North Central (Ill.) Men and Wartburg Women Top DIII Preseason Projections

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

January 9, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The North Central (Ill.) men’s and Wartburg women’s teams, both defending champions from a year ago, emerge as the top teams in the second annual NCAA Division III U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason computer projections, based largely on the top returning student-athletes from teams around the country and performances from the early portion of this season.

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Wartburg, which overwhelmingly won the 2012 DIII championships with a division-record 99 team points after being projected as the preseason No. 1, finds itself atop the rankings for the ninth consecutive edition after it held the spot wire-to-wire in 2012.

Wartburg and second-ranked UW-Oshkosh are set to once again battle for a DIII crown, as the two schools have combined to claim seven of the last nine DIII Indoor Championships, with Wartburg winning last year and also back-to-back in 2009 and 2010; while Oshkosh three-peated from 2004-2006 and claimed another in 2011.

Less than a third (30) of Wartbug’s 99 points from a year ago will return, including 2012 national runners-up junior Camesha Goods (hurdles) and sophomore Alana Enabnit (5,000 meters). The Knights will be without three national champions from 2012.

UW-Oshkosh returns 29 of its 48 points from the 2012 NCAA DIII Indoor Championships, including defending 800 meters and mile champion senior Christy Cazzola.

On the men’s side, three teams earned a score of 130 or higher in the preseason projections: North Central with 138.12, UW-La Crosse with 134.32 and UW-Oshkosh with 133.39. Three other teams scored higher than 100, setting the stage for a competitive and exciting 2013 indoor season.

The men’s preseason ranking is similar to the teams’ finishes at the 2012 NCAA DIII Indoor Championships, where North Central claimed the title with 48 team points, UW-Oshkosh finished third with 32 points, and UW-La Crosse scored 27 for a tie for fifth.

North Central, which was also the preseason favorite last season, returns three of its five individual scorers from 2012, including the top-ranked returning pole vaulter in senior Josh Winder, the 2012 DIII champ. They lose 400 champ Dan Benton, though the other three legs of the school’s national championship 4×400 relay team remain intact.

UW-La Crosse returns all but one scoring student-athlete from the 2012 DIII Indoor Championships, including senior jumper Isaac Vasquez, who is the top-ranked returner nationally from 2012 in the long jump and is ranked second in the triple jump among 2012 returners. Senior Aric Hoeshcen is the top-ranked returning runner in the 400 nationally.

UW-Oshkosh will be back with all but one of its scoring student-athletes from 2012, including senior thrower Pete Delzer, who leads a strong throws corps as the No. 1 returning weight throw athlete in the nation and is third in the shot put among all returners.

The first regular-season edition of the USTFCCCA Rankings will be released January 23. The NCAA Division III Indoor Championships are set for March 8-9 at the Al B. Carius Track in Naperville, Ill.

Here’s a look at how last season’s preseason favorites fared at the NCAA Championships in the DIII computer projection’s inaugural season:

MEN

Preseason No. 1

NCAA Finish

NCAA Champ

Preseason Rank

2012

North Central (Ill.)

1st

North Central (Ill.)

1st

2013

North Central (Ill.)

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WOMEN

Preseason No. 1

NCAA Finish

NCAA Champ

Preseason Rank

2012

Wartburg

1st

Wartburg

1st

2013

Wartburg

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USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Preseason — January 9

next ranking: January 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) 2012 FINAL
1 North Central (Ill.) 138.12 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 134.32 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 5
3 UW-Oshkosh 133.39 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 3
4 St. Thomas (Minn.) 113.07 MIAC Steve Mathre (18th) 5
5 UW-Whitewater 107.75 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 8
6 UW-Stevens Point 107.22 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 9
7 UW-Eau Claire 79.01 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 2
8 Bates 58.46 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 9
9 UW-Platteville 57.74 WIAC Jim Nickasch (12th) 12
10 Calvin 51.59 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 48
11 Christopher Newport 49.98 USA South Tyler Wingard (7th) 13
12 Wartburg 49.32 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 14
13 Baldwin-Wallace 49.25 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 33
14 Mount Union 47.69 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 48
15 Haverford 47.49 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 26
16 MIT 46.77 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (23rd) 14
17 Tufts 45.33 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 17
18 Nebraska Wesleyan 41.03 Great Plains Ted Bulling (28th) NR
19 Methodist 39.59 USA South Duane Ross (6th) NR
20 Middlebury 37.53 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 23
21 UW-Stout 36.83 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 4
22 Wabash 32.88 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 11
23 SUNY Oneonta 32.62 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 48
24 Bowdoin 30.30 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (27th) 18
25 Colby 28.84 NESCAC Jared Beers (7th) 18

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 680.55 7
2 NESCAC 229.03 5
3 CCIW 176.10 1
4 MIAC 158.63 1
5 OAC 147.57 2
6 USA South 89.57 2
7 IIAC 79.01 1
8 SUNYAC 64.22 1
9 NEWMAC 62.80 1
10 NCAC 55.75 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Preseason — January 9

next ranking: January 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 162.03 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 149.98 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st) 2
3 Williams 93.68 NESCAC Fletcher Brooks (5th) 13
4 Methodist 80.21 USA South Duane Ross (6th) 4
5 Illinois Wesleyan 78.65 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 7
6 Ramapo 76.83 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 5
7 Illinois College 68.57 Midwest Mike Brooks (12th) 5
8 Washington (Mo.) 64.37 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 3
9 UW-Whitewater 60.70 WIAC Mike Johnson (2nd) 21
10 Monmouth (Ill.) 55.68 Midwest Roger Haynes (13th) 32
11 MIT 49.15 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 21
12 Mount Union 48.54 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 7
13 Lehman 46.35 CUNYAC Lesleigh Hogg (17th) 47
14 UW-La Crosse 45.25 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 20
15 North Central (Ill.) 45.03 CCIW Kari Kluckhorn (10th) 55
16 SUNY Cortland 43.64 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th) 39
17 Middlebury 43.43 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 10
18 Tufts 42.49 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 9
19 St. Olaf 41.12 MIAC Andrea Gelle (3rd) 47
20 Birmingham-Southern 39.41 SAA Kenneth Cox (4th) 11
21 Coe 39.13 IIAC Aaron Carley (1st) 13
22 Johns Hopkins 37.10 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 39
23 Franklin & Marshall 35.92 Centennial Carl Schnabel (10th) 39
24 Buffalo State 29.43 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 39
25 Baldwin-Wallace 28.12 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 27

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 330.75 3
2 NESCAC 239.03 3
3 IIAC 202.59 2
4 CCIW 153.74 2
5 Midwest Conference 132.60 2
6 MIAC 118.50 1
7 UAA 116.81 1
8 OAC 112.35 2
9 NEWMAC 111.38 1
10 SUNYAC 102.57 2