Small Shifts In Top-5 Of Men’s And Women’s NAIA ITF Rankings

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NEW ORLEANS – While the shifts weren’t of seismic proportions, there were some new names in the top-5 of both NAIA National Team Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released on Wednesday.

As has been the case all season, Indiana Tech remains in the top spot on the both the men’s and women’s side. Doane (Neb.) also remains in second place on the men’s side after an outstanding performance in the shot put by sophomore Zach Brittain, who registered the NAIA’s best mark on the season at 17.70m (58-1) at last weekend’s Concordia Indoor Invite.

However, after those stalwarts, quite a few minor changes occurred in the fourth week of the Computer Rankings.

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The biggest of said changes comes on the women’s side, where Carroll (Mont.) took over the 2nd spot for the highest ranking in program history. At the Mountain States Games this past weekend in Pocatello, Idaho, the Fighting Saints recorded 12 top-10 NAIA marks on the season, including the number one overall pentathlon total by Crystal Schmidt, who scored 3,404 points.

Wayland Baptist (Texas) moved up to 3rd in both polls from the outer banks of the top-5 a week ago. Tre Hinds ran the 3rd-best time in the NAIA in the 800 meters at the Dunamis Sports Group College Classic II last weekend at 1:52.65, while the women’s 4 x 800 relay squad put together the NAIA’s top mark in the event on the year with a finish of 9:25.23.

Concordia (Neb.) move back to 4th on the men’s side after falling from that spot after the second week of the season. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) remained in 5th on the men’s side after its distance medley team notched the NAIA’s top time on the year at 9:50.20, while Doane (Neb.) and Siena Heights (Mich.) each dropped two spots to 4th and 5th, respectively, in the women’s rankings.

The remainder of the top-10 saw a few teams flip flop spots from last week to this week, but the only new teams who broke into the top-10 from a week ago were Dordt (Ind.) at 10th in the men’s rankings and Oklahoma City at 10th in the women’s poll. Oklahoma City’s Aminat Olowora ran the 3,000 meters in 9:43.83 at the 2nd Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic over the weekend, good for first in all of the NAIA.

On the men’s side, Bacone (Okla.) jumped to a program-high 19th, thanks in large part to Thomas Jackson, who notched the top 3,000 meter time in the NAIA this year at the 2nd Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic last weekend. Jackson recorded a finish of 8:05.70.

William Carey made its season debut over the weekend and the men’s squad immediately shot to 13th, as Geoffrey Kipchumba notched the fastest 5,000 meter run in the NAIA on the season, recording a time of 14:30.71 at the Samford Two Day Open Indoor.

Four teams at the bottom of the women’s poll saw tremendous improvements, with Milligan (Tenn.) at 21st, Southern Oregon at 23rd, Northwest (Wash.) at 24th and Indiana Wesleyan at 25th all moved up at least 30 spots. The rankings were the highest in program history for both Southern Oregon and Northwest (Wash.). Milligan (Tenn.) was led by Hannah Segrave, who recorded the top 800 meter mark in the NAIA this year at the Music City Challenge.

Two full weeks are what separates 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. The rankings are bound to change between now and then, so be sure to check www.USTFCCCA.org for updates.

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

2017 Week #4 — February 15

next ranking: February 22
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 520.67 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th) 1
2 Doane (Neb.) 224.63 Great Plains Ed Fye (15th) 2
3 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 195.77 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd) 4
4 Concordia (Neb.) 187.43 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st) 6
5 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 177.11 Chicagoland Joel Pearson (3rd) 5
6 Siena Heights (Mich.) 174.08 Wolverine-Hoosier Tim Bauer (33rd) 3
7 St. Francis (Ill.) 167.54 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (5th) 8
8 Cornerstone (Mich.) 161.57 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (19th) 7
9 Marian (Ind.) 144.25 Crossroads Mike Holman (5th) 9
10 Dordt (Iowa) 91.08 Great Plains Craig Heynen (9th) 13
11 Bethel (Ind.) 83.73 Crossroads Tony Natali (19th) 11
12 Aquinas (Mich.) 81.86 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (21st) 14
13 William Carey (Miss.) 78.02 Southern States Blake Hegstrom (5th) NR
14 Northwestern (Iowa) 75.14 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (5th) 21
15 Midland (Neb.) 71.02 Great Plains Mark Kostek (4th) 15
16 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 67.50 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (10th) 17
17 Tennessee Wesleyan 65.69 Appalachian Justin Herbert (2nd) 18
18 York (Neb.) 64.36 Kansas Collegiate Justin Carver (6th) 24
19 Bacone (Okla.) 61.65 Sooner Athletic (0th) 29
20 Columbia (Mo.) 60.67 American Midwest Tracy Jex (1st) 16
21 William Penn (Iowa) 60.11 Heart of America Allen Friesen (7th) 20
22 Westmont (Calif.) 54.42 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th) 28
23 Hastings (Neb.) 54.16 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (4th) 23
24 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 53.98 Crossroads Jeremy Smith (3rd) 22
25 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 52.51 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (16th) 26
Dropped out: No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)*, No. 12 Southern-New Orleans (La.)*, No. 19 Taylor (Ind.), No. 25 Carroll (Mont.)
* current USTFCCCA non-member
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 1006.59 4
2 Great Plains 712.51 6
3 Chicagoland 487.72 4
4 Crossroads 400.75 3
5 Sooner Athletic 278.59 2
6 Heart of America 143.22 1
7 Sun Conference 82.21
8 Appalachian 79.32 1
9 Southern States 78.17 1
10 Kansas Collegiate 69.87 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 909.27 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 544.62 1
South Milligan (Tenn.) 486.55 12
South Central Wayland Baptist (Texas) 444.03 2
West Westmont (Calif.) 504.21 3
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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 22.14 1:28.57
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.) 1:54.81 7:39.22
1000 Meters Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 2:33.62 10:14.50
Cornerstone (Mich.) 4:19.65 17:18.60
St. Francis (Ill.) 8:39.03 34:36.13
Siena Heights (Mich.) 15:27.13 1:1:48.54
60 Meter Hurdles Concordia (Neb.) 8.56 34.25
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.) 14.05m 46-1 56.19m 184-4
Shot Put Doane (Neb.) 16.10m 52-10 64.41m 211-4
Weight Throw Concordia (Neb.) 18.25m 59-10½ 72.99m 239-5
Heptathlon Doane (Neb.) 4,180 16,721

