2018 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rankings – Week 9
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NEW ORLEANS – It was a quiet week in the NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings, despite the fact that the final day of qualifying for the national championships took place this past weekend.
The top-seven teams in the men’s rankings remained put from a week ago, announced the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. A handful of teams took place in competitions across the weekend in the hopes of having their athletes qualify for the national championships that will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 24-26.
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Pittsburg State stayed atop the rankings after taking part in the Missouri Southern Twilight Qualifier where it posted two NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying Marks. Bo Farrow and Omar Lewis each did some damage in the shot put, respectively hurling marks of 19.26m (63-2¼) and 18.38m (60-3¾).
Tiffin (second), Texas A&M-Kingsville (third) and Adams State (fifth) all competed over the weekend, hitting a number of NCAA Division II Provisional Marks, while Texas A&M-Commerce remained in fourth after a weekend off from action.
The first movement in the rankings belonged to Saint Augustine’s, which jumped up eight spots to eighth, returning to the top-10 for the first time since week four. The Falcons notched three NCAA Provisional Marks, with Brandon Valentine-Parris’ 400 time of 46.72 putting him in eighth on the Descending Order List. The 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams notched respective times of 40.48 and 3:09.46, as well.
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Grand Valley State also made a nice push into the top-10 by climbing three spots to ninth to tie its season-best ranking. The Lakers’ Justin Scavarda competed at the Hillsdale “Last-Chance” Classic where he posted the ninth-best discus throw in NCAA Division II this year at 54.14m (177-7).
The lone team to fall in the top-10 on the week was Lincoln (Mo.), which slipped two spots to 10th.
Right on the cusp of the top-10 was Ashland, which made a three-spot leap to 11th. A quartet of runners led Ashland’s 4×400 relay team to a 3:09.90 at the Mount Olive Final Qualifier, putting themselves in ninth on the NCAA Division II Descending Order List.
These are the final rankings that will include regular season marks. Next week’s rankings will only reflect those who qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 24-26.