Top-ranked Lincoln, Grand Valley State Look for First National Indoor Crowns

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 7, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the final regular-season rankings of the 2011 indoor track & field season for NCAA’s Division II on Monday. As has been the case for fourth-straight week in the women’s rankings, the national top three remains unchanged with Grand Valley State, Lincoln (Mo.), and Ashland holding down the top spots going into the national championships. Lincoln (Mo.), Ashland, and Saint Augustine’s remained in the national top three for another week on the men’s side as well.

The NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place this weekend, March 11-12, in Albuquerque, N.M. Rankings this week are compiled using only data from those who have declared and been accepted into the championships.

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With 14 entries and 13 from sprints and hurdles, No. 1 Lincoln (Mo.) leads the national men’s field in the categories. No. 3 Saint Augustine’s men has 11 entries total, seven in the sprint and hurdles and three in the jumps. No. 4 Adams State is the third-leading team in entries with 10, including a meet-best four entries in the middle-distance events.

Adams State is the defending national men’s team champion. Damon Martin’s squad won last year’s event — the school’s first NCAA indoor title in history — with a 89-72 victory over Saint Augustine’s. Should top-ranked Lincoln win, it would be their first national indoor title in their history.

On the women’s side, No. 1 Grand Valley State with 19 entries betters any other team by seven in the category. The Lakers have a meet-best six middle-distance entries, four in distance events and a tied meet best with five entries (Ashland) in the throws. No. 2 Lincoln (Mo.) and No. 3 Ashland each have 12 entries in the women’s meet. Lincoln is tops in the sprint and hurdle entries with ten.

Lincoln’s women were the victors in the 2010 indoor meet, scoring 56 points to Ashland and Grand Valley State’s 47 for their second-straight title. Top-ranked Grand Valley State and third-ranked Ashland has never won NCAA indoor women’s team titles.

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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #7 – March 7 (NCAA Week)

next ranking: none, final results
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 189.70 1
2 Ashland 123.28 2
3 Saint Augustine’s 122.37 3
4 Adams State 116.64 4
5 Abilene Christian 114.37 5
6 Central Missouri 106.98 6
7 Findlay 97.32 9
8 Emporia State 95.41 7
9 Southern Connecticut 93.83 8
10 Johnson C. Smith 67.62 10
11 Chadron State 67.55 12
12 UMass Lowell 67.03 11
13 American International 63.04 14
14 MSU Moorhead 58.29 13
15 Shippensburg 57.93 16
16 Grand Canyon 54.91 17
17 Pittsburg State 50.16 18
18 Stonehill 49.23 19
19 Colorado Mines 46.01 20
20 Grand Valley State 45.02 15
21 Lake Erie 43.70 21
22 Western Washington 41.89 22
23 Queens (N.C.) 41.36 23
24 Western State 35.33 24
25 Augustana (S.D.) 34.42 25
Dropped out: none
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 484.08 4
2 GLIAC 365.03 4
3 RMAC 320.22 4
4 Northeast-10 289.92 4
5 CIAA 231.99 2
6 NSIC 161.93 2
7 PSAC 126.19 1
8 Lone Star 117.81 1
9 PacWest 54.91 1
10 GNAC 53.54 1

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NCAA Division II

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #7 – March 7 (NCAA Week)

next ranking: none, final results
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Grand Valley State 274.76 1
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 169.62 2
3 Ashland 139.21 3
4 Neb.-Omaha 138.16 4
5 Adams State 120.55 5
6 Johnson C. Smith 109.29 6
7 Central Missouri 108.17 7
8 Western State 76.71 8
9 New Haven 76.00 11
10 Shippensburg 58.27 9
11 U-Mary 54.21 10
12 Virginia State 46.53 12
13 Saint Augustine’s 43.44 13
14 New Mexico Highlands 41.75 20
15 Angelo State 41.47 14
16 Winona State 41.46 15
17 Grand Canyon 39.63 18
18 Missouri Southern 36.70 17
19 Southern Connecticut 35.89 19
20 Wayne State (Neb.) 35.23 21
21 Augustana (S.D.) 31.93 16
22 Western Washington 30.76 24
23 Findlay 28.65 25
24 Chadron State 27.95 23
25 Fort Hays State 27.60 22
Dropped out: none
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 534.45 5
2 GLIAC 503.52 3
3 RMAC 334.07 4
4 NSIC 214.65 4
5 CIAA 208.49 3
6 Northeast-10 154.48 2
7 PSAC 127.62 1
8 Lone Star 64.21 1
9 GNAC 52.19 1
10 CCAA 40.37

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.