Division II Team Rankings Become Ever Tighter on the Week of National Championships

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 10, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – With the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships field set, the Adams State men and Lincoln (Mo.) women enter championship weekend as the favorites in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Monday.

Adams State has held steady atop the rankings for the past four weeks, while the Lincoln (Mo.) women, after a three-week absence from the top spot, will enter the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., from March 14-15 exactly how they started in the preseason: at No. 1.

Women’s Top Five

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Williams 3)Calvin 4)Wartburg 5)Middlebury
Lincoln (Mo.)
189.61 pts
19 entries
GVSU
184.22 pts
19 entries
Adams State
172.54 pts
16 entries
Johnson C. Smith
139.23 pts
10 entries
Ashland
126.71 pts
13 entries
View Complete Women’s Rankings

The Lincoln women are the latest team to occupy the No. 1 spot, which has revolved between themselves, No. 2 Grand Valley State and No. 3 Adams State for the past five weeks. Lincoln and GVSU both moved up a spot this week, while Adams State tumbled down two positions to No. 3.

The three squads are very evenly matched both in terms of team rankings score and entries into the NCAA Championships.

The Blue Tigers (189.61 team rankings score), Lakers (184.22) and Grizzlies (172.54) are the most tightly bunched top three since the USTFCCCA Rankings began in 2010. Both Lincoln and GVSU have 19 entries into the meet, followed by Adams State’s 16.

Lincoln finds itself atop the rankings at the right time, historically, as each of the four teams that have been ranked No. 1 by the USTFCCCA computer entering the championships have ultimately won the team title.

Men’s Top Five

1)St. Olaf 2)North Central 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)Middlebury 5)
Adams State
254.54 pts
18 entries
Saint Augustine’s
217.33 pts
17 entries
Ashland
191.08 pts
17 entries
GVSU
134.78 pts
14 entries
Minnesota State
116.50 pts
10 entries
View Complete Men’s Rankings

The Adams State men (254.54) can hear the proverbial footfalls of defending national champion No. 2 Saint Augustine’s (217.33) approaching as the Falcons gear up for a title defense effort. Between their own slight gains and Adams State’s decreased team score, Saint Augustine’s closed the gap between them by more than 30 points.

With 18 entries, Adams State also boasts the largest contingent of student-athletes at the meet. Right behind are No. 2 Saint Augustine’s and No. 3 Ashland (191.08) with 17 each.

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Since the beginning of the USTFCCCA Rankings in 2010, Adams State has twice competed at the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 squad in the country. Last year, it finished third overall and in 2010 it won the title.

That illustrates the larger trend as two of the four top-ranked teams since 2010, in alternating years, have ultimately claimed the title.

Rounding out the women’s top five were No. 4 Johnson C. Smith (139.23) and No. 5 Ashland (126.71), which swapped spots from a week ago.

No. 6 New Mexico Highlands (80.63) was up two spots, displacing No. 7 Angelo State (74.77) and No. 8 Central Missouri (71.74) each down one position. Stationary No. 9 Western State (64.63) and No. 10 Alaska Anchorage (57.23) completed the top 10.

Defending national champion Academy of Art did not appear in the top 25.

Finishing out the men’s top five were No. 4 Grand Valley State (134.78) and No. 5 Minnesota State (116.50), both of which remained in place from a week ago.

No. 6 Southern Connecticut (81.71) also held steady, while No. 7 Missouri Southern (75.69) and No. 8 Findlay (69.48) were both up a spot. No. 9 Neb.-Kearney (65.43) jumped up two notches, while No. 10 Texas A&M Kingsville remained stationary.