 

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

2017 Week #4 — February 15

next ranking: February 22
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 472.60 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th) 1
2 Carroll (Mont.) 244.75 Frontier Harry Clark (4th) 7
3 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 205.23 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd) 5
4 Doane (Neb.) 197.19 Great Plains Ed Fye (15th) 2
5 Siena Heights (Mich.) 187.64 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (5th) 3
6 Aquinas (Mich.) 167.92 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (21st) 8
7 Hastings (Neb.) 166.66 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (4th) 4
8 Friends (Kan.) 148.76 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (6th) 9
9 Concordia (Neb.) 132.84 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st) 10
10 Oklahoma City 129.13 Sooner Athletic Matt Aguero (1st) 19
11 Northwestern (Iowa) 120.06 Great Plains Scott Bahrke (5th) 12
12 Westmont (Calif.) 114.89 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th) 11
13 St. Francis (Ill.) 98.75 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (5th) 18
14 Dordt (Iowa) 95.20 Great Plains Craig Heynen (9th) 14
15 Cornerstone (Mich.) 92.49 Wolverine-Hoosier Rod Wortley (19th) 13
16 Point Park (Pa.) 86.15 River States (0th) 15
17 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 85.71 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (16th) 17
18 Southwestern (Kan.) 74.85 Kansas Collegiate Mike Kirkland (4th) 26
19 Davenport (Mich.) 68.01 Wolverine-Hoosier Scott Cook (10th) 16
20 Clarke (Iowa) 62.77 Heart of America Mason Tangen (2nd) 21
21 Milligan (Tenn.) 60.72 Appalachian Chris Layne (13th) 70
22 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 59.82 Chicagoland Dan Tomlin (10th) 20
23 Southern Oregon 48.54 Cascade Grier Gatlin (6th) 53
24 Northwest (Wash.) 43.31 Cascade (0th) 70
25 Indiana Wesleyan 40.36 Crossroads Caleb Snyder (1st) 70
Dropped out: No. 6 Southern-New Orleans (La.)*, No. 22 Columbia (Mo.), No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 24 Biola (Calif.), No. 25 Concordia (Mich.)
* current USTFCCCA non-member
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Wolverine-Hoosier 1039.89 5
2 Great Plains 736.67 5
3 Sooner Athletic 353.07 2
4 Chicagoland 273.35 3
5 Frontier 259.83 1
6 Kansas Collegiate 242.21 2
7 Golden State 149.05 1
8 Crossroads 138.19 1
9 Heart of America 124.22 1
10 Cascade 114.79 2

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 988.04 1
Midwest Doane (Neb.) 671.86 1
South Milligan (Tenn.) 364.91 13
South Central Friends (Kan.) 596.01 1
West Carroll (Mont.) 802.42 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.) 1:39.09 6:36.35
800 Meters Aquinas (Mich.) 2:17.77 9:11.08
1000 Meters Aquinas (Mich.) 3:04.34 12:17.34
Oklahoma City 5:10.32 20:41.28
Oklahoma City 10:23.19 41:32.76
Wayland Baptist (Texas) 18:11.15 1:12:44.59
60 Meter Hurdles Indiana Tech 8.88 35.50
High Jump Doane (Neb.) 1.66m 5-5 6.62m 21-8½
Pole Vault Siena Heights (Mich.) 3.59m 11-9¼ 14.35m 47-1
Long Jump Indiana Tech 5.70m 18-8½ 22.80m 74-9¾
Triple Jump Indiana Tech 11.04m 36-2¾ 44.17m 144-11
Shot Put Hastings (Neb.) 14.09m 46-3 56.37m 184-11
Weight Throw Hastings (Neb.) 16.87m 55-4 67.46m 221-4
Pentathlon Doane (Neb.) 3,102 12,407

 

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