Familiar Face Reclaims Top Spot in NCAA DII National Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 9, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – A new team ascended to the top of the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings, but by no means is that team unfamiliar with the view from above.

NCAA Division II National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Adams State 2)GVSU 3)Minnesota St 4)Adams State 5)Ashland
Adams State GVSU Tiffin Saint Augustine’s Minnesota State
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NCAA Division II National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)GVSU 2)GVSU 3)GVSU 4)GVSU 5)Central Missouri
Lincoln (Mo.) GVSU Hillsdale Pittsburg State Lewis
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Reigning men’s indoor champion Adams State surged past preseason No. 1 Grand Valley State to the top of the men’s rankings, while the No. 1 women of Lincoln (Mo.) just narrowly fended off GVSU in the latest edition of the rankings announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Distance running is what Adams State is known for, and it’s precisely what boosted the Grizzlies to No. 1 this week with 193.73 points. Not only did Sydney Gidabuday, Dominic Cabada and Jackson Sayler overtake the top three spots on the 3000-meter qualifying (after altitude conversions), but ASU also took positions 21, 23, 24 and 30 in the event.

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On top of that haul, Adams State’s distance medley relay squad checked in at No. 2 in the country. In total, ASU accounts for 15 performances ranked top-30 national in events longer than 800 meters and the DMR.

And it wasn’t just the endurance athletes contributing to the 100-point improvement from a week ago; sprinter Jurgen Themen moved to No. 3 at 60 meters and Zach Baxter climbed to No. 6 in the shot put.

For its part, No. 2 GVSU also improved nearly 30 points from a week ago to 172.44 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Grizzlies.

The National Team Computer Rankings formula works by assigning more points to higher-seeded athletes/relay teams in each event and sums the totals of all of each teams’ athletes (it is not analogous to the NCAA points scoring system). Only marks from the current season are included.

To make room for Adams State and Grand Valley, Tiffin (136.93) dropped a spot to No. 3, while No. 4 Saint Augustine’s (134.72) and No. 5 Minnesota State (116.76) held steady. Adams State’s distance runners displaced enough of No. 6 Colorado Mines’ (102.20) athletes in the rankings that the national cross country champion Orediggers dropped three spots from a week ago.

Meanwhile, the Lincoln (Mo.) women (165.27) were only able to maintain a marginal, three-point advantage over a surging No. 2 Grand Valley State squad (162.39) that rolled out a number of its top-flight distance runners. The Lakers got top-six efforts out of Kendra Foley, Gina Patterson and Amy Cymerman – as well as the No. 5 4×400 relay – to jump 42 points from a week ago.

GLIAC rival Hillsdale (129.45) also got great production out of its distance corps to move up four positions to No. 3. Emily Oren added a DII-leading mile to a collection that already included the fastest 3000 of the year, while Kristina Galat is close behind at No. 2 in both events. The duo combined to drive last year’s national runner-up Chargers a 35-point boost from last time.

No. 4 Pittsburg State fell two spots from last time but remains just behind Hillsdale at 128.40 points, and Lewis (105.65) just held off New Mexico Highlands (103.92) for the final spot in the top five. NMHU improved seven spots from last time with Salcia Slack taking the national leads in the triple jump and pentathlon, and the No. 3 rank in both the long jump and 60 hurdles.

Reigning national indoor and outdoor champion Central Missouri fell two spots to No. 11.

Central Missouri’s men made the biggest top-25 jump for either gender with a 16-place move to No. 16, while the Pittsburg State men improved 12 spots to No. 14.

New Mexico Highlands tied No. 24 Queens (N.C.) for the most significant move of the women’s ranking at seven spots.

