Ashland University is the only NCAA Division II athletic program currently boasting top 25 teams in each of the following five sports - wrestling, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's indoor track and field and women's indoor track and field.
Eagle Men Fourth, Women Seventh In USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
Ashland University's men's and women's indoor track and field teams are off to an impressive start in 2018-19.
The Eagle men and women also are in good shape where the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national preseason rankings are concerned. Released on Tuesday (Dec. 11) afternoon, AU's men are No. 4 in the country, and AU's women are No. 7.
Ashland's men have 128.80 computer points in the preseason rankings, trailing only Adams State (178.43), Colorado Mines (167.76) and Tiffin (140.07). This is the seventh time this decade that they have been in the top four in the nation in the indoor preseason rankings.
The Eagle women have 75.87 computer points, behind just Grand Valley State (174.24), Lincoln, Mo. (138.69), Adams State (128.73), West Texas A&M (97.73), Azusa Pacific (96.92) and Lewis (82.30). Ashland's women have earned their highest indoor ranking from the USTFCCCA since the preseason of 2016-17 (sixth).
Combined, the Eagle men and women have earned six automatic and 20 provisional marks for 2019 D-II indoor nationals, March 8-9 at Pittsburg State (Kan.). Leading the nation in their respective events are senior Myles Pringle in the men's 400-meter dash (46.14 seconds), sophomore Trevor Bassitt in the men's 60-meter hurdles (7.90 seconds), redshirt freshman Lindsay Baker in the women's shot put (16.73 meters/54-feet-10¾), and sophomore Brent Fairbanks in the men's weight throw (21.62 meters/70-feet-11¼).
Ashland's men and women will return from Christmas/New Year's break and go to Findlay for its Open on Jan. 12.
AU Women Ranked No. 8 In Latest WBCA Coaches’ Poll
Ashland University's women's basketball team is ranked No. 8 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, released on Tuesday (Dec. 11) afternoon.
The Eagles are 8-1 overall heading into the final three non-conference regular-season games of the 2018-19 season – Monday (Dec. 17) at 5:30 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium vs. Notre Dame College, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. at Indianapolis, and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at Southern Indiana.
In the latest WBCA poll, Ashland received two of 24 first-place votes. The Eagles continue to have the longest active D-II coaches' poll streak of Top 10 placements at 51, and all-time in the coaches' poll – preseason, regular season and postseason – AU has been in the top 25 91 times, and the top 10 75 times.
Joining Ashland in this week's Top 25 poll is fellow GLIAC team Grand Valley State at No. 11.
2018-19 WBCA POLL RANKINGS: No. 2 (preseason and Nov. 20), No. 1 (Nov. 27 and Dec. 4), No. 8 (Dec. 11).
Eagles Jump to No. 16 In National Coaches' Poll
The Ashland University men's basketball team moved up to the No. 16 spot in the NABC Division II coaches' poll released on Tuesday (Dec. 11) afternoon.
The Eagles (8-0, 4-0 GLIAC) are one of just 11 teams that remain undefeated on the season and jumped three spots from last week's ranking.
The Eagles are coming off a couple double-digit road wins at Grand Valley State and Davenport, who entered their games with Ashland with a combined record of 14-2. AU is the only undefeated team in the GLIAC and one of just two undefeated teams (Bellarmine) in the Midwest Region.
Ashland is off to the sixth 8-0 start in school history and one more win will match the second-best start in the program's 98-year history. The last time the Eagles were 8-0 was in the 2015-16 season when they ended a 25-year NCAA Tournament drought, advancing to the national bracket for the first time since 1991.
Redshirt-sophomore wing Aaron Thompson and junior guard Rodrick Caldwell have won the last two GLIAC South Player of the Week honors. Caldwell is third in the GLIAC in scoring at 18 points per game and Thompson leads the league at 9.6 rebounds per game.
The Eagles, in their 10th season under head coach John Ellenwood, return to the Kates Gymnasium floor on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m. against Lawrence Tech. It starts a string of three straight non-league home games before GLIAC play resumes at Kates Gymnasium on Jan. 3 against Michigan Tech.
Romanzak First Nationally, Eagles Ranked No. 14
Ashland University redshirt junior Bret Romanzak remains at the top of the 165-pound class in the most recent NCAA Division II wrestling rankings. Romanzak (12-2) was the preseason No. 1, and has only lost to Division I opponent Fritz Schierl of Ohio State University this year.
Redshirt junior Chandler Minnard (3-3) is currently ranked No. 7 in Division II at 141 pounds.
Ashland's wrestling team as a whole was slotted at No. 14 in the most recent Division II rankings.