Ashland Men, Lincoln (Mo.) Women Take Over DII Rankings

Ashland Men, Lincoln (Mo.) Women Take Over DII Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – The Ashland men made the big jump up to No. 1 for the first time in program history and the Lincoln (Mo.) women reclaim the top spot in the most recent Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

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Ashland is back on top of the GLIAC after wrangling the team championship away from rival Grand Valley State, and is now on top of the national rankings after a three-spot jump to dethrone Saint Augustine’s. Both Saint Augustine’s and defending outdoor champion Adams State are within seven points of Ashland, setting the stage for an exceptionally intriguing DII championships later this month.

The Lincoln (Mo.) women have been taking turns atop the rankings with Grand Canyon since week two, and it is Lincoln that this week rides a wave of momentum from claiming the MIAA team championship to the top of the rankings.

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.

Ashland Perched Atop Close Men’s Race

Ashland is the first men’s team from the GLIAC to claim the top spot in the rankings since they were instituted in 2010. The Eagles gained 30.36 net points to boost their team score to 227.48 — just ahead of Saint Augustine’s, which fell 31.49 net points to 222.79, and Adams State, which sits at 220.92 following a 25.32 net loss. Adams State concludes its RMAC Championship meet today, meaning the rankings could look very different next week.

For Ashland, the driving force to the top was a combination of sprints, hurdles and throws performances that improved upon their existing marks in the event rankings. While mid-distance runner Drew Windle and thrower Garrett Grey expanded upon their national leads over the weekend, the points gain came from other student-athletes who moved up in the national event rankings. Hurdler Elijha Owens moved from 15 to 7 in the 110 hurdles (14.04), while Waquiem Comar made the move from 13 to 6 in the 400 hurdles (51.82). Sprinter Joe Horn moved from No. 8 to No. 4 at 200 meters (20.84), and hammer thrower Zac Ball jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 (204-4/62.29m).

The No. 4 Grand Canyon men slid 24.79 net points to 189.14, displaced a spot by Ashland’s jump to the top, while GLIAC rival Findlay rounded out the top five at 126.22 after a 3.89 net drop.

Lincoln (Mo.) Women Reclaim Top Spot

An MIAA title was just what the Lincoln women needed to boost themselves back to the No. 1 spot in the rankings, a position they’ve held in alternation with Grand Canyon for the past five editions of the rankings. The Blue Tigers increased their team score to 241.51 with a 17.38 net gain.

Strong sprints and jumps performances were behind the Blue Tigers’ move back to the top. Lovan Palmer made the biggest impact on the rankings at 800 meters, jumping from 31st to ninth (2:09.66). Sprinters Donna-Lee Hylton — up from 15 to 8 at 200 meters (23.70) — and Yanique Haye — up from 10 to 6 at 400 meters (53.70) — were important improvements, as was triple jumper Sheri Kaye Campbell’s jump from No. 12 to No. 7 in the triple jump (40-9¾/12.44m)

Grand Canyon slipped to No. 2, but are just eight points back following an 11.34 net drop to 233.50.

Indoor champion Academy of Art stayed steady at No. 3, dropping 5.89 net points to a 207.89 team score.

No. 4 Grand Valley State did not see a conference championship bump in the rankings like Lincoln and Ashland experienced, gaining less than a point for a team score of 203.17.

Adams State completed the top five at 143.99, following a 6.8 net drop. The Grizzlies complete their competition at the RMAC Championships today.

Biggest Jump (Men): 14 – No. 24 Incarnate Word
Biggest Jump (Women): 8 – No. 17 Cal State LA

 

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #6 — May 7

next ranking: May 14
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Ashland 227.48 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 4
2 Saint Augustine’s 222.79 CIAA George Williams (37th) 1
3 Adams State 220.92 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 2
4 Grand Canyon 189.14 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 3
5 Findlay 126.22 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 5
6 Lincoln (Mo.) 117.78 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 6
7 Grand Valley State 97.37 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 7
8 Minnesota State 96.48 NSIC Mark Schuck (31st) 10
9 Texas A&M-Kingsville 90.62 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 22
10 Chico State 86.15 CCAA Oliver Hanf (1st) 8
11 Southern Connecticut 82.87 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 11
12 Missouri Southern 81.62 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 15
13 Pittsburg State 76.99 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 9
14 Western State 71.95 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 12
15 Central Missouri 68.48 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 19
16 Angelo State 66.61 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 14
17 West Texas A&M 62.69 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 23
18 Academy of Art 61.75 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 13
19 American International 58.78 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (7th) 18
20 Tiffin 56.06 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 20
21 Abilene Christian 56.04 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 16
22 Alaska Anchorage 54.29 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 21
23 Johnson C. Smith 52.65 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 17
24 Incarnate Word 50.51 Lone Star Derek Riedel (8th) 38
25 Emporia State 44.97 MIAA Steve Blocker (2nd) 26
dropped out: No. 24 Shippensburg, No. 25 Albany State (Ga.)

 

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 #6 — May 7

next ranking: May 14
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 241.51 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 2
2 Grand Canyon 233.50 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 1
3 Academy of Art 207.89 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 3
4 Grand Valley State 203.17 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 4
5 Adams State 143.99 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 5
6 Ashland 120.23 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 9
7 Johnson C. Smith 114.64 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 6
8 Angelo State 104.84 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 7
9 Alaska Anchorage 102.60 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 8
10 Simon Fraser 90.63 GNAC Brit Townsend (13th) 11
11 Saint Augustine’s 80.48 CIAA George Williams (37th) 10
12 Wayne State (Neb.) 66.40 NSIC Marlon Brink (13th) 12
13 Harding 60.55 Lone Star Steve Guymon (10th) 13
14 Central Missouri 56.72 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 14
15 Abilene Christian 56.24 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 15
16 Seattle Pacific 56.11 GNAC Karl Lerum (8th) 21
17 Cal State LA 55.06 CCAA LaMonte Vaughn (1st) 25
18 Western State 54.02 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 17
19 West Texas A&M 53.29 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 24
20 U-Mary 53.03 NSIC Mike Thorson (19th) 16
21 Sioux Falls 50.88 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (1st) 22
22 Tiffin 49.60 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 20
23 Pittsburg State 49.45 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 19
24 Chico State 49.20 CCAA Oliver Hanf (15th) 23
25 Winona State 40.67 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (9th) 27
dropped out: No. 18 UMass Lowell

 

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

 

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