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

2016 Week #3 — February 9

next ranking: February 16
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Adams State 193.73 RMAC Rock Light (3rd) 6
2 Grand Valley State 172.44 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (17th) 1
3 Tiffin 136.93 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (16th) 2
4 Saint Augustine’s 134.72 CIAA George Williams (40th) 4
5 Minnesota State 116.76 NSIC Jim Dilling (3rd) 5
6 Colorado Mines 102.20 RMAC Matt Sparks (3rd) 3
7 Lincoln (Mo.) 88.07 MIAA Victor Thomas (15th) 7
8 Academy of Art 83.95 PacWest Kevin LaSure (1st) 8
9 Western State 83.59 RMAC Chris Bradford (7th) 11
10 Texas A&M-Kingsville 75.81 Lone Star Ryan Dall (8th) 9
11 Missouri Southern 75.05 MIAA Bryan Schiding (3rd) 17
12 Azusa Pacific 63.27 PacWest Kevin Reid (21st) 12
13 Ashland 62.19 GLIAC Jud Logan (13th) 10
14 Pittsburg State 48.53 MIAA Russ Jewett (28th) 26
15 Lewis 47.85 GLVC Dana Schwarting (11th) 15
16 Central Missouri 47.00 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (20th)/Kip Janvrin (18th) 32
17 Findlay 46.41 GLIAC Marc Arce (28th) 19
18 Southern Connecticut 45.91 Northeast-10 John Wallin (6th) 13
19 Chadron State 45.55 RMAC Brad Gamble (2nd) 14
20 Texas A&M-Commerce 40.93 Lone Star Ross Smithey (1st) 24
21 Southern Indiana 39.90 GLVC Mike Hillyard (18th) 16
22 Saginaw Valley State 33.17 GLIAC Rod Cowan (7th) 21
23 Johnson C. Smith 32.86 CIAA Lennox Graham (9th) 27
24 Alaska Anchorage 31.99 GNAC Michael Friess (26th) 18
25 Claflin 31.88 SIAC Lincoln London (3rd) 25
Dropped out: No. 20 Simon Fraser, No. 22 Western Oregon, No. 23 American International
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 497.62 5
2 RMAC 470.90 4
3 MIAA 302.29 4
4 NSIC 171.39 1
5 CIAA 168.96 2
6 Lone Star 161.90 2
7 PacWest 147.22 2
8 GLVC 114.92 2
9 GNAC 100.41 1
10 Northeast-10 84.18 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 495.42 1
Central Minnesota State 327.34 1
East American International 531.55 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 458.03 1
South Shorter 421.96 1
South Central Adams State 381.31 5
Southeast Limestone 401.05 1
West Alaska Anchorage 402.20 1
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USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

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

2016 Week #3 — February 9

next ranking: February 16
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 165.27 MIAA Victor Thomas (15th) 1
2 Grand Valley State 162.39 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (17th) 3
3 Hillsdale 129.45 GLIAC Andrew Towne (5th) 7
4 Pittsburg State 128.40 MIAA Russ Jewett (30th) 2
5 Lewis 105.65 GLVC Dana Schwarting (11th) 4
6 New Mexico Highlands 103.92 RMAC Bob DeVries (24th) 13
7 Alaska Anchorage 90.63 GNAC Michael Friess (26th) 5
8 Saint Augustine’s 88.08 CIAA George Williams (40th) 10
9 Johnson C. Smith 85.86 CIAA Lennox Graham (9th) 6
10 Shorter 74.08 Gulf South Scott Byrd (9th) 8
11 Central Missouri 68.00 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (20th)/Kip Janvrin (18th) 9
12 Minnesota Duluth 60.31 NSIC Joanna Warmington (5th) 16
13 Ashland 53.82 GLIAC Jud Logan (13th) 15
14 Findlay 53.56 GLIAC Marc Arce (28th) 12
15 U-Mary 53.23 NSIC Mike Thorson (22nd) 11
16 Minnesota State 49.35 NSIC Jen Blue (16th) 18
17 Merrimack 46.43 Northeast-10 Jacky Mendes (2nd) 14
18 Adams State 44.28 RMAC Rock Light (3rd) 25
19 Winona State 43.84 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (12th) 19
20 Sioux Falls 36.30 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (4th) 23
21 Chadron State 35.89 RMAC Brad Gamble (2nd) 24
22 Texas A&M-Kingsville 34.84 Lone Star Ryan Dall (8th) 22
23 Claflin 34.59 SIAC Lincoln London (3rd) 28
24 Queens (N.C.) 33.94 SAC Jim Vahrenkamp (4th) 31
25 Saginaw Valley State 33.74 GLIAC Rod Cowan (7th) 21
Dropped out: No. 17 CSU-Pueblo, No. 20 Missouri Southern
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 473.91 5
2 MIAA 462.51 3
3 NSIC 273.17 5
4 RMAC 252.09 3
5 CIAA 191.03 2
6 GNAC 157.27 1
7 GLVC 137.28 1
8 Northeast-10 118.37 1
9 Gulf South 89.63 1
10 Lone Star 71.95 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Johnson C. Smith 253.74 1
Central Lincoln (Mo.) 391.54 1
East Stonehill 378.72 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 448.98 1
South Shorter 552.32 1
South Central West Texas A&M 323.98 1
Southeast Queens (N.C.) 474.94 1
West Seattle Pacific 395.58 1
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