2017 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Team Rankings – Week 2
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NEW ORLEANS — Drastic shifts in the landscape of men’s track and field at the NCAA Division II level occurred during the 2nd week of team rankings, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday, with seven teams moving 10 or more spots in the top-25 in addition to three teams making their debuts in the rankings.
Chico State remains atop the leaderboard, but Ashland kicked off its outdoor campaign this past weekend, and in the process, entered the rankings at No. 2. The same can be said for Tiffin, who comes in at 7th this week after having just made its outdoor debut. Texas A&M-Commerce and Shorter each jumped four spots to 3rd and 4th, respectively, while Angelo State fell one to 5th.
Academy of Art was inactive this past weekend, forcing a four-spot drop to 6th, with Saint Augustine’s hot on their heels at 8th after a huge 22-spot leap. Texas A&M-Kingsville (9th) and Lee (Tenn.) (10th) are the remaining two squads in the top-10.
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While Chico State came in at 1st once again, the Wildcats saw just one athlete post a top-20 NCAA Division II mark in Phill Bailey, who notched the 14th-best high jump mark at 2.00m (6-6¾) during the American River Invitational. With other teams revving up their outdoor campaigns, Chico State lost a shade over 100 points in the computer rankings from last week to now, and unfortunately for the Wildcats, no other team had a better week on the track than the program that now sits right behind them in the rankings.
Jud Logan has his men from Ashland hungry after finishing as runners-up at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, as the Eagles own 164.76 points to Chico State’s 180.35. Ashland was dormant on the outdoor track until this past weekend, but started its season with a bang.
USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Men’s Athlete of the Week Myles Pringle ran the fastest NCAA Division II mark on the year, as well as the fastest mark in the nation this past weekend, in the 400 meters at the Raleigh Relays, recording an Automatic Qualifying mark of 45.99. At the Weems Baskin Invitational, Daniel Roberts joined his teammate in posting an Automatic Qualifying mark, as his hammer throw of 67.97m (223-0) also ranks 1st in NCAA Division II on the year. The Eagles also had 10 other Provisional Qualifying marks set across both meets this past weekend.
Much like Ashland, Tiffin had a solid outing in its season debut. Coming off an NCAA Division II Indoor Championship season, the Dragons saw six Provisional Qualifying marks set, as well as two Automatic Qualifying marks. James Ngandu ran a 28:50.75 in the 10,000 meters for one Automatic Qualifying mark, while Coy Blair set the other one in the shot put with an NCAA Division II leading throw of 18.79m (61-7¾).
At the Bobby Lane Invitational, Texas A&M-Commerce got five Provisional Qualifying makrs in the 200 meters, triple jump, shot put and hammer. Malcolm Woods led the way with the 3rd-best time in the 200 meters in NCAA Division II this year (21.30), followed by top-10 marks by DeVontae Steele (4th) and Gage Bowles (6th) in the triple jump.
Shorter had a strong showing at the Emory Classic, giving the Hawks a new program-best ranking. Five Provisional Marks were set in Atlanta, with Lester Miller running the 2nd-best 100 meter race in NCAA Division II this year at 10.38. In the 400 hurdles, a pair of runners in Christian Smith (52.10) and Wake Roberds (52.32) recorded the 2nd and 3rd fastest times in NCAA Division II, respectively.
Mason Myrick (discus), Isaac Marquez (400 meters) and the 4×100 relay team for Angelo State all set Provisional Marks at the Wes Kittley Invitational. Myricks’ mark of 52.57m (172-6) stands as the 4th-best throw in NCAA Division II this year.
Saint Augustine sat in 30th during the 1st week of rankings after winning the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the past four seasons. But, it didn’t take them long to leap back into the scene, as Shaquille Dill posted an Automatic Qualifying mark in the 800 meters, posting the NCAA Division II’s top mark at 1:48.62 at the Weems Baskin Invitational. The Falcons also claimed the top 4×400 relay mark in NCAA Division II with a time of 3:09.53. Two triple jumpers in Jumonne Exeter and Taylor Eubanks posted top-10 marks, as did Shawn Rowe in the 400 meters.
Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Javier Lopez turned in the top 110 hurdles time in NCAA Division II this year at 14.03 during the Bobby Lane Invitational, and Lee (Tenn.) posted 4 top-10 marks at the Raleigh Relays and Tennessee Rust Buster meets this past weekend, including Christian Noble’s 3000 steeplechase mark of 9:02.34 – good for 2nd in NCA Division II.
