Lincoln, Grand Valley State Are Indoor Preseason Top Teams in Division II

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

January 17, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The men’s team at Lincoln University of Missouri and the women’s team at Grand Valley State University are the preseason No. 1-ranked teams in the country for the 2012 NCAA indoor track & field season in Division II. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national team computer rankings placed Lincoln – who placed third at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships – and Grand Valley State – the nation’s defending champion women’s team – in the top spot.

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Lincoln’s men returns a squad that placed third (41 points) at last year’s NCAA Championships. The Blue Tigers return defending 200-meter champion Terrel Cotton among five other individual scorers set to make another run in 2012. In addition, Lincoln sophomore Romel Lewis currently leads the division with a 6.67 clocking in the 60 meters that was recorded in December.

Defending men’s national team champions Abilene Christian begin the season at No. 24 in the national rankings. Of the 49 points scored last year to win the national crown, only five return for the Wildcats with now-senior Nick Jones in the shot put (fourth place). No. 2 Saint Augustine’s placed sixth at last year’s indoor championships and is looking for their first indoor crown since 2009. No. 3 Adams State – seventh a year ago – won the NCAA title in 2010. Ashland, last year’s runner-up team, starts the season at No. 4 and returns defending weight throw champ Ryan Loughney who has already bettered his season-best from last year in the event.

On the women’s side, No. 1 Grand Valley State has a clear distance from the rest of the pack to begin the season. The 301.79 ranking points are the second-most in ranking history. Only GVSU’s 306.58 in week two last year has been better.

The defending champion Lakers scored 83 points to runner-up Lincoln’s 51 at last year’s national meet. GVSU – also the defending outdoor champions – won their first-ever track & field national crowns a year ago as part of a triple-crown school year. GVSU returns 2011 indoor national champions Monica Kinney and Lauren Buresh. Kinney won the distance double last year with titles in the Mile and 5000 meters while Buresh took the shot put crown.

No. 2 Lincoln returns now-sophomore Judith Riley who scored a national title in the 60 meters during her freshman campaign. Riley was also the nation’s runner-up in the 200 meters. Lincoln last won the national team title in 2009 and 2010. No. 3 Adams State – the 2008 NCAA Champs – was third last year and returns 60-meter hurdle champ Indira Spence.

The GLIAC holds the top spot among conferences to start the season with five member institutions in the preseason top 25 in both men’s and women’s rankings.

The next round of computer rankings will be released on January 24. The 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Mankato, Minn., on March 9-10.

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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2012 Preseason — January 17

next ranking: January 24
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) 2011
FINAL
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 176.25 MIAA Victor Thomas (11th) 3
2 Saint Augustine’s 129.28 CIAA George Williams (36th) 6
3 Adams State 124.29 RMAC Damon Martin (17th) 7
4 Ashland 121.53 GLIAC Jud Logan (9th) 2
5 Grand Canyon 115.41 PacWest Tom Flood (2nd) 8
6 Grand Valley State 95.36 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (13th) 20
7 Findlay 86.71 GLIAC Marc Arce (24th) 14
8 Central Missouri 79.23 MIAA Pedersen (16th)/Janvrin (14th) 4
9 Southern Connecticut 71.11 Northeast-10 John Wallin (2nd) 24
10 UMass Lowell 69.98 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (10th) NR
11 Lake Erie 67.28 GLIAC Bryan Harmon (5th) 16
12 American International 65.77 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (6th) 24
13 Chadron State 61.41 RMAC Ryan Baily (3rd) 9
14 Johnson C. Smith 60.57 CIAA Lennox Graham (5th) 11
15 Shippensburg 59.95 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (7th) 9
16 Texas A&M-Kingsville 52.20 Lone Star Ryan Dall (4th) 42
17 Indianapolis 52.09 GLVC Scott Fangman (15th) 26
18 Neb.-Kearney 51.58 RMAC Brady Bonsall (2nd) 42
19 Colorado Mines 49.19 RMAC Art Siemers (7th) 11
20 MSU Moorhead 48.96 NSIC Keith Barnier (10th) 23
21 Minnesota State 48.27 NSIC Mark Schuck (30th) NR
22 Stonehill 41.03 Northeast-10 Karen Boen (14th) 16
23 Queens (N.C.) 38.75 Conf. Carolinas Scott Simmons (4th) 18
24 Abilene Christian 37.65 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (3rd) 1
25 Lake Superior State 37.16 GLIAC Matt Sparks (2nd) 27
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 466.14 5
2 MIAA 382.59 2
3 RMAC 315.58 4
4 Northeast-10 269.02 4
5 CIAA 236.69 2
6 NSIC 158.46 2
7 PacWest 122.45 1
8 PSAC 115.04 1
9 GLVC 105.74 1
10 Lone Star 90.20 2

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2012 Preseason — January 17

next ranking: January 24
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) 2011
FINAL
1 Grand Valley State 301.79 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (13th) 1
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 196.90 MIAA Victor Thomas (11th) 2
3 Adams State 157.23 RMAC Damon Martin (24th) 3
4 Ashland 131.40 GLIAC Jud Logan (9th) 8
5 Central Missouri 126.80 MIAA Pedersen (16th)/Janvrin (14th) 6
6 Academy of Art 102.14 PacWest Charles Ryan (2nd) NR
7 Grand Canyon 88.37 PacWest Tom Flood (2nd) 18
8 Western State 85.02 RMAC Chris Bradford (3rd) 9
9 Johnson C. Smith 74.27 CIAA Lennox Graham (5th) 7
10 Southern Connecticut 68.58 Northeast-10 John Wallin (1st) 30
11 Angelo State 64.24 Lone Star James Reid (13th) 11
12 Wayne State (Neb.) 56.96 NSIC Marlon Brink (12th) 13
13 Augustana (S.D.) 50.16 NSIC Tracy Hellman (12th) 22
14 Saint Augustine’s 49.42 CIAA George Williams (36th) 14
15 Hillsdale 47.76 GLIAC Andrew Towne (1st) 34
16 Missouri Southern 43.67 MIAA Patty Vavra (16th) 22
17 U-Mary 43.59 NSIC Mike Thorson (18th) 9
18 Findlay 41.49 GLIAC Marc Arce (24th) 22
19 Shippensburg 37.84 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (7th) 11
20 Virginia State 36.99 CIAA Jason Jackson (3rd) 19
21 Northern Michigan 35.62 GLIAC Tom Barnes (6th) 43
22 New Mexico Highlands 31.74 RMAC Bob DeVries (20th) 14
23 Emporia State 27.11 MIAA Steve Blocker (1st) 34
24 Abilene Christian 25.82 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (3rd) 22
25 UC-Colorado Springs 25.42 RMAC Mark Misch (5th) 22
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 605.46 5
2 MIAA 437.61 4
3 RMAC 354.21 4
4 PacWest 190.52 2
5 CIAA 180.03 3
6 NSIC 172.72 3
7 Northeast-10 134.72 1
8 Lone Star 103.22 2
9 PSAC 71.84 1
10 CCAA 43.90