Adams State Men, Grand Canyon Women On Top of DII Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 14, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Division II has two new No. 1 teams, as the defending champion Adams State men and the Grand Canyon women move to the top of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

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Adams State heads a group of four men’s teams within 15 points of one another at the conclusion of the regular season after a two-spot improvement, while the Grand Canyon women continued a back-and-forth battle with Lincoln (Mo.) for the No. 1 ranking atop a similarly tight group of four teams within 35 points of each other.

The National Team Computer Rankings are a projection of how teams could fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. An explanation of the rankings system can be found here.

Adams State Men In Position to Defend NCAA Title

The Adams State men are back on top of the ranking since week six of last season en route to a DII outdoor title. After winning the RMAC title last week after the rankings were published, Adams State held almost completely steady in the rankings, gaining just 0.2 net points toward a team score of 221.12.

It was enough to leapfrog indoor champion No. 2 Saint Augustine’s — which suffered a 5.64 net drop to 217.16 — into the No. 1 spot, which was vacated by Ashland following a 21.24 net loss that resulted in a three-spot drop to No. 4 with a team score of 206.24.

Ashland also slipped past No. 3 Grand Canyon, which improved its team score by 23.92 net points to 213.06 to move up one spot. The Antelopes recorded three top-10 marks that boosted their rankings over the weekend, including No. 3 Kevin Lashley in the long jump (25-1¾w/7.66m, +2.1m/s) and No. 3 Ramon Cooper in the 400 hurdles (51.16).

Findlay remained steady at No. 5 with a team score of 129.15 with a 2.92 net gain.

Grand Canyon Women Pull Back Ahead of Lincoln (Mo.)

One can only hope the national title competition later this month will mirror the battle that has taken place in the rankings over the past six weeks. Grand Canyon is back on top for the third time in the past five weeks, trading shifts atop the rankings with Lincoln (Mo.) for the third time.

Each of the top five teams this week suffered hits to their team scores, but the Antelopes were affected the least, slipping just 1.67 net points to 231.83, while No. 2 Lincoln was affected the most, tumbling to 227.97 following a 13.54 net loss.

Defending outdoor champion Grand Valley State is inching its way toward the top, moving up to No. 3 despite a 2.68 net loss for a 200.50 team score. The Lakers were able to hold on as indoor champion Academy of Art slipped a spot to No. 2 with a 198.75 team score following a 9.14 point net loss.

RMAC champion Adams State rounded out the top five at 141.26 after losing 2.73 net points.

Biggest Jump (Men): 5 – No. 9 Western State
Biggest Jump (Women): 15 – No. 21 Missouri Southern

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #7 — May 14

next ranking: May 21
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Adams State 221.12 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 3
2 Saint Augustine’s 217.16 CIAA George Williams (37th) 2
3 Grand Canyon 213.06 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 4
4 Ashland 206.24 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 1
5 Findlay 129.15 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 5
6 Minnesota State 122.37 NSIC Mark Schuck (31st) 8
7 Southern Connecticut 117.14 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 11
8 Lincoln (Mo.) 109.06 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 6
9 Western State 94.09 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 14
10 Grand Valley State 90.71 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 7
11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 83.62 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 9
12 Pittsburg State 82.04 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 13
13 Chico State 78.51 CCAA Oliver Hanf (1st) 10
14 Missouri Southern 77.93 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 12
15 Central Missouri 61.94 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 15
16 West Texas A&M 58.02 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 17
17 Tiffin 57.39 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 20
18 American International 56.35 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (7th) 19
19 Angelo State 55.97 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 16
20 Alaska Anchorage 55.28 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 22
21 Johnson C. Smith 54.72 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 23
22 Academy of Art 53.08 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 18
23 Emporia State 48.23 MIAA Steve Blocker (2nd) 25
24 Incarnate Word 46.91 Lone Star Derek Riedel (8th) 24
25 Abilene Christian 45.13 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 21
dropped out: none

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 603.29 4
2 MIAA 485.42 5
3 RMAC 386.17 2
4 Lone Star 360.76 5
5 CIAA 302.02 2
6 PacWest 250.89 2
7 Northeast-10 222.50 2
8 PSAC 188.50
9 CCAA 188.03 1
10 NSIC 135.39 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #7 — May 14

next ranking: May 21
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Grand Canyon 231.83 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 2
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 227.97 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 1
3 Grand Valley State 200.50 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 4
4 Academy of Art 198.75 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 3
5 Adams State 141.26 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 5
6 Johnson C. Smith 133.91 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 7
7 Ashland 121.65 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 6
8 Alaska Anchorage 116.51 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 9
9 Angelo State 105.78 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 8
10 Simon Fraser 101.34 GNAC Brit Townsend (13th) 10
11 Wayne State (Neb.) 74.80 NSIC Marlon Brink (13th) 12
12 Saint Augustine’s 73.62 CIAA George Williams (37th) 11
13 Seattle Pacific 63.17 GNAC Karl Lerum (8th) 16
14 Abilene Christian 58.06 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 15
15 U-Mary 55.61 NSIC Mike Thorson (19th) 20
16 Chico State 54.81 CCAA Oliver Hanf (15th) 24
17 Western State 54.44 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 18
18 Cal State LA 53.50 CCAA LaMonte Vaughn (1st) 17
19 Harding 53.21 Lone Star Steve Guymon (10th) 13
20 UMass Lowell 50.76 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (11th) 26
21 Missouri Southern 48.78 MIAA Patty Vavra (19th) 36
22 Pittsburg State 47.78 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 23
23 Central Missouri 46.60 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 14
24 Sioux Falls 45.93 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (1st) 21
25 West Texas A&M 40.72 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 19
dropped out: No. 22 Tiffin, No. 25 Winona State

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 481.61 3
2 MIAA 479.01 3
3 PacWest 441.40 2
4 GNAC 315.11 3
5 Lone Star 311.57 4
6 CIAA 271.09 2
7 NSIC 252.80 4
8 RMAC 237.25 2
9 CCAA 191.28 2
10 PSAC 164.01