An Adams State Takeover in the Division II National Team Rankings

An Adams State Takeover in the Division II National Team Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – Both the Adams State men and women have roared to the top of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

A litany of top-ranked distance performances – along with a few timely, prominent sprints and hurdles performances – propelled the Grizzlies’ men back into the No. 1 spot it vacated two weeks ago and the women to their first No. 1 rank since the beginning of the USTFCCCA rankings in 2010.

This is the fifth different time the Adams State men have been No. 1 in the past two seasons.

Former men’s No. 1 Saint Augustine’s dropped a spot to No. 2, while the former top-ranked Lincoln (Mo.) women fell to No. 3. With a team rankings score of 185.07, the Adams State women barely edged out No. 2 Grand Valley State’s 184.00 for the national lead.

Men’s Top Five

1)St. Olaf 2)North Central 3)Washington (Mo.) 4) 5)Middlebury
Adams State
257.57 pts
Saint Augustine’s
204.06 pts
Ashland
177.29 pts
Minnesota State
141.47 pts
GVSU
141.34 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

For the Adams State men (257.57 team rankings score), the duo of Kevin Batt and Tabor Stevens – already ranked No. 1 and 2 in the mile heading into the weekend – recorded the top two times in the nation at 3000 meters to give the Grizzlies a significant boost of more than 50 team rankings points.

Saint Augustine’s (204.06) saw its team score drop nearly 11 points from last week to compound Adams State’s rise to the top.

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No. 3 Ashland (177.29) also made a big push behind the fastest 800-meter-man in Division II history, Drew Windle. The Eagles’ team score improved by nearly 24 points from a week ago, though they remained steady in terms of position.

A virtual tie rounded out the top five as No. 4 Minnesota State (141.47) and No. 5 Grand Valley State (141.34) both logged improvements to their team scores.

Upward mobility was the theme for much of the rest of the top 10 as No. 6 Missouri Southern (88.41) and No. 7 Neb.-Kearney (73.12) were both up a spot from last week; No. 8 Findlay (73.06) was up three spots; and No. 9 Shippensburg (68.98) improved four positions.

Making room for all of those moves was No. 10 Southern Indiana (68.71), which tumbled four spots from a week ago.

Biggest gainer honors went to No. 18 Queens (N.C.) after a 77-position improvement from last week.

Women’s Top Five

1)Calvin 2)Williams 3)Johns Hopkins 4)Middlebury 5)Wartburg
Adams State
185.07 pts
GVSU
184.00 pts
Lincoln (Mo.)
180.19 pts
Ashland
145.19 pts
Johnson C. Smith
98.13 pts
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On the women’s side, a top-ranked 5000 meters from Lauren Martin and a second-ranked 3000 from Alicia Nelson were the catalysts behind Adams State (185.07) edging ahead of No. 2 Grand Valley State (184.00).

The Grizzlies improved their team score by nearly 31 points from a week ago, while the Lakers of GVSU came up just short in their bid for the top spot with a 22-point increase from last week.

Formerly top-ranked Lincoln (Mo.) fell two spots to No. 3, but remained firmly in the hunt with a team rankings score just behind Adams State and GVSU at 180.19.

Remaining steady were No. 4 Ashland (145.19), No. 5 Johnson C. Smith (98.13) and No. 6 New Mexico Highlands (85.22).

The remaining top-10 teams were all on the uptick as No. 7 Alaska Anchorage (67.40) improved 15 from last week, No. 8 Angelo State (51.59) improved one, No. 9 New Haven (49.83) improved five and No. 10 Central Missouri (49.62) improved 10.

No. 13 Cal State Stanislaus saw the biggest gain of the week for the women after climbing 25 spots from last week. National Team Computer Rankings will be complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists.

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. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points. A full description of the rankings can be found here.

