2019 NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – Including this one, there are only four iterations of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index left, as there is less than one month to go until the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas.
The latest installment was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
Teams are fully turning their attention to the postseason, as the battle for conference championships and NCAA berths will be a good one over the next couple weeks.
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NCAA Division II — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Colo. School of Mines
Grand Valley State
West Texas A&M
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Angelo State was once again named the top team in the country for a program-record sixth consecutive week in the latest edition of the Men’s National Rating Index.
The Rams spent the weekend at the ACU Oliver Jackson Twilight, where they were led by Trivett Jones (now seventh in the country in the pole vault), Z’Antyler Foster-Hooks (10th overall in the 100) and the group’s 4×400 team that is now ranked fourth in the nation.
Climbing up one spot to move into the No. 2 position was Colorado School of Mines after doing battle at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Outdoor Championships. This is the best mark Colorado School of Mines has ever received during the outdoor season.
New individual performances that were added to the index this week came from Jacob Mitchem (fourth in the nation in the steeple), Connor McLean (seventh overall in the pole vault) and Luc Hagen (10th in the 10000). The Orediggers captured the RMAC Outdoor Championships for the second straight season, the first time the program has gone back-to-back outdoors.
Slotting in behind them after a one-spot fall was Grand Valley State which had athletes split across three meets this past weekend.
The Lakers competed at the Davenport Tune Up, Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Classic and the Hillsdale “GINA” Relays. While multiple NCAA provisional performances were had the best showing from the group was from Marcus Lubbers who is now ranked 28th overall in the pole vault.
Remaining steady in the No. 4 spot was West Texas A&M after the program met up with the top-ranked Angelo State Rams at the ACU Oliver Jackson Twilight.
The Buffs didn’t have their full squad in attendance as they were led by Theo Piniau in both the 100 and 200. The program did not best any previous season marks to add anything new to the index this week.
Rounding out the top-5 after a five-spot improvement was Texas A&M-Commerce after wrapping up competition at the LSU Alumni Gold meet.
The Lions got top showing out of Josh Boateng (now leads the nation and fourth-best performer of all-time in the discus), Stadrian Taylor (third overall in the 100) and Rashard Clark (third in the 200).
The rest of the top-10 was completed in the following order; Texas A&M-Kingsville, Lincoln (Mo.), Ashland, Saint Augustine’s and Central Missouri.
Overall 20 of the top-25 programs experienced some kind of movement from the prior edition of the index. The largest improvement from the group was taken by No. 24 American International after a leap of 17 spots. The second-best jump was seen from No. 25 Shippensburg as they climbed two to move back into the top-25.
The best improvement overall went to No. 63 Saint Leo after a 52-spot gain from the previous index. Other large leaps were taken by No. 77 Concordia-St. Paul with a jump of 43 spots and No. 37 Shorter and No. 70 Augustana (S.D.) who each improved 42 places.
NCAA Division II — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
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The reins at the top of the women’s chart were once again held by Grand Valley State, a position they have held for a program-record five consecutive weeks since entering the ranking during Week 3.
The Lakers had athletes split between the the Davenport Tune Up, Jesse Owens Classic and the Hillsdale “GINA” Relays. The top showings of the weekend went to Judith Essemiah (now 11th in the nation in the hammer), Hanna Groeber (20th in the 5000) and Holly McKinney (31st in the steeple).
Moving up two spots to No. 2 was Missouri Southern which sets a new program record for best mark received in school history.
The Lions spent their weekend at the PSU Tune-Up were they were led by standout performances by Emily Presley (tops the country in the pole vault), Morgan Ash (No. 1 in the javelin), Emily Bisotto (eighth overall in the pole vault) and Kirsten Leisinger (ninth in the hammer).
Remaining in the No. 3 was Lincoln (Mo.) after competing against a strong field at the Drake Relays.
The Blue Tigers saw its best showing from their 4×400 unit who now find themselves ranked second overall in the nation in the event.
Dropping two spots to No. 4 was Adams State after going head-to-head with the rest of its conference at the RMAC Outdoor Championships.
While no previous season marks were bested at the meet to add to the index, the Grizzlies did come in seventh-place overall and saw individual champions in Dianna Johnson (100), Malakah Martinez (400) and Oweneika Watson (100H).
Holding steady in the No. 5 spot was Angelo State after a weekend at the ACU Oliver Jackson Twilight.
The Rams added multiple individual performances to the index with the best of which belonging to Daisy Osakue (now leads the nation with the NCAA DII record in the discus) and Trenadey Scott (fifth in the triple jump and 33rd in the long jump).
While spots No. 6-10 all experienced some kind of change from the previous index it was a switch of just places as the rest of the top-10 was rounded out by Pittsburg State, West Texas A&M, Saint Augustine’s, Alaska Anchorage and Ashland, in that order.
Overall just 18 of the top-25 teams experienced any kind of movement from the previous index. The largest jump by a top-25 team was seen from No. 17 Lindenwood after a seven-spot improvement. Azusa Pacific was next after a 6-spot jump got them up to No. 13, the program’s best mark since Week Two of this season.
The largest climb up the charts was taken by No. 56 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) after a 30-spot improvement. Other big jumps were seen from No. 88 Western Oregon (up 26 spots), No. 76 Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) (up 25) and No. 46 Concordia (Calif.) (up 22).