In D-III, McMurry, Wartburg Lead Halfway Through Outdoor Season

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

April 27, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The fourth week of national team computer rankings of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the 2011 NCAA Division III outdoor track & field season were released on Wednesday. The top two men’s teams remain the same as McMurry holds to No. 1 and North Central (Ill.) keeps at No. 2. Haverford made a 15-spot jump to jump the men’s top three. On the women’s side, the top four teams stayed put with No. 1 Wartburg leading the way once again.

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

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #4 – April 27

next ranking: May 4
Rank School Points Last Week
1 McMurry 230.73 1
2 North Central (Ill.) 132.92 2
3 Haverford 113.98 18
4 Washington (Mo.) 112.21 6
5 Central (Iowa) 110.53 4
6 UW La Crosse 107.21 3
7 La Verne 104.47 5
8 Nebraska Wesleyan 92.64 22
9 UW Whitewater 91.85 12
10 Whitworth 87.33 7
11 UW Oshkosh 76.56 9
12 Redlands 75.43 8
13 Monmouth (Ill.) 72.88 11
14 Augustana (Ill.) 69.86 10
15 Baldwin-Wallace 67.52 16
16 UW Stout 67.23 14
17 Cal Lutheran 65.43 15
18 Moravian 64.24 13
19 Buffalo State 57.84 176
20 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 55.88 17
21 Middlebury 51.66 68
22 Bates 47.80 20
23 Williams 44.16 36
24 Rose-Hulman 43.91 25
25 NYU 42.99 42
dropped out: No. 19 Wabash, No. 21 Willamette, No. 23 UW Platteville, No. 24 Dickinson
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 430.73 4
2 SCIAC 345.09 4
3 ASC 256.08 1
4 CCIW 247.97 2
5 UAA 237.92 2
6 OAC 217.76 1
7 NESCAC 190.34 3
8 Centennial 154.90 1
9 Northwest Conference 152.86 1
10 IIAC 146.85 1

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #4 – April 27

next ranking: May 4
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Wartburg 237.42 1
2 UW Oshkosh 204.55 2
3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 116.67 3
4 Methodist 111.54 4
5 Williams 105.33 15
6 Nebraska Wesleyan 93.82 30
7 Central (Iowa) 84.07 5
8 MIT 80.47 8
9 George Fox 80.36 12
10 Texas Lutheran 78.62 7
11 Whitworth 68.98 6
12 Ithaca 68.35 13
13 Illinois Wesleyan 66.81 26
14 Middlebury 63.35 34
15 Calvin 61.60 9
16 Illinois College 61.00 14
17 North Central (Ill.) 60.86 11
18 UW Eau Claire 50.77 22
19 Buffalo State 49.42
20 Rhodes 48.52 10
21 Centre 46.73 27
22 UW La Crosse 46.42 17
23 Moravian 45.17 33
24 Linfield 44.78 18
25 Monmouth (Ill.) 44.69 20
dropped out: No. 16 Carthage, No. 19 Willamette, No. 21 UW Platteville, No. 23 UW Whitewater, No. 24 Greenville
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference
Points
Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC
422.90
3
2 IIAC
416.61
2
3 Northwest Conference
227.02
3
4 NESCAC
222.85
2
5 SCIAC
221.05
1
6 CCIW
191.49
2
7 UAA
161.48
8 SCAC
160.26
2
9 NEWMAC
139.16
1
10 MIAC
135.04

 

 

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.