Adams State Men & Women Surging Toward the Top of the DII National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 22, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Both the men and women of Adams State are closing in on the top of the outdoor track & field Division II National Team Rankings in the week six edition released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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While the No. 2 men of ASU surged ever closer to defending outdoor national champion No. 1 Saint Augustine’s, their teammates on the women’s squad made a big two-position surge to No. 2 right on the heels of top-ranked Grand Valley State.

National Athlete of the Week Alicia Nelson’s top-ranked 1500 meter and 5000 meter performances, along with four other top-10 performances this past weekend at multiple meets in California, drove the Adams State women’s team rankings score to 193.17 after a gain of nearly 38 points.

Team rankings scores do not mirror the points systems used at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but rather measure team depth based on their student-athletes’ positioning on the national descending order lists.

No. 1 Grand Valley State (219.26) kept its grip on the top spot with eight performances this weekend ranked in the top 10. The Lakers were the only team in the women’s rankings to hold steady in its position from a week ago

Women’s Top Five

1)GVSU 2)Adams State 3)Johnson C Smith 4)Saint Augustine's 5)Lincoln (Mo.)
GVSU
219.26 pts
Adams St.
193.17 pts
Johnson C. Smith
165.59 pts
St. Augustine’s
151.45 pts
Lincoln (Mo.)
146.76 pts
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Newly crowned CIAA champion Johnson C. Smith (165.69) fell one spot to No. 3, Saint Augustine’s (151.45) improved three positions to No. 4 and Lincoln (Mo.) (146.76) rounded out the top five with a two-slot drop.

The bottom half of the top 10 was equally close and active with No. 6 Ashland (134.80) up two spots, No. 7 Angelo State (134.15) down two, No. 8 Central Missouri (122.62) up one, No. 9 Chico State (95.31) down three and No. 10 New Mexico Highlands (88.20) up four.

Men’s Top Five

1)Saint Augustine's 2)Adams State 3)Texas A&M-Kingsville 4)Ashland 5)Chico State
Saint Augustine’s
262.22 pts
Adams State
238.44 pts
TAMU-Kingsville
184.01 pts
Ashland
177.01 pts
Chico State
125.43 pts
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Adams State’s men (238.44) made the biggest strides of any top-25 team in terms of team rankings score with a nearly 44-point improvement. Leading the way was Kevin Batt with a DII-leading 1500 meters performance and five other top-10 performances.

CIAA Champions for the 17th consecutive season, the No. 1 Saint Augustine’s men (262.22) saw their team rankings score fall by close to 30 points to make for a 70-point swing when considering Adams State’s rise.

The remained of the top five held firm: No. 3 Texas A&M-Kingsville (184.01), No. 4 Ashland (177.01) and No. 5 Chico State (125.43).

As close as Saint Augustine’s and Adams State are at No. 1 and No. 2, the race for spots six through 10 is even closer with just six points between them.

No. 6 Alaska Anchorage (98.72) jumped five spots, No. 7 Academy of Art (96.25) was down one, No. 8 Minnesota State (95.72) was up six, No. 9 Angelo State (94.28) down two and No. 10 GVSU (92.69) held steady.

The No. 22 U-Mary women made the biggest move of the week with a 14-spot improvement from a week ago, while that distinction on the men’s side went to No. 25 Virginia State with a nine-spot leap.

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.

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

2014 Week #6 — April 22

next ranking: April 29
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 262.22 CIAA George Williams (38th) 1
2 Adams State 238.44 RMAC Rock Light (1st) 2
3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 184.01 Lone Star Ryan Dall (6th) 3
4 Ashland 177.01 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 4
5 Chico State 125.43 CCAA Oliver Hanf (2nd) 5
6 Alaska Anchorage 98.72 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 11
7 Academy of Art 96.25 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 6
8 Minnesota State 95.72 NSIC Jim Dilling (1st) 14
9 Angelo State 94.28 Lone Star James Reid (15th) 7
10 Grand Valley State 92.69 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 10
11 Pittsburg State 85.15 MIAA Russ Jewett (26th) 8
12 Lincoln (Mo.) 78.94 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 13
13 Findlay 75.21 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 12
14 Colorado Mines 73.34 RMAC Matt Sparks (1st) 9
15 Tarleton State 72.56 Lone Star Patrick Ponder (8th) 18
16 Cal State Stanislaus 67.18 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (2nd) 16
17 Texas A&M-Commerce 60.68 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (1st) 15
18 Lake Erie 55.17 GLIAC Ryan Rademacher (1st) 23
19 Central Missouri 54.07 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (18th)/Kip Janvrin (16th) 20
20 Indianapolis 53.42 GLVC Scott Fangman (17th) 19
21 Johnson C. Smith 50.04 CIAA Lennox Graham (7th) 25
22 Emporia State 49.08 MIAA Steve Blocker (3rd) 26
23 UC San Diego 45.86 CCAA Tony Salerno (15th) 24
24 Mount Olive 40.63 Conf. Carolinas Matt van Lierop (6th) 21
25 Virginia State 40.29 CIAA Jason-Lamont Jackson (4th) 34
Dropped out: No. 17 Shippensburg, No. 22 Missouri Southern
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 476.99 4
2 Lone Star 471.66 4
3 RMAC 397.30 2
4 CIAA 376.24 3
5 MIAA 373.93 4
6 CCAA 282.97 3
7 GNAC 149.98 1
8 GLVC 137.99 1
9 NSIC 137.30 1
10 PSAC 107.96

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2014 Week #6 — April 22

next ranking: April 29
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Grand Valley State 219.26 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 1
2 Adams State 193.17 RMAC Rock Light (1st) 4
3 Johnson C. Smith 165.59 CIAA Lennox Graham (7th) 2
4 Saint Augustine’s 151.45 CIAA George Williams (38th) 7
5 Lincoln (Mo.) 146.76 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 3
6 Ashland 134.80 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 8
7 Angelo State 134.15 Lone Star James Reid (15th) 5
8 Central Missouri 122.62 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (18th)/Kip Janvrin (16th) 9
9 Chico State 95.31 CCAA Robert Nooney (1st) 6
10 New Mexico Highlands 88.20 RMAC Bob DeVries (22nd) 14
11 Alaska Anchorage 83.25 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 17
12 Wayne State (Neb.) 81.82 NSIC Marlon Brink (14th) 13
13 Cal State Stanislaus 78.46 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (2nd) 10
14 Academy of Art 77.63 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 11
15 Western State 74.43 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 21
16 West Texas A&M 73.23 Lone Star Darren Flowers (5th) 12
17 Indianapolis 67.36 GLVC Scott Fangman (17th) 15
18 Pittsburg State 67.09 MIAA Russ Jewett (28th) 20
19 Texas A&M-Kingsville 66.33 Lone Star Ryan Dall (6th) 18
20 Western Washington 66.33 GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (27th) 16
21 New Haven 50.57 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (3rd) 19
22 U-Mary 47.20 NSIC Mike Thorson (20th) 36
23 Livingstone 40.11 CIAA Justin Davis (5th) 24
24 Seattle Pacific 39.49 GNAC Karl Lerum (9th) 22
25 Lewis 36.98 GLVC Dana Schwarting (9th) 27
Dropped out: No. 23 Tiffin, No. 25 Findlay
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 502.74 2
2 MIAA 490.47 3
3 RMAC 432.45 3
4 CIAA 383.36 3
5 Lone Star 328.46 3
6 GNAC 225.87 3
7 CCAA 210.11 2
8 NSIC 201.69 2
9 GLVC 161.05 2
10 Northeast-10 111.96 1