Favorites Still Entrenched In Place Atop NAIA Rankings

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

February 10, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — Cream often rises to the top, as the old axiom says.

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Well, it’s no different in the NAIA National Team Computer Rankings, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

For the third consecutive batch of rankings, the Indiana Tech men and women are still the odds-on favorites to capture their respective gender’s national championship. Both of the Warrior teams have actually strengthened their grasp on the No. 1 spot as the men own a 216-point advantage over No. 2 Doane (Neb.) and the women are ahead of the same team by more than 75 points.

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Scores in the National Team Computer Rankings were determined by the USTFCCCA computers using marks from the current season.

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.

For the second week in a row, the No. 3 team in both rankings is that of Siena Heights (Mich.). The next two teams in the men’s ranking remained the same — Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Concordia (Neb.) — while they swapped spots in the women’s ranking.

Two teams made their first appearance in the top-10 — the Oklahoma City men and the Friends (Kan.) women. Oklahoma City gained 11.44 points and went from No. 16 to No. 10, while the Friends (Kan.) women moved from No. 12 to No. 9.

Some other teams trending in the right direction this week were the Indiana Wesleyan men (No. 25 to No. 17), the St. Ambrose (Iowa) men (No. 33 to No. 19) and the Carroll (Mont.) men who went from No. 45 to No. 24. In the women’s ranking, the College of Idaho went from No. 23 to No. 13 and Taylor (Ind.) soared from No. 36 to No. 20.

The slightest of change in the descending order lists could make a huge impact in the rankings in the next few weeks. Fewer than 10 points separate large packs of teams in the top-25.

Will these rankings hold up in a few weeks when the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships are held in Johnson City, Tennessee from March 2-4? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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

2016 Week #3 — February 10

next ranking: February 17
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 509.34 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (7th) 1
2 Doane (Neb.) 273.24 Great Plains Ed Fye (14th) 2
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 227.91 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (32nd) 3
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 222.41 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (1st) 4
5 Concordia (Neb.) 211.42 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (24th) 5
6 Friends (Kan.) 141.21 Kansas Collegiate Damian Smithhisler (4th) 7
7 Cornerstone (Mich.) 134.04 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (18th) 6
8 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 122.25 Great Plains Nate Treinen (9th) 10
9 Bethel (Ind.) 115.91 Crossroads Tony Natali (18th) 9
10 Oklahoma City 102.88 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (5th) 16
11 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 102.54 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (15th) 12
12 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 101.41 Chicagoland Joel Pearson (2nd) 11
13 Marian (Ind.) 96.60 Crossroads Mike Holman (4th) 8
14 Northwestern (Iowa) 93.75 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (4th) 13
15 Saint Mary (Kan.) 82.60 Kansas Collegiate Josh Webb (1st) 15
16 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 80.14 Mid-South Jamaine Gordon (3rd) 14
17 Indiana Wesleyan 72.51 Crossroads John Foss (29th) 25
18 Graceland (Iowa) 72.42 Heart of America Reece Vega (3rd) 17
19 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 66.98 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (9th) 33
20 Dordt (Iowa) 65.10 Great Plains Craig Heynen (8th) 18
21 Hastings (Neb.) 64.17 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (3rd) 22
22 Eastern Oregon 58.68 Cascade Ben Welch (12th) 21
23 McPherson (Kan.) 55.15 Kansas Collegiate Cameron Magnall (5th) 27
24 Carroll (Mont.) 52.25 Frontier Harry Clark (3rd) 45
25 Evergreen State (Wash.) 50.71 Cascade Mike Hanby (1st) 19
Dropped out: No. 20 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 24 Central Methodist (Mo.)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 931.27 3
2 Great Plains 885.23 6
3 Sooner Athletic 391.36 2
4 Crossroads 389.16 3
5 Chicagoland 361.12 3
6 Heart of America 304.17 1
7 Kansas Collegiate 297.88 3
8 Cascade 168.68 2
9 Frontier 104.78 1
10 American Midwest 83.13

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 880.57 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 668.65 1
South William Carey (Miss.) 387.20 6
South Central Friends (Kan.) 515.18 1
West Eastern Oregon 612.03 1
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2016 Week #3 — February 10

next ranking: February 17
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 428.69 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (7th) 1
2 Doane (Neb.) 350.11 Great Plains Ed Fye (14th) 2
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 310.61 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (4th) 3
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 270.50 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (1st) 5
5 Concordia (Neb.) 225.96 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (24th) 4
6 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 171.92 Gulf Coast Yhann Plummer (3rd) 6
7 Aquinas (Mich.) 157.87 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (20th) 7
8 Carroll (Mont.) 152.52 Frontier Harry Clark (3rd) 9
9 Friends (Kan.) 117.02 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (5th) 12
10 St. Francis (Ill.) 111.80 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (4th) 10
11 Benedictine (Kan.) 106.38 Heart of America Henry Brun (1st) 11
12 Cornerstone (Mich.) 105.76 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (18th) 8
13 College of Idaho 104.98 Cascade Pat McCurry (12th) 23
14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 87.74 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (15th) 13
15 Dordt (Iowa) 84.95 Great Plains Craig Heynen (8th) 14
16 Hastings (Neb.) 76.85 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (3rd) 15
17 Biola (Calif.) 69.56 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (10th) NR
18 Missouri Baptist 67.51 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (6th) 17
19 Northwestern (Iowa) 66.00 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (4th) 16
20 Taylor (Ind.) 61.56 Crossroads David Neville (2nd) 36
21 Eastern Oregon 60.44 Cascade Ben Welch (12th) 24
22 Milligan (Tenn.) 58.79 Appalachian Chris Layne (12th) 19
23 Marian (Ind.) 57.07 Crossroads Mike Holman (4th) 18
24 Morningside (Iowa) 52.48 Great Plains Dave Nash (13th) 20
25 Oklahoma City 51.60 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (5th) 21
Dropped out: No. 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), No. 25 Bethel (Ind.)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 1030.86 4
2 Great Plains 926.67 6
3 Sooner Athletic 329.86 2
4 Crossroads 297.86 2
5 Chicagoland 289.22 2
6 Heart of America 234.87 1
7 Kansas Collegiate 227.30 1
8 Frontier 196.17 1
9 Cascade 172.51 2
10 Gulf Coast 171.92 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 866.85 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 893.71 1
South Tennessee Wesleyan 374.16 4
South Central Friends (Kan.) 603.54 1
West Carroll (Mont.) 807.53 1
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