NAIA ITF Rankings Take Shape With One Weekend Before National Championships

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NEW ORLEANS — With the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships on the horizon, the men’s and women’s National Team Computer Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, things are starting to settle down as just one new team cracked the top-10 from a week ago.

Lindsey Wilson’s (Ky.) men’s squad made a 63-spot jump into 10th place after competing at the Rick Meindl Last Call Invite and the Lindsey Wilson Last Chance Meet this past weekend. The Blue Raiders saw Kevin Hallmon and DeQuan Robinson run wild in both the 60 meters and 200 meters, as both recorded top-10 finishes in the NAIA on the year in both events. Additionally, Khari Saunders ran a top-10 NAIA mark in the 60 meters, while Anthony Thompson recorded the 8th-best long jump mark in the NAIA on the year.

Other than the Blue Raiders dramatic climb, the remainder of the men’s top-10 remained virtually intact, while the women’s side of the NAIA rankings saw minor jockeying within the top-10.

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Fresh off capturing the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference titles, Indiana Tech continued to hold down the No. 1 ranking on both the men’s and women’s side. Doane (Neb.), Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Concordia (Neb.) also stayed put in 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the men’s rankings. However, St. Francis (Ill.) continued its historic campaign, as the Fighting Saints’ men’s squad came in at a program-best 5th place in the rankings after claiming the inaugural Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference indoor title. Two 1,000 meter runners in Brian Blaylock and Cam Knudsen laid claim to top-10 marks in the NAIA on the weekend at the meet.

Cornerstone (Mich.) also jumped two spots to 6th place, tying a program-best ranking, while Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Siena Heights (Mich.), and Marian (Ind.) rounded out the top-10 in the men’s rankings.

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) came in second to St. Francis (Ill.) at the CCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, but that was good enough to propel them into the top-25 for the first time on the season. Sophomore distance runner Jeremy Brassard ran the fastest time in NAIA in the 1,000 meters on the year at the meet, finishing with a time of 2:27.09.

There was some shuffling in the women’s top-10, although it involved teams who were all in the top-10 last week. Wayland Baptist (Texas) moved up to a program all-time best 2nd place, and Hastings (Neb.) rose to 4th after falling to 7th a week ago.

Carroll (Mont.) (3rd), Doane (Neb.) (5th), Siena Heights (Mich.) (6th) and Aquinas (Mich.) (7th) all dropped one spot from last week, while Friends (Kan.), Concordia (Neb.) and Oklahoma City remained in the 8-10 spots in the rankings from last week.

Three women’s teams in Taylor (Ind.), Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Biola (Calif.) made significant leaps from last week to this week. Saint Xavier (Ill.) jumped 50 spots to 22nd for the program’s highest ranking in history, while Biola (Calif.) returned to the top-25 after dropping to 36th a week ago.

Indiana Wesleyan also snuck into the poll on the women’s side, jumping up one spot to 25th from last week. The last time the Wildcats were in the top-25 came during the final week of the 2015 season.

There is just one weekend between now and the 2017 NAIA Track & Field Indoor Championships, as they will be held March 2-4 on the campus of East Tennessee State University. Be sure to check www.USTFCCCA.org for updates on the rankings throughout the season.

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

2017 Week #5 — February 22

next ranking: MONDAY, February 27 (pre-championships)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 489.93 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th) 1
2 Doane (Neb.) 223.61 Great Plains Ed Fye (15th) 2
3 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 197.14 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd) 3
4 Concordia (Neb.) 182.99 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st) 4
5 St. Francis (Ill.) 177.02 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (5th) 7
6 Cornerstone (Mich.) 176.13 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (19th) 8
7 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 170.57 Chicagoland Joel Pearson (3rd) 5
8 Siena Heights (Mich.) 162.47 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (33rd) 6
9 Marian (Ind.) 145.38 Crossroads Mike Holman (5th) 9
10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 99.14 Mid-South Jamaine Gordon (4th) 73
11 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 92.31 Heart of America Nate Wiens (2nd) 10
12 Dordt (Iowa) 90.80 Great Plains Craig Heynen (9th) 11
13 Bethel (Ind.) 84.93 Crossroads Tony Natali (19th) 12
14 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 83.95 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (10th) 17
15 William Carey (Miss.) 83.70 Southern States Blake Hegstrom (1st) 14
16 Northwestern (Iowa) 80.20 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (5th) 15
17 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 76.25 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (16th) 26
18 Midland (Neb.) 74.59 Great Plains Mark Kostek (4th) 16
19 Aquinas (Mich.) 73.08 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (21st) 13
20 York (Neb.) 67.65 Kansas Collegiate Justin Carver (6th) 19
21 Westmont (Calif.) 67.23 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th) 23
22 Tennessee Wesleyan 61.75 Appalachian Justin Herbert (2nd) 18
23 Bacone (Okla.) 61.50 Sooner Athletic John Pickens (3rd) 20
24 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 59.92 Crossroads Jeremy Smith (3rd) 25
25 Hastings (Neb.) 59.41 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (4th) 24
Dropped out: No. 21 Columbia (Mo.), No. 22 William Penn (Iowa)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 989.79 4
2 Great Plains 731.49 6
3 Chicagoland 533.34 4
4 Crossroads 406.47 3
5 Sooner Athletic 277.97 2
6 Heart of America 222.71 1
7 Mid-South 121.30 1
8 Sun Conference 101.65
9 Kansas Collegiate 83.76 1
10 Southern States 83.76 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 892.73 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 538.93 1
South Milligan (Tenn.) 472.15 1
South Central MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 459.61 NR
West Westmont (Calif.) 538.90 1
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Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)

Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
60 Meters Indiana Tech 6.80 27.20
200 Meters Indiana Tech 22.09 1:28.37
400 Meters Indiana Tech 48.95 3:15.80
600 Meters Wayland Baptist (Texas) 1:20.53 5:22.14
800 Meters Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 1:54.62 7:38.50
1000 Meters Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 2:30.47 10:01.87
Mile Cornerstone (Mich.) 4:19.65 17:18.60
3000 Meters St. Francis (Ill.) 8:38.04 34:32.17
5000 Meters Siena Heights (Mich.) 15:27.13 1:01:48.54
60 Meter Hurdles Marian (Ind.) 8.38 33.53
3000m Race Walk St. Ambrose (Iowa) 16:21.37 1:05:25.48
High Jump Doane (Neb.) 2.04m 6-8¼ 8.15m 26-8¾
Pole Vault Doane (Neb.) 4.73m 15-6 18.90m 62-0
Long Jump Indiana Tech 7.35m 24-1¼ 29.38m 96-4¾
Triple Jump Doane (Neb.) 14.21m 46-7½ 56.83m 186-5
Shot Put Doane (Neb.) 16.10m 52-10 64.41m 211-4
Weight Throw Concordia (Neb.) 18.40m 60-4½ 73.61m 241-6
Heptathlon Doane (Neb.) 4,303 17,210

 

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

2017 Week #5 — February 22

next ranking: MONDAY, February 27 (pre-championships)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 435.98 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th) 1
2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 225.74 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd) 3
3 Carroll (Mont.) 200.03 Frontier Harry Clark (4th) 2
4 Hastings (Neb.) 195.92 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (4th) 7
5 Doane (Neb.) 181.56 Great Plains Ed Fye (15th) 4
6 Siena Heights (Mich.) 176.22 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (5th) 5
7 Aquinas (Mich.) 147.19 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (21st) 6
8 Friends (Kan.) 134.65 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (6th) 8
9 Concordia (Neb.) 128.41 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st) 9
10 Oklahoma City 115.44 Sooner Athletic Matt Aguero (1st) 10
11 Northwestern (Iowa) 97.92 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (5th) 11
12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 97.63 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (16th) 17
13 St. Francis (Ill.) 95.88 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (5th) 13
14 Westmont (Calif.) 95.61 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th) 12
15 Dordt (Iowa) 94.52 Great Plains Craig Heynen (9th) 14
16 Point Park (Pa.) 85.26 River States Kelly Parsley 16
17 Southwestern (Kan.) 83.09 Kansas Collegiate Mike Kirkland (4th) 18
18 Cornerstone (Mich.) 74.70 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (19th) 15
19 Taylor (Ind.) 71.19 Crossroads David Neville (3rd) 31
20 Milligan (Tenn.) 68.77 Appalachian Chris Layne (13th) 22
21 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 65.53 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (10th) 23
22 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 63.94 Chicagoland Lisa Ebel (11th) 72
23 Biola (Calif.) 63.45 Golden State Sean Henning (2nd) 36
24 Davenport (Mich.) 57.13 Wolverine-Hoosier Scott Cook (10th) 20
25 Indiana Wesleyan 52.45 Crossroads Caleb Snyder (1st) 26
Dropped out: No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 21 Clarke (Iowa), No. 24 Southern Oregon, No. 25 Northwest (Wash.)
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 927.18 5
2 Great Plains 713.00 5
3 Chicagoland 383.59 4
4 Sooner Athletic 356.18 2
5 Kansas Collegiate 251.53 2
6 Frontier 206.75 1
7 Crossroads 196.80 2
8 Golden State 170.07 2
9 Heart of America 150.50
10 Cascade 109.83

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 919.05 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 628.02 1
South Milligan (Tenn.) 421.46 1
South Central Wayland Baptist (Texas) 643.10 2
West Carroll (Mont.) 752.38 1
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Women’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)

Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
60 Meters Indiana Tech 7.60 30.40
200 Meters Southern-New Orleans (La.) 25.13 1:40.52
400 Meters Southern-New Orleans (La.) 56.45 3:45.79
600 Meters Siena Heights (Mich.) 1:37.53 6:30.14
800 Meters Aquinas (Mich.) 2:17.77 9:11.08
1000 Meters Aquinas (Mich.) 3:04.00 12:15.98
Mile Oklahoma City 5:06.32 20:25.27
3000 Meters Oklahoma City 10:23.19 41:32.76
5000 Meters Wayland Baptist (Texas) 18:11.15 1:12:44.59
60 Meter Hurdles Indiana Tech 8.87 35.49
3000m Race Walk St. Ambrose (Iowa) 18:06.17 1:12:24.68
High Jump Doane (Neb.) 1.66m 5-5 6.62m 21-8½
Pole Vault Siena Heights (Mich.) 3.61m 11-10 14.42m 47-3¾
Long Jump Indiana Tech 5.70m 18-8½ 22.80m 74-9¾
Triple Jump Indiana Tech 11.20m 36-9 44.79m 146-11
Shot Put Hastings (Neb.) 14.09m 46-3 56.37m 184-11
Weight Throw Hastings (Neb.) 17.54m 57-6½ 70.15m 230-2
Pentathlon Doane (Neb.) 3,114 12,456

 

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Tue 8/29
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Tue 9/12
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Tue 9/19
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Week 3Mon 9/25
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Tue 9/26
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Week 4Mon 10/2
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Week 5Mon 10/16
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Tue 10/17
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Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
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Tue 10/31
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Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
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Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
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