Lincoln Women Track and Field Remain No. 1 in Country
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its first regular season Division II poll, and the Lincoln women's indoor track & field team remained the No. 1 program in the country Tuesday.
The Blue Tigers, who held the top spot in the USTFCCCA's Division II preseason poll, were the only team to receive over 200 points in this week's rankings.
Lincoln earned 212.39 points to claim the top overall ranking in the country, beating Grand Valley State, which is second with 195.36 points. Checking in at No. 3 is Adams State with 153.15 points, while Ashland (149.55 points) and Johnson C. Smith (79.94 points) hold the No. 4 and No. 5 rankings, respectively.
Thanks in large part to Lincoln's No. 1 ranking, the MIAA was the second-ranked league, with its four ranked programs combining to earn 436.93 points. The next-ranked team behind LU is Central Missouri, which holds the No. 12 slot in the first regular season poll after claiming 49.44 points. The other two ranked MIAA programs are Nebraska-Kearney at No. 22 (38.92 points) and Southwest Baptist at No. 25 (34.76 points).
According to the USTFCCA website, the organization compiles its national team rankings by "mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. For the preseason ranking and early-season rankings, data will be taken from previous seasons as well as the current season. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-team race."
The Blue Tigers are led by head coach Victor Thomas and assistant coach Ailene Smith. Lincoln will get a chance to test itself against the No. 2 team in the country this weekend, as the Blue Tigers will compete in the Grand Valley State-hosted GVSU Five Way in Allendale, Mich. on Saturday (Feb. 1) beginning at 1:00 p.m. CST.