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NEW ORLEANS —Believe it or not, it’s championship season. And if you’re competing in the NAIA, it’s going to be difficult to supplant Indiana Tech  on the men’s and women’s sides of 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of East Tennessee State University from March 2-4.

The back-to-back-to-back defending men’s national champions have 33 entrants in the national championship fields, with 16 coming in the sprints. Compared to 2nd-ranked Doane (Neb.), who has 19 entrants, that’s a considerable disparity.

However, it’s even wider of a gap on the women’s side, as Indiana Tech’s 40 entrants literally double 2nd-place Wayland Baptist (Texas), who is looking for its second-consecutive title. But will Wayland Baptist (Texas) have enough firepower to hold off the Warriors, who finished 3rd last year and are looking to join the men’s program in becoming the first school since 2004 to capture both the men’s and women’s NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships?

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All of that remains to be seen. What we know now is this: the cream rises to the top in the NAIA. Other than one spot on the men’s side, each team in the top-10 a week ago is in the top-10 of the pre-championship rankings. And throughout the whole season, everyone other than Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) – who made its season-debut in the top-10 at 10th on the women’s side this week – have virtually been mainstays in the top-10 from week one. The lone newcomer on the men’s side this week in Bethel (Ind.) jumped three spots to 10th after ranking 8th in the first week and then sitting on the cusp of the top-10 from weeks 2-5.

In terms of national qualifiers, no one comes close to Indiana Tech on either side. But quite a few teams own double-digit totals. In addition to Doane (Neb.) on the men’s side, Concordia (Neb.) has 15, Wayland Baptist (Texas) has 13, Bethel (Ind.) and Marian (Ind.) both have 12, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) has 11 and Cornerstone (Mich.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and St. Francis (Ill.) each have 10.

On the women’s side, Doane (Neb.) and Hastings (Neb.) have 17 apiece, while Siena Heights (Mich.) (16), Carroll (Mont.) (15), Aquinas (Mich.) (12), Friends (Kan.) (12), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (12), Oklahoma City (11), Concordia (Neb.) (10) and Westmont (Calif.) (10) will be sending 10 or more athletes to compete for a national title.

Breaking things down into each discipline, you’ll find that many of the aforementioned programs lead the way in terms of total entrants. However, there are some schools that could pull off some upsets, as well.

First, on the men’s side:

  • Sprint/Hurdles: Indiana Tech, 16
  • Mid-Distance: Siena Heights (Mich.)/Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 3
  • Distance: Wayland Baptist (Texas)/St. Francis (Ill.)/Taylor (Ind.)/William Carey (Miss.)/William Penn (Iowa), 2
  • Relays: Marian (Ind.)/Aquinas (Mich.), 3
  • Jumps: Doane (Neb.), 10
  • Throws: Concordia (Neb.)/Davenport (Mich.), 6
  • Combined Events: Doane (Neb.)/Bethel (Ind.)/Northwestern (Iowa)/Westmont (Calif.), 2
  • Race Walk: Cornerstone (Mich.), 3

And now for the women:

  • Sprint/Hurdles: Indiana Tech, 22
  • Mid-Distance: Wayland Baptist (Texas)/Carroll (Mont.)/Oklahoma City, 3
  • Distance: Oklahoma City, 5
  • Relays: Wayland Baptist (Texas)/Aquinas (Mich.), 3
  • Jumps: Indiana Tech, 11
  • Throws: Hastings (Neb.), 9
  • Combined Events: Doane (Neb.)/Carroll (Mont.)/Friends (Kan.)/Westmont (Calif.), 2
  • Race Walk: St. Ambrose (Iowa), 3

Much like last year, Indiana Tech heads into the championship leading the pack in the sprints/hurdles department. With the amount of entrants greater for both the men’s and women’s team from a year ago, expect big things from the Warriors in those races.

Doane (Neb.) should have the jumps events held down on the men’s side, but Indiana Tech leads the way in the women’s portion of the meet. Oklahoma City owns the most distance and mid-distance runners competing across the meet, and Hastings’ (Neb.) women’s throwers pace the women’s side.

