Race For NAIA No. 1 Tightens

Race For NAIA No. 1 Tightens

NEW ORLEANS – In the latest edition of the NAIA track & field team rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the No. 1 teams remained the same, but the battle for the top spot tightened.  The No. 1 Indiana Tech men and No. 1 Wayland Baptist women led the nation in rankings points for the fourth straight week.  And the No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist men and No. 2 Indiana Tech women closed the gap by more than thirty points each.

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OBU’s men narrowed Tech’s lead by running a nation-leading 4×800 meter relay at Drake.  Travis Hinton, Jywayne Allen, Ayoub Akil, and Clay Shepperson teamed up to run 7:31.73 and win the non-DI section in Des Moines. The Warrior women made their advance thanks to forty points from the two polar opposite hurdling events at the Penn Relays.  Laura Condron ran 11:06 in the steeplechase, and Andrea Ford ran 14.20 in the 100 meter hurdles.

Trends for both sexes were similar.  For both men and women, the composition of the top five remained the same, one team from Oregon joined the top ten, and two teams joined the top twenty-five. 

The men’s top five—Tech, Oklahoma Baptist, No. 3 Concordia (Neb.), No. 4 British Columbia, and No. 5 Southern Oregon—is the same for the second straight week. Nos. 6 and 7 Doane and Concordia (Ore.) switched places, and No. 9 Eastern Oregon joined the top ten.  The leaper of the week was No. 17 Northwestern (Iowa), up eleven ranks.  No. 23 Cumberlands (Ky.) also joined the top twenty-five.

Behind Wayland Baptist and Indiana Tech, women’s No. 3 Concordia (Neb.) and No. 4 British Columbia traded spots ahead of No. 5 Doane. Concordia (Ore.) joined the top ten at No. 10, and two squads made huge jumps.  No. 19 Brenau (Ga.) and No. 23 Friends (Kan.) moved up forty-six and seventeen spots, respectively.

The NAIA national rankings will be released on Wednesdays between now and the May 21-23 national championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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

2015 Week #5 — April 29

next ranking: May 6
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 432.83 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (6th) 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist 376.89 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (19th) 2
3 Concordia (Neb.) 347.59 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (23rd) 3
4 British Columbia 292.20 Independent (NAIA) Marek Jedrzejek (14th) 4
5 Southern Oregon 272.14 Cascade Grier Gatlin (4th) 5
6 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 271.78 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (4th) 7
7 Doane (Neb.) 248.16 Great Plains Ed Fye (13th) 6
8 Concordia (Ore.) 227.27 Cascade Jerret Mantalas (1st) 8
9 Eastern Oregon 206.19 Cascade Ben Welch (11th) 12
10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 203.39 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (14th) 9
11 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 180.97 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (12th) 11
12 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 174.13 Great Plains Nate Treinen (8th) 20
13 Oklahoma City 171.76 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (4th) 10
14 Siena Heights (Mich.) 167.54 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (31st) 13
15 Wiley (Texas) 162.25 Red River Micah Tirop (2nd) 14
16 Indiana Wesleyan 132.18 Crossroads John Foss (28th) 16
17 Northwestern (Iowa) 128.52 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (3rd) 28
18 Carroll (Mont.) 123.48 Frontier Harry Clark (2nd) 18
19 William Carey (Miss.) 121.50 Southern States Ben Smith (3rd) 19
20 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 118.92 Frontier Mike Collins (18th) 21
21 Tennessee Wesleyan 116.12 Appalachian Shawn Jakubowski (3rd) 15
22 Cal State San Marcos 113.48 Independent (NAIA) Steve Scott (16th) 17
23 Cumberlands (Ky.) 109.59 Mid-South Floyd Stroud (22nd) 27
24 Central Methodist (Mo.) 109.38 Heart of America Mark Nelson (4th) 22
25 Bethel (Ind.) 105.39 Crossroads Tony Natali (17th) 25
dropped out: No. 23 Park (Mo.), No. 24 Westmont (Calif.)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Great Plains 963.53 3
2 Sooner Athletic 878.62 3
3 Cascade 866.39 3
4 Wolverine-Hoosier 710.64 2
5 Independent (NAIA) 503.16 2
6 Sun Conference 424.43 1
7 Crossroads 352.54 2
8 Chicagoland 319.68 1
9 Red River 286.09 1
10 Heart of America 279.01 1

 

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

2015 Week #5 — April 29

next ranking: May 6
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 479.30 Sooner Athletic Rohan Thompson (4th) 1
2 Indiana Tech 440.84 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (6th) 2
3 Concordia (Neb.) 387.71 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (23rd) 4
4 British Columbia 375.99 Independent Marek Jedrzejek (14th) 3
5 Doane (Neb.) 351.98 Great Plains Ed Fye (13th) 5
6 Oklahoma Baptist 317.20 Sooner Athletic Ford Mastin (19th) 6
7 Westmont (Calif.) 241.54 Golden State Russell Smelley (36th) 8
8 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 227.96 Sun Conference Michael Rosolino (12th) 7
9 Cornerstone (Mich.) 190.38 Wolverine-Hoosier Paul Koutz (3rd) 9
10 Concordia (Ore.) 154.00 Cascade Jerret Mantalas (1st) 12
11 Aquinas (Mich.) 144.19 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (19th) 10
12 Southwestern (Kan.) 140.46 Kansas Collegiate Mike Kirkland (2nd) 14
13 Cal State San Marcos 138.23 Independent Steve Scott (16th) 13
14 Siena Heights (Mich.) 131.13 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (3rd) 11
15 Carroll (Mont.) 120.78 Frontier Harry Clark (2nd) 15
16 Hastings (Neb.) 115.68 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (2nd) 18
17 Wiley (Texas) 113.86 Red River Micah Tirop (2nd) 16
18 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 113.45 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (14th) 21
19 Brenau (Ga.) 107.61 Southern States Richard Ludwig (3rd) 65
20 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 103.88 Gulf Coast Yhann Plummer (2nd) 19
21 Missouri Baptist 103.83 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (5th) 17
22 The Master’s (Calif.) 99.37 Golden State Zach Schroeder (7th) 24
23 Friends (Kan.) 99.13 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (4th) 40
24 Grand View (Iowa) 95.34 Midwest Collegiate Jerry Monner (9th) 23
25 Southern Oregon 92.22 Cascade Grier Gatlin (4th) 20
dropped out: No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 25 SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Great Plains 1140.56 3
2 Wolverine-Hoosier 940.84 4
3 Sooner Athletic 846.28 2
4 Cascade 572.67 2
5 Independent (NAIA) 543.20 2
6 Sun Conference 509.99 2
7 Golden State 461.28 2
8 Crossroads 324.67 1
9 Kansas Collegiate 287.67 1
10 Red River 276.79 1

 

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