Tight Top-Five Races Developing in Division II Outdoor T&F National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 15, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Ashland’s men and Adams State’s women both moved to No. 4 at the leading edge of the changes in the week five Division II National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The top three teams from last week remained the same in both the men’s and women’s rankings, and the aforementioned Ashland and Adams State squads were the only two new top-five teams this week.

The National Team Computer Rankings for Division II are a reflection of performances that have been recorded only during the 2014 outdoor track & field season.

While some teams have been competing outdoors regularly since February, many have only recently opened up their spring campaigns.

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.

Men’s Top Five

1)Saint Augustine's 2)Adams State 3)Texas A&M-Kingsville 4)Ashland 5)Chico State
Saint Augustine’s
290.19 pts
Adams State
194.50 pts
TAMU-Kingsville
185.45 pts
Ashland
174.32 pts
Chico State
149.23 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

Led by National Athlete of the Week Drew Windle’s historic 1:46.91 performance at 800 meters, No. 4 Ashland soared straight into the thick of the battle for spots No. 2 through No. 4 behind defending national outdoor team champion Saint Augustine’s (290.19 team rankings score).

No. 2 Adams State (194.50) and No. 3 Texas A&M-Kingsville (185.45) remained relatively steady from a week ago, while the Eagles (174.32) improved three spots from last time and saw its team rankings score improve by nearly 70 points.

No. 5 Chico State (149.23) dropped one position to make room for Ashland’s ascent.

Another big top-10 mover was No. 8 Pittsburg State, which improved five spots from last time.

Women’s Top Five

1)GVSU 2)Johnson C Smith 3)Lincoln (Mo.) 4)Adams State 5)Angelo State
GVSU
201.12 pts
Johnson C. Smith
163.47 pts
Lincoln (Mo.)
162.18 pts
Adams State
155.23 pts
Angelo State
150.99 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

Five is also the number of positions the Adams State women climbed to reach the No. 4 rank on the women’s side.

Behind the power of Kayon Robinson’s fourth-ranked performance at 200 meters in 23.71 and several other top-15 sprints performances, the Grizzlies (155.23) improved their team score by more than 44 points.

The move put ASU in the midst of a tight top five battle headed by No. 1 Grand Valley State (201.12), whic bolstered its position by nearly 16 points.

Little more than 12 rankings points separate the next four teams: No. 2 Johnson C. Smith (163.47), No. 3 Lincoln (Mo.) (162.18), No. 4 Adams State and No. 5 Angelo State (150.99), which slipped one spot from a week ago.

While the top half of the top ten was relatively unchanged, the bottom half underwent more of an overhaul. No. 6 Chico State remained steady, but No. 7 Saint Augustine’s fell two positions from last week while No. 8 Ashland and No. 9 Central Missouri were both up two. Cal State Stanislaus rounded out the top 10 after a three-slot drop.

Making the biggest move of either the men’s or women’s top 25 were the No. 21 Western State women behind collegiate high jump leader Barbara Szabo and her high-jumping teammate Susan Jackson.

No. 24 Lake Erie was up 24 positions for the most significant move on the men’s side, also powered by a high jumper in second-ranked Edward Dudley.

