Top-3 In DII Men’s ITF Pre-Championship Rankings Same For 4th-Straight Week

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NEW ORLEANS — Three teams with varying histories in terms of national championships finished in the top-3 of the Division II Men’s National Team Rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday, and each will look to add to their trophy cases at the end of the week at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex from March 9-11.

Ashland continued its historic season with its 7th-straight week in the top spot, but will that translate to a national title? If so, it would be the first for Jud Logan’s Eagles. For Ashland to accomplish that historic feat, it will have to compete against teams who have seen the top of the mountain in the past.

Adams State finished 2nd in the pre-championship rankings and is looking for its 2nd national championship in three seasons, as the Grizzlies captured the title in 2015 at the same facility in which they’ll compete this weekend. But Tiffin – ranked 3rd – could disrupt either team from claiming the title, as the Dragons hope to repeat after winning the program’s first championship in 2016.

NCAA Division II National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1

Ashland

2

Adams State

3

Tiffin

4

Grand Valley State

5

Minnesota State

Don’t be surprised to see some other teams score major points to rattle the standings. Ten individual event champions from a year ago are returning to the fold this year, and six of them hail from schools other than the three mentioned above.

Ashland’s Myles Pringle should factor heavily into the championship picture, as the sophomore leads Division II in the 400 meters, while also ranking 3rd in the high jump and 11th in the 200 meters. But while Pringle is easily the Eagles most diverse athlete, Ashland’s throwers are where they’ll generate most of their points. Four of the top-10 marks in Division II in the weight throw have come from Ashland athletes, including the top-3 marks from Daniel Roberts, Alex Hill and Jordan Crayon. Additionally, Elijah Talk and Jason Zahn sit 3rd and 5th in the shot put on the year.

If Adams State wants to pull off the victory, the Grizzlies will have to rely heavily on its distance runners. Division II leader Oliver Aitchison is set to defend his title in the mile, while teammate Jackson Sayler sits right behind him with the 2nd-best mark in the nation on the year. Returning 3000 and 5000 meter champion Sydney Gidabuday is 1st and 3rd in the events this year, respectively. Aitchison and Gidabuday make up half of the distance medley relay squad that should finish towards the top of the pack for Adams State.

Tiffin athletes only have three top-3 performances on the year, but two of them lead the way in their respective events. Coy Blair owns the Division II top shot put mark, while Marquise Corbett lays claim to the best long jump mark on the season. Reginald Thomas is the other top-3 athlete for the Dragons, having run the 3rd-fastest time in the 60 meters heading into the meet.

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Top TFRRS Qualifiers
# of Top-10 Athletes by Team

Rankings History
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHEN: March 10-11 | Schedule
WHERE: Birmingham, Alabama
(Crossplex)

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

Meet Records:
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Division II All-Time Bests

Don’t count out GVSU just yet, though. Led by Isaiah Thomas in the long jump and Zach Panning in the 5000 meters, the Lakers could be poised to make a splash in Birmingham. Grand Valley State finished 2nd in 2015 for its best finish at the NCAA Division II Championships.

Texas A&M-Commerce is the only other school with double-digit entrants. The 8th-place finishers a year ago will be looking for big performances out of returning champions Luis Romero and DeVontae Steele in the 800 meters and triple jump, respectively.

One team is going home with the hardware this weekend. What remains to be seen is if the title will return to a team that has captured one in the past, or if it will fall into the hands of a program looking for its first taste of being a champion.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

