Division III Has UW Oshkosh, Illinois Wesleyan Still On Top
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
January 27, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday afternoon the latest indoor track & field national team rankings for NCAA Division III. UW Oshkosh’s men kept itself at No. 1 in the country with a flurry of nationally-prominent performances from its home meet this past weekend, gaining 78.56 ranking points in the process to lead North Central (Ill.) (95.56) by over 125 ranking points.
Illinois Wesleyan (142.01) dropped just over 10 ranking points but maintains a lead of around five points over No. 2 UW Oshkosh (136.62).
This week’s release represents marks accumulated by teams in the 2010 indoor season through last weekend. This week’s release also represents the first time Division III national team rankings have been compiled using mathematical formulae that measures a team’s chances in terms of the current structure of the NCAA Indoor Championships and is similar in nature to the method that has been employed by Division I for the past two years.
The next release of updated rankings for NCAA’s Division III will continue on Wednesday, February 3, with updates occurring the following seven Wednesdays leading to the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, March 12-13.
MEN: UW Oshkosh Takes National Lead into Stratosphere
The Titans of UW Oshkosh lived up to their mascot name last weekend at their home meet as they more than doubled their lead in the national team rankings with superior marks in completion against Ripon College and Lawrence.
Ben Zill covered 400 meters in 48.92 for the leading time in Division III a day after scoring 3,625 points in the pentathlon, the second-best score in the division this year. Throwers Bed Ludtke and Tony Baker claimed the 1-2 spots in the nation in the weight throw with marks of 61-9 (18.82m) and 61-5½ (18.73m), respectively. John Cejka claimed the third-best mark in the nation in the 400 (49.57), Ben Wizner notched the second-best 800-meter time (1:54.76) and James Simms went 46-10¾ (14.29m) in the triple jump for the third-best showing in the country thus far.
North Central College remains as the second-ranked team in the country while SUNY Geneseo stays at No. 3. McMurry moved up two spots to No. 4 this week, and Southern Maine went up four places to No. 5.
WOMEN: Illinois Wesleyan Holds Lead on UW Oshkosh
No. 1 Illinois Wesleyan (142.01) maintains its lead at the nation’s top team this week. Moving into the national top 10 for the Titans was Tara Clemens who ran 2:19.52 for the seventh-best mark in Division III this year.
No. 2 UW Oshkosh’s (136.62) throwers once again had a bash as Holly Ozanich widened her Division III lead in the weight throw by over a foot, posting a 59-2¾ (18.05m) throw. Teammate Ellie Sitek moved to fourth in the nation in the weight throw with a 53-11 (16.43m) mark and claimed the nation’s third-best mark in the shot put 45-5¼ (13.85m). Camille Davis sprinted to a 7.22 finish in the 55-meter dash for the nation’s fifth-best spot.
The top five in the women’s national team rankings this week is rounded out by No. 3 TCNJ, No. 4 Messiah, and No. 5 Chicago.
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NCAA Division III
Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
Week #2 – January 27
|2||North Central (Ill.)||95.56||2|
|8||UW Stevens Point||64.50||—|
|16||UW La Crosse||41.02||—|
|24||St. Thomas (Minn.)||29.52||—|
Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
Week #2 – January 27
|6||North Central (Ill.)||67.36||—|
|20||UW La Crosse||38.35||25|