Pittsburg State Claims Top Spot In NCAA DII Women’s ITF Rankings

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NEW ORLEANS — For the first time since the preseason NCAA Division II Women’s Team Rankings poll, we have a new No. 1.

Pittsburg State overtook Grand Valley State  in the NCAA Division II Women’s Team Rankings, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). But the Gorillas and Lakers weren’t the only two teams to flip flop in the rankings.

Every single spot in the top-25 changed from week five to week six in the polls, as conference championships across the country caused major upheaval throughout Division II. Twelve teams rose or fell between one and three spots, while four teams jumped by 18 or more spots.

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Pittsburg State absolutely destroyed the competition at the MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, thanks in large part to the efforts of Emilyn Dearman (60 hurdles), Courtney Nelson (60 hurdles), Emilee Iverson (high jump), Alyssa McCarthick (pole vault) and Jasmine Smith (shot put). The five each posted top-6 marks in Division II on the season in their respective events over the weekend, with Dearman claiming the top spot in the 60 hurdles at 8.35.

GVSU didn’t fall for a lack of effort this past weekend. The Lakers saw four athletes post top-10 times in Division II this past weekend at the GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, including automatic qualifying marks from its distance medley relay team and Rachael Walters in the 800 meters.

Finishing 2nd at the MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships was Southwest Baptist, who vaulted all the way to 6th for its highest rank of the season. Natalie O’Keefe recorded notched the best high jump mark in Division II on the year at 1.80m (5-10 ¾), while Mary Bergman (5th in 200 meters and 6th in 400 meters) and Staci Wickersham (6th in pole vault) each made progress in the Division II Descending Order Lists.

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Chadron State also moved up five spots to 7th after Stachia Reuwsaat’s Division II leading long jump mark of 6.29m (20-7 ¾) at the RMAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. In addition to the long jump, Reuwsaat ran the 3rd-fastest time in the 60 meters in Division II this year at the meet, and the Eagles also saw top-10 marks from Mel Herl in the shot put and Tessa Gorsuch in the 60 hurdles.

Adams State fell to 3rd for the second time in three weeks after climbing to 2nd a week ago.  West Texas A&M dropped to 5th after three-straight weeks at 4th. Cedarville, who made program history last week in 5th place, slipped to 8th, while Western State, Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth dropped to 9th, 10th and 11th, respectively.

All but two teams from last week’s rankings saw themselves amongst the elite in the NCAA Division II Women’s Team Rankings, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as movement across the board was scarce with just two weekends remaining before the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Texas A&M-Kingsville climbed to 12th, while Central Missouri and Merrimack dropped from 10th and 11th, to 13th and 14th, respectively.

Lincoln (Mo.) made an 81-spot climb to 20th after three-straight weeks in the triple digits. Victor Thomas’ squad benefitted from the 4th-best triple jump performance in Division II this year at the MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships from Diana Cauldwell (12.46m/40-10 ½), as well as the 6th-fastest 400 meter time by Kissi-Ann Brown (55.02).

Southern Connecticut moved into the top-25 after jumping 19 spots to 21st, marking the first time seeing the top-25 since the preseason poll. Shatajah Wattely posted a time of 54.18 in the 400 meters, hitting an automatic qualifier, while the 4 x 400 relay ran an automatic-qualifying 3:43.65, giving the Owls its much-needed boost to reenter the top-25.

Joining Southern Connecticut in reentry is New Mexico Highlands, who also had not seen the top-25 since the preseason rankings. After coming in at a season-low 50th last week, the Cowgirls jumped 25 spots to claim the final ranking this week. Tashay Hunter recorded the 2nd-best triple jump in Division II at 12.83m (42-1 ¼) while also posting the 8th-best long jump at 5.98m (19-7 ½) at the RMAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

In just a little over a week, these teams will be competing at the 2017 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 10-11. Be sure to check in at www.USTFCCCA.org next week to see what the pre-championship rankings have in store.


