Lincoln (Mo.) Women and Adams State Men Overtake Top of DII Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 26, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time since the final stages of 2010 – a span of 22 weeks – the Grand Valley State women are not the top-ranked team in the Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday, losing the top spot to the Lincoln (Mo.) Blue Tigers, while the Adams State men regain control of the men’s rankings.

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The MIAA Champion Blue Tigers gained 14.4 net points for a team total of 177.47, while, despite winning the GLIAC title by nearly 150 points, the Lakers slid 4.62 net points to a team total of 173.14. Lincoln (Mo.)’s boost came largely behind five individual performances ranked among DII’s top-10. Sheri Kaye Campbell turned in the fourth-best high jump (5-9¼/176m) and the fifth-best triple jump (40-4¼/12.30m) in DII this season, while Yanique Ellington recorded DII’s ninth-fastest time at 200 meters (24.25 converted) and the tenth at 60 meters (7.56).

In a way, the Blue Tigers are reclaiming the top spot in the rankings from the Lakers, as Lincoln (Mo.) was the last team to be No. 1 at the end of the 2010 season before GVSU’s historic 22-week streak, claiming the spot wire-to-wire en route to an NCAA Championship. The Blue Tigers and Lakers are the only two teams to be ranked No. 1 since the USTFCCCA began DII rankings in 2010.

Also reclaiming the top spot are the Adams State men, who held the top spot as recently as week two of this season before dropping to No. 4 the following week. The Grizzlies have moved up one spot in the ranking each successive week, culminating in their reclamation of No. 1. Adams State (220.72) received a 17.3 net point boost from No. 2 DII long jumper Carlton Lavong (24-8¼/7.52) and Chaz Butler, fifth-ranked at 60 meters in 6.75 (converted for altitude from 6.73), to displace Saint Augustine’s from the top spot.

In the women’s top five No. 3 Academy of Art, which dropped 9.54 team points for a total of 150.64, holds steady, while RMAC Champion Adams State (145.37) moved up 23.51 net points and a spot to No. 4, displacing Grand Canyon (125.43) to No. 5.

Ashland came in at No. 2 in the men’s ranking at 202.35 points. Saint Augustine’s (176.38) fell from the top to No. 3 after a 27.13 net point loss, while GLIAC Champ Grand Valley State (119.78) and NSIC Champ Minnesota State (118.27) each move up one spot to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The National Computer Team Rankings project how a team will finish in a National Championship Meet setting, rather than a triangular or dual. The rankings are compiled from meet data in the 2012-13 season. This week is the final week for regional rankings in DII

The final round of computer rankings, this time based on NCAA Championships qualifiers, will be released March 5. The 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Birmingham, Ala., March 7-9.

Biggest Jump (Men): 6 – American International, Missouri Southern
Biggest Jump (Women): 9 – Angelo State

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #6 — February 26

next ranking: MONDAY, March 4 (pre-NCAA)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Adams State 220.72 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 2
2 Ashland 202.35 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 3
3 Saint Augustine’s 176.38 CIAA George Williams (37th) 1
4 Grand Valley State 119.78 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 5
5 Minnesota State 118.27 NSIC Mark Schuck (31st) 6
6 Grand Canyon 115.74 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 4
7 Western State 94.03 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 7
8 Findlay 75.31 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 8
9 Indianapolis 75.30 GLVC Scott Fangman (16th) 12
10 Academy of Art 62.40 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 11
11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 60.73 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 16
12 Colorado Mines 60.45 RMAC Robert Nooney (1st) 10
13 Emporia State 56.83 MIAA Steve Blocker (2nd) 14
14 Johnson C. Smith 56.78 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 9
15 Pittsburg State 54.66 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 17
16 Stonehill 54.02 Northeast-10 Karen Boen (15th) 20
17 American International 50.26 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (7th) 24
18 Central Missouri 47.92 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 18
19 MSU Moorhead 47.87 NSIC Keith Barnier (11th) 22
20 Shippensburg 46.83 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 13
21 Missouri Southern 45.65 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 27
22 Southern Connecticut 44.97 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 19
23 Abilene Christian 39.66 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 21
24 Lincoln (Mo.) 39.36 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 15
25 Tiffin 35.65 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 30
Dropped out: No. 23 Lake Erie, No. 25 Alaska Anchorage

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 551.58 4
2 RMAC 414.81 3
3 MIAA 303.93 5
4 CIAA 235.90 2
5 Northeast-10 190.02 3
6 NSIC 186.15 2
7 PacWest 178.14 2
8 Lone Star 122.62 2
9 GLVC 119.57 1
10 PSAC 94.72 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #6 — February 26

next ranking: MONDAY, March 4 (pre-NCAA)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 177.47 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 2
2 Grand Valley State 173.14 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 1
3 Academy of Art 150.64 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 3
4 Adams State 145.37 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 5
5 Grand Canyon 125.43 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 4
6 Ashland 119.38 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 6
7 U-Mary 98.81 NSIC Mike Thorson (19th) 14
8 Sioux Falls 84.88 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (1st) 8
9 Abilene Christian 84.42 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 7
10 Central Missouri 74.35 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 11
11 Johnson C. Smith 71.91 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 10
12 Simon Fraser 62.34 GNAC Brit Townsend (13th) 9
13 Angelo State 60.89 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 22
14 Western State 55.83 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 13
15 Alaska Anchorage 55.39 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 12
16 Shippensburg 50.56 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 15
17 Findlay 47.64 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 18
18 UMass Lowell 40.82 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (11th) 23
19 Augustana (S.D.) 36.59 NSIC Tracy Hellman (13th) 17
20 Tiffin 36.54 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 16
21 Wayne State (Neb.) 36.31 NSIC Marlon Brink (13th) 19
22 Ferris State 36.13 GLIAC Steve Picucci (5th) 26
23 New Haven 34.34 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (2nd) 27
24 Hillsdale 32.71 GLIAC Andrew Towne (2nd) 29
25 Virginia State 29.02 CIAA Jason Jackson (3rd) 21
Dropped out: No. 20 Seattle Pacific, No. 24 Winona State, No. 25 Harding

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 480.44 6
2 NSIC 319.22 4
3 MIAA 316.95 2
4 PacWest 276.06 2
5 RMAC 253.36 2
6 Lone Star 158.60 2
7 CIAA 144.13 2
8 GNAC 136.38 2
9 PSAC 112.93 1
10 Northeast-10 109.21 2