New Men’s Team Moves to No. 1 in DII for First Time in Program History

New Men’s Team Moves to No. 1 in DII for First Time in Program History

NEW ORLEANS – With the end of conference championships and a smattering of “last chance” meets this past weekend, the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field regular season has finally come to a close.

However, the drama of the national team title races is far from over.

NCAA Division II National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

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

1)Central Missouri 2)Lincoln MO 3)GVSU 4)Findlay 5)Findlay
Central Missouri NM Highlands Lincoln (Mo.) Saint Augustine’s Grand Valley St
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As has been the pattern for more than a month, yet another new team took tenuous control of the men’s National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA): the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions.

Though these are not the final sets of rankings – another edition will be released next Monday taking into account only the accepted entries into the NCAA Championships on May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan, (to be announced Tuesday afternoon)  – never before have the Lions been in such a strong position entering the national championships.

One year ago in head coach Tom Dibbern’s first season, Commerce was 24th and 23rd in the final two sets of rankings following the regular season before finishing an impressive 12th at NCAAs.

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After dropping from No. 3 to No. 9 a week ago, the Lions were boosted by DII-leading triple jumper DeVontae Steele and his No. 5 TJ teammate Gage Bowles, as well as Hendrik Nungess posting the No. 2 decathlon in the country, adding to his DII-leading javelin mark.

Those performances boosted Commerce up eight spots in the rankings – the biggest jump of any men’s top-25 team this week – with a team rankings score of 176.47, an improvement of 62 points from a week ago. The team rankings score does not reflect the scoring system used at the NCAA Championships. A full breakdown of the formula can be found here.

By no means are they clear of the pack, however.

Former No. 1 Ashland still looms large at No. 2 with 167.91 points, as do two-time defending national outdoor champion No. 3 Saint Augustine’s at 156.51 and reigning cross country and indoor champion No. 4 Adams State at 139.06.

Rounding out the top five was Texas A&M-Kingsville at 127.67, heading a group of six more podium contenders that checked in above 100 points this week.

Meanwhile, the indoor champion Central Missouri women continued to be the class of their gender’s rankings, checking in with 194.54 points for their seventh consecutive week at No. 1.

The Jennies’ chase pack continued to jostle for position, as each of the next five teams in the rankings came in at a different position than a week ago.

New Mexico Highlands – led by the record-setting 10 All-Region honors amassed by Salcia Slack – moved back into the No. 2 position with 155.92 points, overtaking defending national champ Lincoln (Mo.).

With 137.20 points, the Blue Tigers find themselves in the midst of a power struggle for the podium. After moving up one spot apiece, No. 4 Saint Augustine’s (135.02) and NCAAs host/cross country champion No. 5 Grand Valley State (134.92) are right on Lincoln’s heels.

Also coming in at more than 100 points were No. 6 Pittsburg State (121.62) and No. 7 Hillsdale (108.49).

Making the biggest move on the final weekend of competition were the women of Tarleton State, who jumped nine spots to No. 15. No men’s team improved more than No. 1 Texas A&M-Commerce’s eight-spot gain, but No. 12 Tiffin came the closest with a six spot improvement.

The lone change at the top of the final regional rankings was Central Missouri’s women reclaiming control of the Central Region from Pittsburg State.

 

