Indiana Tech Men & Women Finish the Regular Season at No. 1 in NAIA National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 26, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – With the NAIA’s regular season now in the books, the Indiana Tech men and women remained atop the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday as they have for the duration of 2014.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Williams 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)Washington (Mo.) 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
435.81 pts
Wayland Baptist
275.77 pts
Siena Heights
273.50 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
271.41 pts
Concordia (Ore.)
245.84 pts
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The defending outdoor champions for both men and women, Indiana Tech topped both genders’ rankings in the penultimate edition of the indoor track & field rankings for 2014. Next week’s pre-championships rankings on Monday will be calculated using only student-athletes who appear among the official fields that will be announced Friday morning.

Using the final descending order lists as the basis this week, the WHAC champion Indiana Tech men (435.81) remained heavy favorites over a trio of teams locked in a battle for the No. 2 spot.

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That spot ultimately went to Wayland Baptist (Texas) (275.77), which moved up a spot from last week and narrowly beat out another team that stepped up one position in No. 3 Siena Heights (Mich.) (273.41).

Defending indoor champion Oklahoma Baptist (271.41) dropped two spots from last week, while Concordia (Ore.) (245.84) made up some ground at No. 5.

Much of the top 10 stood pat from last week, including stationary No. 6 Oklahoma City (197.13), GPAC champion No. 7 Concordia (Neb.) (167.40) and No. 10  Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (142.79).

Up one spot from a week ago was No. 8 Carroll (Mont.) (154.60) and up two was No. 9 Doane (Neb.) (143.17).

The biggest gainer in the final weekend of NAIA competition was No. 21 Westmont (Calif.), which improved 12 spots from a week ago.

Women’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Middlebury 4)St. Olaf 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
519.76 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
392.81 pts
Cornerstone
229.75 pts
Doane
222.42 pts
Wayland Baptist
216.63 pts
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In fact, the  No. 9 Westmont women were also the team to best take advantage of this past weekend as the most improved team with a four-spot jump from last week.

But, once again, it was WHAC champion Indiana Tech (519.76) that owned the rankings as it has all season long, though defending indoor champion No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist (392.81) was able to slightly bridge the gap.

The entirety of the top five, including those two teams, held firm in their positions from last week. No. 3 Cornerstone (Mich.) (229.75), No. 4 Doane (Neb.) (222.42) and No. 5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (216.63) all remained exceptionally close in the computer’s projection.

No. 6 Concordia (Neb.) (175.51) and No. 7 College of Idaho (167.45) swapped spots, No. 8 Hastings (Neb.) (147.70) stayed steady, the aforementioned No. 9 Westmont women (111.18) improved four and No. 10 Siena Heights (Mich.) (109.05) remained in place to complete the top 10.

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 #5 — February 26

next ranking: MONDAY, March 3
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 435.81 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 275.77 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 3
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 273.50 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (30th) 4
4 Oklahoma Baptist 271.41 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 2
5 Concordia (Ore.) 245.84 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd) 5
6 Oklahoma City 197.13 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (3rd) 6
7 Concordia (Neb.) 167.40 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 7
8 Carroll (Mont.) 154.60 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 9
9 Doane (Neb.) 143.17 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 11
10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 142.79 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 10
11 Eastern Oregon 133.11 Cascade Ben Welch (10th) 8
12 Dickinson State (N.D.) 119.96 Frontier Michael Nekuda (1st) 13
13 Aquinas (Mich.) 119.70 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (18th) 12
14 Hastings (Neb.) 99.58 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 14
15 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 96.88 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 18
16 Missouri Baptist 96.46 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 15
17 St. Francis (Ill.) 87.28 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 16
18 Cornerstone (Mich.) 80.02 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (16th) 17
19 Central Methodist (Mo.) 65.30 Heart of America Mark Nelson (3rd) 22
20 Southern Oregon 64.81 Cascade Grier Gatlin (3rd) 20
21 Westmont (Calif.) 53.14 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th) 33
22 College of Idaho 51.22 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th) 24
23 Concordia (Calif.) 49.03 Golden State Mark Sellers (1st) 21
24 Northwestern (Iowa) 46.87 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (2nd) 28
25 Morningside (Iowa) 44.89 Great Plains Dave Nash (11th) 26
Dropped out: No. 19 Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 23 Northwood (Texas), No. 25 Briar Cliff (Iowa)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 933.40 4
2 Sooner Athletic 779.26 3
3 Great Plains 578.60 5
4 Cascade 524.33 4
5 Frontier 308.82 2
6 Chicagoland 244.50 2
7 Heart of America 176.24 1
8 Crossroads 165.64
9 American Midwest 146.09 1
10 Golden State 121.15 2

 

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

2014 Week #5 — February 26

next ranking: MONDAY, March 3
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 519.76 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist 392.81 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 2
3 Cornerstone (Mich.) 229.75 Wolverine-Hoosier Paul Koutz (2nd) 3
4 Doane (Neb.) 222.42 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 4
5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 216.63 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 5
6 Concordia (Neb.) 175.51 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 7
7 College of Idaho 167.45 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th) 6
8 Hastings (Neb.) 147.70 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 8
9 Westmont (Calif.) 111.18 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th) 13
10 Siena Heights (Mich.) 109.05 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (2nd) 10
11 Biola (Calif.) 105.48 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (8th) 9
12 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 104.67 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 11
13 Bethel (Ind.) 93.42 Crossroads Tony Natali (16th) 12
14 St. Francis (Ill.) 93.13 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 14
15 Carroll (Mont.) 92.36 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 15
16 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 80.20 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 19
17 Missouri Baptist 78.85 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 16
18 Dordt (Iowa) 77.62 Great Plains Craig Heynen (6th) 18
19 Cal State San Marcos 74.48 Independent (NAIA) Steve Scott (15th) 17
20 Cumberlands (Ky.) 67.23 Mid-South Floyd Stroud (21st) 22
21 Baker (Kan.) 66.53 Heart of America Zach Kindler (7th) 20
22 Indiana Wesleyan 64.72 Crossroads John Foss (27th) 21
23 Vanguard (Calif.) 50.74 Golden State Bryan Wilkins (26th) 24
24 Concordia (Calif.) 48.64 Golden State Mark Sellers (1st) 23
25 Morningside (Iowa) 45.74 Great Plains Dave Nash (11th) 25
Dropped out: none
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 900.20 3
2 Great Plains 729.23 5
3 Sooner Athletic 626.95 2
4 Golden State 325.41 4
5 Cascade 232.56 1
6 Crossroads 219.94 2
7 Chicagoland 207.78 2
8 Sun Conference 161.51 1
9 Frontier 151.75 1
10 Heart of America 115.62 1