UW Oshkosh Men, Illinois Wesleyan Women With Best Starts of the D3 Season

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

January 21, 2010   

Editor’s note: Updated 1/21/10, 12:45 p.m., CT. This release has been corrected since its original release Thursday morning with changes in the national top 25 reflected.

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday morning the indoor track & field season’s first national team rankings for NCAA Division III. The men of UW Oshkosh, the co-defending indoor champions from a year ago, have the started the 2010 season on top of the rankings. On the women’s side, Illinois Wesleyan (152.18) leads the rankings over UW Oshkosh (138.02).

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Rankings Guidelines & Rationale

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 indexes a team’s potential of placing well at 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, January 27, with updates occurring the following seven Wednesdays leading to the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, March 12-13.

MEN: UW Oshkosh Jumps to the Lead
The gun representing the start of the 2010 indoor season just fired and the Titans of UW Oshkosh jumped to the early lead in the men’s team race, claiming 143.96 ranking points to start the season.

While Oshkosh doesn’t have a national leader in a single event, they do have six performers in the national top five in their respective events, including senior Ben Zill who is second nationally in the 400 with a 50.04 mark. Sophomore Nate Stymiest is third in the Mile (4:17.86) and Brent Jude is fourth over 55 meters (6.49).

The national top five is rounded out by No. 2 North Central (Ill.), No. 3 SUNY Genesco, No. 4 Springfield, No. 5 Tufts.

WOMEN: Illinois Wesleyan Leads
In the women’s team race, it’s the battle of the Titans early as Illinois Wesleyan (152.18) has a narrow lead on UW Oshkosh’s (138.02) bevy of throwers.

Illinois Wesleyan’s Alicia McCoy leads the nation in the 400 meters (57.57) and Lauren Albert stakes claim to the second-best long jump mark of the season (5.52m, 18-1½) and the third-best 400-meter time (57.88).

UW Oshkosh lays claim to four of the nation’s top 10 spots in the weight throw, with Holly Ozanich leading the way with a division-leading 57-11¼ (17.66m) toss. Ellie Sitek sits second on the national list in the shot put with three other Titans making the top 12 in that event.

The women’s top five also includes No. 3 Messiah, No. 4 Chicago, and No. 5 TCNJ.

About the Rankings
For more on the rankings and links to guideline and rationale information visit …
http://www.ustfccca.org/rankings/division-iii-rankings

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

Week #1 – January 21

Rank
School
Points 2009 FINAL
1
UW Oshkosh
143.96 =1
2
North Central (Ill.)
114.26 7
3
SUNY Geneseo
112.31
4
Springfield
68.26 17
5
Tufts
64.17 14
6
McMurry
61.98 4
7
Haverford
61.32
8
TCNJ
58.52
9
Southern Maine
55.94
10
Wheaton (Mass.)
51.14
11
Gwynedd-Mercy
46.23
12
St. Lawrence
43.93 25
13
Chicago
42.69
14
Hamline
42.32
15
SUNY Cortland
41.77
16
SUNY Farmingdale
39.76
17
Ohio Wesleyan
38.39
18
Nebraska Wesleyan
37.22
19
NYU
36.87
20
Carthage
36.32
21
Monmouth (Ill.)
35.46
22
Williams
34.23
23
UW Stout
34.19
24
MIT
32.50
25
Washington (Mo.)
31.89

 

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

Week #1 – January 21

Rank School Points 2009 FINAL
1
Illinois Wesleyan
152.18 4
2
UW Oshkosh
138.02 3
3
Messiah
97.05 10
4
Chicago
87.10
5
TCNJ
86.18
6
Johns Hopkins
70.25
7
Brandeis
69.01
8
Keene State
66.57
9
Wheaton (Mass.)
63.93 12
10
Carthage
63.51
11
MIT
55.82 16
12
McMurry
44.53
13
SUNY Geneseo
43.03
14
Ithaca
43.03
15
Calvin
41.83 10
16
New Jersey City
41.28 16
17
Emory
41.17
18
UW Whitewater
38.78
19
NYU
37.91
20
SUNY Farmingdale
35.09
21
SUNY Cortland
34.66
22
Williams
34.61
23
St. Lawrence
32.97 16
24
SUNY Cobleskill
29.91
25
UW La Crosse
28.01 2