Division II’s Top Teams Remain Steady in National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 11, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Defending men’s indoor champion Saint Augustine’s and the Lincoln (Mo.) women remained atop the week three edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)St. Olaf 3)Washington (Mo.) 4) 5)Middlebury
Saint Augustine’s
214.87 pts
Adams State
205.87 pts
Ashland
153.70 pts
Minnesota State
134.71 pts
GVSU
125.07 pts
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Both the Falcons and the Blue Tigers continued to reign atop top-fives in each gender that remained constant from a week ago. The latter halves of the top 10 were another story, however, as all but one team ranked between No. 6 and No. 10 changed positions from a week ago.

The difference between Saint Augustine’s and Lincoln (Mo.), despite their rank remaining the same, was that the Falcons’ advantage in team rankings points shrunk while the Blue Tigers’ grew.

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Saint Augustine’s (214.87) saw its team score decrease by more than 22 points, while No. 2 Adams State (205.87) – from which the Falcons reclaimed the rankings’ top spot last week – sustained a decrease of fewer than eight points.

No. 3 Ashland (153.70), No. 4 Minnesota State (134.71) and No. 5 Grand Valley State (125.07) remained in place.

The remainder of the top 10 was shuffled up as No. 6 Southern Indiana (87.11) moved up two spots from a week ago, displacing Missouri Southern (83.58) down one slot to No. 7.

Neb.-Kearney (78.75) leapt five positions up to No. 8 for its first top-10 appearance since the beginning of the USTFCCCA rankings in 2010.

Pittsburg State (76.91) was down two to No. 9, while Southern Connecticut gained two spots to round out the top 10.

After falling from No. 19 to nearly out of the top 100 last week, Lake Superior State was back in a big way this week, up 73 spots to No. 21. No. 19 Academy of Art also made a big jump back into the top 25 with a 24-notch improvement from last week.

Women’s Top Five

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Williams 3)Calvin 4)Middlebury 5)Wartburg
Lincoln (Mo.)
179.47 pts
GVSU
162.22 pts
Adams State
154.30 pts
Ashland
129.14 pts
Johnson C. Smith
107.27 pts
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In the women’s rankings, Lincoln (Mo.) (179.47) – despite its team score dropping by nearly five points – ultimately ended up with a larger lead over No. 2 Grand Valley State (162.22) after the Lakers saw their team score decrease by more than 15 points.

No. 3 Adams State (154.30), No. 4 Ashland (129.14), No. 5 Johnson C. Smith (107.27) and No. 6 New Mexico Highlands (78.05) all remained steady from a week ago.

Metro State (66.90) improved two positions from last week to No. 7, while No. 8 Tiffin (56.61) enjoyed an 11-spot improvement. Angelo State (54.44) was displaced two notches to No. 9 as a result.

Back at No. 10 was defending indoor champion Academy of Art, which had briefly dropped out of the top-25 the past two weeks after starting the preseason at No. 10. The Urban Knights’ 21-spot improvement from last week was the largest by any women’s team in the top 25.

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 #3 — February 11

next ranking: February 18
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 214.87 CIAA George Williams (38th) 1
2 Adams State 205.87 RMAC Damon Martin (19th) 2
3 Ashland 153.70 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 3
4 Minnesota State 134.71 NSIC Jim Dilling (1st) 4
5 Grand Valley State 125.07 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 5
6 Southern Indiana 87.11 GLVC Mike Hillyard (16th) 8
7 Missouri Southern 83.58 MIAA Bryan Schiding (1st) 6
8 Neb.-Kearney 78.75 MIAA Brady Bonsall (6th) 13
9 Pittsburg State 76.91 MIAA Russ Jewett (26th) 7
10 Southern Connecticut 76.18 Northeast-10 John Wallin (4th) 12
11 Findlay 70.69 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 11
12 Lincoln (Mo.) 65.29 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 16
13 Shippensburg 64.47 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (9th) 17
14 Texas A&M-Kingsville 61.84 Lone Star Ryan Dall (6th) 10
15 Southwest Baptist 60.45 MIAA Corey McElhaney (6th) 9
16 Colorado Mines 53.80 RMAC Matt Sparks (1st) 15
17 Lake Erie 52.22 GLIAC Ryan Rademacher (1st) 18
18 Tiffin 41.63 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (14th) 21
19 Academy of Art 39.67 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 43
20 Sioux Falls 35.09 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (2nd) 20
21 Lake Superior State 32.04 GLIAC Jason Davis (1st) 94
22 Western State 32.01 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 14
23 Mount Olive 31.27 Conf. Carolinas Matt van Lierop (6th) 26
24 Western Washington 30.50 GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (27th) 22
25 Chadron State 28.66 RMAC Ryan Baily (5th) 34
Dropped out: No. 19 Lewis, No. 23 Central Missouri, No. 24 Virginia State, No. 25 Metro State
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 493.65 6
2 MIAA 408.84 5
3 RMAC 343.85 4
4 CIAA 266.63 1
5 NSIC 226.37 2
6 GLVC 195.31 1
7 PSAC 132.36 1
8 Lone Star 122.22 1
9 Northeast-10 122.04 1
10 GNAC 52.57 1

 

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

2014 Week #3 — February 11

next ranking: February 18
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 179.47 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 1
2 Grand Valley State 162.22 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 2
3 Adams State 154.30 RMAC Damon Martin (26th) 3
4 Ashland 129.14 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 4
5 Johnson C. Smith 107.27 CIAA Lennox Graham (7th) 5
6 New Mexico Highlands 78.05 RMAC Bob DeVries (22nd) 6
7 Metro State 66.90 RMAC Nick Maas (1st) 9
8 Tiffin 56.61 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (14th) 19
9 Angelo State 54.44 Lone Star James Reid (15th) 7
10 Academy of Art 52.19 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 31
11 Minnesota Duluth 51.84 NSIC Joanna Warmington (3rd) 10
12 Western State 51.60 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 11
13 Southern Connecticut 49.71 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (2nd) 15
14 New Haven 45.90 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (3rd) 14
15 Ferris State 45.29 GLIAC Steve Picucci (6th) 23
16 Neb.-Kearney 44.50 MIAA Brady Bonsall (6th) 21
17 Saint Augustine’s 43.54 CIAA George Williams (38th) 12
18 Chadron State 43.11 RMAC Ryan Baily (5th) 22
19 Southwest Baptist 42.36 MIAA Corey McElhaney (6th) 8
20 Central Missouri 41.25 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (18th)/Kip Janvrin (16th) 13
21 Georgian Court 40.51 East Coast Michael Murawski (2nd) 20
22 Alaska Anchorage 37.92 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 16
23 Findlay 37.16 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 18
24 Augustana (S.D.) 33.82 NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th) 28
25 Stonehill 33.65 Northeast-10 Karen Boen (16th) 34
Dropped out: No. 17 Sioux Falls, No. 24 Missouri Southern, No. 25 Wayne State (Neb.)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 507.38 5
2 RMAC 408.56 5
3 MIAA 395.38 4
4 CIAA 226.66 2
5 NSIC 205.78 2
6 Northeast-10 182.68 3
7 GNAC 107.51 1
8 Lone Star 76.38 1
9 PSAC 60.61
10 GLVC 56.59