Defending NAIA Men’s Indoor Champs Move to No. 2 in the National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 12, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Last season’s NAIA national indoor and outdoor champions are now No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in both the men’s and women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)Williams 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
439.70 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
299.36 pts
Siena Heights
275.21 pts
Wayland Baptist
272.08 pts
Concordia (Ore.)
224.77 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

Defending men’s indoor champion Oklahoma Baptist improved two spots to No. 2 this week, settling in behind defending outdoor champ No. 1 Indiana Tech, while the women of Indiana Tech and Oklahoma Baptist remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Though both the Oklahoma Baptist men and women made up ground on the top spot, both remain more than 100 team rankings points behind Indiana Tech.

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The top-ranked 4×800 relay in the nation boosted the Bison men’s team rankings score by more than 32 points to 299.36, while the Warrior men improved by just 17 points behind a bevy of 200-meter sprinters, led by No. 1 John Broaden, to a team score of 439.70.

Team rankings scores are determined 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 closer to the top of the list a student-athlete is in his or her event, the more points are earned toward his or her team’s score.

Rounding out the top five were No. 3 Siena Heights (Mich.) (275.21 team score); No. 4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (272.08), down two spots from last week; and No. 5 Concordia (Ore.) (224.77).

Women’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)St. Olaf 4)Williams 5)Middlebury
Indiana Tech
525.38 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
393.57 pts
Doane
255.68 pts
Wayland Baptist
218.34 pts
Cornerstone
217.84 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

The Indiana Tech women saw their team score decrease by more than 46 points to 525.38, while Oklahoma Baptist sustained a drop of just more than one point to hold steady at 393.57.

No. 3 Doane (Neb.) (255.68), No. 4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (218.34), and No. 5 Cornerstone (Mich.) (217.84) completed the top five.

Notably moving into the top-10 was No. 8 Biola (Calif), which climbed 10 spots from a week ago.

The men of No. 23 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) made the biggest improvement with a 16-position jump, while the No. 13 Westmont (Calif.) women’s 12-spot improvement was the best on the women’s side.

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 #3 — February 12

next ranking: February 19
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 439.70 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist 299.36 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 4
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 275.21 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (30th) 3
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 272.08 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 2
5 Concordia (Ore.) 224.77 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd) 5
6 Concordia (Neb.) 183.25 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 6
7 Oklahoma City 166.79 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (3rd) 8
8 Carroll (Mont.) 165.72 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 7
9 Eastern Oregon 155.42 Cascade Ben Welch (10th) 11
10 Doane (Neb.) 126.74 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 10
11 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 123.85 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 9
12 Dickinson State (N.D.) 108.56 Frontier Michael Nekuda (1st) 18
13 Aquinas (Mich.) 106.75 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (18th) 13
14 Hastings (Neb.) 105.51 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 14
15 St. Francis (Ill.) 96.97 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 12
16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 96.28 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 16
17 Cornerstone (Mich.) 78.88 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (16th) 19
18 Nebraska Wesleyan 75.25 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) 15
19 Morningside (Iowa) 64.41 Great Plains Dave Nash (11th) 17
20 Northwood (Texas) 58.97 Red River Rick Watkins 21
21 Central Methodist (Mo.) 58.21 Heart of America Mark Nelson (3rd) 20
22 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 57.70 Great Plains Nate Treinen (7th) 22
23 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 53.84 Mid-South Jamaine Gordon (1st) 39
24 Indiana Wesleyan 50.57 Crossroads John Foss (27th) 26
25 Missouri Baptist 50.27 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 23
Dropped out: No. 24 Bethel (Ind.), No. 25 Goshen (Ind.)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 922.57 4
2 Sooner Athletic 771.90 3
3 Great Plains 692.09 6
4 Cascade 459.45 2
5 Frontier 311.93 2
6 Chicagoland 231.10 2
7 Crossroads 208.58 1
8 Heart of America 145.78 1
9 Golden State 123.84
10 Sun Conference 101.28 1

 

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

2014 Week #3 — February 12

next ranking: February 19
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 525.38 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist 393.57 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 2
3 Doane (Neb.) 255.68 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 3
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 218.34 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 4
5 Cornerstone (Mich.) 217.84 Wolverine-Hoosier Paul Koutz (2nd) 5
6 Concordia (Neb.) 169.98 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 6
7 Hastings (Neb.) 145.35 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 7
8 Biola (Calif.) 130.19 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (8th) 18
9 Carroll (Mont.) 120.04 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 9
10 Siena Heights (Mich.) 118.08 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (2nd) 8
11 College of Idaho 112.47 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th) 12
12 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 110.06 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 16
13 Westmont (Calif.) 103.19 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th) 25
14 St. Francis (Ill.) 100.30 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 11
15 Bethel (Ind.) 95.76 Crossroads Tony Natali (16th) 10
16 Missouri Baptist 90.19 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 17
17 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 83.57 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 14
18 Baker (Kan.) 81.55 Heart of America Zach Kindler (7th) 15
19 Indiana Wesleyan 76.18 Crossroads John Foss (27th) 13
20 Dordt (Iowa) 68.93 Great Plains Craig Heynen (6th) 20
21 Concordia (Calif.) 60.13 Golden State Mark Sellers (1st) 19
22 Vanguard (Calif.) 57.76 Golden State Bryan Wilkins (26th) 21
23 Morningside (Iowa) 51.70 Great Plains Dave Nash (11th) 22
24 Eastern Oregon 48.32 Cascade Ben Welch (10th) 27
25 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 44.42 Frontier Mike Collins (17th) 24
Dropped out: No. 23 Concordia (Ore.)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 894.80 3
2 Great Plains 802.12 5
3 Sooner Athletic 640.13 2
4 Golden State 365.37 4
5 Crossroads 235.08 2
6 Chicagoland 210.52 2
7 Cascade 202.77 2
8 Frontier 192.27 2
9 Sun Conference 151.93 1
10 American Midwest 135.36 1

 

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