DIII Outdoor Track & Field Rankings — 2012 Week 1, April 4

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

April 4, 2012   

In the latest USTFCCCA Division III National Team Computer Rankings, standings on the men’s side flipped among the top three as UW-Oshkosh takes the No. 1 perch for the first time this outdoor season, replacing UW-La Crosse who slipped to No. 3. McMurry’s men moved up a spot to No. 2. No. 1 Wartburg maintains a sizeable lead on the women’s side on No. 2 UW-Oshkosh and, up-a-spot this week to No. 3, MIT.

National Ranking PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
Regional Index PDFs: Top Ten | By Team | By Event
Previous Rankings

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2012 Week #1 — April 4

next ranking: April 11
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 207.49 WIAC Paul Brown (2nd) 2
2 McMurry 185.21 ASC Barbara Crousen (14th) 3
3 UW-La Crosse 183.36 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (4th) 1
4 North Central (Ill.) 124.24 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (2nd) 4
5 UW-Whitewater 96.78 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 5
6 Calvin 96.09 MIAA Bret Otte (3rd) 6
7 Central (Iowa) 91.42 IIAC Joe Dunham (4th) 9
8 Augustana (Ill.) 88.49 CCIW Paul Olsen (43rd) 7
9 La Verne 86.63 SCIAC Pat Widolff (20th) 8
10 UW-Stout 71.52 WIAC Laura Knudsen (4th) 11
11 Wabash 70.56 NCAC Clyde Morgan (4th) 13
12 Nebraska Wesleyan 70.07 Great Plains Ted Bulling (27th) 12
13 Whitworth 68.91 Northwest Toby Schwarz (16th) 10
14 Haverford 58.46 Centennial Tom Donnelly (37th) 15
15 Occidental 56.14 SCIAC Robert Bartlett (7th) 16
16 UW-Platteville 55.93 WIAC Jim Nickasch (11th) 21
17 UW-Eau Claire 54.86 WIAC Chip Schneider (10th) 14
18 Heidelberg 49.02 OAC Briana Hess (2nd) 18
19 Rowan 48.54 NJAC Bill Fritz (18th) 19
20 Williams 46.32 NESCAC Fletcher Brooks (4th) 17
21 SUNY Cortland 44.68 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th) 22
22 Monmouth (Ill.) 44.22 Midwest Roger Haynes (29th) 20
23 Guilford 42.48 ODAC Danny Cash (2nd) 23
24 Baldwin-Wallace 39.36 OAC Bill Taraschke (27th) 24
25 Denison 39.22 NCAC Mark FitzPatrick (1st) 54
Dropped out: No. 25 Carthage

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 705.40 6
2 CCIW 267.76 2
3 SCIAC 238.68 2
4 ASC 228.19 1
5 NESCAC 197.95 1
6 OAC 184.08 2
7 NCAC 151.39 2
8 SUNYAC 151.25 1
9 IIAC 135.40 1
10 Michigan Intercollegiate 113.74 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2012 Week #1 — April 4

next ranking: April 11
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 256.99 IIAC Marcus Newsom (14th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 185.87 WIAC Pat Ebel (3rd) 2
3 MIT 136.62 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (5th) 4
4 UW-Eau Claire 132.96 WIAC Chip Schneider (6th) 3
5 Williams 115.65 NESCAC Fletcher Brooks (4th) 5
6 Methodist 96.47 USA South Duane Ross (5th) 6
7 Washington (Mo.) 77.39 UAA Jeff Stiles (11th) 16
8 Texas Lutheran 77.35 ASC Patrick Zarate (6th) 8
9 Illinois Wesleyan 70.51 CCIW Chris Schumacher (15th) 13
10 Ithaca 69.83 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (9th) 10
11 Nebraska Wesleyan 69.32 Great Plains Ted Bulling (25th) 9
12 George Fox 68.06 Northwest John Smith (6th) 20
13 Central (Iowa) 64.76 IIAC Joe Dunham (4th) 11
14 Illinois College 63.76 Midwest Mike Brooks (11th) 12
15 SUNY Geneseo 55.46 SUNYAC Dave Prevosti (8th) 15
16 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 55.19 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (2nd) 7
17 Middlebury 55.01 NESCAC Martin Beatty (24th) 14
18 Linfield 48.53 Northwest Travis Olson (2nd) 18
19 Tufts 46.67 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (12th) 19
20 Mount Union 46.56 OAC Kevin Lucas (2nd) 17
21 Willamette 46.32 Northwest Matt McGuirk (8th) 21
22 Westfield State 45.20 MASCAC Sean O’Brien (14th) 25
23 Buffalo State 42.05 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (12th) 22
24 UW-La Crosse 38.01 WIAC Pat Healy (21st) 23
25 Cal Lutheran 37.21 SCIAC Matt Lea (2nd) 26
Dropped out: No. 24 Calvin

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 462.36 3
2 IIAC 381.21 2
3 NESCAC 256.94 3
4 NEWMAC 240.30 1
5 Northwest Conference 191.47 3
6 CCIW 164.58 1
7 NJAC 157.55
8 UAA 156.46 1
9 SCIAC 140.26 2
10 Midwest Conference 131.42 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.