Pittsburg State Takes Top DII Women’s ITF Ranking Into Championship Weekend

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NEW ORLEANS — Last season, Pittsburg State finished a program-best 4th at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships. This year, the Gorillas will head into the meet at the Birmingham CrossPlex from March 9-11 as the top-ranked team in the Division II National Team Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.

Standing in the way of the Gorillas’ first national title is Grand Valley State and Adams State, who are ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively. GVSU leads the way with 14 entrants into the national meet, while Adams State, Pittsburg State and Minnesota State  – who is ranked 8th – are tied with 10 entrants.

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Chadron State

Pittsburg State, GVSU and Adams State combine for 31 top-10 marks in Division II in the nation, and those will factor heavily into who carries home the trophy on Saturday. But with six individual champions returning from a year ago who belong to teams other than the aforementioned three, the final standings could be muddied compared to the pre-championship rankings.

Adams State hopes to record high finishes in the sprints in order to garner points this weekend to help win its 3rd national title and first since 2014. Dianna Johnson was one of just two Division II 60 meter runners to post a Division II Automatic Qualifying Mark in the event with her time good for 2nd in all of Division II. Teammate Sunayna Wahi sits 5th on the Descending Order List in both the 60 meters and 200 meters.

After back-to-back indoor titles in 2011-12, GVSU needs big-time performances from its athletes for a 3rd championship. Most of its hopes rest on the shoulders of Kendra Foley, who will look to make a splash in the 5000 meters; an event in which she owns the top time in all of Division II.

Foley will be tested by Adams State’s do-it-all runner Jenna Thurman, who is sure to score points as the 3rd-best competitor in the event based on times. As a matter of fact, Thurman could be one of the deciding factors for the Grizzlies. The junior owns the 2nd-best time in the 800 meters, 4th-best time in the mile and 4th-fastest mark in the 3000 meters in Division II this year.

The Gorillas should notch double-digit points in the 60 hurdles, as Emilyn Dearman (1st) and Courtney Nelson (3rd) sit in the top-3 of the Descending Order Lists. Pittsburg State can also rely on Dearman to score again in the pentathlon, as the senior ranks 2nd in Division II this year, as well as the high jump, where she ranks 6th.

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# of Top-10 Athletes by Team

Rankings History
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WHEN: March 10-11 | Schedule
WHERE: Birmingham, Alabama

Meet Entries: MEN | WOMEN
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Entry Leaders: By Team | By Conf

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Additionally, Pittsburg State’s shot putters, Jasmine Smith and Jena Black, should score highly over the weekend. The duo posted NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying Marks, and sit 3rd and 4th, respectively, in Division II this year.

The relays will play a major role in determining the outcome of the weekend. Adams State’s distance medley relay squad owns the top mark in Division II this season, but GVSU is right on their heels with the 4th-best mark in the nation. In the 4×400 relay, Pittsburg State holds the best time heading into the weekend, with GVSU (2nd) and Adams State (8th) both ranking within the top-10.

While those teams will all vie for national prominence, six individuals return to defend their national titles from a year ago.

Nikia Squire of Queens (N.C.) could upset one of the two aforementioned 60 meter dash runners from Adams State. While she sits 6th in Division II heading into the meet, her time is just seven one-hundredths of a second off the top time, held by Texas A&M-Commerce’s Deana Richardson.

Carly Muscaro could score enough points on her own to make Merrimack a top-10 team. The defending national champion in the 400 meters enters this meet with the top marks in the 400 and 200 meter races.

Holding down the top time in the 800 meters is 2016 Division II National Champion Carsyn Koch from Cedarville. On the season, she holds a time about 1.5 seconds faster than GVSU’s Rachael Walters.

In the field events, Southwest Baptist’s Natalie O’Keefe (high jump), Chadron State’s Stachia Reuwsaat (pole vault) and Winona State’s Kaitlyn Long (weight throw) all enter the meet as returning champions who have posted the top marks in their respective events.


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

2017 Week #7 — March 6 (pre-championships)

next ranking: (none), NCAA Championships
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Pittsburg State 169.84 MIAA Russ Jewett (31st) 1
2 Grand Valley State 142.38 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (18th) 2
3 Adams State 125.86 RMAC Rock Light (4th) 3
4 West Texas A&M 92.18 Lone Star Darren Flowers (8th) 5
5 Chadron State 85.81 RMAC Brad Gamble (3rd) 7
6 U-Mary 85.20 NSIC Mike Thorson (23rd) 4
7 Southwest Baptist 81.32 MIAA Corey McElhaney (9th) 6
8 Minnesota State 76.95 NSIC Jim Dilling (1st) 10
9 Minnesota Duluth 72.07 NSIC Joanna Warmington (6th) 11
10 Western State 69.51 RMAC Chris Bradford (8th) 9
11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 66.92 Lone Star Ryan Dall (9th) 12
12 Central Missouri 66.05 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (21st)/Kip Janvrin (19th) 13
13 Cedarville 64.15 G-MAC Jeff Bolender (14th) 8
14 Johnson C. Smith 59.37 CIAA Lennox Graham (10th) NR
15 Merrimack 59.16 Northeast-10 Jacky Mendes (3rd) 14
16 Ashland 55.19 GLIAC Jud Logan (14th) 15
17 Walsh 54.07 GLIAC Rob Mizicko (5th) 16
18 Findlay 48.23 GLIAC Marc Arce (29th) 18
19 Angelo State 46.82 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (1st) 19
20 Hillsdale 46.53 GLIAC Andrew Towne (6th) 17
21 Southern Connecticut 42.58 Northeast-10 Melissa Stoll (5th) 21
22 Winona State 42.44 NSIC Mason Rebarchek (13th) 23
23 Lincoln (Mo.) 42.35 MIAA Victor Thomas (16th) 20
24 Academy of Art 40.48 PacWest Kevin LaSure (2nd) 22
25 Simon Fraser 39.36 GNAC Brit Townsend (17th) 34
dropped out: No. 24 Alaska Anchorage, No. 25 New Mexico Highlands
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25


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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