Minimal Changes In NAIA National Team Rankings As Championships Near

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

February 17, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — As the NAIA Indoor Track & Field season progressed, there haven’t been many changes to the National Team Computer Rankings, as published by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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In the most recent rankings, which came out Wednesday, the Indiana Tech men and women are still the favorites to win their respective gender’s national championships come March 3-5. That’s when the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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While the lead for the Warrior men over runner-up Doane (Neb.) has been substantial throughout the entire season (up 221 points at the moment), the women have seen their edge over the Doane (Neb.) women dwindle. Right now the Indiana Tech women are up 66 points, compared to 75.85 in Week 2 and 123.53 in Week 1.

Points in the National Team Computer Rankings are based on placement in the descending order lists. The higher an athlete is on the list, the more points he or she provides his or her team. These points are by no means an absolute predictor of success at the championship level, but give an idea of how a team might fare.

The biggest changes in the rankings came in the middle of the top-10 in the men’s list and the end of the top-10 in the women’s.

In the men’s ranking, Marian (Ind.) went from No. 13 to No. 6. It was the performance of two relay teams (4×400, DMR) and an 800-meter runner (Presley Martin) this past weekend that aided the team’s rise.

Jumping genders, the College of Idaho women went from No. 13 to No. 9 and the Biola (Calif.) women climbed from No. 17 to No. 11. Both teams rely heavily upon distance runners: The former has Amy Pfaff, Lila Klopfenstein and Ruth Lewinski, while the latter sees Anika Gasner and Lyndee Dawson lead the way.

Other big gainers in the men’s ranking include St. Francis (Ill.), soaring from No. 28 to No. 14, MidAmerica Nazarene (No. 31 to No. 22) and Aquinas (Mich.), jumping from No. 41 to No. 24.

The team that made the largest move in the women’s ranking was that of Marymount California (No. 41 to No. 25).

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

2016 Week #4 — February 17

next ranking: February 24
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 479.07 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (7th) 1
2 Doane (Neb.) 258.62 Great Plains Ed Fye (14th) 2
3 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 244.76 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (1st) 4
4 Siena Heights (Mich.) 218.93 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (32nd) 3
5 Concordia (Neb.) 217.27 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (24th) 5
6 Marian (Ind.) 133.87 Crossroads Mike Holman (4th) 13
7 Cornerstone (Mich.) 126.11 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (18th) 7
8 Friends (Kan.) 115.76 Kansas Collegiate Damian Smithhisler (4th) 6
9 Oklahoma City 115.69 Sooner Athletic Conor Holt (5th) 10
10 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 109.42 Great Plains Nate Treinen (9th) 8
11 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 107.62 Chicagoland Joel Pearson (2nd) 12
12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 100.97 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (15th) 11
13 Northwestern (Iowa) 100.08 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (4th) 14
14 St. Francis (Ill.) 80.42 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (4th) 28
15 Eastern Oregon 78.56 Cascade Ben Welch (12th) 22
16 Graceland (Iowa) 78.38 Heart of America Reece Vega (3rd) 18
17 Bethel (Ind.) 74.42 Crossroads Tony Natali (18th) 9
18 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 71.26 Mid-South Jamaine Gordon (3rd) 16
19 Dordt (Iowa) 68.42 Great Plains Craig Heynen (8th) 20
20 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 60.91 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (9th) 19
21 Hastings (Neb.) 58.86 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (3rd) 21
22 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 58.49 Heart of America Nate Wiens (1st) 31
23 Saint Mary (Kan.) 57.96 Kansas Collegiate Josh Webb (1st) 15
24 Aquinas (Mich.) 54.68 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (20th) 41
25 Indiana Wesleyan 52.76 Crossroads John Foss (29th) 17
Dropped out: No. 23 McPherson (Kan.), No. 24 Carroll (Mont.), No. 25 Evergreen State (Wash.)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 904.01 4
2 Great Plains 890.95 6
3 Sooner Athletic 415.10 2
4 Chicagoland 381.13 4
5 Crossroads 361.05 3
6 Heart of America 325.45 2
7 Kansas Collegiate 230.99 2
8 Cascade 229.94 1
9 Frontier 111.71
10 Golden State 104.78

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 869.35 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 635.66 1
South William Carey (Miss.) 355.43 1
South Central Wayland Baptist (Texas) 502.92 2
West Eastern Oregon 581.59 1
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2016 Week #4 — February 17

next ranking: February 24
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 395.08 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (7th) 1
2 Doane (Neb.) 329.73 Great Plains Ed Fye (14th) 2
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 275.56 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (4th) 3
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 266.21 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (1st) 4
5 Concordia (Neb.) 220.00 Great Plains Kregg Einspahr (24th) 5
6 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 173.93 Gulf Coast Yhann Plummer (3rd) 6
7 Carroll (Mont.) 159.90 Frontier Harry Clark (3rd) 8
8 Aquinas (Mich.) 153.42 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (20th) 7
9 College of Idaho 141.18 Cascade Pat McCurry (12th) 13
10 St. Francis (Ill.) 109.41 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (4th) 10
11 Biola (Calif.) 102.33 Golden State Jonathan Zimmerman (10th) 17
12 Friends (Kan.) 102.14 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (5th) 9
13 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 94.46 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (15th) 14
14 Dordt (Iowa) 93.71 Great Plains Craig Heynen (8th) 15
15 Benedictine (Kan.) 90.03 Heart of America Henry Brun (1st) 11
16 Cornerstone (Mich.) 89.82 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (18th) 12
17 Hastings (Neb.) 79.76 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (3rd) 16
18 Marian (Ind.) 69.33 Crossroads Mike Holman (4th) 23
19 Missouri Baptist 67.90 American Midwest Patricia Hanna (6th) 18
20 Northwestern (Iowa) 62.39 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (4th) 19
21 Eastern Oregon 62.14 Cascade Ben Welch (12th) 21
22 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 56.36 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (9th) 28
23 Westmont (Calif.) 56.14 Golden State Russell Smelley (37th) 29
24 Milligan (Tenn.) 53.73 Appalachian Chris Layne (12th) 22
25 Marymount California 53.00 Cal Pac Carlos Suarez (1st) 41
Dropped out: No. 20 Taylor (Ind.), No. 24 Morningside (Iowa), No. 25 Oklahoma City
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 934.74 4
2 Great Plains 904.56 5
3 Sooner Athletic 320.29 1
4 Chicagoland 289.97 3
5 Crossroads 266.07 1
6 Heart of America 263.59 1
7 Cascade 220.11 2
8 Frontier 207.24 1
9 Kansas Collegiate 187.75 1
10 Golden State 178.81 2

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 874.68 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 845.38 1
South Webber International (Fla.) 368.98 2
South Central Friends (Kan.) 541.95 1
West Carroll (Mont.) 781.13 1
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