2017 NCAA DII Women’s Outdoor Team Rankings – Week 5
By Curtis Akey, USTFCCCA
April 18, 2017
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NEW ORLEANS — For the 1st time since the 2012 campaign, Western State’s women’s squad found itself in the top-5 of the NCAA Division II Women’s Computer Team Rankings, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers, who tied a program-best ranking at 5th, climbed 5 spots this week after breaking into the top-10 a week ago for the 1st time since the final week of the 2012 season. With performances like this past weekend, it’s possible Chris Bradford and his athletes can continue to climb in the rankings.
NCAA Division II National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women
Alicja Konieczek was outstanding at the Mt. SAC Relays for Western State, notching NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying marks in the steeplechase and 1500 meters. Her time of 9:51.09 in the steeplechase sits atop the descending order list, while her finish of 4:21.68 in the 1500 meters ranks 4th in the nation. She was not the only athlete who had success in California, as Georgia Porter (34:19.02) and Sophie Seward (34:37.87) now sit 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the 10000 meter descending order list.
West Texas A&M remained in 1st for the 3rd-straight week, with Pittsburg State climbing to a season-best 2nd. Angelo State and Adams State – the latter of which jumped 4 spots – round out the top-5.
Hosting the David Suernam Gorilla Classic, Pittsburg State athletes set 8 top-10 marks on the descending order lists. Emilee Iverson posted the highest mark on the descending order list, as she cleared the 3rd-best high jump mark on the year at 1.76m (5-9¼).
Adams State also hauled in a slew of top-10 performances over the weekend. Sunayna Wahi and Jenna Thruman each notched 2 of the team’s 7 top-10 marks in the nation this past weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational and Beach Invitational. Wahi recorded a 11.65 in the 100 meters (6th), as well as a 23.80 in the 200 meters (4th), while Thurman ran a 10:13.17 in the steeplechase (4th) and a 4:24.18 in the 1500 meters (6th).
Grand Valley State made a serious leap this week, moving up 18 spots to 6th. Kendra Foley recorded the nation’s top time in the 10000 meters this past weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays, running a 34:16.01. The Lakers also got 3 other top-10 marks in NCAA Division II.
Chadron State came in at 8th this week, marking a new program best for Brad Gamble and his squad. Mel Herl was superb for the Eagles, posting a 62.87m (206-3) mark in the hammer to lead all of NCAA Division II in addition to recording the 2nd-best mark in the discus on the season with a throw of 57.95m (187-2). Both marks are NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying marks.
Texas A&M-Kingsville (7th), Chico State (9th) and Johnson C. Smith (10th) round out the top-10.
Five programs made double-digit leaps in the rankings this week in Minnesota Duluth (25th to 12th), Lincoln (Mo.) (27th to 13th), U-Mary (36th to 16th), Academy of Art (28th to 18th) and Cedarville (81st to 23rd). The rankings were program bests for both Minnesota Duluth and Cedarville.
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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Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2017 Week #5 — April 18
|next ranking: April 25|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||West Texas A&M||208.23||Lone Star||Darren Flowers (8th)||1|
|2||Pittsburg State||199.78||MIAA||Russ Jewett (31st)||3|
|3||Angelo State||145.57||Lone Star||Tom Dibbern (1st)||2|
|4||Adams State||136.47||RMAC||Rock Light (4th)||8|
|5||Western State||121.94||RMAC||Chris Bradford (8th)||10|
|6||Grand Valley State||101.11||GLIAC||Jerry Baltes (18th)||24|
|7||Texas A&M-Kingsville||97.70||Lone Star||Ryan Dall (9th)||4|
|8||Chadron State||88.35||RMAC||Brad Gamble (3rd)||15|
|9||Chico State||86.91||CCAA||Robert Nooney (4th)||9|
|10||Johnson C. Smith||84.90||CIAA||Lennox Graham (10th)||5|
|11||Saint Augustine’s||81.23||CIAA||George Williams (41st)||6|
|12||Minnesota Duluth||75.35||NSIC||Joanna Warmington (6th)||25|
|13||Lincoln (Mo.)||67.87||MIAA||Victor Thomas (16th)||27|
|14||Findlay||65.95||GLIAC||Marc Arce (29th)||14|
|15||Humboldt State||64.06||CCAA||Scott Pesch (7th)||13|
|16||U-Mary||63.73||NSIC||Mike Thorson (23rd)||36|
|17||SF State||62.56||CCAA||Kendra Reimer (3rd)||17|
|18||Academy of Art||61.02||PacWest||Kevin LaSure (2nd)||28|
|19||Minnesota State||59.93||NSIC||Jim Dilling (1st)||12|
|20||Shippensburg||59.73||PSAC||Dave Osanitsch (12th)||18|
|21||Wayne State (Neb.)||57.71||NSIC||Marlon Brink (17th)||20|
|22||Alaska Anchorage||55.21||GNAC||Michael Friess (27th)||11|
|23||Cedarville||50.81||G-MAC||Jeff Bolender (14th)||81|
|24||Southwest Baptist||47.20||MIAA||Corey McElhaney (9th)||23|
|25||New Mexico Highlands||46.50||RMAC||Bob DeVries (25th)||22|
|dropped out: No. 7 Cal Baptist, No. 16 Walsh, No. 19 Hillsdale, No. 21 Simon Fraser|
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|Women’s Conference Index Top 10|
|Rank||Conference||Points||Top 25 Teams|
|Women’s Regional Index Leaders|
|Midwest||Grand Valley State||613.65||1|
|South Central||Angelo State||535.08||1|
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Women’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)
|Event||Institution||Squad Average||Squad Total|
|100 Meters||Minnesota State||11.91||47.62|
|200 Meters||Saint Augustine’s||24.41||1:37.65|
|400 Meters||Saint Augustine’s||55.70||3:42.79|
|800 Meters||Simon Fraser||2:09.14||8:36.55|
|1500 Meters||Simon Fraser||4:29.37||17:57.46|
|5000 Meters||Western State||16:46.12||1:7:04.49|
|10,000 Meters||Cal Baptist||36:40.86||2:26:43.42|
|100 Meter Hurdles||Angelo State||14.04||56.17|
|400 Meter Hurdles||UC San Diego||1:02.79||4:11.16|
|High Jump||Angelo State||1.69m||5-6½||6.75m||22-1¾|
|Pole Vault||Sioux Falls||3.80m||12-5¾||15.21m||49-10¾|
|Long Jump||Angelo State||5.84m||19-2||23.35m||76-7¼|
|Triple Jump||Nova Southeastern||11.91m||39-1||47.65m||156-4|