Defending champion Adams State takes over No. 1 spot in USTFCCCA poll
NEW ORLEANS -- Division II has a new No. 1 team as defending champion Adams State moved to the top of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Rankings, released Tuesday.
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Adams State heads a group of four teams within 15 points of one another at the conclusion of the regular season after a two-spot improvement.
The Grizzlies are back on top of the ranking for the first time since week six of last season en route to a DII outdoor title. After winning the RMAC title last week after the rankings were published, Adams State held almost completely steady in the rankings, gaining just 0.2 net points toward a team score of 221.12.
It was enough to leapfrog indoor champion No. 2 Saint Augustine’s -- which suffered a 5.64 net drop to 217.16 -- into the No. 1 spot, which was vacated by Ashland following a 21.24 net loss that resulted in a three-spot drop to No. 4 with a team score of 206.24.
Ashland also slipped past No. 3 Grand Canyon, which improved its team score by 23.92 net points to 213.06 to move up one spot. The Antelopes recorded three top-10 marks that boosted their rankings during the weekend, including No. 3 Kevin Lashley in the long jump (25-1¾w/7.66m, +2.1m/s) and No. 3 Ramon Cooper in the 400 hurdles (51.16).
Findlay remained steady at No. 5 with a team score of 129.15 with a 2.92 net gain.