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

2017 Week #6 — February 28

next ranking: March 6
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Pittsburg State 159.01 MIAA Russ Jewett (31st) 3
2 Grand Valley State 145.66 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (18th) 1
3 Adams State 135.29 RMAC Rock Light (4th) 2
4 U-Mary 89.10 NSIC Mike Thorson (23rd) 8
5 West Texas A&M 85.97 Lone Star Darren Flowers (8th) 4
6 Southwest Baptist 81.37 MIAA Corey McElhaney (9th) 24
7 Chadron State 81.17 RMAC Brad Gamble (3rd) 12
8 Cedarville 79.65 G-MAC Jeff Bolender (14th) 5
9 Western State 78.92 RMAC Chris Bradford (8th) 7
10 Minnesota State 74.15 NSIC Jim Dilling (1st) 6
11 Minnesota Duluth 69.65 NSIC Joanna Warmington (6th) 9
12 Texas A&M-Kingsville 63.38 Lone Star Ryan Dall (9th) 13
13 Central Missouri 61.93 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (21st)/Kip Janvrin (19th) 10
14 Merrimack 55.08 Northeast-10 Jacky Mendes (3rd) 11
15 Ashland 50.49 GLIAC Jud Logan (14th) 21
16 Walsh 50.07 GLIAC Rob Mizicko (5th) 20
17 Hillsdale 48.62 GLIAC Andrew Towne (6th) 23
18 Findlay 47.97 GLIAC Marc Arce (29th) 15
19 Angelo State 47.89 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (1st) 14
20 Lincoln (Mo.) 42.41 MIAA Victor Thomas (16th) 101
21 Southern Connecticut 42.37 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (5th) 40
22 Academy of Art 41.66 PacWest Kevin LaSure (2nd) 16
23 Winona State 39.59 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (13th) 22
24 Alaska Anchorage 35.73 GNAC Michael Friess (27th) 18
25 New Mexico Highlands 34.86 RMAC Bob DeVries (25th) 50
dropped out: No. 17 Simon Fraser, No. 19 Azusa Pacific, No. 25 Queens (N.C.)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 MIAA 396.81 4
2 GLIAC 370.81 5
3 NSIC 370.12 4
4 RMAC 354.73 4
5 Lone Star 204.73 3
6 GNAC 122.64 1
7 Northeast-10 109.33 2
8 GLVC 93.91
9 G-MAC 87.87 1
10 PacWest 81.60 1


Women’s Regional Index Leaders (FINAL)
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 289.67 1
Central Pittsburg State 339.10 1
East Southern Connecticut 368.97 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 469.66 1
South Alabama-Huntsville 468.75 1
South Central Adams State 405.49 1
Southeast Queens (N.C.) 347.99 1
West Simon Fraser 339.71 1
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Women’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)

Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
60 Meters Texas A&M-Kingsville 7.55 30.21
200 Meters Minnesota State 24.69 1:38.75
400 Meters Johnson C. Smith 55.27 3:41.08
800 Meters Adams State 2:12.19 8:48.78
Mile Adams State 4:51.87 19:27.49
3000 Meters Western State 9:43.83 38:55.33
5000 Meters Adams State 16:53.29 1:7:33.14
60 Meter Hurdles Angelo State 8.81 35.23
High Jump Minnesota State 1.71m 5-7¼ 6.84m 22-5¼
Pole Vault Sioux Falls 3.82m 12-6½ 15.29m 50-2
Long Jump Angelo State 5.73m 18-9¾ 22.92m 75-2½
Triple Jump Lewis 11.73m 38-5¾ 46.91m 153-11
Shot Put Concordia (Ore.) 14.58m 47-10¼ 58.33m 191-4
Weight Throw Findlay 19.74m 64-9¼ 78.95m 259-0
Pentathlon Angelo State 3,615 14,459

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