2019 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – It’s time to check out the first National Rating Index of the newest NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season, which is about to wrap up its second full week on Friday.

Right now, the Adams State men and the Grand Valley State women are the favorites to bring home national titles at the conclusion of the 2019 NCAA DII Indoor Championships on March 9 in Pittsburg, Kansas. If the Grizzlies and the Lakers top the podium at the end of the season, it would be their third and fourth national title, respectively.

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This marks the third time in the past four years that Adams State’s men have been ranked No. 1 to begin the season. The Grizzlies also headlined the chart in 2015 and 2017. Adams State is expected to score a lot of points in distance events, as Sydney Gidabuday is ranked among the top returners in the nation in the mile, 3000 and 5000. Gidabuday is joined by Elias Gedyon, who is ranked first in the mile and second in the 3000. Don’t count out the Grizzlies’ throwers either, as Samuel Reid is the fourth best returner coming back in the shot put.

Colorado Mines sits No. 2 in the preseason and this is the highest the program has been ranked this early in the season. The Orediggers did own the top spot on five separate occasions last year, including four consecutive weeks at No. 1 from Week 1 to Week 4.

Tiffin is No. 3 and has been on quite the run in recent memory. The Dragons won back-to-back national titles in 2016 and 2017, then finished runner-up to Pittsburg State last year.

Ashland, two years removed from a runner-up finish, is ranked No. 4. The Eagles could get a lot of mileage out of Myles Pringle as well as a trio of weight throwers, including Alex Hill and Brent Fairbanks, who are ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 returners in the nation.

Grand Valley State rounds out the top-5 in fifth. The Lakers have been ranked in the top-5 in five of the past six years, including the top spot to begin the 2015-16 season.

The computers expect Grand Valley State’s women to continue their success from the cross country season. The Lakers won the national title just 10 days ago in another Pittsburgh (That one is spelled with an ‘H’ at the end and is in Pennsylvania). GVSU has a stacked distance corps and should get some points out of its vaulters and throwers. This is the first time that the Lakers have been ranked No. 1 to begin the season since 2015-16.

Last year’s national runner-up Lincoln (Mo.) sits No. 2. The Blue Tigers have been ranked No. 2 to begin the season twice before and each time they ended up on the podium (third-place finish in 2012 and a runner-up showing in 2013).

Adams State sits No. 3, looking for its fourth national title in program history. The Grizzlies last won in 2017 and also topped the podium in 2014 and 2008.

Defending national champion West Texas A&M is ranked fourth to begin the new season. That’s exactly where the Lady Buffs started the season last year and look how it turned out for them.

Azusa Pacific is ranked No. 5, a far cry from where it has started the season in the past three years. The Cougars were ranked No. 39 in 2016, No. 51 in 2017 and No. 12 last year.

Past collegiate data is used to determine preseason rankings in NCAA Division II. Subsequent rankings use only season-best, qualifying-list information from the new season.

NCAA Division II
Men's Indoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2019 Preseason - December 11th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2018
FINAL
1adams-stateADAMS STATE178.43RMACSouth Central3
2colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES167.76RMACSouth Central11
3tiffinTIFFIN140.07G-MACMidwest2
4ashlandASHLAND128.80GLIACMidwest4
5grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE108.44GLIACMidwest6
6pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE92.57MIAACentral1
7findlayFINDLAY79.63G-MACMidwest9
8central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI72.43MIAACentral26
9texas-am-kingsvilleTEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE68.51Lone StarSouth Central19
10colorado-mesaCOLORADO MESA64.61RMACSouth Central11
11texas-am-commerceTEXAS A&M-COMMERCE59.51Lone StarSouth Central5
12west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M57.34Lone StarSouth Central16
13academy-of-artACADEMY OF ART51.92IndependentsWest8
14american-internationalAMERICAN INTERNATIONAL42.96Northeast-10East33
15saint-augustinesSAINT AUGUSTINE'S42.80CIAAAtlantic20
16northwood-michNORTHWOOD (MICH.)40.78GLIACMidwest38
17csu-puebloCSU-PUEBLO38.48RMACSouth Central9
18eastern-new-mexicoEASTERN NEW MEXICO35.37Lone StarSouth Central16
19queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)31.03SACSoutheast38
20minnesota-stateMINNESOTA STATE30.14NSICCentral20
21lincoln-moLINCOLN (MO.)30.00MIAACentral14
22u-maryU-MARY29.83NSICCentral---
23chadron-stateCHADRON STATE29.82RMACSouth Central47
24lee-tennLEE (TENN.)26.33IndependentSouth54
25wingateWINGATE26.10SACSoutheast50
NCAA Division II
Women's Indoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2019 Preseason - December 11th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2018
FINAL
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE174.24GLIACMidwest8
2lincoln-moLINCOLN (MO.)138.69MIAACentral3
3adams-stateADAMS STATE128.73RMACSouth Central5
4west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M97.73Lone StarSouth Central1
5azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC96.92IndependentsWest10
6lewisLEWIS82.30GLVCMidwest15
7ashlandASHLAND75.87GLIACMidwest29
8western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO72.04RMACSouth Central2
9new-mexico-highlandsNEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS67.44RMACSouth Central57
10pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE57.96MIAACentral5
11uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS55.90RMACSouth Central13
12texas-am-kingsvilleTEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE52.45Lone StarSouth Central43
13augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)49.19NSICCentral53
14cedarvilleCEDARVILLE46.72G-MACMidwest---
15indianapolisINDIANAPOLIS46.03GLVCMidwest60
16southwest-baptistSOUTHWEST BAPTIST45.03MIAACentral49
17sf-stateSF STATE44.68IndependentWest22
18missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN43.08MIAACentral11
19central-washingtonCENTRAL WASHINGTON38.42GNACWest36
20mount-oliveMOUNT OLIVE38.02Conf. CarolinasSoutheast43
21missouri-stMISSOURI S&T35.05GLVCMidwest60
22lindenwoodLINDENWOOD33.97MIAACentral17
23millersvilleMILLERSVILLE32.84PSACAtlantic17
24franklin-pierceFRANKLIN PIERCE32.74Northeast-10East---
25minnesota-duluthMINNESOTA DULUTH32.21NSICCentral36

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field

2019 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConfernce TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 12/11
Week 1Tue 1/22Wed 1/23
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Week 2Tue 1/29Tue 1/29
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Thu 1/31
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Week 3Tue 2/5Tue 2/5
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Tue 2/5
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Tue 2/5
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Week 4Tue 2/12Tue 2/12
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Tue 2/12
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Tue 2/12
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Feb. 15: Conference Championships Begin
Week 5Tue 2/19Tue 2/19
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Tue 2/19
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Tue 2/19
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Feb. 24: Last Qualifying Date
Week 6Tue 2/26Mon 2/25
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Tue 2/26
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Mon 2/25
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Regional TFRI and #EventSquad final rankings
Week 7Mon 3/4Mon 3/4
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Mon 3/4
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Mon 3/4
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Mar. 9-10: NCAA DII Championships, Pittsburg, Kan.
FINAL ResultsSat 3/9
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