The Lincoln men's and women's track and field teams were both picked to finish in the top five in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association indoor track and field preseason coaches polls, the league announced Friday.
The Lincoln women were picked to finish tied for fourth, while the men were tabbed to place fifth in the MIAA.
The Pittsburg State men, the defending Division II indoor champions, received 11 of the 12 first-place votes, garnering 121 points in the voting. Central Missouri was second with 106 points and received the remaining first-place vote.
Emporia State was picked third with 96 points, followed by Missouri Southern with 89 points in fourth. Lincoln was fifth with 89 points.
Fort Hays State took sixth place with 73 points, followed by Nebraska-Kearney (61 points), Northwest Missouri (47), Washburn (45) and Lindenwood (30) to round out the top 10.
Southwest Baptist was 11th in the men's poll with 24 points, while Missouri Western was 12th with 12 points.
The Pittsburg State women were also picked to win the MIAA during the indoor season, receiving 141 points and 11 of the 13 first-place votes.
Central Missouri was second with 123 points, while Southwest Baptist was picked third with 112 points. Each received a first-place vote.
Lincoln shared fourth place with Missouri Southern, each getting 110 points in the voting.
Northwest Missouri was sixth with 93 points, followed by Fort Hays State (78 points), Nebraska-Kearney (65), Lindenwood (55) and Washburn (50) to round out the top 10.
Emporia State (27), Central Oklahoma (26) and Missouri Western (24) were 11th through 13th, respectively, to round out the women's poll.
The MIAA indoor track and field championships will be held Feb. 22-24 at Northwest Missouri in Maryville.
Pittsburg State swept the conference team titles last season. The Lincoln men finished tied for fourth and the women placed seventh in the final team standings.