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

2014 Week #5 — April 15

next ranking: April 22
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 290.19 CIAA George Williams (38th) 1
2 Adams State 194.50 RMAC Rock Light (1st) 2
3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 185.45 Lone Star Ryan Dall (6th) 3
4 Ashland 174.32 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 7
5 Chico State 149.23 CCAA Oliver Hanf (2nd) 4
6 Academy of Art 113.97 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 8
7 Angelo State 113.69 Lone Star James Reid (15th) 6
8 Pittsburg State 105.03 MIAA Russ Jewett (26th) 13
9 Colorado Mines 103.19 RMAC Matt Sparks (1st) 5
10 Grand Valley State 88.53 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 10
11 Alaska Anchorage 87.00 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 9
12 Findlay 81.56 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 12
13 Lincoln (Mo.) 72.58 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 26
14 Minnesota State 66.51 NSIC Jim Dilling (1st) 36
15 Texas A&M-Commerce 65.31 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (1st) 11
16 Cal State Stanislaus 64.61 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (2nd) 16
17 Shippensburg 58.42 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (9th) 14
18 Tarleton State 56.61 Lone Star Patrick Ponder (8th) 19
19 Indianapolis 51.26 GLVC Scott Fangman (17th) 28
20 Central Missouri 50.03 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (18th)/Kip Janvrin (16th) 20
21 Mount Olive 48.54 Conf. Carolinas Matt van Lierop (6th) 18
22 Missouri Southern 47.25 MIAA Bryan Schiding (1st) 23
23 Lake Erie 46.94 GLIAC Ryan Rademacher (1st) 47
24 UC San Diego 46.75 CCAA Tony Salerno (15th) 21
25 Johnson C. Smith 44.64 CIAA Lennox Graham (7th) 22
Dropped out: No. 15 Nova Southeastern, No. 17 West Texas A&M, No. 24 Tiffin, No. 25 Cal State LA
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 489.05 4
2 Lone Star 484.44 4
3 MIAA 413.97 4
4 CIAA 383.00 2
5 RMAC 354.04 2
6 CCAA 297.38 3
7 PSAC 155.20 1
8 GNAC 132.15 1
9 PacWest 116.85 1
10 GLVC 115.98 1

 

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

2014 Week #5 — April 15

next ranking: April 22
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Grand Valley State 201.12 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (15th) 1
2 Johnson C. Smith 163.47 CIAA Lennox Graham (7th) 2
3 Lincoln (Mo.) 162.18 MIAA Victor Thomas (13th) 3
4 Adams State 155.23 RMAC Rock Light (1st) 9
5 Angelo State 150.99 Lone Star James Reid (15th) 4
6 Chico State 134.04 CCAA Robert Nooney (1st) 6
7 Saint Augustine’s 128.01 CIAA George Williams (38th) 5
8 Ashland 118.92 GLIAC Jud Logan (11th) 10
9 Central Missouri 117.47 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (18th)/Kip Janvrin (16th) 11
10 Cal State Stanislaus 98.03 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (2nd) 7
11 Academy of Art 87.75 PacWest Charles Ryan (4th) 8
12 West Texas A&M 85.36 Lone Star Darren Flowers (5th) 12
13 Wayne State (Neb.) 79.05 NSIC Marlon Brink (14th) 19
14 New Mexico Highlands 75.50 RMAC Bob DeVries (22nd) 14
15 Indianapolis 66.70 GLVC Scott Fangman (17th) 17
16 Western Washington 65.70 GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (27th) 15
17 Alaska Anchorage 63.30 GNAC Michael Friess (24th) 13
18 Texas A&M-Kingsville 61.64 Lone Star Ryan Dall (6th) 16
19 New Haven 56.23 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (3rd) 18
20 Pittsburg State 56.07 MIAA Russ Jewett (28th) 21
21 Western State 49.57 RMAC Chris Bradford (5th) 82
22 Seattle Pacific 43.52 GNAC Karl Lerum (9th) 20
23 Tiffin 41.92 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (14th) 37
24 Livingstone 41.60 CIAA Justin Davis (5th) 23
25 Findlay 39.05 GLIAC Marc Arce (26th) 36
Dropped out: No. 22 Southwest Baptist, No. 24 Edinboro, No. 25 Central Oklahoma
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 496.85 3
2 GLIAC 484.42 4
3 CIAA 362.29 3
4 RMAC 354.51 3
5 Lone Star 328.12 3
6 CCAA 277.95 2
7 GNAC 202.48 3
8 NSIC 170.93 1
9 GLVC 159.12 1
10 PSAC 148.51