With End of Regular Season Approaching, Top Five in D-III Starting to Solidify

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 18, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The seventh 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 UW-Oshkosh’s women continue their tight hold to the nation’s No. 1 spots. One weekend is remaining in the regular season, and next week’s rankings will include only those marks from those declared and accepted into the NCAA Division III Championships. The final list of participants for the national championships is slated to be released Sunday.

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 #7 – May 18

next ranking: May 25
Rank School Points Last Week
1 McMurry 194.79 1
2 North Central (Ill.) 168.90 2
3 UW-La Crosse 149.39 3
4 UW-Oshkosh 125.05 4
5 Central (Iowa) 117.16 6
6 Augustana (Ill.) 107.98 5
7 UW-Whitewater 91.46 7
8 La Verne 89.00 8
9 Monmouth (Ill.) 88.80 10
10 Washington (Mo.) 87.29 15
11 UW-Stout 79.72 9
12 Haverford 79.66 20
13 Nebraska Wesleyan 77.41 11
14 Redlands 72.68 12
15 Calvin 68.93 14
16 Whitworth 67.54 13
17 SUNY Fredonia 61.02 16
18 Cal Lutheran 59.27 17
19 Baldwin-Wallace 58.49 19
20 Bates 58.05 24
21 Moravian 57.94 18
22 UW-Platteville 55.90 21
23 Wabash 52.02 23
24 Buffalo State 48.21 22
25 Williams 46.85 25
dropped out: none
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 568.45 5
2 CCIW 314.05 2
3 SCIAC 303.87 3
4 ASC 205.72 1
5 NESCAC 190.69 2
6 UAA 189.17 1
7 SUNYAC 181.34 2
8 OAC 173.78 1
9 IIAC 151.96 1
10 Centennial 119.78 1

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division III

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #7 – May 18

next ranking: May 25
Rank School Points Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 233.80 1
2 Wartburg 179.92 2
3 MIT 160.83 4
4 Williams 155.74 3
5 Methodist 121.50 6
6 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 90.62 5
7 Nebraska Wesleyan 89.29 7
8 UW-Eau Claire 86.21 9
9 Ithaca 77.37 8
10 Calvin 75.99 10
11 Texas Lutheran 69.86 14
12 Carthage 69.60 12
13 UW-Whitewater 68.43 11
14 Whitworth 61.62 18
15 UW-La Crosse 57.87 13
16 Illinois College 55.02 16
17 North Central (Ill.) 53.76 21
18 Middlebury 53.50 15
19 Central (Iowa) 52.70 19
20 Gustavus Adolphus 45.92 22
21 George Fox 42.22 17
22 Willamette 41.88 23
23 TCNJ 40.72 35
24 Illinois Wesleyan 39.96 20
25 Carleton 38.39 25
dropped out: No. 24 Tufts
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC
519.35
4
2 IIAC
319.87
2
3 NESCAC
293.58
2
4 NEWMAC
251.38
1
5 SCIAC
202.65
1
6 CCIW
201.86
3
7 Northwest Conference
179.62
3
8 MIAC
141.12
2
9 NJAC
134.12
1
10 USA South
130.74
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.