2017 NAIA Outdoor Team Rankings – Week 1

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NEW ORLEANS – Repeat team champions in NAIA Outdoor Track & Field?

Not so fast.

The first NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings of the 2017 season were released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and the defending champions – Concordia (Neb.)’s women and Indiana Tech’s men – aren’t favored to hoist their respective trophies come May 27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Instead, that distinction belongs to the British Columbia men and the Indiana Tech women. If the Week 1 rankings come to fruition at the conclusion of the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, it would be the Thunderbirds first outdoor crown and the Warriors’ 3rd in the past five years.

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British Columbia started the 2017 season with a bang as it has four athletes ranked atop the NAIA leaderboards. Lukas Jarron headlines the 1500, John Gay tops the 5000, Nathan Downey is the top-ranked race walker over 5000 meters and Joel Della Siega is No. 1 in the high jump. Throw in four other athletes ranked in the top-3 of their respective events and the time is right for the Thunderbirds to make some noise.

Indiana Tech’s men enter the 2017 season ranked 2nd. The Warriors captured the 2017 indoor title and won three of the past four outdoor titles. A deep squadron of sprinters – led by Matt Lockridge and Kejavon Moore – and a healthy dose of talented field athletes – headlined by Justin McKenzie (pole vault) – will keep Indiana Tech in contention once again.

Wiley (Texas) is ranked 3rd and is the only other team in the top-25 to top the 400-point barrier (402.49). The Wildcats are led by Moriba Morain and Oraine Palmer in the sprint events and by three strong relay teams.

Rounding out the top-5 in the men’s rankings are 4th-ranked Southern Oregon and 5th-ranked Westmont (Calif.). Concordia (Neb.), last year’s national runner-up, starts the year 13th.

Over in the women’s rankings, Indiana Tech is a clear-cut favorite. The Warriors totaled 448.37 points in the first rankings compared to just 381.76 for 2nd-ranked Wiley (Texas).

Indiana Tech expects athletes like April Wilson (100/400) and Brianna Woods (100/200) to come through for it in the sprints, Candella Guijarro (high jump) and Jordan Irvin (shot put) to post big marks in the field and the top-ranked 4×100 relay team to continue leading the nation.

The point differential between Wiley (Texas) and 3rd-ranked British Columbia is less than half of a point (0.36). The Wildcats currently have three top-ranked events in the nation (200, 4×400 and long jump), while the Thunderbirds own a plethora of top-5 marks.

Defending champ Concordia (Neb.) settled in at 4th place and has a strong core of field athletes. Senior Kali Robb currently leads the nation in the hammer throw and shot put, while Allison Brooks isn’t far off the pace in the pole vault.

Westmont (Calif.) rounded out the top-5 in Week 1.

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

2017 Week #1 — April 5

next ranking: April 12
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 British Columbia 516.71 Independent Laurier Primeau (2nd)
2 Indiana Tech 488.62 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th)
3 Wiley (Texas) 402.49 Red River Micah Tirop (4th)
4 Southern Oregon 261.14 Cascade Grier Gatlin (6th)
5 Westmont (Calif.) 187.38 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th)
6 The Master’s (Calif.) 169.18 Golden State Zach Schroeder (9th)
7 Tennessee Wesleyan 167.73 Appalachian Justin Herbert (2nd)
8 Marian (Ind.) 161.49 Crossroads Mike Holman (5th)
9 Bethel (Ind.) 157.97 Crossroads Tony Natali (19th)
10 Corban (Ore.) 155.99 Cascade Norm Berney (14th)
11 Baker (Kan.) 152.12 Heart of America Tim Byers (3rd)
12 Florida Memorial 147.31 Sun Conference Jessica Townsend (1st)
13 Concordia (Neb.) 144.19 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st)
14 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 144.04 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd)
15 Eastern Oregon 135.14 Cascade Ben Welch (13th)
16 St. Francis (Ill.) 125.30 Chicagoland Jeff Barker (5th)
17 Indiana Wesleyan 117.47 Crossroads Caleb Snyder (1st)
18 Midland (Neb.) 111.04 Great Plains Mark Kostek (4th)
19 Keiser (Fla.) 105.17 Sun Conference Marc Small (1st)
20 William Carey (Miss.) 103.77 Southern States Ben Smith (5th)
21 William Penn (Iowa) 99.39 Heart of America Allen Friesen (7th)
22 Edward Waters (Fla.) 93.99 Gulf Coast Archie Gallon
23 Taylor (Ind.) 90.74 Crossroads David Neville (3rd)
24 Aquinas (Mich.) 88.71 Wolverine-Hoosier Dave Wood (21st)
25 Oregon Tech 87.97 Cascade Jack Kegg (4th)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Cascade 817.03 4
2 Wolverine-Hoosier 756.15 2
3 Red River 644.68 1
4 Crossroads 582.57 4
5 Golden State 563.36 2
6 Heart of America 528.44 2
7 Independent (NAIA) 517.36 1
8 Sun Conference 487.80 2
9 Great Plains 405.02 2
10 Appalachian 402.81 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 1071.22
Midwest Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 743.75
South USC Beaufort (S.C.) 613.67
South Central Baker (Kan.) 706.68
West British Columbia 927.52
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Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)

Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
100 Meters Indiana Tech 10.57 42.28
200 Meters Wiley (Texas) 21.59 1:26.35
400 Meters Wiley (Texas) 48.06 3:12.24
800 Meters Wiley (Texas) 1:53.94 7:35.77
1500 Meters British Columbia 3:53.83 15:35.31
Steeplechase Shawnee State (Ohio) 10:10.24 40:40.96
5000 Meters St. Francis (Ill.) 14:57.12 59:48.49
10,000 Meters Oregon Tech 33:07.67 2:12:30.68
110 Meter Hurdles Tennessee Wesleyan 15.50 1:02.00
400 Meter Hurdles Tennessee Wesleyan 58.81 3:55.22
High Jump British Columbia 1.93m 6-3¾ 7.70m 25-3
Pole Vault Southern Oregon 4.33m 14-2¼ 17.31m 56-9½
Long Jump Indiana Tech 7.14m 23-5¼ 28.56m 93-8½
Triple Jump Menlo (Calif.) 13.68m 44-10¾ 54.73m 179-6
Shot Put Concordia (Neb.) 14.34m 47-½ 57.34m 188-1
Discus Grand View (Iowa) 46.56m 152-9 186.22m 610-11
Hammer Concordia (Neb.) 56.74m 186-2 226.96m 744-7
Javelin Eastern Oregon 55.49m 182-0 221.97m 728-3
Half-Marathon Saint Mary (Kan.) 1:11:41.25 4:46:45.00

 

USTFCCCA NAIA

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

2017 Week #1 — April 5

next ranking: April 12
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Indiana Tech 448.37 Wolverine-Hoosier Doug Edgar (8th)
2 Wiley (Texas) 381.76 Red River Micah Tirop (4th)
3 British Columbia 381.40 Independent Laurier Primeau (2nd)
4 Concordia (Neb.) 292.62 Great Plains Matt Beisel (1st)
5 Westmont (Calif.) 253.16 Golden State Russell Smelley (38th)
6 USC Beaufort (S.C.) 239.85 Sun Conference Bernard Gaither (1st)
7 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 227.15 Chicagoland Michael McDowell (16th)
8 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 223.86 Cascade George Walcott (4th)
9 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 223.72 Gulf Coast Yhann Plummer (4th)
10 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 174.94 Sooner Athletic Brian Whitlock (2nd)
11 College of Idaho 164.58 Cascade Austin Basterrechea (1st)
12 Friends (Kan.) 145.99 Kansas Collegiate Cole Davis (6th)
13 Southern Oregon 144.18 Cascade Grier Gatlin (6th)
14 Dillard (La.) 140.53 Gulf Coast Bobby Williams (8th)
15 Biola (Calif.) 136.39 Golden State Sean Henning (2nd)
16 Siena Heights (Mich.) 134.96 Wolverine-Hoosier Kirk Richards (5th)
17 Hastings (Neb.) 122.47 Great Plains Ryan Mahoney (4th)
18 The Master’s (Calif.) 100.34 Golden State Zach Schroeder (9th)
19 Ottawa (Kan.) 98.95 Kansas Collegiate Jim Whittaker (1st)
20 Carroll (Mont.) 96.57 Frontier Harry Clark (4th)
21 Grand View (Iowa) 93.90 Heart of America Jerry Monner (11th)
23 Xavier (La.) 81.87 Gulf Coast Joseph Moses (13th)
24 Milligan (Tenn.) 81.73 Appalachian Chris Layne (13th)
25 Tabor (Kan.) 78.07 Kansas Collegiate (0th)
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Cascade 729.40 3
2 Wolverine-Hoosier 695.73 2
3 Golden State 556.56 3
4 Great Plains 536.65 2
5 Gulf Coast 534.32 4
6 Red River 533.38 1
7 Kansas Collegiate 497.50 3
8 Sun Conference 451.39 1
9 Heart of America 435.02 1
10 Independent (NAIA) 381.75 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana Tech 1113.17
Midwest Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 696.20
South USC Beaufort (S.C.) 901.83
South Central Wiley (Texas) 809.11
West British Columbia 943.79
View All Regional Rankings

 

Women’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)

Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
100 Meters Wiley (Texas) 12.10 48.38
200 Meters Wiley (Texas) 24.92 1:39.67
400 Meters Wiley (Texas) 56.06 3:44.25
800 Meters British Columbia 2:15.24 9:00.95
1500 Meters British Columbia 4:32.96 18:11.86
Steeplechase Edward Waters (Fla.) 14:08.12 56:32.46
5000 Meters Northwest Christian (Ore.) 17:29.28 1:9:57.12
100 Meter Hurdles Indiana Tech 14.59 58.35
400 Meter Hurdles Friends (Kan.) 1:07.36 4:29.43
High Jump Davenport (Mich.) 1.54m 5-½ 6.15m 20-2
Pole Vault Concordia (Neb.) 3.45m 11-3½ 13.78m 45-2½
Long Jump Indiana Tech 5.47m 17-11¼ 21.86m 71-8¾
Triple Jump British Columbia 11.21m 36-9½ 44.85m 147-1
Shot Put Concordia (Neb.) 13.53m 44-4¾ 54.11m 177-6
Discus Concordia (Neb.) 43.79m 143-8 175.16m 574-8
Hammer Concordia (Neb.) 49.10m 161-1 196.41m 644-4
Javelin Eastern Oregon 35.36m 116-0 141.43m 464-0
Half-Marathon MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 1:28:18.75 5:53:15.00
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