Indiana Tech Listed As Favorites In NAIA ITF Rankings Debut

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

January 27, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — If the first National Team Computer Rankings for the 2016 NAIA Indoor Track & Field season are any indication, Indiana Tech is in store for a banner year.

The rankings, which were released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), designated both the Warrior men and women as favorites to win their respective national championships come March.

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Scores in the National Team Computer Rankings were determined by the USTFCCCA computers using preseason event rankings that include the top marks of the recent NAIA indoor track & field seasons by returning student-athletes and the top marks of the young 2016 campaign. Marks from the outdoor season are not included, nor are marks from incoming freshmen until they compete in a collegiate meet.

The closer an athlete is to the top of his or her event rankings, the more points he or she earns toward the team total. Points from all applicable athletes are added up to determine team scores.

The point system used in the rankings is not the same as the scoring system used for the NAIA Championships.

A full breakdown of the national rankings methodology can be found here.

It should also be noted that the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referenced to as a “poll,” since no voting was conducted.

The Indiana Tech men, winners of the past two national championships, were the runaway favorite with 501.65 points. The Warriors return a plethora of athletes with championship experience in all events. Be on the lookout for Harris Edwards III (60/200), John Broaden (200/400) and Luke Runyan (800/1000/mile), specifically.

Following Indiana Tech’s men in the rankings were No. 2 Doane (Neb.) with 333.58 points and No. 3 Siena Heights (Mich.) with 237.53. Rounding out the top-5 were No. 4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and No. 5 Concordia (Neb.).

Other notable ranks include No. 8 Bethel (Ind.) and No. 18 Evergreen State (Wash.). This marks the first time Bethel (Ind.) appeared in the top-10 and top-25 for those programs, respectively.

For the women, NAIA needed an heir apparent after three-time defending champion Oklahoma Baptist moved up in classification and why not have it be Indiana Tech? After all, the Warriors finished second each of the past three years. Tia Cooper and Brianna Woods have already turned in strong performances for Indiana Tech this season.

Those teams looking to usurp Indiana Tech’s women include No. 2 Siena Heights (Mich.), No. 3 Doane (Neb.), No. 4 Concordia (Neb.) and No. 5 Carroll (Mont.). This is the highest Siena Heights (Mich.) and Carroll (Mont.) have been ranked in program history.

First-year coach Brian Whitlock has the Wayland Baptist (Texas) women sitting at No. 7, while Dave Wood — in his 20th season at Aquinas (Mich.) — sees his women ranked No. 9 to start the season.

Will these rankings stay true? We’ll find out as the season progresses and then at the NAIA National Championships, which will be held March 2-4 in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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

2016 Week #1 — January 27

next ranking: February 3
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr)
1 Indiana Tech 501.65 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (7th)
2 Doane (Neb.) 333.58 Great Plains Ed Fye (14th)
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 237.53 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (32nd)
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 187.52 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (1st)
5 Concordia (Neb.) 177.10 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (24th)
6 Friends (Kan.) 165.42 Kansas Collegiate Damian Smithhisler (4th)
7 Saint Mary (Kan.) 142.31 Kansas Collegiate Josh Webb (1st)
8 Bethel (Ind.) 130.09 Crossroads Tony Natali (18th)
9 Marian (Ind.) 126.58 Crossroads Mike Holman (4th)
10 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 121.46 Great Plains Nate Treinen (9th)
11 Northwestern (Iowa) 112.28 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (4th)
12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 89.56 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (15th)
13 Dordt (Iowa) 86.64 Great Plains Craig Heynen (8th)
14 Graceland (Iowa) 86.64 Heart of America Reece Vega (3rd)
15 Eastern Oregon 81.05 Cascade Ben Welch (12th)
16 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 79.85 Chicagoland Joel Pearson (2nd)
17 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 77.67 Mid-South Jamaine Gordon (3rd)
18 Evergreen State (Wash.) 69.02 Cascade Mike Hanby (1st)
19 William Carey (Miss.) 60.27 Southern States Ben Smith (4th)
20 Cornerstone (Mich.) 59.91 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (18th)
21 Indiana Wesleyan 57.90 Crossroads John Foss (29th)
22 Morningside (Iowa) 57.36 Great Plains Dave Nash (13th)
23 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 56.27 Heart of America Nate Wiens (1st)
24 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 54.04 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (9th)
25 William Penn (Iowa) 52.25 Heart of America Allen Friesen (6th)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Great Plains 934.91 6
2 Wolverine-Hoosier 883.61 3
3 Crossroads 398.17 3
4 Kansas Collegiate 358.24 2
5 Heart of America 340.05 3
6 Chicagoland 319.13 3
7 Sooner Athletic 243.31 1
8 Cascade 177.08 2
9 American Midwest 87.73
10 Southern States 87.42 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 775.89
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 744.23
South Warner (Fla.) 371.57
South Central Friends (Kan.) 620.37
West Eastern Oregon 816.44
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2016 Week #1 — January 27

next ranking: February 3
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr)
1 Indiana Tech 462.41 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (7th)
2 Siena Heights (Mich.) 398.95 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (4th)
3 Doane (Neb.) 338.88 Great Plains Ed Fye (14th)
4 Concordia (Neb.) 221.93 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (24th)
5 Carroll (Mont.) 199.00 Frontier Harry Clark (3rd)
6 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 155.33 Gulf Coast Yhann Plummer (3rd)
7 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 153.50 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (1st)
8 Benedictine (Kan.) 144.97 Heart of America Henry Brun (1st)
9 Aquinas (Mich.) 142.55 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (20th)
10 Friends (Kan.) 134.81 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (5th)
11 Hastings (Neb.) 117.37 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (3rd)
12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 100.75 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (15th)
13 St. Francis (Ill.) 99.60 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (4th)
14 Northwestern (Iowa) 92.18 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (4th)
15 Missouri Baptist 88.61 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (6th)
16 Dordt (Iowa) 83.03 Great Plains Craig Heynen (8th)
17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 72.30 Great Plains Derik Fossum (2nd)
18 Cornerstone (Mich.) 70.31 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (18th)
19 Taylor (Ind.) 62.34 Crossroads David Neville (2nd)
20 Bethel (Ind.) 60.27 Crossroads Tony Natali (18th)
21 Eastern Oregon 59.62 Cascade Ben Welch (12th)
22 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 58.58 Frontier Mike Collins (19th)
23 College of Idaho 55.13 Cascade Pat McCurry (12th)
24 Graceland (Iowa) 48.63 Heart of America Reece Vega (3rd)
25 Morningside (Iowa) 45.08 Great Plains Dave Nash (13th)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 1105.96 4
2 Great Plains 1009.14 7
3 Heart of America 340.56 2
4 Chicagoland 297.71 2
5 Kansas Collegiate 263.94 1
6 Frontier 261.53 2
7 Crossroads 222.20 2
8 American Midwest 169.43 1
9 Sooner Athletic 160.18 1
10 Gulf Coast 155.33 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 871.09
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 845.00
South Webber International (Fla.) 409.85
South Central Friends (Kan.) 750.82
West Carroll (Mont.) 806.00
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