Indiana Tech Men & Women Headline Inaugural NAIA National Team Computer Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

January 29, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Both the Indiana Tech men and women captured NAIA Outdoor Track & Field titles in 2013, and both Warriors squads have carried that momentum into 2014 as the top-ranked teams in the inaugural U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday.

NAIA NATIONAL TEAM COMPUTER RANKINGS TOP 5: WOMEN

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)St. Olaf 4)Middlebury 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
567.41 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
336.77 pts
Doane
240.83 pts
Cornerstone
232.80 pts
Wayland Baptist
215.95 pts
View Complete Women’s National Team Computer Rankings

The first-ever edition of the National Team Computer Rankings calculated for the NAIA project both of Indiana Tech’s teams as heavy early season favorites to follow up their 2013 outdoor national crowns with 2014 indoor titles.

Using a formula based on how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual and relay events and how highly they are ranked, the Indiana Tech women are substantial favorites over defending indoor national champion No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist.

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Indiana Tech, with an impressive 30 performances ranked among the top-10 in their respective events and the national lead in four events, registered a rankings score of 567.41 to Oklahoma Baptist’s 336.77.

The highest-ranked individuals or relay teams for each event are assigned the most points, and the point values decrease further down the descending order list. Team scores are equal to the sum of all the point-earning student-athletes’ scores across all events for a given team.

Rankings points do not equate with NAIA Championships team points.

The Warriors were runners-up to Oklahoma Baptist in 2013, while Oklahoma Baptist has claimed three of the past four national indoor titles. The lone non-championship season since 2010 came in 2012 with a runner-up finish to Azusa Pacific (Calif.).

Rounding out the women’s top five were No. 3 Doane (240.83), No. 4 Cornerstone (232.80) and No. 5 Wayland Baptist (215.95).

NAIA NATIONAL TEAM COMPUTER RANKINGS TOP 5: MEN

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Williams 4)Washington (Mo.) 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
368.73 pts
Siena Heights
281.95 pts
Wayland Baptist
258.85 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
238.99 pts
Concordia (Neb.)
158.75 pts
View Complete Men’s National Team Computer Rankings

Though not as significantly favored, the men of Indiana Tech have a sizeable gap between itself and No. 2 Siena Heights. The Warriors’ rankings score of 368.73 – boosted by 22 performances among the NAIA’s top-10 in their respective events and top-ranked John Broaden at 200 meters – is nearly 90 points clear of No. 2 Siena Heights’ 281.95.

The defending indoor men’s champion Oklahoma Baptist (238.99) checked in at No. 4, just behind 2012 NAIA indoor champion Wayland Baptist (258.85) at No. 3, and just ahead of Concordia (Neb.) (158.75) at No. 5.

Wayland Baptist’s men, in addition to their 2012 title, have finished runner-up at the NAIA Indoor Championships in three of the past four seasons.

The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. A full description of the rankings can be found here.

Qualification for the NAIA Championships will not be determined in any way by these rankings, which are not officially sanctioned or endorsed by the NAIA for the 2014 season. These rankings are supported by the NAIA from the standpoint of media and entertainment purposes only.

The USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referred to as a “poll” as no voting occurs during the process.

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

2014 Week #1 — January 29

next ranking: February 5
Rank School Points Conference
1 Indiana Tech 368.73 Wolverine-Hoosier
2 Siena Heights 281.95 Wolverine-Hoosier
3 Wayland Baptist 258.85 Sooner Athletic
4 Oklahoma Baptist 238.99 Sooner Athletic
5 Concordia (Neb.) 158.75 Great Plains
6 Doane 156.79 Great Plains
7 Olivet Nazarene 153.71 Chicagoland
8 Concordia (Ore.) 151.05 Cascade
9 Aquinas (Mich.) 135.21 Wolverine-Hoosier
10 Carroll (Mont.) 121.71 Frontier
11 Oklahoma City Univ. 111.53 Sooner Athletic
12 Hastings 102.10 Great Plains
13 Saint Ambrose 89.40 Midwest Collegiate
14 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 73.45 Sun Conference
15 St. Francis (Ill.) 64.66 Chicagoland
16 Eastern Oregon 64.65 Cascade
17 Central Methodist 63.29 Heart of America
18 Concordia Irvine 62.56 Golden State
19 Northwood (Fla.) 62.31 Sun Conference
20 Nebraska Wesleyan 59.45 Great Plains
21 Dickinson State (N.D.) 51.81 Frontier
22 Tennessee Wesleyan 49.79 Appalachian
23 Baker 49.58 Heart of America
24 Briar Cliff 48.79 Great Plains
25 Bethel (Ind.) 42.46 Crossroads
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 841.86 3
2 Sooner Athletic 629.95 3
3 Great Plains 611.44 5
4 Cascade 272.34 2
5 Chicagoland 250.09 2
6 Frontier 202.80 2
7 Sun Conference 142.30 2
8 Heart of America 141.27 2
9 Midwest Collegiate 137.48 1
10 Crossroads 128.53 1

 

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

2014 Week #1 — January 29

next ranking: February 5
Rank School Points Conference
1 Indiana Tech 567.41 Wolverine-Hoosier
2 Oklahoma Baptist 336.77 Sooner Athletic
3 Doane 240.83 Great Plains
4 Wayland Baptist 215.95 Sooner Athletic
5 Cornerstone 198.35 Wolverine-Hoosier
6 Hastings 175.58 Great Plains
7 Siena Heights 152.57 Wolverine-Hoosier
8 Concordia (Neb.) 116.01 Great Plains
9 Bethel (Ind.) 113.34 Crossroads
10 Baker 107.71 Heart of America
11 Indiana Wesleyan 104.91 Crossroads
12 St. Francis (Ill.) 92.01 Chicagoland
13 Carroll (Mont.) 91.91 Frontier
14 Biola 87.64 Golden State
15 Olivet Nazarene 82.71 Chicagoland
16 Nebraska Wesleyan 60.03 Great Plains
17 Vanguard 57.33 Golden State
18 Concordia Irvine 55.89 Golden State
19 Lewis-Clark State 54.22 Frontier
20 Dordt 46.92 Great Plains
21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 45.88 Sun Conference
22 Oklahoma City Univ. 39.63 Sooner Athletic
23 Benedictine (Kan.) 36.04 Heart of America
24 Grand View 34.64 Midwest Collegiate
25 Morningside 33.82 Great Plains
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 953.44 3
2 Great Plains 748.94 6
3 Sooner Athletic 592.35 3
4 Crossroads 241.35 2
5 Chicagoland 232.67 2
6 Golden State 226.86 3
7 Frontier 172.25 2
8 Heart of America 161.77 2
9 Cascade 93.65
10 Midwest Collegiate 91.47 1

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