Indoor Champs UW Oshkosh Takes Over Women’s Top Spot in D-III

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 4, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The fifth 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 women of UW Oshkosh took the reins as the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time this outdoor season. UW Oshkosh finished second in last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships and are the reigning NCAA indoor team champions. McMurry remains No. 1 in the men’s national team rankings for the fifth-straight week.

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USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – May 4

next ranking: May 11
Rank School Points Last Week
1 McMurry 221.17 1
2 North Central (Ill.) 152.89 2
3 La Verne 107.93 7
4 UW La Crosse 105.29 6
5 UW Oshkosh 102.81 11
6 Central (Iowa) 100.09 5
7 UW Whitewater 85.34 9
8 Calvin 82.29 36
9 Redlands 80.31 12
10 Whitworth 80.29 10
11 Nebraska Wesleyan 79.88 8
12 Washington (Mo.) 77.15 4
13 UW Stout 74.62 16
14 Baldwin-Wallace 70.40 15
15 Haverford 70.12 3
16 Moravian 67.69 18
17 Cal Lutheran 65.34 17
18 Augustana (Ill.) 64.88 14
19 SUNY Fredonia 62.86 35
20 Monmouth (Ill.) 60.06 13
21 Buffalo State 52.55 19
22 Bates 50.35 22
23 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 48.97 20
24 Wabash 48.65 26
25 SUNY Cortland 46.41 58
dropped out: No. 21 Middlebury, No. 23 Williams, No. 24 Rose-Hulman, No. 25 NYU
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 471.52 4
2 SCIAC 344.06 4
3 CCIW 252.10 2
4 ASC 238.68 1
5 OAC 213.77 1
6 SUNYAC 195.38 3
7 NESCAC 175.20 1
8 UAA 163.46 1
9 IIAC 145.77 1
10 Northwest Conference 127.77 1

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – May 4

next ranking: May 11
Rank School Points Last Week
1 UW Oshkosh 222.85 2
2 Wartburg 206.46 1
3 Methodist 117.57 4
4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 114.54 3
5 Ithaca 108.64 12
6 Williams 105.79 5
7 Texas Lutheran 93.62 10
8 Calvin 91.19 15
9 MIT 76.62 8
10 Nebraska Wesleyan 73.45 6
11 Middlebury 73.42 14
12 UW Whitewater 69.66 27
13 Central (Iowa) 63.48 7
14 George Fox 61.11 9
15 Illinois College 55.72 16
16 Illinois Wesleyan 54.43 13
17 Whitworth 52.73 11
18 Gustavus Adolphus 51.02 36
19 North Central (Ill.) 48.26 17
20 Carleton 48.25 42
21 Monmouth (Ill.) 40.80 25
22 Coe 40.18 67
23 Linfield 39.86 24
24 Occidental 39.51 46
25 Wellesley 39.15 32
dropped out: No. 18 UW Eau Claire, No. 19 Buffalo State, No. 20 Rhodes, No. 21 Centre, No. 22 UW La Crosse, No. 23 Moravian
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC
425.44
2
2 IIAC
372.48
3
3 NESCAC
255.66
2
4 SCIAC
224.74
2
5 Northwest Conference
191.87
3
6 NEWMAC
176.36
2
7 CCIW
156.75
2
8 MIAC
144.40
2
9 SCAC
132.25
10 USA South
131.14
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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.