Status Quo for Top Three in Division III; UW Oshkosh Men Back to Top Five

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 23, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The top three spots remain unchanged in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings in Division III for week five of indoor track & field. On the men’s side, North Central (Ill.), UW La Crosse, and Amherst lead the way with UW Oshkosh, Wartburg, and MIT taking the front spots on the women’s side. Men’s No. 4 UW Oshkosh returns to the top five one week after falling to No. 10. Buffalo State’s men moved up a spot this week and are making their first appearance this year in the top 10.

National Computer Rankings:
PDFs:
Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
Previous Rankings | Rankings Guidelines & Rationale
Regional Index: Top 10 Teams by Region
Dual Meet RPI: Website

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USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – February 23

next ranking: March 2 (Week 6)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 North Central (Ill.) 184.47 1
2 UW La Crosse 119.32 2
3 Amherst 97.08 3
4 UW Oshkosh 82.11 10
5 UW Stevens Point 81.28 4
6 Central (Iowa) 78.29 6
7 Nebraska Wesleyan 73.50 8
8 UW Whitewater 71.51 7
9 SUNY Cortland 69.96 5
10 Buffalo State 66.69 11
11 SUNY Geneseo 58.29 9
12 Washington (Mo.) 53.61 20
13 Monmouth (Ill.) 47.53 28
14 Haverford 46.24 12
15 Farmingdale State 40.41 13
16 Bates 40.01 16
17 Wartburg 39.26 18
18 MIT 39.21 14
19 Baldwin-Wallace 38.90 15
20 St. Thomas (Minn.) 36.98 17
21 Allegheny 36.43 19
22 NYU 35.51 21
23 Ohio Wesleyan 31.74 67
24 UW Platteville 31.07 23
25 UW Eau Claire 30.65 22
Dropped out: No. 24 Springfield (Mass.), No. 25 UW Eau Claire
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 439.85 6
2 SUNYAC 263.82 3
3 CCIW 223.54 1
4 NESCAC 192.92 2
5 IIAC 128.23 2
6 UAA 122.16 2
7 OAC 116.27 1
8 MIAC 95.79 1
9 NCAC 74.7710 2
10 NJAC 74.7702

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – February 23

next ranking: March 2 (Week 6)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 UW Oshkosh 191.92 1
2 Wartburg 143.15 2
3 MIT 95.91 3
4 Williams 92.34 4
5 Methodist 68.18 12
6 North Central (Ill.) 67.80 9
7 TCNJ 64.91 5
8 Middlebury 64.16 10
9 Ithaca 61.10 6
10 Illinois Wesleyan 59.09 18
11 Wellesley 54.13 8
12 Carthage 54.07 22
13 Wheaton (Mass.) 47.68 14
14 Ramapo 47.41 7
15 UW La Crosse 46.82 11
16 Illinois College 46.76 13
17 Chicago 43.88 17
18 Nebraska Wesleyan 42.71 21
19 UW Stevens Point 40.76 37
20 Gustavus Adolphus 39.08 19
21 Monmouth (Ill.) 38.42 16
22 UW Whitewater 35.42 23
23 Coe 34.27 32
24 Central (Iowa) 30.32 27
25 Amherst 29.87 15
Dropped out: No. 20 Tufts, No. 24 Moravian, No. 25 Keene State
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference
Points
Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC
377.45
4
2 IIAC
255.60
3
3 NESCAC
230.43
3
4 NEWMAC
212.94
3
5 CCIW
183.89
3
6 NJAC
157.21
2
7 UAA
115.88
1
8 Midwest Conference
113.89
2
9 OAC
110.70
10 USA South
80.93
1

 

 

 

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

Rankings are determined by a mathematical formula, which is based on current national descending order lists. This is what’s used to compile a team’s ranking. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-title race.

The Regional Index is determined using a similar method as national rankings, but on a smaller scale, comparing teams versus others within the same region. The result is a ranking that showcases squads with better all-around team potential — a group makeup critical for conference or similar team-scored events. A team may achieve a better regional ranking than a counterpart that has a better national ranking. Historically, some teams are better national-championship teams than conference-championship teams, having a few elite athletes that score very well in a diverse environment where teams do not have entries in more than a few events. Some teams are better at conference championships or similar team-scored events where they enter, and are competitive, in many of the events.

How a team fares in a national championship, conference championship, or scored meet with only a couple or few teams (like a dual or triangular) can be very different, given the number of events, competition, scoring, and makeup of entries — thus the rationale behind each of the ranking systems. Similar arguments about team makeup and rankings can also be found in swimming & diving and wrestling as their sports also have a similar trichotomy when it comes to team theory.