McMurry, Wartburg Enter DIII Championships as Top Dogs
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
May 24, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – The men of McMurry and the women of Wartburg will enter this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships as the top ranked teams the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday. Wartburg’s women are the defending champions and will be going for an indoor-outdoor sweep of NCAA titles. McMurry last won the NCAA men’s team title in 2008, but will be challenged by a bevy of teams including No. 2 North Central (Ill.). The Cardinals are looking to win their first NCAA "triple crown" becoming the first school to win NCAA team titles in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field
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UW Oshkosh won the 2008-09 USTFCCCA Al Carius Program of the Year award and North Central (Ill.) is in the driver’s seat to win the trophy, having notched national titles in cross country and indoor track & field this season for a total of two points. UW La Crosse is the nearest challenger with 13 points accumulated through a tenth-place national finish in cross country and a third-place showing in indoor track & field.
St. Lawrence leads the USTFCCCA Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year standings for women’s Division III teams. St. Lawrence notched a second-place showing at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and a third-place position during the indoor track & field season. St. Lawrence has only two entries into the outdoor track & field championships, proving difficult for them to take the POY award. Wartburg, the defending winners of the award currently sit sixth in the standings with 17 points, but is only three points from runner-up Calvin (14). Wartburg won the women’s indoor national title in March and placed 16th in the cross country final. UW Eau Claire, the 2009 cross country national champs, finished 15th at the indoor championships and are currently fifth in the standings with 16 points. MIT and UW Oshkosh are tied for third in the standings with 15 points apiece. UW Oshkosh was the runner-up during the indoor championships, while MIT is the only school to have notched top 10 finishes in both championships this season that is not St. Lawrence.
Rankings this week were compiled only using data from those who declared and were accepted into the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The NCAA Division III Championships will take place May 27-29, in Marietta, Ohio.
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Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #8 – May 24 – NCAA Week
|2||North Central (Ill.)||154.80||2|
|5||UW La Crosse||82.68|
|19||St. Thomas (Minn.)||50.89||27|
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #7 – May 19
|6||UW La Crosse||106.41|
|11||UW Eau Claire||72.57||23|
|17||St. Thomas (Minn.)||48.54||17|