week 3 in the USTFCCCA women's cross country ranking.

  1. Geneseo
  2. Wartburg
  3. Chicago
  4. Johns Hopkins
  5. Claremont-M-S
  6. MIT
  7. Washington (Mo.)
  8. Amherst
  9. UW-La Crosse
  10. Pomona-Pitzer

>> Complete Poll


4.  Rankings Shakeup

Only four teams remained in place between Week 3 and Week 4 in the USTFCCCA men's National Coaches’ Poll: No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 2 MIT, No. 17 St. Olaf and No. 23 Bates. Otherwise, big changes dotted the national rankings after a massive weekend.


  1. Pomona-Pitzer
  2. MIT
  3. Wartburg
  4. North Central (Ill.)
  5. UW-La Crosse
  6. RPI
  7. Johns Hopkins
  8. Carnegie Mellon
  9. Williams
  10. UW-Whitewater
>> Complete Poll

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