British Columbia Women Lead a Pack Closing in on the Top of the NAIA National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 23, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Defending women’s national team champion Indiana Tech may have maintained its spot atop the week three edition of the NAIA National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), but the pack is closing in fast.

More Info

National Team PDFs
Top 25 | By Team

National Individual PDFs
NAIA By Event | All Divs
Top TFRRS Qualifiers

Rankings History
By Rank | By Team | All-Time

NAIA Rankings Home

Once the favorites by more than 200 team rankings points, the Warriors are now trailed by not just one or two but three teams within approximately 135 points in No. 2 British Columbia, No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 4 Doane (Neb.).

No. 1 Concordia (Ore.) maintained a slim lead over the next three teams in line on the men’s side.

Team rankings points do not equate to NAIA Championships team points scored at the national meet, but rather the number of student-athletes a team has near the top of the descending order list in their resepctive events and how highly they are ranked.

A full explanation of the points system used in the National Team Computer 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.

Women’s Top Five

1)Indiana Tech 2)British Columbia 3)Oklahoma Baptist 4)Doane (Neb.) 5)Wayland Baptist
Indiana Tech
554.91 pts
British Columbia
465.58 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
453.85 pts
Doane (Neb.)
420.07 pts
Wayland Baptist
303.19 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

The Indiana Tech women checked in with a team score of 554.91, down more than 37 points from a week ago.

British Columbia (465.58) took full advantage with a nearly 60-point improvement to move ahead of two-time defending indoor national champion Oklahoma Baptist (453.85) into the second position.

OBU, which registered a 23-point improvement of its own, nevertheless slid down a spot to No. 3.

Middle distance and distance events powered BC’s move to No. 2 behind a pair of top-ten performances from Rhiannon Evans at 1500 meters (No. 4) and 800 meters (No. 8), giving the Thunderbirds four different runners in the top eight in the latter. Amelie De Fenoyl boosted BC with the nation’s second-fastest run at 5000 meters.

Though Doane (Neb.) (420.07) remained stationary at No. 4, the Tigers improved by more than 96 points compared to last week to thrust themselves into the thick of the team race. Top-ranked heptathlete Erin Devries and third-ranked Karissa Blank, along with top-ranked long jumper Lauren Baird, drove the team score surge.

Rounding out the top five was stationary Wayland Baptist (Texas) (303.19).

Men’s Top Five

1)Concordia Ore 2)Wayland Baptist 3)Indiana Tech 4)Oklahoma Baptist 5)Southern Oregon
Concordia (Ore.)
469.70 pts
Wayland Baptist
454.41 pts
Indiana Tech
435.95 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
421.34 pts
Concordia (Neb.)
273.76 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

While the team race on the women’s side is just now starting to heat up, it has been burning bright on the men’s side since week one with each of the top four teams bunched up within 40 points of one another.

Concordia (Ore.) (469.70) held its top spot, while No. 2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (454.41) remained well within striking distance.

Defending champion Indiana Tech (435.95) held firm at No. 3, as did Oklahoma Baptist (421.34) at No. 4.

Concordia (Neb.) (273.76) rounded out the top five after moving up one spot from a week ago.

The No. 23 Morningside (Iowa) women climbed the highest this week of any NAIA top-25 team with an 88-spot leap from last time, while the biggest gainer for the men was No. 20 Northwestern (Iowa) with a 64-position improvement.

Another significant move of note was No. 8 Dickinson State (N.D.), which joined the top 10 following a 28-slot gain.

