Lincoln’s Women Makes Move to No. 1 in D-II Outdoor Team Rankings

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

April 5, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces the association’s week-one National Team Computer Rankings for the 2011 outdoor track & field season in NCAA Division II. Abilene Christian’s men hangs on to the top spot found intially in the preseason rankings, but Lincoln (Mo.) jumped seven spots to take over second. On the women’s side, Lincoln (Mo.) made a three-position upward move to No. 1.

For Lincoln’s women, it is the first time they have been ranked as the nation’s top outdoor team using the current ranking procedure. In addition, their 4.56-point lead over No. 2 Grand Valley State is the slimmest margin recorded for the national outdoor rankings since the process began last year.

PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event
Previous Rankings
| Rankings Guidelines & Rationale
Regional Index Top 10 Teams

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division II

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #1 – April 5

next ranking: April 12
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Abilene Christian 217.85 1
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 203.91 9
3 Adams State 193.83 2
4 Saint Augustine’s 151.99 3
5 Central Missouri 147.61 5
6 Angelo State 146.35 4
7 Ashland 136.07 6
8 Western State 125.90 11
9 Johnson C. Smith 118.12 7
10 Alaska Anchorage 106.50 10
11 Cal State LA 104.15 8
12 Pittsburg State 89.32 12
13 Grand Valley State 74.49 13
14 Western Washington 72.82 14
15 Texas A&M-Kingsville 68.44 17
16 Neb.-Kearney 67.56 23
17 Chico State 62.12 15
18 Colorado Mines 61.04 16
19 Findlay 60.12 22
20 Augustana (S.D.) 51.70 21
21 Fort Hays State 51.07 19
22 Southern Connecticut 50.88 20
23 UPR Rio Piedras 47.03 18
24 Emporia State 41.14 33
25 Missouri Southern 38.50 38
dropped out: No. 24 UNC Pembroke, No. 25 Indianapolis
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 589.72 6
2 RMAC 483.71 4
3 Lone Star 473.06 3
4 GLIAC 333.28 3
5 CIAA 307.73 2
6 CCAA 224.92 2
7 PSAC 200.34
8 GNAC 197.52 2
9 NSIC 135.70 1
10 Northeast-10 121.62 1

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division II

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #1 – April 5

next ranking: April 12
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 225.18 4
2 Grand Valley State 220.62 1
3 Adams State 168.35 2
4 Johnson C. Smith 142.12 3
5 UC San Diego 134.22 5
6 Ashland 122.72 6
7 Abilene Christian 120.19 8
8 Fort Valley State 115.72 7
9 Central Missouri 105.14 9
10 Shippensburg 90.45 11
11 Saint Augustine’s 87.37 10
12 Western State 85.63 17
13 Cal State LA 81.44 13
14 Winona State 78.46 12
15 Chico State 74.90 14
16 Western Washington 71.65 19
17 Pittsburg State 70.81 15
18 Slippery Rock 69.40 16
19 Alaska Anchorage 65.15 18
20 Angelo State 57.20 20
21 Augustana (S.D.) 50.27 21
22 Western Oregon 46.20 23
23 Indiana (Pa.) 44.93 22
24 New Mexico Highlands 43.69 93
25 Seattle Pacific 41.31 24
dropped out: No. 25 Fort Hays State
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference
Points
Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA
534.23
3
2 GLIAC
433.62
2
3 CCAA
371.42
3
4 RMAC
360.58
3
5 PSAC
308.87
3
6 NSIC
289.90
2
7 GNAC
254.50
4
8 Lone Star
248.79
2
9 CIAA
248.43
2
10 SIAC
166.88
1

 

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