Saint Aug’s, Grand Valley State Notch Top Spots in First-Ever Preseason Rankings

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

January 11, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The first-ever preseason national computer rankings for NCAA Division II indoor track & field were released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The men of Saint Augustine’s and the women of Grand Valley State claim the early season top spots.

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Computer rankings were used for Division II in 2010, but for the first time, preseason data mixes with current-year data to produce a ranking score for each of the teams. The process is similar to what has been used by Division I since 2008. Preseason ranking data will continue to be part of the ranking process through week three (February 8).

No. 1 Saint Augustine’s (216.93) finished second in last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships to Adams State (89 points) with 72 points, 20 ahead of third-place Abilene Christian. Saint Augustine’s topped the nation with 82 points for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2010.

Defending national champion Adams State sits at No. 8 in preseason national computer ranking. The Grizzlies lost all but 14 of their 89 points from last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships to graduation.

On the women’s side, No. 1 Grand Valley State (292.66) has surged to a commanding lead in the preseason ranking. The Lakers tied for second with Ashland in last year’s NCAA Indoor Championship. Ashland is ranked third in this edition of the computer rankings.

No. 2 Lincoln (Mo.) won their fifth overall and third-consecutive national indoor team title in 2010. The Blue Tigers will be without Semoy Hackett. The then-sophomore Hackett won national titles in the 60 and 200 last March, but has since transferred to Division I LSU.

This year’s NCAA Indoor Championships will be held on March 11-12, again in Albuquerque, N.M. Week one computer rankings will be released on Tuesday, January 25.

About the Rankings
For more on the rankings and links to guideline and rationale information visit …
http://www.ustfccca.org/rankings/division-ii-rankings

 

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NCAA Division II

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Preseason – January 11

next ranking: January 25 (Week 1)
Rank
School
Points 2010 FINAL
1 Saint Augustine’s 216.93 2
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 151.97 4
3 Ashland 141.10 7
4 Central Missouri 133.28 5
5 Abilene Christian 116.44 3
6 Grand Valley State 112.79 29
7 Emporia State 93.57 9
8 Adams State 90.63 1
9 Colorado Mines 80.98 24
10 American International 77.84 14
11 Western State 77.65 29
12 Southern Connecticut 71.59 19
13 Findlay 69.06 14
14 Stonehill 59.27 27
15 Chadron State 58.46
16 Indiana (Pa.) 55.32 10
17 Western Washington 45.24 14
18 UMass Lowell 44.06 24
19 Pittsburg State 42.87 6
20 Minnesota State 41.31 8
21 Tiffin 39.83 13
22 Missouri S&T 39.05 29
23 Johnson C. Smith 37.13 10
24 Metro State 36.66 27
25 Lock Haven 33.26

 

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Preseason – January 11

next ranking: January 25 (Week 1)
Rank School Points 2010 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State 292.66 2
2 Ashland 162.79 2
3 Lincoln (Mo.) 162.25 1
4 Neb.-Omaha 125.33 4
5 Adams State 120.73 5
6 Central Missouri 95.26 13
7 Johnson C. Smith 89.54 8
8 Shippensburg 87.56 11
9 Fort Hays State 83.73 11
10 Indiana (Pa.) 81.39 23
11 Saint Augustine’s 74.27 6
12 Hillsdale 63.06 23
13 Western Washington 62.65 16
14 New Mexico Highlands 46.64 23
15 Winona State 42.79 23
16 Augustana (S.D.) 42.02 29
17 Western State 40.65
18 U-Mary 40.41 35
19 Missouri Southern 38.07 10
20 Seattle Pacific 36.24 7
21 Pittsburg State 35.44 23
22 New Haven 31.96 35
23 East Stroudsburg 30.59 29
24 Findlay 30.55 20
25 Lewis 30.41 40