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 #4 — February 18

next ranking: February 25
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Adams State 257.57 RMAC Damon Martin (19th) 2
2 Saint Augustine’s 204.06 CIAA George Williams (38th) 1
3 Ashland 177.29 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 3
4 Minnesota State 141.47 NSIC Jim Dilling (1st) 4
5 Grand Valley State 141.34 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 5
6 Missouri Southern 88.41 MIAA Bryan Schiding (1st) 7
7 Neb.-Kearney 73.12 MIAA Brady Bonsall (6th) 8
8 Findlay 73.06 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 11
9 Shippensburg 68.98 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (9th) 13
10 Southern Indiana 68.71 GLVC Mike Hillyard (16th) 6
11 Pittsburg State 68.27 MIAA Russ Jewett (26th) 9
12 Texas A&M-Kingsville 65.27 Lone Star Ryan Dall (6th) 14
13 Southern Connecticut 64.30 Northeast-10 John Wallin (4th) 10
14 Southwest Baptist 56.58 MIAA Corey McElhaney (6th) 15
15 Lincoln (Mo.) 54.53 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 12
16 Lake Erie 51.92 GLIAC Ryan Rademacher (1st) 17
17 Sioux Falls 41.98 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (2nd) 20
18 Queens (N.C.) 38.85 SAC Jim Vahrenkamp (2nd) 95
19 Tiffin 38.52 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (14th) 18
20 Western State 37.30 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 22
21 Alaska Anchorage 35.83 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 39
22 Augustana (S.D.) 35.38 NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th) 36
23 Academy of Art 34.79 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 19
24 Lake Superior State 30.44 GLIAC Jason Davis (1st) 21
25 Lewis 28.08 GLVC Dana Schwarting (9th) 26
Dropped out: No. 16 Colorado Mines, No. 23 Mount Olive, No. 24 Western Washington, No. 25 Chadron State
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 525.59 6
2 MIAA 383.10 5
3 RMAC 360.64 2
4 CIAA 245.89 1
5 NSIC 245.32 3
6 GLVC 180.76 2
7 PSAC 139.87 1
8 Lone Star 111.60 1
9 Northeast-10 107.94 1
10 GNAC 66.26 1

 

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

2014 Week #4 — February 18

next ranking: February 25
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Adams State 185.07 RMAC Damon Martin (26th) 3
2 Grand Valley State 184.00 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 2
3 Lincoln (Mo.) 180.19 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 1
4 Ashland 145.19 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 4
5 Johnson C. Smith 98.13 CIAA Lennox Graham (7th) 5
6 New Mexico Highlands 85.22 RMAC Bob DeVries (22nd) 6
7 Alaska Anchorage 67.40 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 22
8 Angelo State 51.59 Lone Star James Reid (15th) 9
9 New Haven 49.83 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (3rd) 14
10 Central Missouri 49.62 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (18th)/Kip Janvrin (16th) 20
11 Western State 49.29 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 12
12 Augustana (S.D.) 46.00 NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th) 24
13 Cal State Stanislaus 45.85 CCAA Troy Johnson (1st) 38
14 Tiffin 45.67 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (14th) 8
15 Metro State 43.70 RMAC Nick Maas (1st) 7
16 Academy of Art 43.64 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 10
17 Neb.-Kearney 41.35 MIAA Brady Bonsall (6th) 16
18 Georgian Court 40.36 East Coast Michael Murawski (2nd) 21
19 Chadron State 40.29 RMAC Ryan Baily (5th) 18
20 Ferris State 40.23 GLIAC Steve Picucci (6th) 15
21 Southern Connecticut 39.15 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (2nd) 13
22 Minnesota Duluth 39.01 NSIC Joanna Warmington (3rd) 11
23 Southwest Baptist 37.86 MIAA Corey McElhaney (6th) 19
24 Wayne State (Neb.) 35.15 NSIC Marlon Brink (14th) 27
25 Findlay 34.10 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 23
Dropped out: No. 17 Saint Augustine’s, No. 24 Missouri Southern
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 538.26 5
2 RMAC 413.43 5
3 MIAA 404.65 4
4 NSIC 201.28 3
5 CIAA 196.30 1
6 GNAC 145.38 1
7 Northeast-10 145.17 2
8 Lone Star 97.57 1
9 CCAA 67.80 1
10 GLVC 44.95

 

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