Grand Canyon Women Reclaim No. 1 in DII Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 30, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – After a week’s absence the Grand Canyon women are back at the top of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II National Team Computer Rankings, while the men’s race is becoming more congested.

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A strong weekend performance at the PacWest Championships earned the Grand Canyon women a team trophy and the No. 1 spot in the rankings after falling to No. 2 last week. Meanwhile, their male teammates used the PacWest Championships to pull themselves into the race for the top few spots after both No. 1 Saint Augustine’s and No. 2 Adams State slipped.

The National Team Computer Rankings are a projection of how teams could fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This is the first week that does not feature marks from 2012, except for combined events. An explanation of the rankings system can be found here.

Grand Canyon Women Reclaim No. 1 Position

The Antelopes had an exceptional weekend in claiming the PacWest Outdoor team championship title, recording 12 performances that improved upon their season’s bests entering the weekend, and as a result gained a top-25-best 29.16 net points for a team score of 244.84. Driving the Antelopes’  surge to the top was 200 meter runners Shavine Hodge (No. 3, 23.51) and Petra Fanty (No. 6, 23.61), as well as triple jumper Jessica Yates (No. 6, 41-1/12.52m).

As Grand Canyon surged to reclaim No. 1, Lincoln (Mo.) slipped to  No. 2 with a 5.83 net loss to 224.13.

Indoor champion Academy of Art made small gains at No. 3,  inching up 3.52 net points to 213.78 and drawing ever nearer the top two positions — potentially positioning itself for a late-season run to the top as was the case in the indoor season.

Defending outdoor champion Grand Valley State remained stationary and in the hunt at No. 4 despite a 6.13 net loss to 202.44. Adams State rounded out the top five at 150.80 after a 12.79 net loss.

Top Four Men’s Teams Beginning to Bunch Up

Though each the top five teams remained stationary in terms of rank, No. 1 Saint Augustine’s and No. 2 Adams State came back to the pack while No. 3 Grand Canyon and No. 4 Ashland both made significant gains on the team score front.

Indoor champ Saint Augustine’s suffered the biggest team points drop-off of any top-25 team, sliding 20.92 net points for a 254.28, while defending outdoor champion Adams State checked in at 246.42 after a 14.04 point net loss.

Following a PacWest Championship, Grand Canyon jumped up 15.08 net points to 213.93. National Athlete of the Week Fred Taylor had a lot to do with the increase, moving to No. 1 at 200 meters (20.75) and No. 2 at 100 (10.23), while triple jumper Kevin Lashley leapt 10 spots to No. 5 (50-4½/15.35m).

It was Ashland, however, that recorded the biggest gains this weekend, improving 21.4 net points — most of any top-25 team — to 197.12. The squad recorded five new top-10 performances and 11 total season’s best marks at its home meet this past weekend.

Findlay rounded out the top five at 130.11 following a 7.1 net loss.

Biggest Jump (Men): 9 – No. 24 Shippensburg
Biggest Jump (Women): 8 – No. 22 Sioux Falls

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #5 — April 30

next ranking: May 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 254.28 CIAA George Williams (37th) 1
2 Adams State 246.24 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 2
3 Grand Canyon 213.93 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 3
4 Ashland 197.12 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 4
5 Findlay 130.11 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 5
6 Lincoln (Mo.) 120.27 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 6
7 Grand Valley State 97.46 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 8
8 Chico State 89.04 CCAA Oliver Hanf (1st) 9
9 Pittsburg State 85.43 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 7
10 Minnesota State 84.86 NSIC Mark Schuck (31st) 13
11 Southern Connecticut 74.97 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 11
12 Western State 74.33 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 10
13 Academy of Art 73.23 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 16
14 Angelo State 69.75 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 17
15 Missouri Southern 66.57 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 12
16 Abilene Christian 64.25 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 21
17 Johnson C. Smith 60.79 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 14
18 American International 58.90 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (7th) 23
19 Central Missouri 58.07 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 20
20 Tiffin 57.24 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 25
21 Alaska Anchorage 55.65 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 18
22 Texas A&M-Kingsville 54.55 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 19
23 West Texas A&M 52.48 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 15
24 Shippensburg 48.91 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (8th) 33
25 Albany State (Ga.) 48.21 SIAC Kenneth Taylor 24
dropped out: No. 22 Stillman

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 559.96 4
2 MIAA 461.72 4
3 RMAC 419.50 2
4 CIAA 345.44 2
5 Lone Star 298.12 4
6 PacWest 287.16 2
7 Northeast-10 209.87 2
8 PSAC 198.97 1
9 CCAA 174.39 1
10 NSIC 137.03 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #5 — April 30

next ranking: May 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Grand Canyon 244.84 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 2
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 224.13 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 1
3 Academy of Art 213.78 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 3
4 Grand Valley State 202.44 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 4
5 Adams State 150.80 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 5
6 Johnson C. Smith 121.92 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 6
7 Angelo State 101.92 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 7
8 Alaska Anchorage 97.74 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 8
9 Ashland 87.54 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 11
10 Saint Augustine’s 86.27 CIAA George Williams (37th) 9
11 Simon Fraser 79.69 GNAC Brit Townsend (13th) 15
12 Wayne State (Neb.) 79.20 NSIC Marlon Brink (13th) 10
13 Harding 59.47 Lone Star Steve Guymon (10th) 12
14 Central Missouri 57.19 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 14
15 Abilene Christian 57.05 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 18
16 U-Mary 56.26 NSIC Mike Thorson (19th) 13
17 Western State 54.02 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 17
18 UMass Lowell 50.95 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (11th) 22
19 Pittsburg State 50.86 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 21
20 Tiffin 49.41 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 20
21 Seattle Pacific 47.50 GNAC Karl Lerum (8th) 23
22 Sioux Falls 43.01 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (1st) 30
23 Chico State 42.53 CCAA Oliver Hanf (15th) 19
24 West Texas A&M 41.65 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 24
25 Cal State LA 39.79 CCAA LaMonte Vaughn (1st) 16
dropped out: No. 25 Western Oregon

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 468.49 3
2 PacWest 458.62 2
3 GLIAC 428.94 3
4 GNAC 299.12 3
5 Lone Star 295.08 4
6 CIAA 291.14 2
7 NSIC 256.69 3
8 RMAC 254.33 2
9 CCAA 175.86 2
10 PSAC 164.03