Eastern New Mexico (5th to 11th), Azusa Pacific (9th to 22nd) and UC San Diego (3rd to 23rd) all dropped out of the top-10 from a week ago.
Mount Olive (16th), Johnson C. Smith (17th) and Slippery Rock (20th) all jumped double-digit spots in the rankings, while Shippensburg came in at 18th after having not been ranked a week ago due to having not started the season.
The 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, from May 25-27. Check back at www.USTFCCCA.org each week throughout the season for updated rankings.
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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2017 Week #2 — March 28
|next ranking: April 4|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||Chico State||180.35||CCAA||Oliver Hanf (5th)||1|
|2||Ashland||164.76||GLIAC||Jud Logan (14th)||NR|
|3||Texas A&M-Commerce||123.07||Lone Star||George Pincock (1st)||7|
|4||Shorter||108.61||Gulf South||Scott Byrd (10th)||8|
|5||Angelo State||103.81||Lone Star||Tom Dibbern (1st)||4|
|6||Academy of Art||100.21||PacWest||Kevin LaSure (2nd)||2|
|7||Tiffin||99.44||GLIAC||Jeremy Croy (17th)||NR|
|8||Saint Augustine’s||90.89||CIAA||George Williams (41st)||30|
|9||Texas A&M-Kingsville||87.60||Lone Star||Ryan Dall (9th)||6|
|10||Lee (Tenn.)||79.50||Gulf South||Caleb Morgan (4th)||11|
|11||Eastern New Mexico||77.33||Lone Star||Danielle Kcholi (3rd)||5|
|12||Central Missouri||77.09||MIAA||Kirk Pedersen (21st)/Kip Janvrin (19th)||18|
|13||Florida Tech||74.41||Sunshine||Jason Munsch (2nd)||25|
|14||Cal Poly Pomona||70.79||CCAA||Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (5th)||19|
|15||Minnesota State||67.71||NSIC||Jim Dilling (4th)||10|
|16||Mount Olive||59.72||Conf. Carolinas||Matt Van Lierop (9th)||38|
|17||Johnson C. Smith||58.19||CIAA||Lennox Graham (10th)||29|
|18||Shippensburg||53.29||PSAC||Dave Osanitsch (12th)||NR|
|19||Pittsburg State||50.27||MIAA||Russ Jewett (29th)||12|
|20||Slippery Rock||48.82||PSAC||John Papa (32nd)||31|
|21||Edinboro||45.34||PSAC||Anne Carlson (5th)||20|
|22||Azusa Pacific||44.84||PacWest||Kevin Reid (22nd)||9|
|23||UC San Diego||43.15||CCAA||Tony Salerno (18th)||3|
|24||CSU-Pueblo||42.98||RMAC||Matt Morris (4th)||17|
|25||Cal State LA||42.42||CCAA||Tina Fernandes (4th)||24|
|dropped out: No. 13 Fresno Pacific*, No. 14 Cal State Stanislaus, No. 15 Albany State (Ga.)*, No. 16 Cal State San Marcos*, No. 21 Alaska Anchorage, No. 22 Harding, No. 23 UPR Rio Piedras*
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|Men’s Conference Index Top 10|
|Rank||Conference||Points||Top 25 Teams|
|Men’s Regional Index Leaders|
|East||St. Thomas Aquinas||538.40||1|
|South Central||Angelo State||566.93||1|
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Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)
|Event||Institution||Squad Average||Squad Total|
|100 Meters||Angelo State||10.67||42.69|
|200 Meters||Texas A&M-Commerce||21.66||1:26.65|
|400 Meters||Minnesota State||48.78||3:15.11|
|800 Meters||Fresno Pacific||1:53.99||7:35.96|
|1500 Meters||Cal Poly Pomona||3:55.33||15:41.32|
|5000 Meters||Cal Poly Pomona||14:46.93||59:07.70|
|10,000 Meters||UNC Pembroke||32:43.92||2:10:55.68|
|110 Meter Hurdles||Chico State||14.92||59.66|
|400 Meter Hurdles||Slippery Rock||54.84||3:39.36|
|High Jump||Angelo State||1.99m||6-6¼||7.95m||26-1|
|Pole Vault||Chico State||4.71m||15-5½||18.85m||61-10|
|Triple Jump||Saint Augustine’s||14.74m||48-4½||58.97m||193-5|