Grand Canyon, Grand Valley State Start 2013 as DII Preseason Favorites

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

January 9, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Defending indoor national champions Grand Valley State’s women’s team and the Grand Canyon men’s team are the early favorites to claim NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason computer projections, which are based largely on the top returners from each school and early performances from this season.

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GVSU’s No. 1 position comes as no surprise, given that the Lakers have won back-to-back NCAA DII Indoor Championships and have topped the USTFCCCA computer rankings for 17 consecutive rankings – all but six of the 23 released since the inaugural DII rankings in week one of the 2010 season. The Lakers cruised to a championship in 2012 with 94 team points, the fourth-highest total in women’s NCAA Division II Indoor Championship history, and a 43-point advantage over runner-up Adams State.

Among the numerous returners for the Lakers include 2012 indoor NCAA DII pole vault champ Kristen Hixson and senior 2012 weight throw champ and shot put runner-up Sam Lockhart. Lockhart is the top returning shot putter in the nation from 2012 and the second-best returner in the weight throw.

The Grand Canyon men begin 2013 exactly where they finished the 2012 indoor season: on top. The Antelopes defeated Adams State, ranked second in the projections, 54-47 to claim a national team championship in just their second year of DII competition. Grand Canyon will make the move to DI next season, and will look to go out in style with a second straight national championship.

Defending long jump national champion junior Karlin Stewart returns to lead a team that returns 41 of its 54 points from the 2012 indoor championships. Junior AAron Hill is the top-ranked returning long jumper in the nation from 2012, and junior Fred Taylor tops the national list of returners in the 200 meters.

Adams State most recently won an indoor national championship in 2010. Sophomore Boris Berrian, the 2012 800 indoor NCAA Champion, is the top returner for the Grizzlies, who also lost 2012 mile NCAA Champion Drew Graham to graduation. Adams State’s roster includes five of the national top 10 returning milers from 2012, and three of the top ten returning 5,000 meters runners. Of their 47 points from the 2012 NCAA DII Indoor Championships, 25 will be returning for 2013.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference has the largest presence in the women’s top 25 with seven schools represented, while the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association placed five teams in the men’s top 25.

The first regular-season edition of the USTFCCCA rankings will be released January 22. The NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships are set for March 7-9 at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Ala.

Here is a look at how the preseason favorites since 2011 (the first year of DII preseason rankings) have fared at the NCAA Championships:

MEN

Preseason No. 1

NCAA Finish

NCAA Champ

Preseason Rank

2011

Saint Augustine’s

6th

Abilene Christian

5th

2012

Lincoln (Mo.)

10th

Grand Canyon

5th

2013

Grand Canyon

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WOMEN

Preseason No. 1

NCAA Finish

NCAA Champ

Preseason Rank

2011

Grand Valley State

1st

Grand Valley State

1st

2012

Grand Valley State

1st

Grand Valley State

1st

2013

Grand Valley State

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USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2013 Preseason — January 9

next ranking: January 22 (Tuesday)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) 2012 FINAL
1 Grand Canyon 198.34 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 1
2 Adams State 158.75 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 2
3 Ashland 136.59 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 7
4 UMass Lowell 114.31 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (11th) 9
5 American International 111.19 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (7th) 10
6 Saint Augustine’s 109.25 CIAA George Williams (37th) 5
7 Minnesota State 92.56 NSIC Mark Schuck (31st) 16
8 Lincoln (Mo.) 91.75 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 10
9 Southern Connecticut 85.99 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 3
10 Central Missouri 83.07 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 6
11 Indianapolis 75.82 GLVC Scott Fangman (16th) 8
12 MSU Moorhead 67.93 NSIC Keith Barnier (11th) 26
13 Missouri Southern 66.63 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 40
14 Western State 63.13 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 17
15 Johnson C. Smith 57.88 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 12
16 Grand Valley State 57.77 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 22
17 Emporia State 55.34 MIAA Steve Blocker (2nd) 26
18 Augustana (S.D.) 48.00 NSIC Tracy Hellman (13th) 22
19 Pittsburg State 47.42 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 18
20 Findlay 46.33 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 4
21 Stonehill 44.59 Northeast-10 Karen Boen (15th) 25
22 Hillsdale 41.72 GLIAC Jeff Forino (2nd) 31
23 Abilene Christian 40.22 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 20
24 Texas A&M-Kingsville 39.80 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 14
25 Shippensburg 38.59 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 22

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 399.23 5
2 Northeast-10 395.93 4
3 GLIAC 367.90 4
4 RMAC 319.24 2
5 CIAA 230.83 2
6 NSIC 225.73 3
7 PacWest 203.46 1
8 GLVC 112.74 1
9 Lone Star 105.98 2
10 PSAC 81.89 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2013 Preseason — January 9

next ranking: January 22 (Tuesday)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) 2012 FINAL
1 Grand Valley State 257.43 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 1
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 197.03 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 3
3 Adams State 167.95 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 2
4 Grand Canyon 146.02 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 6
5 Academy of Art 113.79 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) NR
6 Ashland 100.89 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 12
7 Augustana (S.D.) 93.69 NSIC Tracy Hellman (13th) 33
8 U-Mary 85.79 NSIC Mike Thorson (19th) 13
9 Saint Augustine’s 76.79 CIAA George Williams (37th) 10
10 Central Missouri 71.23 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 4
11 Southern Connecticut 65.47 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (1st) NR
12 Johnson C. Smith 62.02 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 7
13 Western State 59.43 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 8
14 Tiffin 56.24 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 47
15 Seattle Pacific 48.67 GNAC Karl Lerum (8th) 20
16 Virginia State 43.40 CIAA Jason Jackson (3rd) 26
17 Cal State LA 42.49 CCAA LaMonte Vaughn (1st) 26
18 Findlay 40.47 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 10
19 Shippensburg 34.26 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 18
20 Ferris State 33.48 GLIAC Steve Picucci (5th) 16
21 Hillsdale 32.08 GLIAC Andrew Towne (2nd) 5
22 Abilene Christian 30.47 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 14
23 Northern Michigan 29.91 GLIAC Cheree Hicks (1st) 14
24 Winona State 29.39 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (9th) 38
25 Missouri Southern 27.25 MIAA Patty Vavra (19th) 33

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 614.94 7
2 MIAA 347.63 3
3 RMAC 261.58 2
4 PacWest 259.81 2
5 NSIC 251.09 3
6 CIAA 203.52 3
7 PSAC 104.24 1
8 Northeast-10 104.13 1
9 GNAC 92.67 1
10 CCAA 58.29 1