By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln women’s indoor track & field team is ranked No. 2 in the country while the LU men are No. 5 according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s Division II preseason rankings.
The Lincoln women, who finished third at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, enter the 2019-20 season ranked No. 2 in the country after receiving 138.69 points in the preseason ratings. Grand Valley State, the national runner-up last season, leads the national rankings with 256.50 points, while defending champion Adams State is No. 3 with 134.91 points. West Texas A&M (93.09 points) and Missouri Southern (92.60) round out the top-five.
In the men’s rankings, Lincoln, which finished fifth at the 2019 indoor championships, is No. 5 overall after garnering 119.76 points. Tiffin leads the national rankings with 158.07 points while Colorado-Mines (132.11), Central Missouri (131.00) and Ashland (123.84) are also in the top-five.
According to the USTFCCCA website, the organization compiles its national 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.”
Both Blue Tiger track & field teams will open the season this weekend with meets at Kansas University on Friday (Dec. 6) and Northwest Missouri State University on Saturday (Dec. 7).