2018 NCAA DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rankings – Week 3
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NEW ORLEANS – The top-10 of the NCAA Division II Men’s National Team Rankings went through a considerable facelift over the course of the last week with nine of the 10 teams changing spots in the newest rankings, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Colorado Mines was the only team that survived the shuffle, remaining in first after a strong showing at the Colorado Invitational with three top-10 NCAA Division II Descending Order List marks, including Patrick Weaver’s 800 time of 1:49.63 (altitude converted) that sits second.
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The next nine slots in the rankings, though, were occupied with a team that was not in that spot a week ago.
Grand Valley State moved up to second from fourth after putting on a dominating performance at the Meyo Invitational. Wuoi Mach hit an NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying Mark in the 3000 with a time of 8:04.81, while teammate Zach Panning was not far behind at 8:09.00. Those times are good for third and sixth, respectively, on this year’s NCAA Division II Descending Order List. The squad also got top-10 Descending Order List marks from Dennis Mbuta in the 800 and Hunter Weeks in the high jump. Additionally, Jacob Battani notched the fourth-best pole vault mark on the season at the Hillsdale “Wide-Track” Classic.
Texas A&M-Commerce also jumped into the top-five, moving up to fifth from seventh. The Lions got three NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying Marks out of its performance at the Texas Tech Open last weekend. DeVontae Steele’s triple jump mark of 15.62m (51-3) and the 4×400 relay time of 3:10.70 (altitude converted) both sit atop the NCAA Descending Order List, while Rashard Clark’s 400 time of 46.99 (altitude converted) is good for second on the list.
The fifth-place ranking ties a program high for the Lions.
Rounding out the top-five was Tiffin and Ashland, who both dropped one spot to third and fourth, respectively.
Adams State (sixth), CSU-Pueblo (seventh) and Minnesota State (10th) all moved up in the top-10, with each of the three squads hitting two NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying marks over the weekend.
Pittsburg State and Findlay rounded out the top-10, as both teams fell three spots to eighth and ninth, respectively.
Outside of the top-10, West Texas A&M jumped 10 spots to 16th and Queens (N.C.) moved up to 22nd from 35th. Eastern New Mexico also returned to the top-25 in 25th after falling out after the preseason rankings. Marcus Parker posted the sixth-fastest 60 time in NCAA Division II this year at 6.76 (altitude converted) at the Texas Tech Open last weekend.