2020 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – It’s officially indoor season, which means its time for the first National Rating Index of the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season. Competition began as early as November 29 and this weekend will be filled with action as teams open up their seasons.

The Tiffin men and Grand Valley State women are perched atop their respective indexes as the favorites to claim national titles at the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13-14 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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
This Week's National Top Five
Tiffin
Colo. School of Mines
Central Missouri
Ashland
Lincoln (Mo.)
1
Tiffin
2
Colo. School of Mines
3
Central Missouri
4
Ashland
5
Lincoln (Mo.)
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For the first time in program history, Tiffin is ranked No. 1 entering the indoor season. The Dragons will be on the hunt to win their third national title in the last five years, previously winning back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.

The field events will be an area where the Dragons can score big points, led by Nikolas Curtiss as the top returner in the shot. Jonte Baker is the top returner in the 60 meters and will seek his second straight national title in the event.

Colorado School of Mines comes in at No. 2 for the second year in a row. The Orediggers will lean heavily on their distance runners after winning the team title at the the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships this past month, along with some expected strong performances in the pole vault and heptathlon.

Central Missouri is at No. 3, the program’s highest preseason ranking and ranked within the top-5 for just the second time in program history. The Mules will be dependent on its field events to earn a spot on the podium come March.

Ashland, the defending national champions, come into the new season ranked No. 4. That’s where the Eagles started a year ago and edged out Adams State by one point, 38-37, to bring home the program’s first national championship.

The strength of the Eagles continues to be in the throws, as they boast the top-3 returners in the weight throw in Alex Hill, Brent Fairbanks, and Nick Zak. The graduation of Myles Pringle leaves some big shoes to fill in the sprints, but the Eagles will look forward to a strong year from Trevor Bassitt. The junior comes in with the third best times in both the 60 meter hurdles and the 200 meters.

Ranked at No. 5 is Lincoln (Mo.). This is just the fourth time the Blue Tigers have been ranked in the top-5 during the preseason rankings.

NCAA Division II — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
Lincoln (Mo.)
Adams State
West Texas A&M
Missouri Southern
1
Grand Valley State
2
Lincoln (Mo.)
3
Adams State
4
West Texas A&M
5
Missouri Southern
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Grand Valley State comes into the indoor season ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row thanks to its projected depth across the board.

The Lakers are expected to score big points in the distance events, with Allie Ludge and Hannah Groeber as the top returners in the 3000 and 5000, respectively. Bobbie Goodwin is also the top returner in the weight throw and look to win back-to-back national titles in the event.

Lincoln (Mo.) is ranked No. 2 in the preseason rankings for the second year in a row. The Blue Tigers have the top returner in three events – 60, 200 and the 60 hurdles.

Title defense begins at No. 3 for Adams State, as the Grizzlies seek their second consecutive national title, and fifth overall in program history. Adams State hopes to ride the momentum from its national title in cross country and rely on their distance events to stack up some points. A favorable result for them in March will put them in the conversation for the Triple Crown.

West Texas A&M enters the new season at No. 4 for the third consecutive year. The Lady Buffs previously won a national title in 2018 when it was also ranked No. 4 in the preseason.

Missouri Southern comes in at No. 5 for the program’s highest preseason ranking. The Lions best preseason rank was No. 16 in 2012, and have continued to climb the ranks over the course of the past three years – No. 36 in 2017, No. 22 in 2018, and No. 18 last year.

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

2020 Preseason - December 4th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2019
FINAL
1tiffinTIFFIN158.07G-MAC (1)Midwest3
2colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES132.11RMAC (2)South Central12
3central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI131.00MIAACentral7
4ashlandASHLAND123.84GLIAC (2)Midwest1
5lincoln-moLINCOLN (MO.)119.76MIAACentral5
6western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO110.46RMACSouth Central17
7queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)76.04SAC (1)Southeast13
8northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI61.28MIAA (3)Central17
9missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN59.97MIAA (1)Central25
10angelo-stateANGELO STATE58.44Lone Star (1)South Central19
11grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE56.67GLIAC (1)Midwest4
12pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE55.09MIAA (2)Central28
13texas-am-kingsvilleTEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE54.06Lone StarSouth Central13
14washburnWASHBURN47.62MIAACentral38
15west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M47.36Lone Star (2)South Central19
16uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS46.23RMAC (1)South Central21
17northwood-michNORTHWOOD (MICH.)45.43GLIAC (3)Midwest13
18adams-stateADAMS STATE43.15RMACSouth Central2
19csu-puebloCSU-PUEBLO42.25RMAC (3)South Central10
20texas-am-commerceTEXAS A&M-COMMERCE40.30Lone Star (3)South Central8
21findlayFINDLAY37.59G-MAC (2)Midwest10
22minnesota-stateMINNESOTA STATE33.04NSIC (1)Central33
23limestoneLIMESTONE27.82Conference Carolinas (2)Southeast57
24claflinCLAFLIN25.07CIAA (Central Intercollegiate)Atlantic39
25north-greenvilleNORTH GREENVILLE24.52Conference Carolinas (3)Southeast39
NCAA Division II
Women's Indoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2020 Preseason - December 4th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2019
FINAL
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE256.50GLIAC (1)Midwest2
2lincoln-moLINCOLN (MO.)138.69MIAA (3)Central3
3adams-stateADAMS STATE134.91RMAC (3)South Central1
4west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M93.09Lone Star (1)South Central7
5missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN92.60MIAA (2)Central8
6ashlandASHLAND73.20GLIAC (3)Midwest11
7pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE72.48MIAA (1)Central6
8azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC66.89IndependentsWest40
9saint-augustinesSAINT AUGUSTINE'S64.90CIAA (Central Intercollegiate) (2)Atlantic5
10southwest-baptistSOUTHWEST BAPTIST62.20GLVC (2)Midwest28
11uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS60.51RMAC (1)South Central8
12simon-fraserSIMON FRASER58.82GNAC (4)West---
13minnesota-stateMINNESOTA STATE57.52NSIC (3)Central56
14northwest-missouriNORTHWEST MISSOURI53.46MIAACentral---
15u-maryU-MARY49.65NSIC (1)Central14
16central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI49.18MIAACentral44
17augustana-s-dAUGUSTANA (S.D.)47.94NSIC (2)Central21
18western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO42.09RMACSouth Central32
19academy-of-artACADEMY OF ART40.95IndependentsWest19
20seattle-pacificSEATTLE PACIFIC39.54GNAC (2)West44
21tiffinTIFFIN36.54G-MAC (2)Midwest31
22hillsdaleHILLSDALE35.27G-MAC (1)Midwest53
23sf-stateSF STATE33.21IndependentsWest10
24saginaw-valley-stateSAGINAW VALLEY STATE30.77GLIAC (2)Midwest28
25walshWALSH28.53G-MAC (3)Midwest25

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The NCAA Division II National Championsips were canceled and the season did not finish.
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