Other than that, anyone slated to compete in those disciplines could help their teams tremendously at the ETSU Memorial Center this weekend.

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

2017 Week #6 — February 27 (pre-championships)

next ranking: none, NAIA Championships (FINAL)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 470.20 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th) 1
2 Doane (Neb.) 219.06 Great Plains Ed Fye (15th) 2
3 Concordia (Neb.) 211.34 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st) 4
4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 205.23 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd) 3
5 Cornerstone (Mich.) 142.11 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (19th) 6
6 Marian (Ind.) 139.40 Crossroads Mike Holman (5th) 9
7 St. Francis (Ill.) 138.40 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (5th) 5
8 Siena Heights (Mich.) 131.59 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (33rd) 8
9 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 117.27 Chicagoland Joel Pearson (3rd) 7
10 Bethel (Ind.) 102.31 Crossroads Tony Natali (19th) 13
11 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 102.22 Mid-South Jamaine Gordon (4th) 10
12 William Carey (Miss.) 95.68 Southern States Ben Smith (5th) 15
13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 88.43 Heart of America Nate Wiens (2nd) 11
14 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 82.51 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (10th) 14
15 Aquinas (Mich.) 77.46 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (21st) 19
16 Northwestern (Iowa) 77.36 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (5th) 16
17 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 73.10 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (16th) 17
18 Dordt (Iowa) 72.39 Great Plains Craig Heynen (9th) 12
19 Taylor (Ind.) 70.27 Crossroads David Neville (3rd) 26
20 Tennessee Wesleyan 68.76 Appalachian Justin Herbert (2nd) 22
21 Hastings (Neb.) 66.05 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (4th) 25
22 Midland (Neb.) 65.53 Great Plains Mark Kostek (4th) 18
23 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 63.63 Crossroads Jeremy Smith (3rd) 24
24 William Penn (Iowa) 63.39 Heart of America Allen Friesen (7th) 29
25 Westmont (Calif.) 61.50 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th) 21
Dropped out: No. 20 York (Neb.), No. 23 Bacone (Okla.)
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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 #6 — February 27 (pre-championships)

next ranking: none, NAIA Championships (FINAL)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 454.03 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th) 1
2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 240.35 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd) 2
3 Carroll (Mont.) 204.20 Frontier Harry Clark (4th) 3
4 Hastings (Neb.) 202.80 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (4th) 4
5 Siena Heights (Mich.) 180.26 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (5th) 6
6 Friends (Kan.) 168.37 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (6th) 8
7 Doane (Neb.) 164.84 Great Plains Ed Fye (15th) 5
8 Oklahoma City 141.12 Sooner Athletic Matt Aguero (1st) 10
9 Concordia (Neb.) 131.93 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st) 9
10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 106.77 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (16th) 12
11 St. Francis (Ill.) 102.92 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (5th) 13
12 Aquinas (Mich.) 100.59 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (21st) 7
13 Point Park (Pa.) 87.78 River States (0th) 16
14 Southwestern (Kan.) 84.27 Kansas Collegiate Mike Kirkland (4th) 17
15 Westmont (Calif.) 81.85 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th) 14
16 Taylor (Ind.) 74.72 Crossroads David Neville (3rd) 19
17 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 73.27 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (10th) 21
18 Dordt (Iowa) 73.03 Great Plains Craig Heynen (9th) 15
19 Missouri Baptist 70.65 American Midwest Katie Cline (3rd) 79
20 Northwestern (Iowa) 70.11 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (5th) 11
21 Cornerstone (Mich.) 69.70 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (19th) 18
22 Indiana Wesleyan 60.87 Crossroads Caleb Snyder (1st) 25
23 Biola (Calif.) 60.57 Golden State Sean Henning (2nd) 23
24 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 52.56 Chicagoland Joel Pearson (3rd) 28
25 Davenport (Mich.) 51.27 Wolverine-Hoosier Scott Cook (10th) 24
Dropped out: No. 20 Milligan (Tenn.), No. 22 Saint Xavier (Ill.)
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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 (FINAL)
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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PreseasonMon 8/28
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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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Tue 10/3
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Oct. 14: Pre-National
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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Week 7Mon 11/13
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Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
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