Indiana Tech Men & Women Set to Enter NAIA Championships as the Favorites

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 3, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – With significant advantages in the total entries to the NAIA Indoor Championships released last Friday, the top-ranked Indiana Tech men and women once again headlined the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer Rankings prior to this upcoming weekend’s national championships.

Women’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Middlebury 4)St. Olaf 5)Williams
Indiana Tech
549.48 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
472.23 pts
Cornerstone
240.99 pts
Doane
223.20 pts
Wayland Baptist
204.13 pts
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Using only times, marks and scores from student-athletes set to be in the fields at the NAIA Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, from March 6-8, the Indiana Tech men and women remained heavy favorites in the rankings, as they have since the initial release in late January.

Qualification for the meet — which can be streamed live online –ended last weekend, so any changes in team points are the result of who did or didn’t enter into an event.

The Warrior women have a whopping 40 entries set to compete this weekend compared to defending indoor champion No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist’s 26, while the IT men have 34 entries compared to the second-highest total of 19 belonging to No. 8 Concordia (Neb.).

While both No. 1 squads enjoy a significant advantage in total entries, both also saw their leads in the computer rankings erode.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Williams 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)Williams 5)Washington (Mo.)
Indiana Tech
446.17 pts
Concordia (Ore.)
275.59 pts
Siena Heights
268.22 pts
Wayland Baptist
259.20 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
242.43 pts
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The Indiana Tech women (546.48 team rankings score) particularly saw this, as their once-vast lead over defending indoor champion OBU (472.23) dwindled to just over 70 points as the championships approach.

Rounding out a stationary top five were No. 3 Cornerstone (Mich.) (240.99), No. 4 Doane (Neb.) (223.20) and No. 5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (204.13).

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Indiana Tech’s men (446.17) enter nationals with a sizable advantage over new No. 2 Concordia (Ore.) (275.59), which improved three spots from a week ago.

Siena Heights (Mich.) (268.22) stayed put at No. 3, while Wayland Baptist (259.20) dropped two spots and defending indoor national champion Oklahoma Baptist (242.43) slid down a notch to No. 5.

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 #6 — March 3 (pre-Championships)

next ranking: none, NAIA Championships (FINAL)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 446.17 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Concordia (Ore.) 275.59 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd) 5
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 268.22 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (30th) 3
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 259.20 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 2
5 Oklahoma Baptist 242.43 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 4
6 Carroll (Mont.) 179.84 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 8
7 Oklahoma City 164.52 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (3rd) 6
8 Concordia (Neb.) 159.91 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 7
9 Doane (Neb.) 134.74 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 9
10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 122.95 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 10
11 Dickinson State (N.D.) 109.13 Frontier Michael Nekuda (1st) 12
12 Missouri Baptist 104.71 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 16
13 Aquinas (Mich.) 101.08 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (18th) 13
14 Hastings (Neb.) 97.81 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 14
15 Eastern Oregon 93.73 Cascade Ben Welch (10th) 11
16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 93.41 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 15
17 St. Francis (Ill.) 69.47 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 17
18 Central Methodist (Mo.) 65.74 Heart of America Mark Nelson (3rd) 19
19 Cornerstone (Mich.) 62.84 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (16th) 18
20 Westmont (Calif.) 58.64 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th) 21
21 Southern Oregon 46.11 Cascade Grier Gatlin (3rd) 20
22 Evergreen State (Wash.) 43.48 Cascade Chris Ertman 35
23 Morningside (Iowa) 43.24 Great Plains Dave Nash (11th) 25
24 Goshen (Ind.) 42.77 Crossroads Doug Yoder (3rd) 30
25 Northwood (Texas) 41.29 Red River Rick Watkins 27
Dropped out: No. 22 College of Idaho, No. 23 Concordia (Calif.), No. 24 Northwestern (Iowa)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 908.03 4
2 Sooner Athletic 689.82 3
3 Great Plains 538.87 4
4 Cascade 501.67 4
5 Frontier 347.43 2
6 Chicagoland 216.22 2
7 Crossroads 165.09 1
8 Heart of America 163.38 1
9 American Midwest 157.26 1
10 Golden State 134.52 1

 

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

2014 Week #6 — March 3 (pre-Championships)

next ranking: none, NAIA Championships (FINAL)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 546.48 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist 472.23 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 2
3 Cornerstone (Mich.) 240.99 Wolverine-Hoosier Paul Koutz (2nd) 3
4 Doane (Neb.) 223.20 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 4
5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 204.13 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 5
6 College of Idaho 197.06 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th) 7
7 Concordia (Neb.) 159.28 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 6
8 Hastings (Neb.) 136.79 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 8
9 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 117.18 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 12
10 Westmont (Calif.) 113.98 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th) 9
11 Siena Heights (Mich.) 97.34 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (2nd) 10
12 Bethel (Ind.) 94.08 Crossroads Tony Natali (16th) 13
13 Missouri Baptist 90.85 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 17
14 Carroll (Mont.) 86.97 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 15
15 Biola (Calif.) 83.12 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (8th) 11
16 St. Francis (Ill.) 80.98 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 14
17 Cal State San Marcos 77.42 Independent Steve Scott (15th) 19
18 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 67.33 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 16
19 Dordt (Iowa) 66.89 Great Plains Craig Heynen (6th) 18
20 Cumberlands (Ky.) 61.84 Mid-South Floyd Stroud (21st) 20
21 Indiana Wesleyan 55.74 Crossroads John Foss (27th) 22
22 Vanguard (Calif.) 54.44 Golden State Bryan Wilkins (26th) 23
23 Baker (Kan.) 52.57 Heart of America Zach Kindler (7th) 21
24 Eastern Oregon 50.62 Cascade Ben Welch (10th) 27
25 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 49.35 Frontier Mike Collins (17th) 29
Dropped out: No. 24 Concordia (Calif.), No. 25 Morningside (Iowa)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 936.88 3
2 Great Plains 692.46 4
3 Sooner Athletic 676.35 2
4 Golden State 283.72 3
5 Cascade 281.16 2
6 Crossroads 234.51 2
7 Chicagoland 192.18 2
8 Sun Conference 180.66 1
9 Frontier 170.35 2
10 American Midwest 130.52 1