Men’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 Ashland 201.35 GLIAC Jud Logan (14th) 1
2 Adams State 168.24 RMAC Rock Light (4th) 2
3 Tiffin 135.64 GLIAC Jeremy Croy (17th) 3
4 Grand Valley State 107.84 GLIAC Jerry Baltes (18th) 4
5 Minnesota State 83.00 NSIC Jim Dilling (4th) 7
6 Missouri Southern 82.68 MIAA Bryan Schiding (4th) 6
7 Saint Augustine’s 82.36 CIAA George Williams (41st) 5
8 Texas A&M-Kingsville 76.73 Lone Star Ryan Dall (9th) 8
9 Texas A&M-Commerce 67.61 Lone Star George Pincock (1st) 9
10 Academy of Art 65.22 PacWest Kevin LaSure (2nd) 10
11 Azusa Pacific 61.21 PacWest Kevin Reid (22nd) 11
12 Findlay 58.76 GLIAC Marc Arce (29th) 12
13 Shorter 57.56 Gulf South Scott Byrd (10th) 16
14 Sioux Falls 56.52 NSIC Reid Ehrisman (5th) 13
15 Western Oregon 55.51 GNAC Mike Johnson (13th) 14
16 Limestone 53.54 Conf. Carolinas Joseph Wassink (3rd) 18
17 Pittsburg State 51.28 MIAA Russ Jewett (29th) 17
18 Angelo State 51.11 Lone Star Tom Dibbern (1st) 19
19 Fort Hays State 48.59 MIAA Dennis Weber (24th) 20
20 CSU-Pueblo 48.07 RMAC Matt Morris (4th) 15
21 Central Missouri 43.61 MIAA Kirk Pedersen (21st)/Kip Janvrin (19th) 21
22 Lincoln (Mo.) 42.17 MIAA Victor Thomas (16th) 22
23 Cal State LA 39.81 CCAA Tina Fernandes (4th) 24
24 American International 33.85 Northeast-10 Leo Mayo (11th) 25
25 Emporia State 30.67 MIAA Steve Blocker (6th) 26
dropped out: No. 23 Southern Indiana
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 GLIAC 547.33 4
2 RMAC 329.01 2
3 MIAA 308.53 5
4 Lone Star 220.99 3
5 NSIC 177.67 2
6 GNAC 149.78 1
7 PacWest 127.21 2
8 Conf. Carolinas 118.33 1
9 GLVC 100.68 1
10 Northeast-10 86.41 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders (FINAL)
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic Shippensburg 368.24 1
Central Minnesota State 323.10 1
East Southern Connecticut 526.59 1
Midwest Grand Valley State 431.67 1
South Alabama-Huntsville 544.18 1
South Central Adams State 416.54 1
Southeast Mount Olive 435.39 1
West Alaska Anchorage 354.91 1
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Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)

Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
60 Meters Tiffin 6.81 27.22
200 Meters Angelo State 21.63 1:26.50
400 Meters Minnesota State 48.32 3:13.28
800 Meters Adams State 1:52.12 7:28.46
Mile Adams State 4:02.52 16:10.07
3000 Meters Adams State 8:05.83 32:23.32
5000 Meters Adams State 14:10.69 56:42.74
60 Meter Hurdles Texas A&M-Kingsville 8.20 32.79
High Jump Minnesota State 2.09m 6-10¼ 8.37m 27-5½
Pole Vault Sioux Falls 5.17m 16-11½ 20.69m 67-10½
Long Jump Pittsburg State 7.15m 23-5¾ 28.61m 93-10½
Triple Jump Minnesota State 15.20m 49-10½ 60.81m 199-6
Shot Put Tiffin 17.77m 58-3½ 71.06m 233-1
Weight Throw Ashland 21.19m 69-6¼ 84.74m 278-0
Heptathlon Minnesota State 4,779 19,116

 

NCAA Division I
's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll

Preseason - November 24th

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USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country
Rankings & Polls Calendar

Weeks Region RankingsNational Coaches' Poll KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 8/28
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 8/29
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 1: Earliest Contest
Week 1Mon 9/11
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/12
MEN | WOMEN
Sep. 8: First countable, at-large
Week 2Mon 9/18
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Mon 9/25
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 9/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Mon 10/2
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/3
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 14: Pre-National
Week 5Mon 10/16
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/17
MEN | WOMEN
Oct. 26-29: Conference Champs
Week 6Mon 10/30
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 10/31
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 10: NCAA Regionals
Week 7Mon 11/13
MEN | WOMEN
Nov. 18: NCAA Champs
FINAL ResultsFri 11/10
Sat 11/18

Week-by-Week Ranking PDFs
NATIONAL:
2017 | All-Time
REGIONAL: 2017 | All-Time