Wayland Baptist Men & Cornerstone Women Move Up in NAIA Indoor Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 19, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Another edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings, another week at No. 1 for both the Indiana Tech men and women.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Williams 4)Washington (Mo.) 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
408.66 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
285.15 pts
Wayland Baptist
283.78 pts
Siena Heights
259.86 pts
Concordia (Ore.)
223.98 pts
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The Warriors, the defending outdoor national champions, maintained sizable leads in both the men’s and women’s rankings ahead of defending indoor champion Oklahoma Baptist in the most recent edition released Wednesday.

The wide chasm in team rankings scores that Indiana Tech’s men (408.66 team rankings score) have enjoyed over the No. 2 teams is beginning to dwindle. Both the Warriors and the Oklahoma Baptist Bison (285.15) saw their scores fall, but the Bisons’ nearly 15-point drop was less pronounced that the Warriors’ 31-point setback.

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While both of those programs remained stationary at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, much of the remainder of the top 10 was on the move.

After falling from No. 2 to No. 4 two weeks ago, the Wayland Baptist (Texas) men (283.78) have hopped back into the race at No. 3, up one spot from a week ago. Now just less than two team rankings points behind Oklahoma Baptist, the WBU move was powered by top-ranked 60-meter hurdler Pierre Banks and second-ranked Dewayne Booker at 600 meters.

Displaced to No. 4 by Wayland Baptist’s move was Siena Heights (Mich.) (259.86), while Concordia (Ore.) (223.98) came in at No. 5.

Oklahoma City (171.59) and Concordia (Neb.) (170.46) traded places at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, as did Eastern Oregon (150.37) and Carroll (Mont.) (141.59) at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (138.77) bumped up one spot from last week to round out the top 10.

With an impressive increase of 49 positions to their rank, the No. 20 Southern Oregon men claimed the biggest top-25 jump of the week for either men or women.

Women’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Middlebury 4)St. Olaf 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
528.92 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
379.78 pts
Cornerstone
237.88 pts
Doane
234.14 pts
Wayland Baptist
204.86 pts
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As in the men’s rankings, the defending outdoor national champion No. 1 Indiana Tech women (528.92) and the defending indoor national champion No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist women (379.78) remained entrenched in the top two positions.

Unlike the men, however, Indiana Tech’s women were able to slightly extend their team rankings score advantage. The Warriors’ 3½-point increase was compounded with the Bison dropping nearly 14 points from its team total.

Jumping up two spots from a week ago to No. 3 with a 20-point increase to their team score, the Cornerstone (Mich.) women (237.88) made the headlining move of the women’s rankings. Julie Oosterhouse’s top-ranked time at 800 meters was the driving force behind the jump to the third spot.

Making room for Cornerstone’s ascent were No. 4 Doane (Neb.) (234.14) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) (204.06), which were both down one slot from last time.

Hillary Holt posted a nation-best mile and the No. 2 3000 meters time to boost College of Idaho (181.41) up five spots to No. 6. A pair of Nebraska schools in No. 7 Concordia (174.00) and No. 8 Hastings (136.51) both dropped down one notch, as did No. 9 Biola (Calif.) (123.00).

Siena Heights (Mich.) (111.60) held firm at No. 10.

No. 17 Cal State San Marcos was the big gainer on the women’s side with a 12-position jump.

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 #4 — February 19

next ranking: February 26
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 408.66 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist 285.15 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 2
3 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 283.78 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 4
4 Siena Heights (Mich.) 259.86 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (30th) 3
5 Concordia (Ore.) 223.98 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd) 5
6 Oklahoma City 171.59 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (3rd) 7
7 Concordia (Neb.) 170.46 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 6
8 Eastern Oregon 150.37 Cascade Ben Welch (10th) 9
9 Carroll (Mont.) 141.59 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 8
10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 138.77 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 11
11 Doane (Neb.) 132.12 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 10
12 Aquinas (Mich.) 128.11 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (18th) 13
13 Dickinson State (N.D.) 120.86 Frontier Michael Nekuda (1st) 12
14 Hastings (Neb.) 111.35 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 14
15 Missouri Baptist 96.47 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 25
16 St. Francis (Ill.) 93.70 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 15
17 Cornerstone (Mich.) 87.26 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (16th) 17
18 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 81.90 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 16
19 Nebraska Wesleyan 68.24 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) 18
20 Southern Oregon 65.72 Cascade Grier Gatlin (3rd) 69
21 Concordia (Calif.) 59.43 Golden State Mark Sellers (1st) 28
22 Central Methodist (Mo.) 58.55 Heart of America Mark Nelson (3rd) 21
23 Northwood (Texas) 57.67 Red River Rick Watkins 20
24 College of Idaho 55.78 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th) 31
25 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 52.16 Great Plains Nate Treinen (7th) 22
Dropped out: No. 19 Morningside (Iowa), No. 23 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 24 Indiana Wesleyan
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 903.99 4
2 Sooner Athletic 773.53 3
3 Great Plains 664.77 5
4 Cascade 527.88 4
5 Frontier 285.37 2
6 Chicagoland 249.84 2
7 Crossroads 174.76
8 Heart of America 150.63 1
9 American Midwest 139.18 1
10 Golden State 113.62 1

 

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

2014 Week #4 — February 19

next ranking: February 26
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 528.92 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist 379.78 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 2
3 Cornerstone (Mich.) 237.88 Wolverine-Hoosier Paul Koutz (2nd) 5
4 Doane (Neb.) 234.14 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 3
5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 204.86 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 4
6 College of Idaho 181.41 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th) 11
7 Concordia (Neb.) 174.00 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 6
8 Hastings (Neb.) 136.51 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 7
9 Biola (Calif.) 123.00 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (8th) 8
10 Siena Heights (Mich.) 111.60 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (2nd) 10
11 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 103.38 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 12
12 Bethel (Ind.) 95.69 Crossroads Tony Natali (16th) 15
13 Westmont (Calif.) 95.52 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th) 13
14 St. Francis (Ill.) 95.44 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 14
15 Carroll (Mont.) 90.87 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 9
16 Missouri Baptist 88.24 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 16
17 Cal State San Marcos 84.61 Independent (NAIA) Steve Scott (15th) 29
18 Dordt (Iowa) 82.99 Great Plains Craig Heynen (6th) 20
19 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 77.49 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 17
20 Baker (Kan.) 72.02 Heart of America Zach Kindler (7th) 18
21 Indiana Wesleyan 68.40 Crossroads John Foss (27th) 19
22 Cumberlands (Ky.) 65.43 Mid-South Floyd Stroud (21st) 26
23 Concordia (Calif.) 55.45 Golden State Mark Sellers (1st) 21
24 Vanguard (Calif.) 48.80 Golden State Bryan Wilkins (26th) 22
25 Morningside (Iowa) 47.96 Great Plains Dave Nash (11th) 23
Dropped out: No. 24 Eastern Oregon, No. 25 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 922.32 3
2 Great Plains 772.39 5
3 Sooner Athletic 602.99 2
4 Golden State 331.77 4
5 Cascade 261.89 1
6 Crossroads 228.63 2
7 Chicagoland 195.83 2
8 Frontier 148.68 1
9 Sun Conference 135.96 1
10 American Midwest 123.54 1