DIII Rankings: McMurry, Wartburg Still in Control After “Moving Week”

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

April 25, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS — McMurry’s men and Wartburg’s women are still in control as the top teams in the USTFCCCA’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings. UW-La Crosse’s men moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 while UW-Oshkosh slipped to No. 3. On the women’s side, Methodist moved up from No. 6 to a season-best No. 3. No. 4 Washington (Mo.) and No. 5 Illinois Wesleyan are also enjoying season-best women’s rankings this week.

This week’s update represents the first in which only marks from the current season are considered for a team’s ranking (except for combined events).

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 #4 — April 25

next ranking: May 2
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 McMurry 224.01 ASC Barbara Crousen (14th) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 164.95 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (4th) 3
3 UW-Oshkosh 137.85 WIAC Paul Brown (2nd) 2
4 North Central (Ill.) 128.19 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (2nd) 4
5 Augustana (Ill.) 117.52 CCIW Paul Olsen (43rd) 10
6 UW-Whitewater 114.24 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 5
7 UW-Stout 110.72 WIAC Laura Knudsen (4th) 6
8 Haverford 100.69 Centennial Tom Donnelly (37th) 8
9 UW-Eau Claire 83.88 WIAC Chip Schneider (10th) 11
10 La Verne 83.62 SCIAC Pat Widolff (20th) 9
11 Wabash 78.08 NCAC Clyde Morgan (4th) 14
12 Whitworth 76.23 Northwest Toby Schwarz (16th) 13
13 Middlebury 66.49 NESCAC Martin Beatty (24th) 16
14 Moravian 57.80 Landmark Jesse Baumann (1st) 18
15 Central (Iowa) 55.22 IIAC Joe Dunham (4th) 7
16 SUNY Oneonta 51.25 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (8th) 29
17 Mount Union 49.35 OAC Kevin Lucas (2nd) 49
18 St. Thomas (Minn.) 49.15 MIAC Steve Mathre (17th) 71
19 Christopher Newport 49.04 USA South Tyler Wingard (6th) 21
20 Rowan 45.90 NJAC Bill Fritz (18th) 19
21 UW-Stevens Point 45.44 WIAC Rick Witt (33rd) 44
22 Guilford 45.15 ODAC Danny Cash (2nd) 26
23 UW-Platteville 45.08 WIAC Jim Nickasch (11th) 17
24 Calvin 40.59 MIAA Bret Otte (3rd) 12
25 Monmouth (Ill.) 40.50 Midwest Roger Haynes (29th) 27
Dropped out: No. 15 Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 20 Springfield (Mass.), No. 22 SUNY Cortland, No. 23 Occidental, No. 24 Heidelberg, No. 25 SUNY Geneseo

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 730.41 7
2 ASC 285.60 1
3 CCIW 285.26 2
4 SCIAC 185.89 1
5 OAC 174.62 1
6 NESCAC 158.40 1
7 SUNYAC 147.01 1
8 NJAC 136.39 1
9 NCAC 129.11 1
10 ODAC 116.01 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2012 Week #4 — April 25

next ranking: May 2
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 321.10 IIAC Marcus Newsom (14th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 189.45 WIAC Pat Ebel (3rd) 2
3 Methodist 123.04 USA South Duane Ross (5th) 6
4 Washington (Mo.) 121.94 UAA Jeff Stiles (11th) 8
5 Illinois Wesleyan 95.57 CCIW Chris Schumacher (15th) 7
6 Williams 81.92 NESCAC Fletcher Brooks (4th) 5
7 Mount Union 78.43 OAC Kevin Lucas (2nd) 16
8 Middlebury 71.94 NESCAC Martin Beatty (24th) 15
9 MIT 71.61 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (5th) 3
10 Illinois College 62.84 Midwest Mike Brooks (11th) 13
11 McMurry 62.82 ASC Barbara Crousen (14th) 26
12 Texas Lutheran 62.27 ASC Patrick Zarate (6th) 10
13 Rowan 62.22 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (5th) 30
14 Ramapo 57.85 NJAC Mike Jackson (8th) 18
15 George Fox 55.74 Northwest John Smith (6th) 12
16 Emory 53.81 UAA John Curtin (27th) 25
17 Rhodes 51.77 SCAC Robert Shankman (21st) 42
18 SUNY Cortland 51.62 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (5th) 41
19 Wheaton (Mass.) 51.16 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (1st) 44
20 Worcester State 50.60 MASCAC Mathew LeMaire (5th) 37
21 Ithaca 47.20 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (9th) 9
22 Central (Iowa) 43.41 IIAC Joe Dunham (4th) 14
23 Birmingham-Southern 42.08 SCAC Kenneth Cox (3rd) 32
24 UW-La Crosse 41.84 WIAC Pat Healy (21st) 24
25 Amherst 39.92 NESCAC John Adamson (1st) 45
Dropped out: No. 4 UW-Eau Claire, No. 11 Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 17 SUNY Geneseo, No. 19 Westfield State, No. 20 Linfield, No. 21 Willamette, No. 22 Buffalo State, No. 23 Tufts

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 IIAC 425.78 2
2 WIAC 377.36 2
3 NESCAC 246.24 3
4 UAA 228.98 2
5 NEWMAC 189.64 2
6 CCIW 177.88 1
7 OAC 153.63 1
8 NJAC 152.49 2
9 SCAC 142.25 2
10 USA South 137.49 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.