St. Aug’s Men, Lincoln (Mo.) Women Make Debut as D2’s First Number Ones
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday morning the first weekly update of the NCAA Division II National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. Defending NCAA Division II Champions Saint Augustine’s and Lincoln (Mo.) are the national team ranking leaders in the men’s and women’s category, respectively.
This week’s release represents marks accumulated by teams in the 2010 indoor season through last weekend as reported to the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). This week’s release also represents the first time Division II national team rankings have been compiled using mathematical formulae that indexes a team’s potential of placing well at the NCAA Indoor Championships and is similar in nature to the method that has been employed by Division I for the past two years.
The next release of updated rankings for NCAA’s Division II will continue on Tuesday, February 9, with updates occurring the following five Tuesdays leading to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, March 12-13.
MEN: St. Aug’s Picks Up Right Where They Left Off
The Falcons of Saint Augustine’s (253.07) is the nation’s top ranked team after the first two month of indoor track & field competition in NCAA Division II. Having scored 105 points at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships, St. Aug’s claims the current top spot in four events and a top-three event ranking in eight performances. National leaders include junior Josh Scott at 200 meters (21.30), Antonio Abney at 400 meters (47.52), George Smith at 800 meters (1:52.46), and the Falcons’ 4×400-meter relay team that clocked 3:10.73 last weekend.
Second-ranked American International (129.47) is lead by national 5000-meter leader, freshman Glarius Rop (14:08.83). Freshman Victor Kemboi is second nationally at 5000 meters at 14:36.45 and freshman Noel James is second nationally in the high jump, having leapt to 7 feet, ¼ inch (2.14m).
No.3 Central Missouri (113.77) has national heptathlon leader Darius Walker (5,104) and four of the nation’s top five heptathletes overall. Junior Drew Frizzell is second nationally in the weight throw with a 67-6¾ (20.59m) mark.
No. 4 Abilene Christian and No.5 Adams State rounds out the top five.
The MIAA has six conference members in the national top 25 to lead the nation. The GLIAC is next with five.
WOMEN: Defending Champions, Lincoln’s Blue Tigers Start Atop Rankings
On the women’s side, the Blue Tigers of Lincoln University of Jefferson City, Mo., lead the way in the rankings with 235.42 ranking points. Sophomore Semoy Hackett leads Division II at 200 meters with a 24.01 clocking from last weekend. Senior Janika Martell is second in D2 at 200 meters at 24.49 and is second in the division at 60 meters at 7.43. The Blue Tigers also have the top-ranked 4×400-meter relay team (3:43.36).
The Lakers of No. 2 Grand Valley State (231.58) boast 16 marks that lay in the national top 10. Junior Kayla Vallar (55.88) and sophomore Monica Kinney (17:10.19) rank second nationally in the 400 meters and 5000 meters, respectively.
Ashland (113.68) is the third-ranked team in the nation and is boosted by three national leaders, including Steph Tinney in the 400 meters (55.87), Abby Kacsandi in the high jump (5-10, 1.78m), and Tara Cooper in the weight throw (62-8, 19.10m).
St. Aug’s sits at No.4 while Adams State is No. 5 in this week’s rankings.
The MIAA has seven institutions listed this week in the top 25 while the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has five.
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NCAA Division II
Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #1 – February 2
|11||Southern Connecticut State||72.34||—|
|19||Saginaw Valley State||50.05||—|
Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #1 – February 2
|2||Grand Valley State||231.58||2|
|8||St. Cloud State||85.73||—|
|10||Fort Hays State||73.20||—|
|12||Johnson C. Smith||65.56||13|
|20||U. of Mary||41.52||—|
|21||Southern Connecticut State||40.68||25|
|24||Wayne State (Neb.)||36.67||—|
|25||New Mexico Highlands||28.71||23|