Freshmen Help Put St. Aug’s Men Over the Top in Division II This Week, GVSU Women Hold to Sizeable Lead

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 1, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The men of Saint Augustine’s regained the nation’s top spot according to the National Team Computer Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. In what will seemingly be a season-long tussle with now-No. 2 Lincoln (Mo.), Saint Aug’s used many performances from the last weekend to take 169.49-160.90 lead in the national ranking system. On the women’s side, Grand Valley State remains in the driver’s seat with an opulent score.

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Saint Augustine’s freshman Josh Edmonds stole the show last weekend’s Penn State National. With times of 21.58 in the 200 meters and 47.71 in the 400, he ranks as the fourth-best performer in Division II so far this year. Add an anchor leg to Division II’s season-best 4×400-meter relay (3:09.36) and it is easy to see how Edmonds helped the Falcons go back to No. 1.

Grand Valley State’s women again had a weekend of season-best performances across the board. The performance of the weekend came from Liz Murphy in the weight throw. With a mark of 67-6 (20.57m), the sophomore topped the all-time Division II best in the event.

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The purpose and methodology of the national team computer rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-title race – not as a method to compare teams head-to-head.

The Regional Index is determined using a similar method as national rankings, but on a smaller scale, comparing teams versus others within the same region. The result is a ranking that showcases squads with better all-around team potential — a group makeup critical for conference or similar team-scored events. A team may achieve a better regional ranking than a counterpart that has a better national ranking. Historically, some teams are better national-championship teams than conference-championship teams, having a few elite athletes that score very well in a diverse environment where teams do not have entries in more than a few events. Some teams are better at conference championships or similar team-scored events where they enter, and are competitive, in many of the events.

How a team fares in a national championship, conference championship, or scored meet with only a couple or few teams (like a dual or triangular) can be very different, given the number of events, competition, scoring, and makeup of entries — thus the rationale behind each of the ranking systems. Similar arguments about team makeup and rankings can also be found in swimming & diving and wrestling as their sports also have a similar trichotomy when it comes to team theory.             

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NCAA Division II

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #2 – February 1

next ranking: February 8 (Week 3)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 169.49 2
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 160.90 1
3 Ashland 130.24 3
4 Abilene Christian 128.38 5
5 Central Missouri 117.88 4
6 Adams State 104.26 6
7 Grand Valley State 98.20 7
8 Emporia State 86.94 8
9 American International 82.27 12
10 Findlay 77.71 9
11 Chadron State 77.19 14
12 Colorado Mines 71.72 11
13 Western State 70.99 10
14 Southern Connecticut 70.53 13
15 Johnson C. Smith 62.51 21
16 UMass Lowell 56.83 15
17 Stonehill 52.75 16
18 Minnesota State 50.98 19
19 Western Washington 44.51 18
20 Indiana (Pa.) 42.24 17
21 Pittsburg State 40.10 20
22 Missouri S&T 35.96 23
23 Metro State 33.75 24
24 Grand Canyon 33.36 31
25 Kentucky State 31.89 25
Dropped out: No. 22 Tiffin

Men’s Conference Index Top 10

Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 449.71 4
2 GLIAC 391.15 3
3 RMAC 374.84 5
4 CIAA 283.91 2
5 Northeast-10 277.90 4
6 Lone Star 151.78 1
7 PSAC 148.16 1
8 NSIC 145.58 1
9 GNAC 65.44 1
10 GLVC 45.26 1

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division II

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #2 – February 1

next ranking: February 8 (Week 3)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Grand Valley State 306.58 1
2 Ashland 172.76 2
3 Neb.-Omaha 154.57 4
4 Lincoln (Mo.) 146.67 3
5 Adams State 113.79 5
6 Central Missouri 97.06 7
7 Johnson C. Smith 90.63 6
8 Fort Hays State 85.58 8
9 Shippensburg 78.53 9
10 Indiana (Pa.) 77.87 10
11 Western Washington 60.41 12
12 Saint Augustine’s 57.39 13
13 Hillsdale 54.68 11
14 U-Mary 44.23 14
15 New Mexico Highlands 42.98 15
16 Winona State 42.21 16
17 New Haven 39.24 24
18 Augustana (S.D.) 37.23 17
19 Grand Canyon 36.52 20
20 Western State 34.60 19
21 Missouri Southern 34.57 18
22 Seattle Pacific 34.43 21
23 Pittsburg State 33.32 26
24 East Stroudsburg 30.28 22
25 Minnesota State 28.28 25
Dropped out: No. 25 Northern Michigan

Women’s Conference Index Top 10

Rank Conference
Points
Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC
625.68
3
2 MIAA
569.45
6
3 RMAC
263.68
3
4 PSAC
218.29
3
5 NSIC
214.14
4
6 CIAA
164.97
2
7 GNAC
115.30
2
8 Northeast-10
84.84
1
9 GLVC
41.79
10 PacWest
36.52
1