UW-Oshkosh Women Join Men Atop DIII Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

January 30, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - The UW-Oshkosh women have vaulted past defending champion Wartburg to claim the No. 1 spot in this week’s DIII U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Computer Team Rankings, joining their men’s program counterparts atop the charts and marking the first time in the history of the DIII indoor rankings that the same school has claimed the top spot on both the men’s and women’s list.

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Riding the exceptional mile performance of DIII Women’s National Athlete of the Week Christy Cazzola (4:44.73) and DIII-leading marks from Breanna Strupp (50-7¼/15.42m) and Samantha Loew (59-11¼/18.27m) in the shot put and weight throw, respectively, the Titans gained 13.52 team points from a week ago to post this week’s division-best score of 163.42. This marks the first time the UW-Oshkosh women have been ranked No. 1 since its national championship in 2011.

Former No. 1 Wartburg dropped 6.24 points to a second-ranked score of 160.26. Illinois Wesleyan (103.26) moved up to third in the rankings behind the second-fastest 400 (56.56) in DIII from former National Athlete of the Week honoree Tara Clemens, who also boasts the division’s fastest 800 (2:10.48) and second-fastest mile (4:59.69) marks this season. Displaced by IWU is Williams (83.91), which drops to fourth, and Methodist stands pat at No. 5 to round out the top five.

The entirety of the men’s top five from the previous rankings remained static, with UW-La Crosse chipping away at UW-Oshkosh’s hold on the top spot. The Titans remain on top for a second straight week with a score of 165.80, gaining 4.4 primarily from a pair of top 10 shot put performances, including the division-leader from former National Athlete of the Week recipient Nick Baatz (61-2¼/18.65m).

UW-La Crosse improved by 9.23 points this week for a total of 156.55, driven by Alex Koenen’s DIII-best 60 meters performance at 6.85. Defending national champion North Central (Ill.) checks in at No. 3 (133.43), UW-Whitewater at No. 4 (130.36) and St. Thomas (Minn.) at No. 5 (110.13).

The National Computer Team Rankings project how a team will finish in a National Championship Meet setting, rather than a triangular or dual. The rankings are compiled from meet data in the 2012-13 season, but also from returners from the 2011-12 to take into account what a roster might look like should all student-athletes perform at their top level.

The next round of computer rankings will be released February 6. The 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 8-9 in Naperville, Ill.

Biggest Jump (Men): 5 – Defiance
Biggest Jump (Women): 2 – Monmouth (Ill.), MIT, Middlebury, Franklin & Marshall

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #2 — January 30

next ranking: February 6
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 165.80 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 156.55 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 2
3 North Central (Ill.) 133.43 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 3
4 UW-Whitewater 130.36 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 4
5 St. Thomas (Minn.) 110.13 MIAC Steve Mathre (18th) 5
6 UW-Stevens Point 102.58 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 6
7 UW-Eau Claire 75.02 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 7
8 Mount Union 71.64 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 11
9 Bates 64.60 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 8
10 Baldwin-Wallace 60.87 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 10
11 UW-Platteville 57.73 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 9
12 Calvin 52.39 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 12
13 Haverford 48.11 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 14
14 MIT 45.38 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (23rd) 15
15 Wabash 42.50 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 18
16 Wartburg 42.03 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 16
17 Tufts 41.16 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 17
18 Middlebury 38.20 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 20
19 UW-Stout 36.06 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 21
20 Nebraska Wesleyan 35.45 Great Plains Ted Bulling (28th) 19
21 Methodist 31.20 USA South Roland Whiting (1st) 22
22 Bowdoin 29.10 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (27th) 24
23 Colby 28.55 NESCAC Jared Beers (7th) 25
24 SUNY Oneonta 27.37 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 23
25 Defiance 27.15 HCAC John Hartpence (6th) 30
Dropped out: No. 13 Christopher Newport

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 753.23 7
2 NESCAC 224.21 5
3 CCIW 176.70 1
4 OAC 173.15 2
5 MIAC 152.15 1
6 NCAC 73.23 1
7 IIAC 71.17 1
8 Centennial 64.01 1
9 NEWMAC 63.03 1
10 SUNYAC 60.32 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #2 — January 30

next ranking: February 6
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 163.42 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st) 2
2 Wartburg 160.26 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
3 Illinois Wesleyan 103.26 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 4
4 Williams 83.91 NESCAC Peter Farwell (15th)/Dick Farley (15th) 3
5 Methodist 79.30 USA South Roland Whiting (1st) 5
6 Ramapo 70.60 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 6
7 Washington (Mo.) 65.56 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 7
8 UW-Whitewater 60.68 WIAC Mike Johnson (2nd) 9
9 Monmouth (Ill.) 60.44 Midwest Roger Haynes (13th) 11
10 Illinois College 55.59 Midwest Mike Brooks (12th) 8
11 Mount Union 54.02 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 10
12 MIT 54.00 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 14
13 Tufts 46.76 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 12
14 SUNY Cortland 45.51 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th) 15
15 Lehman 45.24 CUNYAC Lesleigh Hogg (17th) 16
16 Middlebury 44.94 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 18
17 North Central (Ill.) 44.70 CCIW Kari Kluckhorn (10th) 17
18 UW-La Crosse 43.03 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 13
19 St. Olaf 41.09 MIAC Andrea Gelle (3rd) 19
20 Birmingham-Southern 39.36 SAA Kenneth Cox (4th) 20
21 Franklin & Marshall 36.06 Centennial Carl Schnabel (10th) 23
22 Wheaton (Mass.) 34.23 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 22
23 Johns Hopkins 32.46 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 21
24 Buffalo State 29.26 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 24
25 UW-Stout 25.56 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 25
Dropped out: No. 21 Coe, No. 25 Baldwin-Wallace

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 346.06 4
2 NESCAC 227.43 3
3 CCIW 172.35 2
4 IIAC 168.23 1
5 Midwest Conference 121.66 2
6 UAA 119.68 1
7 NEWMAC 118.65 2
8 MIAC 117.48 1
9 OAC 105.72 1
10 SUNYAC 101.10 2