Saint Augustine’s & Lincoln (Mo.) Favored in This Week’s NCAA DII Championships

NEW ORLEANS – With just days to go until the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, two teams very familiar with the NCAA Championship trophy are pre-meet favorites to stand atop the podium once more.

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The three-time defending national champion Saint Augustine’s men and 2014 women’s national champion Lincoln (Mo.) have been tapped as the favorites in the latest National Team Computer Rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) – which take into account only entries into the May 26-28 Championships in Bradenton, Florida.

But their potential paths to the top of the team standings are shaping up to be very different.

While the SAU men are significant favorites over No. 2 Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Blue Tiger women look to be locked in a tight battle with, among others, MIAA rival No. 2 Pittsburg State. Lincoln (Mo.) reclaimed the No. 1 rank from the Gorillas, who topped LU at their conference meet two weekends ago.

The gap between Saint Augustine’s and TAMU-Kingsville, in terms of ranking points, is approximately 60 points, with only one other team – No. 3 Grand Valley State – within 100 points. The Falcons checked in at 244.82, well ahead of the Javelinas at 184.89.

The Javelinas and Lakers (148.67) are expected to be in a close battle with, among others, No. 4 Adams State (143.43), No. 5 Chico State (109.16), and indoor national champion No. 7 Tiffin (100.96).

(NOTE: The ranking points do not equate to the NCAA Championships scoring system, but are instead meant to illustrate potential overall strength at the NCAA Championships).

Meanwhile, nine women’s teams are ranked within 60 points of the Lincoln women, and a baker’s dozen are 100 points or fewer behind the Blue Tigers.

Lincoln gets the early nod with 167.77 points to their name, followed by No. 2 PSU at 162.43. Not much farther behind are No. 3 Saint Augustine’s (155.14), No. 4 West Texas A&M (140.33) and No. 5 Hillsdale (130.23).

Also still very much in the hunt for the podium are No. 6 Grand Valley State (118.98), No. 7 Findlay (118.87), No. 8 Johnson C. Smith (118.42), and defending national champion No. 9 Central Missouri (110.67). Alaska Anchorage (88.52) rounded out the top-10.

So who has the edge in this extremely close women’s race?

In terms of total Championship entries, the advantage goes to Grand Valley State, and by a healthy margin. The Lakers have a whopping 25 entries – including seven jumpers and six distance runners – compared to 16 for West Texas A&M, 15 for Pittsburg State, 14 for Lincoln and 13 for Hillsdale.

The downside for GVSU? Most of their entries are ranked outside of scoring position (i.e. the top eight spots). Of those 25, only four are currently ranked first through eighth in their respective events, and none are ranked top-three.

It’s a very different story for those teams in the top five. Each of them has at least three athletes seeded No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 in their respective events – including four each for Pittsburg State and Saint Augustine’s. Lincoln, West Texas A&M and Hillsdale have three each, with Lincoln represented by three top seeds.

The Grand Valley men also enter with the largest contingent of championship entries, though by not nearly as large a margin as their female teammates.

The Lakers bring 17 entries to Bradenton, just one more than heavily favored Saint Augustine’s. Adams State with 14 and No. 9 Ashland with 12 aren’t too far behind on the overall list.

Saint Augustine’s’ advantage becomes clear when looking at the relative quality of entries, though. Of the Falcons’ 17 entries, 14 are currently seeded eighth or better, seven are seeded top-three, and three are their events’ top seeds.

Kingsville has comparable top-end strength with a nation-best four entries seeded No. 1 in their respective events and nine in scoring position, but the Javelinas have a narrower margin for error with so many of their 11 qualifiers already rated so highly.

 