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.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2014 Week #7 — March 10

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships (FINAL)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Adams State 254.54 RMAC Rock Light (1st) 1
2 Saint Augustine’s 217.33 CIAA George Williams (38th) 2
3 Ashland 191.08 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 3
4 Grand Valley State 134.78 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 4
5 Minnesota State 116.50 NSIC Jim Dilling (1st) 5
6 Southern Connecticut 81.71 Northeast-10 John Wallin (4th) 6
7 Missouri Southern 75.69 MIAA Bryan Schiding (1st) 8
8 Findlay 69.48 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 9
9 Neb.-Kearney 65.43 MIAA Brady Bonsall (6th) 11
10 Texas A&M-Kingsville 64.10 Lone Star Ryan Dall (6th) 10
11 Southern Indiana 57.82 GLVC Mike Hillyard (16th) 12
12 Lincoln (Mo.) 57.73 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 13
13 Shippensburg 54.79 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (9th) 14
14 Tiffin 51.90 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (14th) 15
15 Lake Erie 48.86 GLIAC Ryan Rademacher (1st) 17
16 Colorado Mines 46.90 RMAC Matt Sparks (1st) 19
17 Pittsburg State 43.30 MIAA Russ Jewett (26th) 7
18 Western State 42.60 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 18
19 Southwest Baptist 41.09 MIAA Corey McElhaney (6th) 16
20 Sioux Falls 40.56 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (2nd) 20
21 Mount Olive 38.87 Conf. Carolinas Matt van Lierop (6th) 24
22 Queens (N.C.) 36.86 SAC Jim Vahrenkamp (2nd) 21
23 Alaska Anchorage 34.60 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 22
24 Lewis 33.85 GLVC Dana Schwarting (9th) 23
25 Indianapolis 28.94 GLVC Scott Fangman (17th) 29
Dropped out: No. 25 Central Missouri
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 529.87 5
2 RMAC 387.92 3
3 MIAA 334.33 5
4 CIAA 263.16 1
5 NSIC 213.43 2
6 GLVC 191.40 3
7 Northeast-10 120.36 1
8 PSAC 117.42 1
9 Lone Star 102.74 1
10 GNAC 60.82 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2014 Week #7 — March 10

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships (FINAL)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 189.61 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 2
2 Grand Valley State 184.22 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 3
3 Adams State 172.54 RMAC Rock Light (1st) 1
4 Johnson C. Smith 139.23 CIAA Lennox Graham (7th) 5
5 Ashland 126.71 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 4
6 New Mexico Highlands 80.63 RMAC Bob DeVries (22nd) 8
7 Angelo State 74.77 Lone Star James Reid (15th) 6
8 Central Missouri 71.74 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (18th)/Kip Janvrin (16th) 7
9 Western State 64.63 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 9
10 Alaska Anchorage 57.23 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 10
11 New Haven 56.58 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (3rd) 11
12 Georgian Court 46.06 East Coast Michael Murawski (2nd) 15
13 Hillsdale 44.85 GLIAC Andrew Towne (3rd) 13
14 Saint Augustine’s 41.90 CIAA George Williams (38th) 16
15 Augustana (S.D.) 41.90 NSIC Tracy Hellman (14th) 17
16 Tiffin 40.83 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (14th) 14
17 Wayne State (Neb.) 39.41 NSIC Marlon Brink (14th) 18
18 Livingstone 38.98 CIAA Justin Davis (5th) 21
19 West Texas A&M 36.79 Lone Star Darren Flowers (5th) 20
20 Minnesota Duluth 36.67 NSIC Joanna Warmington (3rd) 19
21 Cal State Stanislaus 35.18 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (2nd) 27
22 U-Mary 34.70 NSIC Mike Thorson (20th) 22
23 Neb.-Kearney 34.60 MIAA Brady Bonsall (6th) 24
24 Winston-Salem State 34.08 CIAA Inez Turner (5th) 28
25 Southwest Baptist 33.62 MIAA Corey McElhaney (6th) 25
Dropped out: No. 12 Ferris State, No. 23 Metro State
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 521.48 4
2 MIAA 418.31 4
3 RMAC 399.75 3
4 CIAA 290.44 4
5 NSIC 203.15 4
6 Northeast-10 142.68 1
7 GNAC 132.63 1
8 Lone Star 118.87 2
9 CCAA 57.99 1
10 East Coast 48.37 1