Wartburg, UW Oshkosh Virtually Tied for D-III Women’s Lead; McMurry Men Still in Control

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

April 20, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The third 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. McMurry’s men and Wartburg’s women remain the top teams in the calculated rankings for the third-straight week. However, UW Oshkosh’s is only a little over two ranking points from take the top post from Wartburg.

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 #3 – April 20

next ranking: April 27
Rank School Points Last Week
1 McMurry 232.55 1
2 North Central (Ill.) 149.96 7
3 UW La Crosse 125.43 4
4 Central (Iowa) 122.81 2
5 La Verne 121.63 3
6 Washington (Mo.) 118.61 5
7 Whitworth 91.59 10
8 Redlands 91.07 13
9 UW Oshkosh 85.53 6
10 Augustana (Ill.) 85.12 8
11 Monmouth (Ill.) 79.02 9
12 UW Whitewater 78.93 11
13 Moravian 69.70 40
14 UW Stout 69.10 18
15 Cal Lutheran 68.20 19
16 Baldwin-Wallace 67.93 15
17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 66.59 14
18 Haverford 59.98 16
19 Wabash 53.96 26
20 Bates 53.93 38
21 Willamette 53.36 22
22 Nebraska Wesleyan 53.03 12
23 UW Platteville 48.25 23
24 Dickinson 46.97 45
25 Rose-Hulman 45.92 30
dropped out: No. 17 Calvin, No. 20 Ohio Northern, No. 21 Rowan, No. 24 Ramapo, No. 25 Greenville
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 456.83 5
2 SCIAC 413.90 4
3 CCIW 293.95 2
4 ASC 262.26 1
5 UAA 223.39 1
6 OAC 193.51 1
7 Northwest Conference 180.84 2
8 IIAC 165.82 1
9 NESCAC 128.30 1
10 Centennial 119.65 2

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #3 – April 20

next ranking: April 27
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Wartburg 222.65 1
2 UW Oshkosh 220.58 2
3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 128.48 3
4 Methodist 123.37 4
5 Central (Iowa) 90.63 7
6 Whitworth 86.13 5
7 Texas Lutheran 85.39 8
8 MIT 76.56 6
9 Calvin 71.95 9
10 Rhodes 71.55 12
11 North Central (Ill.) 70.33 23
12 George Fox 67.35 10
13 Ithaca 65.93 15
14 Illinois College 61.41 16
15 Williams 60.60 11
16 Carthage 54.01 31
17 UW La Crosse 53.55 13
18 Linfield 50.93 22
19 Willamette 50.46 25
20 Monmouth (Ill.) 50.40 27
21 UW Platteville 50.31 20
22 UW Eau Claire 50.17 14
23 UW Whitewater 48.65 21
24 Greenville 48.12 19
25 SUNY Geneseo 47.13 30
dropped out: No. 17 Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 18 Cal Lutheran, No. 24 Middlebury
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC
474.42
5
2 IIAC
408.34
2
3 SCIAC
260.08
1
4 Northwest Conference
257.28
4
5 CCIW
202.81
2
6 SCAC
191.13
1
7 UAA
163.03
8 NESCAC
153.94
1
9 MIAC
147.29
10 Midwest Conference
146.09
2

 

 

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.