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

2016 Week #10B — May 23

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships (FINAL), May 26-28, Bradenton, Fla.
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Saint Augustine’s 244.82 CIAA George Williams (40th) 1
2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 184.89 Lone Star Ryan Dall (8th) 2
3 Grand Valley State 148.67 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (17th) 3
4 Adams State 143.43 RMAC Rock Light (3rd) 5
5 Chico State 109.16 CCAA Oliver Hanf (4th) 6
6 Central Missouri 103.42 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (20th)/Kip Janvrin (18th) 7
7 Tiffin 100.96 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (16th) 4
8 Pittsburg State 91.77 MIAA Russ Jewett (28th) 10
9 Ashland 89.43 GLIAC Jud Logan (13th) 8
10 Angelo State 77.25 Lone Star James Reid (17th) 13
11 Southern Indiana 76.94 GLVC Mike Hillyard (18th) 15
12 Alaska Anchorage 74.66 GNAC Michael Friess (26th) 16
13 Missouri Southern 74.44 MIAA Bryan Schiding (3rd) 12
14 Azusa Pacific 73.54 PacWest Kevin Reid (21st) 11
15 Colorado Mines 71.88 RMAC Matt Sparks (3rd) 14
16 Academy of Art 64.99 PacWest Kevin LaSure (1st) 21
17 Lincoln (Mo.) 62.24 MIAA Victor Thomas (15th) 18
18 Minnesota State 59.95 NSIC Jim Dilling (3rd) 22
19 Shippensburg 58.04 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (11th) 9
20 Johnson C. Smith 54.79 CIAA Lennox Graham (9th) 23
21 Texas A&M-Commerce 52.80 Lone Star Ross Smithey (1st) 19
22 Carson-Newman 51.82 SAC David Needs (17th) 32
23 Cal State Stanislaus 51.81 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (4th) 20
24 Tarleton State 51.39 Lone Star Patrick Ponder (10th) 17
25 Western Oregon 51.38 GNAC Mike Johnson (12th) 29
dropped out: No. 24 Findlay
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 497.54 3
2 Lone Star 428.57 4
3 MIAA 355.21 4
4 CIAA 321.85 2
5 RMAC 319.26 2
6 CCAA 228.03 2
7 GNAC 208.52 2
8 GLVC 187.08 1
9 PacWest 180.71 2
10 NSIC 147.01 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 631.02 1
Central Missouri Southern 388.50 1
East Southern Connecticut 582.23 2
Midwest Grand Valley State 562.16 1
South Shorter 383.42 1
South Central Texas A&M-Kingsville 417.62 1
Southeast Mount Olive 505.56 1
West Azusa Pacific 406.35 1
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Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2016 Week #10B — May 23

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships (FINAL), May 26-28, Bradenton, Fla.
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Lincoln (Mo.) 167.77 MIAA Victor Thomas (15th) 1
2 Pittsburg State 162.43 MIAA Russ Jewett (30th) 2
3 Saint Augustine’s 155.14 CIAA George Williams (40th) 3
4 West Texas A&M 140.53 Lone Star Darren Flowers (7th) 5
5 Hillsdale 130.23 GLIAC Andrew Towne (5th) 4
6 Grand Valley State 118.98 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (17th) 8
7 Findlay 118.87 GLIAC Marc Arce (28th) 6
8 Johnson C. Smith 118.42 CIAA Lennox Graham (9th) 7
9 Central Missouri 110.67 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (20th)/Kip Janvrin (18th) 9
10 Alaska Anchorage 88.52 GNAC Michael Friess (26th) 11
11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 87.60 Lone Star Ryan Dall (8th) 10
12 Chadron State 75.83 RMAC Brad Gamble (2nd) 13
13 Lewis 72.17 GLVC Dana Schwarting (11th) 12
14 Shorter 67.53 Peach Belt Scott Byrd (9th) 15
15 Missouri Southern 65.83 MIAA Patty Vavra (22nd) 14
16 Cal State Stanislaus 61.45 CCAA Diljeet Taylor (4th) 22
17 Chico State 57.36 CCAA Robert Nooney (3rd) 24
18 Sioux Falls 56.07 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (4th) 23
19 Minnesota State 55.80 NSIC Jen Blue (16th) 19
20 Ashland 52.24 GLIAC Jud Logan (13th) 16
21 Azusa Pacific 51.88 PacWest Preston Grey (4th) 20
22 Adams State 48.96 RMAC Rock Light (3rd) 17
23 Claflin 47.85 SIAC Lincoln London (3rd) 26
24 Merrimack 47.79 Northeast-10 Jacky Mendes (2nd) 27
25 Southern Connecticut 45.59 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (4th) 66
dropped out: No. 25 Western Washington
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 632.04 4
2 GLIAC 508.55 4
3 Lone Star 325.59 2
4 CIAA 284.46 2
5 NSIC 271.93 2
6 RMAC 225.18 2
7 GNAC 215.53 1
8 GLVC 168.79 1
9 CCAA 166.12 2
10 PacWest 136.06 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 433.63 1
Central Pittsburg State 430.82 1
East Stonehill 480.07 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 605.09 1
South Shorter 493.48 1
South Central West Texas A&M 464.57 1
Southeast Queens (N.C.) 576.70 1
West Chico State 369.16 1
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