Oklahoma Baptist Men & Indiana Tech Women No. 1 in Inaugural NAIA Outdoor National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 9, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Defending women’s champion Indiana Tech and the Oklahoma Baptist  men are the top-ranked teams in the inaugural edition of the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Based only on performances on the descending order lists from this 2014 outdoor season, the Indiana Tech women are significant favorites over second-ranked British Columbia, while the Oklahoma Baptist men find themselves in a tight battle with No. 2 Concordia (Ore.) and defending national champion No. 3 Indiana Tech.

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.

Behind the strength of top-ranked triple jumper Darcie Bowie and a nation-best 19 performers ranked in the top 10 nationally – including eight in the top three, twice as many as any other program – the Indiana Tech women’s team rankings score of 609.61 is well clear of No. 2 British Columbia at 402.17.

Women’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)British Columbia 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)College of Idaho 5)Baker (Kan.)
Indiana Tech
609.61 pts
British Columbia
402.17 pts
Oklahoma Baptist
358.59 pts
College of Idaho
316.11 pts
Baker (Kan.)
303.76 pts
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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 description of how the system works can be found here.

Oklahoma Baptist (358.59), the 2012 national team champion and the two-time reigning indoor champion, came in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 College of Idaho (316.11) and No. 5 Baker (Kan.) (303.76).

Men’s Top Five

1)Washington (Mo.) 2)Williams 3)North Central 4)Williams 5)Southern Oregon
Oklahoma Baptist
445.86 pts
Concordia (Ore.)
438.24 pts
Indiana Tech
417.96 pts
Wayland Baptist
303.37 pts
Southern Oregon
267.09 pts
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The men’s top three of No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist (445.86), No. 2 Concordia (Ore.) and defending outdoor and reigning indoor national champion No. 3 Indiana Tech (417.96) are exceptionally close.

In terms of total national top-10 student-athletes/relays, Oklahoma Baptist edged out Concordia and Indiana Tech with 16 to 15 and 13, respectively. However, both OBU and Concordia both have seven top-three performers to Indiana Tech’s three.

Of those seven for OBU, four came courtesy of Kenneth Combs, who is No. 1 at 100 and 200 meters, as well as the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles.

The team with the most top-three performers? That would be No. 4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (303.37) with eight of their ten top-10 entries among the top three.

Southern Oregon (267.09) rounded out the top five.

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.

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 #1 — April 9

next ranking: April 16
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr)
1 Oklahoma Baptist 445.86 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th)
2 Concordia (Ore.) 438.24 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd)
3 Indiana Tech 417.96 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th)
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 303.37 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd)
5 Southern Oregon 267.09 Cascade Grier Gatlin (3rd)
6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 259.63 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th)
7 Cal State San Marcos 241.44 Independent (NAIA) Steve Scott (15th)
8 Concordia (Neb.) 236.53 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd)
9 Oklahoma City 200.41 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (3rd)
10 Wiley (Texas) 184.46 Red River Micah Tirop (1st)
11 British Columbia 161.01 Independent (NAIA) Marek Jedrzejek (13th)
12 Hastings (Neb.) 154.84 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st)
13 Westmont (Calif.) 151.99 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th)
14 Doane (Neb.) 142.46 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th)
15 Carroll (Mont.) 134.73 Frontier Harry Clark (1st)
16 Shawnee State (Ohio) 125.43 Mid-South Eric Putnam (8th)
17 Dickinson State (N.D.) 119.80 Frontier Michael Nekuda (1st)
18 Siena Heights (Mich.) 108.84 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (30th)
19 William Carey (Miss.) 106.53 Southern States Ben Smith (2nd)
20 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 101.63 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th)
21 Dillard (La.) 99.53 Gulf Coast Bobby Williams (5th)
22 St. Francis (Ill.) 99.20 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd)
23 Central Methodist (Mo.) 93.45 Heart of America Mark Nelson (3rd)
24 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 93.10 Sun Conference Patrick Reagan (2nd)
25 College of Idaho 93.06 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th)
debut of NAIA outdoor national rankings by the USTFCCCA
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Cascade 1018.16 3
2 Sooner Athletic 975.60 3
3 Great Plains 658.38 3
4 Wolverine-Hoosier 562.34 2
5 Independent (NAIA) 491.69 2
6 Sun Conference 463.09 2
7 Golden State 409.88 1
8 Red River 409.33 1
9 Frontier 325.87 2
10 Heart of America 319.12 1

 

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

2014 Week #1 — April 9

next ranking: April 16
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr)
1 Indiana Tech 609.61 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (5th)
2 British Columbia 402.17 Independent (NAIA) Marek Jedrzejek (13th)
3 Oklahoma Baptist 358.59 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (18th)
4 College of Idaho 316.11 Cascade Pat McCurry (10th)
5 Baker (Kan.) 303.76 Heart of America Zach Kindler (7th)
6 Doane (Neb.) 273.92 Great Plains Ed Fye (12th)
7 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 259.08 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (3rd)
8 Cal State San Marcos 249.13 Independent (NAIA) Steve Scott (15th)
9 Hastings (Neb.) 207.98 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (1st)
10 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 201.81 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (11th)
11 Westmont (Calif.) 198.66 Golden State Russell Smelley (35th)
12 Concordia (Neb.) 178.06 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (22nd)
13 The Master’s (Calif.) 171.62 Golden State Zach Schroeder (6th)
14 Xavier (La.) 162.17 Gulf Coast Joseph Moses (5th)
15 Biola (Calif.) 145.25 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (8th)
16 Concordia (Ore.) 142.93 Cascade Isaac Frederick (2nd)
17 Southern Oregon 138.66 Cascade Grier Gatlin (3rd)
18 Vanguard (Calif.) 132.62 Golden State Bryan Wilkins (26th)
19 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 125.50 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (13th)
20 Carroll (Mont.) 117.24 Frontier Harry Clark (1st)
21 Siena Heights (Mich.) 115.98 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (2nd)
22 Wiley (Texas) 100.85 Red River Micah Tirop (2nd)
23 Concordia (Calif.) 97.26 Golden State Mark Sellers (1st)
24 Indiana Wesleyan 91.06 Crossroads John Foss (27th)
25 St. Francis (Ill.) 79.95 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (2nd)
debut of NAIA outdoor national rankings by the USTFCCCA
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 821.28 2
2 Great Plains 820.89 3
3 Cascade 802.36 3
4 Golden State 765.24 5
5 Independent (NAIA) 663.83 2
6 Sooner Athletic 635.91 2
7 Sun Conference 468.85 1
8 Heart of America 366.50 1
9 Red River 274.23 1
10 Chicagoland 261.81 2