Grand Canyon Women Overtake No. 1 in DII, Saint Augustine Men Remain On Top

Grand Canyon Women Overtake No. 1 in DII, Saint Augustine Men Remain On Top

NEW ORLEANS – Only one of the top-ranked teams from a week ago is still No. 1 after a rankings shake-up caused by the removal of preseason data from the equation of the Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

Though the Saint Augustine’s men were able to retain — strengthen, even — their position atop the DII rankings, the Lincoln (Mo.) women were not as fortunate. The Blue Tigers were jumped by Grand Canyon, which now assumes the top spot in what is shaping up to be a "Queen of the Hill" competition.

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Grand Canyon Women Leapfrog to No. 1

Grand Canyon was among the biggest beneficiaries of this year’s shake-up, as the Antelopes gained 47.95 net points for a team total of 235.51 to jump up two spots from No. 3 a week ago. Of the teams in the top 25, Grand Canyon recorded the second-largest team score net gain, trailing only indoor champion Academy of Art. The Urban Knights gained 52.51 points to jump two spots to No. 3 with a 198.33 team score.

The Antelopes will hope to keep the top spot longer than the only other time it has been No. 1. The Antelopes were No. 1 exactly one year ago in week three of the 2012 season following the post-preseason data removal rankings shake-up, but dropped back down the following week.

Lincoln (Mo.) slid to No. 2 after holding a 71-point lead a week ago. The Blue Tigers were among the teams most dependent on marks from a season ago to keep them atop the rankings, dropping 54.52 net points to a team score of 226.60 – still well within striking distance of new No. 1 Grand Canyon. The only team to suffer a bigger blow to its team score was last week’s second-ranked team No. 6 Adams State, which plummeted 93.08 team points to 116.51. The Grizzlies, more distance-oriented than most other teams in the top 10, figure to jump back into the rankings race once all of their distance runners fully open up into their featured events.

The only top-10 team to remain stationary was defending champion No. 4 Grand Valley State, which gained 15.22 net points for a 167.23 team score. Johnson C. Smith improved one spot to No. 5, standing relatively pat with a modest 1.5 net gain to 124.44.

Other teams to make big gains in and into the top 25 were No. 12 Harding (+15 spots), No. 17 Chico State (+23), No. 19 Slippery Rock (+15), No. 22 Texas A&M-Commerce (+72), No. 23 Nova Southeastern (+45) and No. 25 Livingstone (+16).

Saint Augustine’s Men Emerge from Shuffle Stronger at No. 1

The only two teams in the men’s rankings that didn’t switch positions were the two at the top, indoor champion No. 1 Saint Augustine’s and No. 2 Grand Canyon. Saint Augustine emerged from the rankings shuffle with a 24.4 net point gain, giving them a team score of 259.44. Grand Canyon moved very little, adding just 0.15 net points for its team total of 218.89, but it was more than enough to hold off a strong charge toward the top by No. 3 Ashland.

Ashland was by far the biggest beneficiary of the removal of preseason data from the rankings formula, soaring two spots to No. 3 with a 79.64 net gain for a 210.48 team score. The Eagles occupy almost the exact same spot as defending champion and now-No. 4 Adams State did just one week ago as the challenger to the top two teams. Adams State’s  men —  who, like the women’s squad, is more distance-oriented than other teams in the top 10 — fell 45.41 net points to 165.22, but have a big weekend ahead with many top distance runners competing in their featured events at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Findlay rounded out the top five after sliding one spot, despite a modest 8.41 net gain to 142.89.

Among the teams making the biggest gains on the men’s side: No. 12 West Texas A&M (+16 spots), No. 11 Cal State Stanislaus (+11).

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #3 — April 16

next ranking: April 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 259.44 CIAA George Williams (37th) 1
2 Grand Canyon 218.89 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 2
3 Ashland 210.48 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 5
4 Adams State 165.22 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 3
5 Findlay 142.89 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 4
6 Chico State 124.53 CCAA Oliver Hanf (1st) 8
7 Pittsburg State 119.89 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 9
8 Lincoln (Mo.) 115.47 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 7
9 Missouri Southern 90.00 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 10
10 Southern Connecticut 82.79 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 18
11 Johnson C. Smith 81.91 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 16
12 West Texas A&M 76.15 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 28
13 Angelo State 76.02 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 15
14 Texas A&M-Kingsville 69.15 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 6
15 Alaska Anchorage 65.31 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 22
16 Academy of Art 65.16 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 25
17 Western State 63.01 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 13
18 Emporia State 56.11 MIAA Steve Blocker (2nd) 26
19 Cal State Stanislaus 55.35 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (1st) 30
20 Abilene Christian 53.10 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 11
21 Shippensburg 50.66 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 20
22 Stillman 49.03 SIAC Pierre Goode (5th) 27
23 Central Missouri 49.02 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 24
24 Grand Valley State 47.06 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 14
25 Lake Erie 45.59 GLIAC Bryan Harmon (6th) 32
dropped out: No. 12 Minnesota State, No. 17 Augustana (S.D.), No. 19 Indianapolis, No. 21 American International, No. 23 Colorado Mines

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 524.36 4
2 MIAA 507.19 5
3 CIAA 369.87 2
4 Lone Star 363.27 4
5 PacWest 284.05 2
6 CCAA 257.91 2
7 RMAC 255.31 2
8 PSAC 231.52 1
9 Northeast-10 150.19 1
10 GNAC 118.89 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #3 — April 16

next ranking: April 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Grand Canyon 235.51 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 3
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 226.60 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 1
3 Academy of Art 198.33 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 5
4 Grand Valley State 167.23 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 4
5 Johnson C. Smith 124.44 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 6
6 Adams State 116.51 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 2
7 Angelo State 115.43 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 9
8 Alaska Anchorage 101.70 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 7
9 Saint Augustine’s 100.21 CIAA George Williams (37th) 13
10 Wayne State (Neb.) 87.24 NSIC Marlon Brink (13th) 14
11 Ashland 83.97 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 10
12 Harding 74.24 Lone Star Steve Guymon (10th) 27
13 Abilene Christian 71.86 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 12
14 Central Missouri 65.58 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 11
15 Tiffin 63.31 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 15
16 Seattle Pacific 61.09 GNAC Karl Lerum (8th) 24
17 Chico State 58.31 CCAA Oliver Hanf (15th) 40
18 Pittsburg State 53.89 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 19
19 Slippery Rock 52.32 PSAC John Papa (26th) 34
20 West Texas A&M 49.87 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 22
21 Cal State LA 45.17 CCAA LaMonte Vaughn (1st) 31
22 Texas A&M-Commerce 44.60 Lone Star Sara Davis (4th) 94
23 Nova Southeastern 43.36 Peach Belt Bryan Hagopian (4th) 68
24 Western State 37.81 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 29
25 Livingstone 37.79 CIAA Justin Davis (5th) 41
dropped out: No. 8 U-Mary, No. 16 Augustana (S.D.), No. 17 SF State, No. 18 Findlay, No. 20 Shippesnburg, No. 21 Sioux Falls, No. 23 Winona State, No. 25 Georgian Court

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 461.07 3
2 PacWest 433.84 2
3 GLIAC 415.03 3
4 Lone Star 383.88 5
5 CIAA 325.97 3
6 GNAC 234.64 2
7 PSAC 211.48 1
8 CCAA 210.78 2
9 RMAC 179.05 2
10 NSIC 177.73 1

 

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