GLIAC Sweeps No. 1 Spots in Week 4 NCAA Division II Indoor T&F National Rankings

GLIAC Sweeps No. 1 Spots in Week 4 NCAA Division II Indoor T&F National Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – It’s a GLIAC sweep atop NCAA Division II indoor track & field as the Grand Valley State men and the Ashland women both moved to No. 1 in this week’s National Team Computer Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Each and every week the potential national title pictures comes into clearer focus, as preseason marks have not been included for the NCAA DII rankings since the November preseason rankings. Moving to the foreground this week were the GVSU supplanting Findlay as the top-ranked men’s team, and Ashland’s women inching ahead of former No. 1 Central Missouri.

The GVSU men narrowly lead No. 2 Ashland and No. 3 Findlay in the rankings. The Lakers checked in with 156.29 team rankings points, followed by Ashland with 149.40 and Findlay with 145.99.

Points are determined using a formula that assigns points to athletes based on how highly they are ranked on the NCAA DII qualifying list, and totals up all the points earned each team’s athletes. Points do not equate to the scoring system used at the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, March 13-14.

Ashland’s women didn’t exactly pull away from UCM, either. The Eagles posted 152.11 points to the Jennies’ 144.25 and the No. 3 GVSU Lakers’ 137.26.

Rounding out the top five for the men were last year’s national runner-up Adams State at No. 4 and formerly top-ranked Minnesota State at No. 5.

A whopping 20 season’s-best performances for the GVSU men at their two-day, two-meet GVSU Big Meet boosted them up five spots to the perch of the DII rankings, including No. 2 shot putter Chris Saikalis and No. 3 800-meter runner Ethan Barnes among nine top-10 performers.

NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)GVSU 2)Ashland 3)Findlay 4)Adams State 5)Minnesota St
Grand Valley St. Ashland Findlay Adams St. Minnesota St.
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NCAA Division II National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Ashland 2)Central Missouri 3)GVSU 4)Lincoln MO 5)GVSU
Central Missouri Ashland Grand Valley St. N.M. Highlands. Hillsdale
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Though Ashland’s Drew Windle impressed in the Millrose Games 1000-meter race with a third-place finish as the only collegian in the field, he didn’t add any points to the team’s total this week. The Eagles got a pair of top-four performances from Elijha Owens and the No. 6 mile from Nick Hall, allowing them to move past GLIAC rival Findlay at No. 3.

Undoubtedly the biggest gainer on the men’s side was Adams State, which improved 91.2 points to 128.61 as many of its distance runners made their season debuts. Matt Daniels was particularly impressive with the top-ranked mile and 5000-meter times, and Kevin Batt posted the top 3000 of the year. Cross Country champ Tabor Stevens has yet to debut.

Despite a new Division II 60-meter hurdles record from Myles Hunter, Minnesota State dropped two spots to No. 5.

Neither Ashland nor Central Missouri made significant gains or took significant losses atop the women’s rankings. Some national event ranking shake-ups caused UCM to slip ever so slightly.

A trio of teams that did make significant gains rounded out the top five. GVSU moved up two spots to No. 3 behind an impressive 21 season’s bests at the Big Meet, including No. 2 5000-meter runner Amy Cymerman and the No. 6 pole vault duo of Jennifer Schornak and Alexandra Kitz.

New Mexico Highlands checked in at No. 4 behind DII long jump record-holder Shanice McPherson and combined events star Salcia Slack. Shanna Thomas also posted the No. 3 time at 60 meters.

Distance running boosted No. 5 Hillsdale, as the Chargers’ DMR moved to No. 2 in the country, Emily Oren moved to No. 3 in the mile, and Amy Kerst and Kristina Galat posted No. 7 times at 800- and 3000-meters, respectively.

Defending national outdoor champion Lincoln (Mo.) checked in at No. 7, and defending indoor champion Adams State came in at No. 11.

Making big moves into the top 10 were the No. 7 Central Missouri men (up six spots) and he No. 9 Pittsburg State women (up eight spots).

