Saint Augustine’s Men, Academy of Art Women Favored In Final DII Rankings

Saint Augustine’s Men, Academy of Art Women Favored In Final DII Rankings

NEW ORLEANS –  For the third week in a row both the men’s and women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II National Team Computer Rankings feature two new No. 1 teams in indoor champions Saint Augustine’s men and Academy of Art women, who are poised to sweep the 2013 NCAA track & field titles.

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Completing the sweep this week at the Division II Outdoor Championships at CSU Pueblo, May 23-25,  will not be an easy task for either team, as both lead their respective No. 2 teams by fewer than two points in the rankings. Saint Augustine’s has a very narrow lead over No. 2 Grand Canyon, with No. 3 Ashland lurking just behind.

The women’s competition is perhaps even tighter, with the computers projecting three teams with  nearly identical chances of taking the title in No. 1 Academy of Art, No. 2 Lincoln (Mo.) and No. 3 Grand Canyon — with defending champion Grand Valley State right on their tails.

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.

Saint Augustine’s Men Reclaim the Top Spot Heading into NCAA Championships

Unlike in the Division I rankings, the Saint Augustine’s men can claim the No. 1 ranking and the highest number of qualifiers with 23, giving them a narrow lead over No. 2 Grand Canyon in the computer projections. Saint Augustine’s checked in with a team score of 221.83, just slightly ahead of Grand Canyon at 220.28, and not too far clear of No. 3 Ashland at 209.60 and No. 4 defending champion Adams State at 189.26.

Saint Augustine’s strength is based largely on its stable of sprinters and hurdlers, with 16 of its 23 qualifiers — more than all but three other teams’ full totals — coming in those events, including eight top-10 entries and division-leaders Moussa Dembele and Elhadji Mbow in the 110 and 400 hurdles, respectively.

No. 3 Ashland is the only other team with 20 or more qualifiers, checking in exactly at 20. The Eagles will send 14 top-10 ranked student-athletes to Pueblo, including No. 1 Drew Windle leading three top-six 800 runners and top-ranked hammer thrower Garrett Grey. Windle leads the biggest middle-distance contingency in the country with four qualifiers.

No. 2 Grand Canyon and No. 10 Grand Valley State each qualified 17 student-athletes to the championships. Grand Canyon’s six jumpers are the most of any team at the championships, featuring No. 1 Aaron Hill and No. 3 Kevin Lashley in the long jump, and No. 2 Vince Frawley in the pole vault. The sprints are also strong for the Antelopes with division-leading Dario Horvat at 100 meters and Fred Taylor at No. 2 at 200 meters and No. 3 at 100 meters.

Adams State will send 14 to the championships, including the division’s largest group of middle and long distance runners with eight total. None of the seven are ranked below No. 7 in their respective events, with Matt Daniels ranked No. 1 at 5000 meters and No. 3 at 1500. Tabor Stevens (No. 3 Steeple/5000) and David Sanchez (No. 2 5000/No. 6 10,000) are also top-six in multiple events.

Findlay completed the top five with 12 qualifiers and a team score of 131.42.

Academy of Art, Lincoln  (Mo.) and Grand Canyon Locked in Tight Battle

The indoor champion Academy of Art women are in position to sweep the Division II track & field team titles in their first year as an NCAA program, but doing so will mean overcoming a trio of tough competitors who are nearly equally favored by the computers to claim the title.

Academy of Art is No. 1 with a team score of 236.27, while No. 2 Lincoln (Mo.) is fewer than two- points back at 234.84 and Grand Canyon is just beyond two points behind at 234.15. All while defending outdoor champ Grand Valley State sits at No. 4 with a score of 208.32.

The Urban Knights of the Academy of Arts trail all three teams in terms of qualifiers to the NCAA Division II Championships, but that was also the case when the squad claimed the final indoor rankings before taking home the DII team crown. Standout Vashti Thomas will again be a significant factor in their run for a title, as she is ranked No. 1 at 200 meters and in the 100 hurdles and the long jump, and  is No. 3 in the triple jump. She leads a crew of 100 hurdles that features five of the division’s 11 best.

Lincoln enters the championships with the largest number of qualifiers with 24 total, including a division-best 14 in the sprints and hurdles. The Blue Tigers will send 10 top-12 ranked sprinters and hurdlers, including two of the top three in the 400 hurdles in No. 2 Yanique Haye and No. 3 Michelle Cumberbatch, the defending NCAA champ.

The Lakers of Grand Valley State sit right behind Lincoln with 23 entries into the championships, buoyed by seven distance runners and seven throwers. Chief among the Lakers qualifiers is Sam Lockhart, who is ranked No. 1 in the division in both the discus and shot put, and No. 3 in the hammer. Hannah Osborn (No. 4 steeple, No. 10 5000) leads six middle distance and distance runners in the top 15 of their events.

