Preseason NCAA DII Indoor T&F National Rankings Announced

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

November 29, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Just as the NCAA Division II world has had a chance to catch its collective breath from an exciting cross country season, indoor track & field has arrived.

Preseason National Team Computer Rankings were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, with reigning men’s cross country champion Adams State and reigning women’s outdoor track & field champion Pittsburg State leading the way early.

NATIONAL PDFs: Top-25 Summary | By Team | By Event | Top-10 Count per Team
WEEK-BY-WEEK PDFs: This Season | This Season by Rank | All-Time

The indoor season officially opened up this past weekend, with some teams around the nation set to take advantage of pre-winter break meets to test their fitness.

In the meantime, these National Team Computer Rankings took into account marks achieved during the 2015 indoor season to set the stage for the start of the 2016 season. The higher an athlete’s mark ranks on the national leaderboard, the more points are garnered for that athlete’s team. The teams with the most points are ranked the highest.

During the regular season, only marks achieved during the 2016-17 season will be counted for the rankings.

The ASU men start as relatively strong favorites to reclaim their national title from the 2014 season. Reigning national champion Tiffin checked in at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Lincoln (Mo.), No. 4 Grand Valley State and reigning outdoor national champion No. 5 Saint Augustine’s.

Comparatively, the Pittsburg State women start with less of a preseason cushion over cross country champion No. 2 Grand Valley State. Rounding out the top five were No. 3 Hillsdale, defending national indoor champion No. 4 Lincoln (Mo.) and No. 5 Johnson C. Smith.

Coincidentally, the order of the top four teams was completely inverted from a year ago with PSU finishing fourth and Lincoln winning.

While ASU and PSU may enter the 2017 indoor season as favorites, by no means can they rest on their laurels.

Since the debut of the preseason rankings for the 2011 campaign, the top-ranked men’s teams have equally as often won the national title (twice) as they have finished 10th at the NCAA Championships (twice). The national champion during that time have just as often been ranked first or second in the preseason as they have been ranked fifth or lower.

The last preseason No. 1 to win the title was Adams State in 2014.

Not since 2012 has a preseason favorite in the women’s rankings gone on to win the national title. GVSU was the last women’s team to accomplish that feat in both 2011 and 2012.

The full National Team Computer Rankings for the 2017 preseason can be found below.

 

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

2017 Preseason — Tuesday, November 29, 2016

next ranking: January 24
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) 2016 FINAL
1 Adams State 197.24 RMAC Rock Light (4th) 2
2 Tiffin 135.21 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (17th) 1
3 Lincoln (Mo.) 133.74 MIAA Victor Thomas (16th) 3
4 Grand Valley State 112.55 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (18th) 5
5 Saint Augustine’s 111.75 CIAA George Williams (41st) 9
6 Ashland 103.23 GLIAC Jud Logan (14th) 10
7 Colorado Mines 98.41 RMAC Matt Sparks (4th) 13
8 Azusa Pacific 87.04 PacWest Kevin Reid (22nd) 21
9 Minnesota State 84.96 NSIC Jim Dilling (4th) 19
10 Pittsburg State 84.22 MIAA Russ Jewett (29th) 7
11 Findlay 77.96 GLIAC Marc Arce (29th) 21
12 Western State 77.72 RMAC Chris Bradford (8th) 21
13 Academy of Art 70.30 PacWest Kevin LaSure (2nd) 3
14 Texas A&M-Commerce 58.88 Lone Star Ross Smithey (2nd) 8
15 Shorter 49.19 Gulf South Scott Byrd (10th) 21
16 West Texas A&M 48.18 Lone Star Darren Flowers (8th) 16
17 Limestone 46.81 Conf. Carolinas Joseph Wassink (3rd) 41
18 Texas A&M-Kingsville 46.17 Lone Star Ryan Dall (9th) 6
19 Alaska Anchorage 44.27 GNAC Michael Friess (27th) 14
20 Shippensburg 43.57 PSAC Dave Osanitsch (12th) 28
21 Saginaw Valley State 43.14 GLIAC Rod Cowan (8th) 46
22 American International 42.18 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (11th) 14
23 Hillsdale 40.88 GLIAC Andrew Towne (3rd) 38
24 Lewis 40.34 GLVC Dana Schwarting (12th) 11
25 Claflin 36.23 SIAC Lincoln London (4th) 33
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 527.11 6
2 RMAC 424.17 3
3 MIAA 329.89 2
4 Lone Star 163.20 3
5 PacWest 157.34 2
6 NSIC 155.78 1
7 CIAA 131.06 1
8 GNAC 120.02 1
9 GLVC 105.01 1
10 Northeast-10 82.40 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic (returns January 24)
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East (returns January 24)
Midwest (returns January 24)
South (returns January 24)
South Central (returns January 24)
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2017 Preseason — Tuesday, November 29, 2016

next ranking: January 24
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) 2016 FINAL
1 Pittsburg State 153.34 MIAA Russ Jewett (31st) 4
2 Grand Valley State 138.31 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (18th) 3
3 Hillsdale 115.10 GLIAC Andrew Towne (6th) 2
4 Lincoln (Mo.) 110.58 MIAA Victor Thomas (16th) 1
5 Johnson C. Smith 102.97 CIAA Lennox Graham (10th) 7
6 Ashland 85.29 GLIAC Jud Logan (14th) 30
7 Minnesota Duluth 84.01 NSIC Joanna Warmington (6th) 14
8 Saint Augustine’s 75.38 CIAA George Williams (41st) 6
9 Lewis 67.68 GLVC Dana Schwarting (12th) 4
10 U-Mary 65.79 NSIC Mike Thorson (23rd) 30
11 Western State 63.97 RMAC Chris Bradford (8th) 37
12 West Texas A&M 57.86 Lone Star Darren Flowers (8th) 18
13 Findlay 54.14 GLIAC Marc Arce (29th) 24
14 New Mexico Highlands 53.96 RMAC Bob DeVries (25th) 8
15 Southern Connecticut 53.20 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (5th) 29
16 Merrimack 51.00 Northeast-10 Jacky Mendes (3rd) 20
17 Adams State 50.86 RMAC Rock Light (4th) 16
18 Winona State 49.91 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (13th) 24
19 Cedarville 49.70 G-MAC Jeff Bolender (14th) 24
20 Saginaw Valley State 49.46 GLIAC Rod Cowan (8th) 40
21 Minnesota State 48.86 NSIC Jen Blue (17th) 18
22 Texas A&M-Kingsville 47.10 Lone Star Ryan Dall (9th) 47
23 Angelo State 44.78 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (1st) 16
24 Queens (N.C.) 44.40 SAC Jim Vahrenkamp (5th) 11
25 Southwest Baptist 44.06 MIAA Corey McElhaney (9th) 20
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 505.31 5
2 MIAA 407.84 3
3 NSIC 348.91 4
4 RMAC 239.34 3
5 CIAA 181.06 2
6 Lone Star 165.26 3
7 Northeast-10 134.52 2
8 GNAC 133.49
9 GLVC 104.66 1
10 SAC 59.88 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic (returns January 24)
Central (returns January 24)
East (returns January 24)
Midwest (returns January 24)
South (returns January 24)
South Central (returns January 24)
Southeast (returns January 24)
West (returns January 24)
View All Regional Rankings