REVISED: Defending DII Champ Saint Augustine’s Men Reclaim No. 1

REVISED: Defending DII Champ Saint Augustine’s Men Reclaim No. 1

NOTE: The week six edition of the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings for NCAA Division II have been updated to reflect several meets that erroneously did not factor into the original rankings. Consequent changes to the original release have been underlined.

NEW ORLEANS – It was a Saint Augustine’s takeover in the sixth edition of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division II National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Findlay 2)Adams State 3)Minnesota St 4)Ashland 5)GVSU
Saint Augustine’s Minnesota St. TAMU-Commerce Ashland Grand Valley St.
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NCAA Division II National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Central Missouri 2)Findlay 3)GVSU 4)Lincoln MO 5)GVSU
Central Missouri Saint Augustine’s Grand Valley St. NM Highlands Pittsburg St.
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The two-time defending national champion Falcon men reclaimed the No. 1 position they last held two weeks ago, while the SAU women flew up four spots to No. 2, just behind top-ranked Central Missouri.

With just over a month remaining until the NCAA Division II Championships in Allendale, Michigan, on May 21-23, the rankings continue to ebb and flow with each passing week; of the combined 20 teams in the men’s and women’s top 10s, 18 checked in at a different position than a week ago.

Case in point: only Saint Augustine’s and Ashlandthe former men’s No. 1 which dropped down to No. 4 this week – remained part of the top five from last time; Pittsburg State fell from No. 3 to No. 11, Adams State from No. 4 to No. 6, and Angelo State from No. 5 to No. 10.

Assuming their positions and reprising former top-five ranks of their own were No. 2 Minnesota State, No. 3 Texas A&M-Commerce, and No. 5 Grand Valley State.

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For Saint Augustine’s – which saw the rankings’ second-biggest improvement of 44.09 points to a 179.57 team rankings score – was boosted to the top, as usual, by its corps of dynamic short sprinters. Omar Johnson ran a DII-leading 45.78 and was joined in the top five by teammates Burkheart Ellis, Jr., at No. 3 and Khari Herbert at No. 5.

Ellis, Jr., also posted the No. 2 time at 200 meters, followed by No. 5 Daniel Jameison and No. 6 Johnson.

Those performances put the Falcons more than 40 points ahead of the group of teams from No. 2 Minnesota State through No. 8 Findlay that are all themselves separated by fewer than 20 points.

As has been the case of late, movement in the women’s top five was more subdued – but teams are starting to creep up on indoor champ Central Missouri. The Jennies checked in at 171.10 points – down about five points despite Heavin Warner’s NCAA Division II record in the hammer throw.

Just one week ago, only one team was within 30 points of UCM; this week, both Saint Augustine’s (150.91) and cross country champion Grand Valley State (147.56) are within 25 points, with No. 4 New Mexico Highlands, which dropped two spots this week, still very much in the hunt at 131.07.

Rounding out the top five was Pittsburg State (112.69) following a three-position jump.

Like their men’s teammates, the women of Saint Augustine’s moved up the rankings behind the power of their sprinters and hurdlers. Samantha Woodburn had herself a weekend at the CIAA Championships, moving up to No. 3 at 200 meters, No. 6 at 400 meters and running a leg of the No. 1 4×100 relay.

Also contributing big points for the Falcons were No. 6 Ornella Livingston at 200 meters, No. 6 Shakinah Brooks in the long jump, and No. 7 Shamia Lassiter in the 100-meter hurdles.

Three women’s teams made double-digit improvements in the rankings. No. 13 Winston-Salem State jumped up 12, No. 18 Johnson C. Smith leapt a week-best 18 positions, and No. 23 Western Washington improved 14 spots.

Only one more men’s teams climbed 10-or-more spots, as No. 2 Minnesota State rose 13 notches from a week ago.

At the regional level, the eight regions saw a combined two new men’s No. 1 teams and three new top-ranked women’s squads.

Southern Connecticut’s men climbed to No. 1 in the East, while Shorter took command of the South.

For the women, Saint Augustine’s moved to No. 1 in the Atlantic, as did Southern Connecticut in the East and West Texas A&M in the South Central.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2015 Week #6 — April 21 (REVISED)