No. 3 Grand Canyon will send the largest jumps group with six competitors, and the third-largest sprints/hurdles group with nine — both of which are mostly composed of top-10 talent. Shavine Hodges is the No. 2 seed at both 100 and 200 meters to lead a sprints corps in which all seven sprinters are ranked within the top 10 of their events. The same is true of the jumps, where none of the six student-athletes are ranked lower than ninth in the nation with two each in the pole vault, long jump and triple jump.

Adams State rounded out the top five with 14 qualifiers and a 141.06 score in the rankings.

Biggest Jump (Men): 4 – No. 16 Alaska Anchorage
Biggest Jump (Women): 3 – No. 1 Academy of Art, No. 14 Western State

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #8 — May 20 (Pre-NCAA Championships)

next ranking: NCAA Championships (final ranking)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 221.83 CIAA George Williams (37th) 2
2 Grand Canyon 220.27 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 3
3 Ashland 210.48 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 4
4 Adams State 189.26 RMAC Damon Martin (18th) 1
5 Findlay 131.42 GLIAC Marc Arce (25th) 5
6 Minnesota State 126.80 NSIC Mark Schuck (31st) 6
7 Southern Connecticut 111.98 Northeast-10 John Wallin (3rd) 7
8 Lincoln (Mo.) 111.63 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 8
9 Western State 102.89 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 9
10 Grand Valley State 91.86 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 10
11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 88.20 Lone Star Ryan Dall (5th) 11
12 Chico State 79.99 CCAA Oliver Hanf (1st) 13
13 Pittsburg State 77.64 MIAA Russ Jewett (25th) 12
14 Missouri Southern 71.12 MIAA Tom Rutledge (24th) 14
15 American International 60.10 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (7th) 18
16 Central Missouri 59.63 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 15
17 Alaska Anchorage 58.61 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 20
18 Tiffin 56.16 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (13th) 17
19 West Texas A&M 56.02 Lone Star Darren Flowers (4th) 16
20 Academy of Art 54.47 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 22
21 Johnson C. Smith 53.60 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 21
22 Angelo State 51.54 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 19
23 Emporia State 48.08 MIAA Steve Blocker (2nd) 23
24 Incarnate Word 47.43 Lone Star Derek Riedel (8th) 24
25 Abilene Christian 43.80 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 25
dropped out: none

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 591.61 4
2 MIAA 450.86 5
3 RMAC 397.75 2
4 Lone Star 308.27 5
5 CIAA 297.51 2
6 PacWest 274.74 2
7 Northeast-10 247.00 2
8 NSIC 181.21 1
9 CCAA 171.27 1
10 PSAC 161.14

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2013 Week #8 — May 20 (Pre-NCAA Championships)

next ranking: NCAA Championships (final ranking)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Academy of Art 236.27 PacWest Charles Ryan (3rd) 4
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 234.84 MIAA Victor Thomas (12th) 2
3 Grand Canyon 234.15 PacWest Tom Flood (3rd) 1
4 Grand Valley State 208.32 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (14th) 3
5 Adams State 141.06 RMAC Damon Martin (25th) 5
6 Johnson C. Smith 135.85 CIAA Lennox Graham (6th) 6
7 Ashland 120.60 GLIAC Jud Logan (10th) 7
8 Alaska Anchorage 101.27 GNAC Michael Friess (23rd) 8
9 Angelo State 89.01 Lone Star James Reid (14th) 9
10 Simon Fraser 87.02 GNAC Brit Townsend (13th) 10
11 Wayne State (Neb.) 74.92 NSIC Marlon Brink (13th) 11
12 Saint Augustine’s 67.01 CIAA George Williams (37th) 12
13 Seattle Pacific 64.67 GNAC Karl Lerum (8th) 13
14 Western State 59.79 RMAC Chris Bradford (4th) 17
15 Abilene Christian 58.88 Lone Star Roosevelt Lofton (4th) 14
16 Chico State 55.60 CCAA Oliver Hanf (15th) 16
17 Cal State LA 54.07 CCAA LaMonte Vaughn (1st) 18
18 U-Mary 53.21 NSIC Mike Thorson (19th) 15
19 Missouri Southern 50.74 MIAA Patty Vavra (19th) 21
20 UMass Lowell 49.88 Northeast-10 Gary Gardner (11th) 20
21 Pittsburg State 48.91 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 22
22 Sioux Falls 44.83 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (1st) 24
23 Harding 43.61 Lone Star Steve Guymon (10th) 19
24 Virginia Union 42.11 CIAA Wilbert Johnson (4th) 26
25 Central Missouri 40.58 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (17th)/Kip Janvrin (15th) 23
dropped out: No. 25 West Texas A&M

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 486.21 4
2 GLIAC 470.82 2
3 PacWest 470.42 2
4 GNAC 317.46 3
5 CIAA 281.99 3
6 Lone Star 270.61 3
7 RMAC 241.43 2
8 NSIC 241.07 3
9 CCAA 198.02 2
10 PSAC 169.85

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field

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