USTFCCCA NAIA

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

2014 Week #3 — April 23

next ranking: April 30
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr)
1 Concordia (Ore.) 469.70 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd) 1
2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 454.41 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 2
3 Indiana Tech 435.95 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 3
4 Oklahoma Baptist 421.34 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 4
5 Concordia (Neb.) 273.76 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 6
6 Southern Oregon 269.56 Cascade Grier Gatlin (3rd) 5
7 British Columbia 229.42 Independent (NAIA) Marek Jedrzejek (13th) 15
8 Dickinson State (N.D.) 227.73 Frontier Michael Nekuda (1st) 36
9 Oklahoma City 190.91 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (3rd) 7
10 Cal State San Marcos 185.26 Independent (NAIA) Steve Scott (15th) 8
11 Doane (Neb.) 169.75 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 20
12 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 168.84 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 9
13 Siena Heights (Mich.) 161.90 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (30th) 10
14 Carroll (Mont.) 148.63 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 11
15 Missouri Baptist 140.62 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 12
16 Hastings (Neb.) 139.41 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 13
17 Central Methodist (Mo.) 131.80 Heart of America Mark Nelson (3rd) 14
18 Wiley (Texas) 120.97 Red River Micah Tirop (1st) 16
19 Bethel (Ind.) 117.19 Crossroads Tony Natali (16th) 18
20 Northwestern (Iowa) 106.46 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (2nd) 84
21 Concordia (Calif.) 103.69 Golden State Mark Sellers (1st) 24
22 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 101.49 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 19
23 Nebraska Wesleyan 93.13 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) NR
24 Shawnee State (Ohio) 90.56 Mid-South Eric Putnam (8th) 21
25 St. Francis (Ill.) 88.58 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd) 25
dropped out: No. 17 Westmont (Calif.), No. 22 Goshen (Ind.), No. 23 Marian (Ind.)
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Sooner Athletic 1091.19 3
2 Great Plains 927.96 5
3 Cascade 920.87 2
4 Wolverine-Hoosier 752.22 2
5 Frontier 493.43 2
6 Independent (NAIA) 454.35 2
7 Heart of America 420.05 1
8 Crossroads 392.90 1
9 Golden State 356.56 1
10 Sun Conference 301.28 1

 

USTFCCCA NAIA

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

2014 Week #3 — April 23

next ranking: April 30
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr)
1 Indiana Tech 554.91 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th) 1
2 British Columbia 465.58 Independent (NAIA) Marek Jedrzejek (13th) 3
3 Oklahoma Baptist 453.85 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th) 2
4 Doane (Neb.) 420.07 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th) 4
5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 303.19 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd) 5
6 College of Idaho 255.53 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th) 6
7 Concordia (Neb.) 233.70 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd) 12
8 Baker (Kan.) 225.56 Heart of America Zach Kindler (7th) 7
9 Hastings (Neb.) 215.82 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st) 10
10 Cal State San Marcos 189.01 Independent (NAIA) Steve Scott (15th) 8
11 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 186.36 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th) 9
12 Carroll (Mont.) 171.45 Frontier Harry Clark (1st) 13
13 Cornerstone (Mich.) 166.19 Wolverine-Hoosier Paul Koutz (2nd) 23
14 Westmont (Calif.) 163.22 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th) 11
15 Siena Heights (Mich.) 143.79 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (2nd) 18
16 The Master’s (Calif.) 143.32 Golden State Zach Schroeder (6th) 17
17 Xavier (La.) 138.16 Gulf Coast Joseph Moses (10th) 14
18 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 130.36 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th) 16
19 Bethel (Ind.) 125.49 Crossroads Tony Natali (16th) 25
20 Indiana Wesleyan 124.85 Crossroads John Foss (27th) 15
21 Biola (Calif.) 120.42 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (8th) 20
22 Southern Oregon 119.46 Cascade Grier Gatlin (3rd) 19
23 Morningside (Iowa) 113.62 Great Plains Dave Nash (11th) 111
24 Missouri Baptist 105.08 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (4th) 26
25 Concordia (Ore.) 104.44 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd) 22
dropped out: No. 21 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 24 McPherson (Kan.)
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Great Plains 1257.78 4
2 Wolverine-Hoosier 937.82 3
3 Sooner Athletic 785.70 2
4 Independent (NAIA) 665.74 2
5 Cascade 659.98 3
6 Golden State 623.29 3
7 Crossroads 389.07 2
8 Sun Conference 349.69 1
9 Frontier 306.78 1
10 Heart of America 303.99 1