UW-La Crosse Men, UW-Oshkosh Women Remain Atop DIII Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 20, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - The UW-La Crosse men and UW-Oshkosh women remain atop the Division III U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday, the final edition prior to the bulk of the nation’s conference championship action this weekend.

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UW-La Crosse, atop the rankings for the second consecutive week, gained 18.34 net points for a team total of 202.78, boosted largely by its distance medley relay team (Heinz, Tehan, Stilin and Bottcher) posting Division III’s fastest time this season at 9:56.64. The Eagles are seeking their first national championship since 2009.

Finishing in a tie for the national championship with UW-La Crosse in 2009? That would be UW-Oshkosh, currently on the Eagles’ heels in second with 176.43 team points after a net gain of 5.33.

UW-Whitewater (129.32) checked in at No. 3, while three-time defending indoor champion North Central holds steady at No. 4 (106.05). Haverford (104.58) rounded out the top five of the men’s rankings.

The UW-Oshkosh women are on top for the second consecutive weekend and for the third time in four weeks. The Titans slipped 14.97 net points for a total of 162.12.

Defending champion Wartburg inched closer to regaining the top spot it has held three times this season by virtue of losing fewer net points than UW-Oshkosh, dropping 12.12 to 149.17.

A trio of newcomers to this week’s top five each made significant gains in the rankings to vault near the top of the chart. No. 3 Illinois College’s eight spot jump – up 20.73 net points to 78.12 – was powered by Megan Stringer posting the nation’s top pentathlon score at 3,435.

No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.) made an even more impressive jump behind the nation’s top 4×400 (Tipp, Tip, Van Heel, Goeman at 3:51.71) and No. 2 DMR (Statz, van Heel, Goeman, Berg at 11:48.05) teams, up 19 spots and 42.04 net points for a team total of 72.90.

No. 5 Williams (72.10) makes a return to the top five following a five-position jump. Williams had previously been ranked as high as No. 3 in the preseason and week one prior to last week’s slip to No. 10.

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): 31 – Moravian
Biggest Jump (Women): 19 – St. Thomas (Minn.)

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #5 — February 20

next ranking: February 27
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 202.78 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 176.43 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 2
3 UW-Whitewater 129.32 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 3
4 North Central (Ill.) 106.05 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 4
5 Haverford 104.58 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 5
6 Mount Union 88.39 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 6
7 Bates 72.27 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 8
8 UW-Stevens Point 72.18 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 12
9 UW-Eau Claire 71.78 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 7
10 Baldwin-Wallace 66.02 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 9
11 Augustana (Ill.) 56.47 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 11
12 UW-Platteville 54.75 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 10
13 Ohio Wesleyan 43.04 NCAC Kris Boey (11th) 14
14 St. Thomas (Minn.) 41.07 MIAC Steve Mathre (18th) 13
15 RIT 38.97 Liberty League David Warth (15th) 16
16 Defiance 36.95 HCAC John Hartpence (6th) 17
17 Wabash 33.98 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 15
18 Wartburg 33.23 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 19
19 Tufts 33.18 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 21
20 Brockport 29.84 SUNYAC Ed Jaskulski (1st) 20
21 Moravian 27.79 Landmark Jesse Baumann (2nd) 52
22 SUNY Oneonta 27.37 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 18
23 Whitworth 25.80 Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (17th) 22
24 Illinois College 23.61 Midwest Conference Mike Brooks (12th) 24
25 Carthage 23.36 CCIW Brett Witt (8th) 23
Dropped out: No. 25 John Carroll

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 740.12 6
2 OAC 214.37 2
3 CCIW 190.83 3
4 NESCAC 174.26 2
5 Centennial 116.49 1
6 SUNYAC 97.13 2
7 NCAC 89.87 2
8 MIAC 88.54 1
9 IIAC 63.85 1
10 Liberty League 60.14 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #5 — February 20

next ranking: February 27
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 162.12 WIAC Drew Ludtke (1st)/Ben Dorsey (1st) 1
2 Wartburg 149.97 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 2
3 Illinois College 78.12 Midwest Conference Mike Brooks (12th) 11
4 St. Thomas (Minn.) 72.90 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 23
5 Williams 72.10 NESCAC Peter Farwell (15th)/Dick Farley (15th) 10
6 Illinois Wesleyan 69.65 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 3
7 Monmouth (Ill.) 69.45 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (13th) 7
8 UW-La Crosse 63.90 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 4
9 Ramapo 61.74 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 21
10 Wheaton (Mass.) 60.53 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 14
11 Johns Hopkins 54.67 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 8
12 Washington (Mo.) 48.42 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 5
13 Middlebury 46.33 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 22
14 SUNY Cortland 46.30 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th) 6
15 Buffalo State 45.22 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 15
16 UW-Whitewater 44.95 WIAC Mike Johnson (2nd) 12
17 Tufts 44.82 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 16
18 Emory 44.09 UAA John Curtin (28th) 9
19 Mount Union 43.89 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 17
20 Ithaca 41.85 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (10th) 13
21 Ohio Northern 39.45 OAC Jason Maus (7th) 18
22 MIT 38.20 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 26
23 George Fox 33.46 Northwest Conference John Smith (7th) 19
24 UW-Stout 32.67 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 39
25 Franklin & Marshall 28.38 Centennial Carl Schnabel (10th) 25
Dropped out: No. 20 Roanoke, No. 24 Moravian

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 357.11 4
2 NESCAC 206.79 3
3 IIAC 170.03 1
4 Midwest Conference 147.78 2
5 MIAC 140.11 1
6 NEWMAC 136.14 2
7 SUNYAC 122.34 2
8 CCIW 122.15 1
9 OAC 114.23 2
10 Centennial 98.70 2