UW-La Crosse Men, UW-Oshkosh Women Claim Top Spots in DIII

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 13, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - Division III has two new top-ranked teams as the UW-Oshkosh women reclaimed the top spot and the UW-La Crosse men reached the pinnacle of the rankings for the first time this season in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer rankings, the first edition that doesn’t use preseason data as a factor.

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UW-Oshkosh’s appearance atop the rankings marks the second time in the past three weeks it has been No. 1 in what has become a back-and-forth affair between the Titans and defending indoor champion Wartburg for the top spot. The Titans made a 12.52 net point gain for a team total of 177.09. Three-time National Athlete of the Week Christy Cazzola led the way for the Titans with two DIII all-time indoor records in the 800 (2:05.76) and the mile (4:43.13).

Displaced to No. 2, Wartburg was largely unaffected by the removal of preseason data, losing just 2.89 net points for a total team score of 162.09. The Knights turned in five DIII top-10 performances this weekend, including the fastest 4×400 relay at 3:49.61 OT, converted to 3:52.67 for qualifying purposes.

Despite losing 12.07 net points, Illinois Wesleyan holds steady at No. 3 (88.01), while UW-La Crosse jumped nine spots to No. 4 (77.52). Washington (Mo.) moved up one spot to round out the top five with a team score of 65.89.

The UW-La Crosse men are ranked No. 1 for the first time since the final two weeks of last season prior to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships, claiming the top spot from the UW-Oshkosh men and preventing the Titans’ second No. 1 sweep of the season. The Eagles gained 18.81 net points for a team total of 184.43, boosted by four top-10 performances, including the Division’s top 4×400 relay at 3:13.98 OT, converted to 3:17.09 for track size.

The UW-Oshkosh men virtually stayed even from last week at 171.10 team points, while UW-Whitewater moved up a spot to No. 3 with 132.61 team points. Defending DIII champion North Central (Ill.) was the hardest hit of the top-five teams by the removal of preseason data, as the Cardinals slid 22.53 net points and a position to No. 4 with 120.58. Haverford jumped four spots to No. 5 (90.00).

The National Computer Team Rankings project how a team will finish in a National Championship Meet setting, rather than a triangular or dual.

The next round of computer rankings will be released February 20. The 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 8-9 in Naperville, Ill.

Biggest Jump (Men): 48 – John Carroll
Biggest Jump (Women): 59 – George Fox

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #4 — February 13

next ranking: February 20
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 184.43 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 2
2 UW-Oshkosh 171.10 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 1
3 UW-Whitewater 132.61 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 4
4 North Central (Ill.) 120.58 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 3
5 Haverford 90.00 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 9
6 Mount Union 80.33 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 11
7 UW-Eau Claire 67.17 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 7
8 Bates 65.77 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 10
9 Baldwin-Wallace 62.20 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 12
10 UW-Platteville 61.50 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 8
11 Augustana (Ill.) 60.61 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 51
12 UW-Stevens Point 55.27 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 6
13 St. Thomas (Minn.) 54.29 MIAC Steve Mathre (18th) 5
14 Ohio Wesleyan 47.11 NCAC Kris Boey (10th) 32
15 Wabash 44.54 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 14
16 RIT 43.12 Liberty League David Warth (15th) 54
17 Defiance 39.59 HCAC John Hartpence (6th) 22
18 SUNY Oneonta 37.51 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 23
19 Wartburg 36.67 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 17
20 Brockport 35.01 SUNYAC Ed Jaskulski (1st) 33
21 Tufts 26.14 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 16
22 Whitworth 24.73 Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (17th) 25
23 Carthage 23.93 CCIW Brett Witt (8th) 27
24 Illinois College 23.59 Midwest Conference Mike Brooks (12th) 24
25 John Carroll 21.87 OAC Dara Ford (3rd) 73
Dropped out: No. 13 MIT, No. 15 Calvin, No. 18 Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 19 UW-Stout, No. 20 Bowdoin, No. 21 Colby

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 714.52 6
2 CCIW 219.04 3
3 OAC 206.26 3
4 NESCAC 122.60 2
5 NCAC 110.39 2
6 Centennial 109.79 1
7 SUNYAC 108.08 2
8 Liberty League 71.83 1
9 MIAC 70.73 1
10 IIAC 57.71 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #4 — February 13

next ranking: February 20
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 177.09 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st)/Drew Ludtke (1st) 2
2 Wartburg 162.09 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
3 Illinois Wesleyan 88.01 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 3
4 UW-La Crosse 77.52 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 13
5 Washington (Mo.) 65.89 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 6
6 SUNY Cortland 65.08 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th) 8
7 Monmouth (Ill.) 61.80 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (13th) 11
8 Johns Hopkins 61.68 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 23
9 Emory 61.53 UAA John Curtin (28th) 30
10 Williams 59.01 NESCAC Dick Farley (15th)/Peter Farwell (15th) 4
11 Illinois College 57.39 Midwest Conference Mike Brooks (12th) 9
12 UW-Whitewater 54.27 WIAC Mike Johnson (2nd) 5
13 Ithaca 48.65 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (10th) 25
14 Wheaton (Mass.) 48.31 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 22
15 Buffalo State 46.48 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th)
16 Tufts 42.55 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 14
17 Mount Union 41.12 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 10
18 Ohio Northern 40.62 OAC Jason Maus (7th) 32
19 George Fox 36.77 Northwest Conference John Smith (7th) 78
20 Roanoke 35.36 ODAC (0th) 33
21 Ramapo 33.83 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 7
22 Middlebury 32.07 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 16
23 St. Thomas (Minn.) 30.86 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 37
24 Moravian 30.74 Landmark Jesse Baumann (2nd) 27
25 Franklin & Marshall 29.91 Centennial Carl Schnabel (10th) 20
Dropped out: No. 12 MIT, No. 15 Lehman, No. 17 North Central (Ill.), No. 18 St. Olaf, No. 19 Birmingham-Southern, No. 21 Amherst, No. 24 WPI

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 389.98 3
2 IIAC 171.90 1
3 NESCAC 165.33 3
4 CCIW 140.91 1
5 SUNYAC 135.86 2
6 UAA 135.56 2
7 Midwest Conference 119.29 2
8 Centennial 113.90 2
9 OAC 110.95 2
10 MIAC 101.23 1