next ranking: April 28
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 179.57 CIAA George Williams (39th) 2
2 Minnesota State 139.29 NSIC Jim Dilling (2nd) 15
3 Texas A&M-Commerce 137.25 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (2nd) 6
4 Ashland 134.87 GLIAC Jud Logan (12th) 1
5 Grand Valley State 127.71 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th) 7
6 Adams State 124.57 RMAC Rock Light (2nd) 4
7 Texas A&M-Kingsville 123.49 Lone Star Ryan Dall (7th) 11
8 Findlay 120.46 GLIAC Marc Arce (27th) 9
9 West Texas A&M 111.45 Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th) 10
10 Angelo State 108.55 Lone Star James Reid (16th) 5
11 Pittsburg State 104.36 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 3
12 Chico State 97.86 CCAA Oliver Hanf (3rd) 8
13 Shippensburg 94.74 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (10th) 12
14 Azusa Pacific 92.69 PacWest Kevin Reid (20th) 23
15 Alaska Anchorage 91.39 GNAC Michael Friess (25th) 14
16 Johnson C. Smith 86.15 CIAA Lennox Graham (8th) 21
17 Southern Indiana 77.78 GLVC Mike Hillyard (17th) 26
18 Tiffin 72.75 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (15th) 18
19 Colorado Mines 66.85 RMAC Matt Sparks (2nd) 13
20 Central Missouri 63.70 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (19th)/Kip Janvrin (17th) 19
21 Missouri Southern 60.11 MIAA Bryan Schiding (2nd) 20
22 Cal Poly Pomona 59.96 CCAA Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (3rd) 17
23 CSU-Pueblo 52.97 RMAC Matt Morris (2nd) 32
24 Lincoln (Mo.) 52.90 MIAA Victor Thomas (14th) 25
25 Tarleton State 51.02 Lone Star Patrick Ponder (9th) 28
dropped out: No. 16 Academy of Art, No. 22 Western State, No. 24 Western Washington
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 588.50 4
2 Lone Star 555.82 5
3 MIAA 379.77 4
4 RMAC 338.69 3
5 CIAA 308.02 2
6 CCAA 268.26 2
7 GNAC 220.14 1
8 NSIC 175.85 1
9 PacWest 168.40 1
10 PSAC 116.52 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 631.93 1
Central Pittsburg State 430.12 1
East Southern Connecticut 556.57 2
Midwest Grand Valley State 526.21 1
South Shorter 404.54 2
South Central Texas A&M-Commerce 536.66 1
Southeast Mount Olive 504.93 1
West Chico State 457.20 1
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USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2015 Week #6 — April 21 (REVISED)

next ranking: April 28
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Central Missouri 171.10 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (19th)/Kip Janvrin (17th) 1
2 Saint Augustine’s 150.91 CIAA George Williams (39th) 6
3 Grand Valley State 147.56 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th) 3
4 New Mexico Highlands 131.07 RMAC Bob DeVries (23rd) 2
5 Pittsburg State 112.69 MIAA Russ Jewett (29th) 8
6 Azusa Pacific 110.09 PacWest Preston Grey (3rd) 5
7 West Texas A&M 107.06 Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th) 7
8 Ashland 98.73 GLIAC Jud Logan (12th) 10
9 Lincoln (Mo.) 94.51 MIAA Victor Thomas (14th) 4
10 Hillsdale 91.39 GLIAC Andrew Towne (4th) 11
11 Adams State 80.94 RMAC Rock Light (2nd) 21
12 Angelo State 78.59 Lone Star James Reid (16th) 9
13 Winston-Salem State 74.62 CIAA Inez Turner (6th) 25
14 Simon Fraser 72.38 GNAC Brit Townsend (15th) 18
15 Texas A&M-Kingsville 65.04 Lone Star Ryan Dall (7th) 15
16 Wayne State (Neb.) 61.97 NSIC Marlon Brink (15th) 12
17 Winona State 60.41 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (11th) 14
18 Johnson C. Smith 58.62 CIAA Lennox Graham (8th) 36
19 Lewis 56.85 GLVC Dana Schwarting (10th) 13
20 Chico State 56.68 CCAA Robert Nooney (2nd) 16
21 Alaska Anchorage 53.05 GNAC Michael Friess (25th) 28
22 Shorter 51.61 Peach Belt Scott Byrd (8th) 17
23 Western Washington 51.54 GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (28th) 37
24 Findlay 50.35 GLIAC Marc Arce (27th) 32
25 Fort Hays State 46.23 MIAA Dennis Weber (22nd) 22
dropped out: No. 19 Humboldt State, No. 20 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 22 Fort Hays State, No. 23 UC San Diego, No. 24 Livingstone
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 570.63 4
2 GLIAC 464.06 4
3 CIAA 349.09 3
4 RMAC 346.98 2
5 Lone Star 330.07 3
6 NSIC 261.85 2
7 GNAC 248.61 3
8 CCAA 165.12 1
9 GLVC 164.54 1
10 PacWest 139.14 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Saint Augustine’s 390.86 3
Central Central Missouri 392.94 1
East Southern Connecticut 469.34 2
Midwest Grand Valley State 528.14 1
South Nova Southeastern 484.06 1
South Central West Texas A&M 427.26 3
Southeast Queens (N.C.) 464.51 1
West Azusa Pacific 423.60 2
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