Saint Augustine’s Men, GVSU Women Top DII Rankings Amid Shake-up

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 5, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – This week marks the first in the 2012-13 Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings in which times, marks and scores exclusively from the current season were used – resulting in a big-time rankings shake-up.

Saint Augustine’s takes over the top spot of the men’s poll for the first time since week three of the 2011 season, and while the Grand Valley State women remain No. 1 for the 20th consecutive edition of the rankings, their hold on the top spot is significantly looser.

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Though the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s were idle this past weekend, they were the beneficiaries of the removal of preseason times, marks and scores from the rankings calculations. They made a net gain of 27.21 points for a total of 203.33.

Ashland jumped two spots to No. 2 behind the combination of three top-five times/marks this past weekend and the absence of preseason data to make a net gain of 56.62 points for a total of 188.07. Drew Windle ran the Division’s best 800 at 1:49.36, the 4×400 relay team posted the second-best time at 3:12.16, and vaulter Eric Klucar ranks fourth nationally at 16-4¾ (5.00m).

Defending National Champion Grand Canyon slipped 13.02 points and a spot to No.3 with 170.03, but it was No. 4 Adams State that took the largest hit, losing 81.15 points to slide from No. 1 a week ago with a total of 128.70. Grand Valley State moved up two spots to No. 5 with 127.29 to round out the top ten.

The GVSU women remain No. 1, but their lead took a serious hit. The Lakers lost a net total of 19.39 points for a total of 209.21, but the biggest factor in the tightening race was Lincoln (Mo.) gaining a net total of 35.04 points to jump to second with 203.73 points behind six DII top-10 individual performances. National Athlete of the Week Donna-Lee Hylton led the way with the top 400 performance in DII (54.56) and the ninth-fastest 200 (24.38).

Despite a weekend away from competition, Academy of Art improved 21.14 points and two spots to No. 3 with a score of 150.33, while Ashland also jumped two spots to No. 4 with 119.30. Grand Canyon slid one position to No. 5 with 115.32 points. Like their male counterparts, the Adams State women’s squad was the hardest hit by the subtraction of preseason data, as the Grizzlies lost 124.07 net points and slid to No. 13 with 61.77 points.

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.

The next round of computer rankings will be released February 12. The 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Birmingham, Ala., March 7-9.

Biggest Jump (Men): 16 – West Texas A&M
Biggest Jump (Women): 42 – Saginaw Valley State

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #3 — February 5

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 203.23 CIAA George Williams (37th) 3
2 Ashland 188.07 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 4
3 Grand Canyon 170.03 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 2
4 Adams State 128.70 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 1
5 Grand Valley State 127.29 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 7
6 Minnesota State 102.78 NSIC Mark Schuck (31st) 9
7 Western State 81.90 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 18
8 Shippensburg 75.54 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 21
9 Indianapolis 68.88 GLVC Scott Fangman (16th) 14
10 Lincoln (Mo.) 65.70 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 10
11 American International 60.26 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (7th) 8
12 Findlay 59.40 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 15
13 Johnson C. Smith 58.15 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 16
14 Academy of Art 57.69 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 22
15 Pittsburg State 54.88 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 20
16 Texas A&M-Kingsville 53.69 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 12
17 Emporia State 51.21 MIAA Steve Blocker (2nd) 17
18 Central Missouri 51.20 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 13
19 Southern Connecticut 48.91 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 11
20 West Texas A&M 45.50 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 36
21 UMass Lowell 44.53 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (11th) 5
22 Alaska Anchorage 42.28 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 34
23 Stonehill 40.02 Northeast-10 Karen Boen (15th) 24
24 Southern Indiana 36.56 GLVC Mike Hillyard (15th) 37
25 Missouri Southern 35.68 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 23
Dropped out: No. 6 MSU Moorhead*, No. 19 Augustana (S.D.), No. 25 Colorado Mines

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 378.06 3
2 MIAA 349.11 5
3 Northeast-10 337.36 4
4 RMAC 333.32 3
5 CIAA 274.73 2
6 NSIC 245.78 3
7 PacWest 227.07 2
8 Lone Star 125.29 1
9 GLVC 97.94 1
10 PSAC 97.40 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #3 — February 5

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Grand Valley State 209.21 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 1
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 203.73 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 3
3 Academy of Art 150.33 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 5
4 Ashland 119.30 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 6
5 Grand Canyon 115.32 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 4
6 Abilene Christian 85.05 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 14
7 Central Missouri 83.09 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 10
8 Sioux Falls 76.79 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (1st) 16
9 Simon Fraser 65.36 GNAC Brit Townsend (13th) 28
10 Saginaw Valley State 64.50 GLIAC Rod Cowan (4th) 52
11 Findlay 63.16 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 13
12 Johnson C. Smith 61.91 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 9
13 Adams State 61.77 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 2
14 Shippensburg 61.31 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 25
15 Alaska Anchorage 55.03 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 27
16 UMass Lowell 52.36 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (11th) 24
17 Augustana (S.D.) 50.40 NSIC Tracy Hellman (13th) 7
18 U-Mary 44.82 NSIC Mike Thorson (19th) 8
19 Western State 43.14 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 12
20 Angelo State 40.80 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 23
21 Ferris State 35.92 GLIAC Steve Picucci (5th) 20
22 New Haven 34.98 Northeast-10 Kevin LaSure (6th) 29
23 Winona State 34.57 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (9th) 26
24 Tiffin 31.93 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 19
25 Wayne State (Neb.) 29.09 NSIC Marlon Brink (13th) 30
Dropped out: No. 11 Saint Augustine’s, No. 15 Southern Connecticut, No. 17 Seattle Pacific, No. 18 Cal State LA, No. 21 Virginia State*, No. 22 Hillsdale

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 561.68 6
2 MIAA 293.40 2
3 NSIC 290.25 3
4 RMAC 273.73 2
5 PacWest 265.16 2
6 CIAA 193.98 3
7 GNAC 138.72 1
8 Northeast-10 119.17 2
9 Lone Star 99.66 2
10 PSAC 78.72 1