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

2015 Week #9 — May 12

next ranking: MONDAY, May 18 (pre-championships)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M-Commerce 176.47 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (2nd) 9
2 Ashland 167.91 GLIAC Jud Logan (12th) 1
3 Saint Augustine’s 156.51 CIAA George Williams (39th) 2
4 Adams State 139.06 RMAC Rock Light (2nd) 4
5 Texas A&M-Kingsville 127.67 Lone Star Ryan Dall (7th) 5
6 Minnesota State 125.22 NSIC Jim Dilling (2nd) 8
7 Findlay 121.90 GLIAC Marc Arce (27th) 6
8 Pittsburg State 115.33 MIAA Russ Jewett (27th) 3
9 Grand Valley State 113.60 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th) 7
10 Central Missouri 102.04 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (19th)/Kip Janvrin (17th) 10
11 Angelo State 94.06 Lone Star James Reid (16th) 13
12 Tiffin 92.96 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (15th) 18
13 West Texas A&M 84.74 Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th) 15
14 Southern Indiana 83.61 GLVC Mike Hillyard (17th) 17
15 Missouri Southern 81.61 MIAA Bryan Schiding (2nd) 11
16 Alaska Anchorage 81.54 GNAC Michael Friess (25th) 16
17 Colorado Mines 78.25 RMAC Matt Sparks (2nd) 14
18 Shippensburg 72.23 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (10th) 12
19 Chico State 65.91 CCAA Oliver Hanf (3rd) 19
20 CSU-Pueblo 61.12 RMAC Matt Morris (2nd) 25
21 Johnson C. Smith 58.71 CIAA Lennox Graham (8th) 20
22 Western State 55.16 RMAC Chris Bradford (6th) 27
23 Lincoln (Mo.) 54.69 MIAA Victor Thomas (14th) 24
24 Hillsdale 54.37 GLIAC Andrew Towne (1st) 23
25 Azusa Pacific 53.68 PacWest Kevin Reid (20th) 22
dropped out: No. 21 Stillman
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 657.67 5
2 Lone Star 551.89 4
3 MIAA 474.41 4
4 RMAC 384.50 4
5 CIAA 256.67 2
6 CCAA 193.03 1
7 NSIC 168.96 1
8 GNAC 165.14 1
9 GLVC 132.09 1
10 PacWest 121.29 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 648.77 1
Central Pittsburg State 384.74 1
East Southern Connecticut 611.04 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 482.33 1
South Shorter 364.68 1
South Central Texas A&M-Commerce 564.25 1
Southeast Mount Olive 558.19 1
West Chico State 428.13 1
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2015 Week #9 — May 12

next ranking: MONDAY, May 18 (pre-championships)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Central Missouri 194.54 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (19th)/Kip Janvrin (17th) 1
2 New Mexico Highlands 155.92 RMAC Bob DeVries (23rd) 3
3 Lincoln (Mo.) 137.20 MIAA Victor Thomas (14th) 2
4 Saint Augustine’s 135.02 CIAA George Williams (39th) 5
5 Grand Valley State 134.92 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (16th) 6
6 Pittsburg State 121.62 MIAA Russ Jewett (29th) 4
7 Hillsdale 108.49 GLIAC Andrew Towne (4th) 7
8 Ashland 95.64 GLIAC Jud Logan (12th) 8
9 Azusa Pacific 93.35 PacWest Preston Grey (3rd) 9
10 Adams State 93.23 RMAC Rock Light (2nd) 10
11 West Texas A&M 83.62 Lone Star Darren Flowers (6th) 11
12 Southern Connecticut 68.92 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (3rd) 18
13 Wayne State (Neb.) 66.59 NSIC Marlon Brink (15th) 13
14 Simon Fraser 65.93 GNAC Brit Townsend (15th) 12
15 Tarleton State 65.15 Lone Star Patrick Ponder (9th) 24
16 Angelo State 59.65 Lone Star James Reid (16th) 15
17 Winona State 58.37 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (11th) 17
18 Shorter 57.68 Peach Belt Scott Byrd (8th) 14
19 Lewis 56.04 GLVC Dana Schwarting (10th) 16
20 Western Washington 52.03 GNAC Pee Wee Halsell (28th) 20
21 New Haven 51.11 Northeast-10 Shaunnaya Williams (4th) 22
22 Findlay 50.99 GLIAC Marc Arce (27th) 28
23 Texas A&M-Kingsville 50.88 Lone Star Ryan Dall (7th) 19
24 Chico State 49.59 CCAA Robert Nooney (2nd) 29
25 Alaska Anchorage 46.83 GNAC Michael Friess (25th) 23
dropped out: No. 21 Winston-Salem State, No. 25 Fort Hays State
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 619.35 3
2 GLIAC 487.84 4
3 RMAC 363.84 2
4 Lone Star 298.24 4
5 NSIC 294.41 2
6 CIAA 268.88 1
7 GNAC 224.31 3
8 Northeast-10 180.15 2
9 GLVC 170.98 1
10 CCAA 116.82 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 421.01 1
Central Central Missouri 414.24 2
East Southern Connecticut 551.24 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 516.58 1
South Shorter 416.06 1
South Central New Mexico Highlands 420.07 1
Southeast Queens (N.C.) 446.04 1
West Azusa Pacific 376.98 1
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