The biggest top-25 move of the day came from the No. 17 Academy of Art men, who improved 22 spots from a week ago.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2015 Week #4 — February 17

next ranking: February 24
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Grand Valley State 156.29 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th) 6
2 Ashland 149.40 GLIAC Jud Logan (12th) 2
3 Findlay 145.99 GLIAC Marc Arce (27th) 1
4 Adams State 128.61 RMAC Rock Light (2nd) 22
5 Minnesota State 123.46 NSIC Jim Dilling (2nd) 3
6 Colorado Mines 103.09 RMAC Matt Sparks (2nd) 4
7 Central Missouri 96.71 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (19th)/Kip Janvrin (17th) 13
8 Saint Augustine’s 79.54 CIAA George Williams (39th) 5
9 Western State 76.69 RMAC Chris Bradford (6th) 7
10 Tiffin 73.86 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (15th) 14
11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 68.26 Lone Star Ryan Dall (7th) 8
12 Shippensburg 64.88 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (10th) 26
13 Missouri Southern 63.37 MIAA Bryan Schiding (2nd) 18
14 Pittsburg State 63.02 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 11
15 American International 61.19 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (9th) 12
16 Lewis 59.00 GLVC Dana Schwarting (10th) 10
17 Academy of Art 54.09 PacWest Charles Ryan (5th) 39
18 CSU-Pueblo 53.77 RMAC Matt Morris (2nd) 9
19 Emporia State 51.69 MIAA Steve Blocker (4th) 17
20 Southern Indiana 50.19 GLVC Mike Hillyard (17th) 15
21 Sioux Falls 44.21 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (3rd) 23
22 Neb.-Kearney 39.82 MIAA Brady Bonsall (7th) 20
23 Hillsdale 39.64 GLIAC Andrew Towne (1st) 24
24 West Texas A&M 36.52 Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th) 27
25 Texas A&M-Commerce 33.87 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (2nd) 21
dropped out: No. 16 Black Hills State, No. 19 Simon Fraser, No. 25 Fort Hays State
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 616.35 5
2 RMAC 433.22 4
3 MIAA 360.23 5
4 NSIC 197.00 2
5 Lone Star 143.45 3
6 GLVC 142.71 2
7 Northeast-10 126.29 1
8 GNAC 115.19
9 CIAA 87.93 1
10 PacWest 82.40 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 615.48 1
Central Minnesota State 331.14 1
East Southern Connecticut 420.66 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 465.50 1
South Shorter 672.93 1
South Central Texas A&M-Commerce 388.79 1
Southeast Mount Olive 439.59 1
West Academy of Art 342.01 4
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USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2015 Week #4 — February 17

next ranking: February 24
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Ashland 152.11 GLIAC Jud Logan (12th) 2
2 Central Missouri 144.25 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (19th)/Kip Janvrin (17th) 1
3 Grand Valley State 137.26 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th) 5
4 New Mexico Highlands 128.97 RMAC Bob DeVries (23rd) NR
5 Hillsdale 116.80 GLIAC Andrew Towne (4th) 8
6 Simon Fraser 106.00 GNAC Brit Townsend (15th) 3
7 Lincoln (Mo.) 73.97 MIAA Victor Thomas (14th) 4
8 Johnson C. Smith 72.64 CIAA Lennox Graham (8th) 7
9 Pittsburg State 63.70 MIAA Russ Jewett (29th) 17
10 New Haven 62.46 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (4th) 10
11 U-Mary 60.51 NSIC Mike Thorson (21st) 6
12 Adams State 60.06 RMAC Rock Light (2nd) 13
13 Lewis 51.75 GLVC Dana Schwarting (10th) 9
14 Harding 50.78 Great American Steve Guymon (12th) 11
15 Findlay 48.66 GLIAC Marc Arce (27th) 15
16 Sioux Falls 47.92 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (3rd) 16
17 Southern Connecticut 47.54 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (3rd) 12
18 Minnesota Duluth 46.34 NSIC Joanna Warmington (4th) 14
19 Stonehill 42.43 Northeast-10 Karen Boen (17th) 19
20 Azusa Pacific 41.92 PacWest Preston Grey (1st) 20
21 West Texas A&M 41.66 Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th) 27
22 Livingstone 41.49 CIAA Justin Davis (6th) 23
23 Shorter 40.55 Gulf South Scott Byrd (8th) 24
24 Academy of Art 40.50 PacWest Charles Ryan (5th) 25
25 Wayne State (Neb.) 40.36 NSIC Marlon Brink (15th) 18
dropped out: No. 21 Chadron State, No. 22 Saint Augustine’s
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 501.40 4
2 MIAA 334.36 3
3 RMAC 299.43 2
4 NSIC 289.90 4
5 Northeast-10 215.10 3
6 CIAA 192.58 2
7 GNAC 157.70 1
8 Lone Star 101.30 1
9 GLVC 98.01 1
10 PacWest 82.43 2

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Winston-Salem State 258.16 NR
Central Central Missouri 312.42 1
East Southern Connecticut 511.30 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 580.57 1
South Alabama-Huntsville 660.22 1
South Central New Mexico Highlands 346.72 NR
Southeast Queens (N.C.) 289.18 1
West Azusa Pacific 322.44 3
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