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.

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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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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

Week #2 – January 27

Rank
School
Points Last
1 UW Oshkosh 222.52 1
2 North Central (Ill.) 95.56 2
3 SUNY Geneseo 88.19 3
4 McMurry 76.88 6
5 Southern Maine 71.93 9
6 Carthage 70.36 20
7 TCNJ 65.33 8
8 UW Stevens Point 64.50
9 UW Whitewater 59.10
10 Wheaton (Mass.) 57.91 10
11 Springfield 50.30 4
12 Montclair State 49.54
13 Tufts 46.17 5
14 Dubuque 43.92
15 Williams 42.49
16 UW La Crosse 41.02
17 Gwynedd-Mercy 39.70 11
18 Haverford 38.62 7
19 UW Stout 36.22 23
20 Wabash 35.27
21 Messiah 34.73
22 SUNY Cortland 33.81 15
23 Farmingdale State 32.90 16
24 St. Thomas (Minn.) 29.52
25 Aurora 29.24

 

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

Week #2 – January 27

Rank School Points Last Week
1 Illinois Wesleyan 142.01 1
2 UW Oshkosh 136.62 2
3 TCNJ 102.07 5
4 Messiah 74.24 3
5 Chicago 70.59 4
6 North Central (Ill.) 67.36
7 Ithaca 63.86 14
8 Johns Hopkins 61.45 6
9 Williams 57.05 22
10 St. Lawrence 51.36 23
11 Keene State 48.10 8
12 Emory 47.55 17
13 Brandeis 46.46 7
14 McMurry 45.91 12
15 Wartburg 44.77
16 MIT 43.65 11
17 Carthage 41.02 10
18 Nebraska Wesleyan 39.92
19 Springfield 38.67
20 UW La Crosse 38.35 25
21 St. Norbert 38.01
22 NYU 37.62 19
23 UW Whitewater 36.67 18
24 Bates 36.33
25 Wheaton (Mass.) 36.22 9