Lincoln (Mo.) Men Take Lead at Halfway Mark; GVSU Women Keep Wide Margin in Division II

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 15, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The halfway point is at hand of the NCAA Division II indoor track & field season. Individuals are well on their way to qualify for the national championships which will be held on March 12-13 in Albuquerque, N.M. As we are less than a month away from those championships, the Blue Tigers of Lincoln (Mo.) move to the No. 1 men’s position for the second time this year as rival Saint Augustine’s moved to No. 2. Grand Valley State’s women are again at No. 1, a place they have held since the beginning of the season.

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For the first time, Division II’s computer rankings this year were calculated using a mixture of best marks from the current and previous season. As customary using this procedure, fourth week rankings calculated and released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)  use data only from the current season (with exception of combined events) to formulate a team’s ranking score.

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NCAA Division II

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #4 – February 15

next ranking: February 22 (Week 5)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 179.45 2
2 Saint Augustine’s 164.29 1
3 Central Missouri 130.96 5
4 Ashland 129.64 4
5 Adams State 116.94 6
6 Abilene Christian 107.84 3
7 Findlay 104.75 9
8 Grand Valley State 92.47 7
9 Johnson C. Smith 86.96 12
10 Southern Connecticut 83.80 14
11 UMass Lowell 78.53 16
12 Emporia State 68.09 8
13 Colorado Mines 65.41 15
14 American International 63.30 10
15 Grand Canyon 62.41 23
16 Western State 59.04 13
17 Chadron State 56.51 11
18 Stonehill 51.21 17
19 Pittsburg State 45.20 22
20 Western Washington 41.40 20
21 Augustana (S.D.) 41.33 33
22 Bowie State 40.50 26
23 Lake Erie 38.16 29
24 Minnesota State 35.86 18
25 MSU Moorhead 34.71 32
Dropped out: No. 19 Metro State, No. 21 Indiana (Pa.), No. 24 Missouri S&T, No. 25 Kentucky State
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 473.94 4
2 GLIAC 394.06 4
3 RMAC 360.96 4
4 CIAA 309.69 3
5 Northeast-10 294.88 4
6 NSIC 167.95 3
7 PSAC 138.64
8 Lone Star 123.90 1
9 GNAC 67.64 1
10 PacWest 62.41 1

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division II

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #4 – February 15

next ranking: February 22 (Week 5)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Grand Valley State 288.32 1
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 179.71 4
3 Ashland 150.36 2
4 Adams State 135.50 5
5 Neb.-Omaha 118.34 3
6 Johnson C. Smith 117.35 7
7 Western State 90.55 13
8 Central Missouri 83.93 6
9 New Haven 75.21 15
10 U-Mary 74.35 18
11 Shippensburg 64.45 8
12 Virginia State 63.72 43
13 Winona State 48.35 16
14 Grand Canyon 46.35 19
15 Saint Augustine’s 44.37 12
16 Angelo State 42.93 37
17 Northern Michigan 35.94 29
18 Missouri Southern 35.25 22
19 Wayne State (Neb.) 34.50 46
20 Southern Connecticut 31.46 49
21 Augustana (S.D.) 28.96 20
22 Western Washington 28.88 11
23 Winston-Salem State 28.52 75
24 Minnesota State 28.13 26
25 Findlay 27.33 25
Dropped out: No. 9 Fort Hays State, No. 10 Indiana (Pa.), No. 14 Hillsdale, No. 17 New Mexico Highlands, No. 21 Pittsburg State, No. 23 Seattle Pacific, No. 24 East Stroudsburg
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 568.34 4
2 MIAA 500.80 4
3 RMAC 292.36 2
4 CIAA 255.81 4
5 NSIC 240.46 5
6 PSAC 162.11 1
7 Northeast-10 140.69 2
8 Lone Star 66.38 1
9 CCAA 57.93
10 PacWest 46.35 1

 

 

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

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.