Wartburg Reclaims Women’s No. 1 Rank in DIII; UW-Oshkosh Men Still on Top

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 6, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - After a week absent from the No. 1 position, the Wartburg women have reclaimed the top spot in the Division III U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, while the UW-Oshkosh men remain on top.

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The defending national champion, Wartburg squeaked past UW-Oshkosh back into the nation’s top spot on the power of shot putter Kayla Hemann’s heave of 47-9 (14.55m), good for second in the division. The Knights added 4.72 net points for a team total of 164.98.

The Titans of UW-Oshkosh remain just behind the Knights with a score of 164.57. The gap between the two teams is just 0.41 points, which is the smallest-ever margin between the No. 1 and 2 teams in the DIII women’s rankings, indoors or outdoors.

No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan (95.08), No. 4 Williams (82.40) and No. 5 UW-Whitewater (up three spots, 73.37) round out the women’s top five.

The men’s race continues to tighten as No. 1 UW-Oshkosh gained 5.25 net points for a total of 171.05, but simultaneously saw its grasp on the top ranking loosen slightly. No. 2 UW-La Crosse picked up 9.07 net points on a pair of top-10 distance performances to pull within six points of the Titans at 165.62.

Defending champion North Central (Ill.) emerged from the weekend as the biggest winner of the top five, having defeated No. 1 UW-Oshkosh, No. 2 UW-La Crosse and No. 4 UW-Whitewater at the "Squig" Converse Invitational. The Cardinals added 9.68 net points for a total of 143.11, primarily on the strength of John Crain posting DIII’s No. 2 5000 meters effort at 14:24.22.

UW-Whitewater checks in at No. 4 (133.74) and St. Thomas remains at No. 5 (120.06).

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.

This will be the last edition of the rankings in w hich preseason data will be a factor.

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): 4 – Haverford
Biggest Jump (Women): 26 – WPI

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #3 — February 6

next ranking: February 13
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 171.05 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 165.62 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 2
3 North Central (Ill.) 143.11 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 3
4 UW-Whitewater 133.74 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 4
5 St. Thomas (Minn.) 120.06 MIAC Steve Mathre (18th) 5
6 UW-Stevens Point 107.90 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 6
7 UW-Eau Claire 78.05 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 7
8 UW-Platteville 68.04 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 11
9 Haverford 67.39 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 13
10 Bates 63.68 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 9
11 Mount Union 58.89 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 8
12 Baldwin-Wallace 57.90 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 10
13 MIT 44.05 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (23rd) 14
14 Wabash 41.79 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 15
15 Calvin 40.36 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 12
16 Tufts 40.10 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 17
17 Wartburg 39.99 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 16
18 Nebraska Wesleyan 35.07 Great Plains Ted Bulling (28th) 20
19 UW-Stout 32.89 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 19
20 Bowdoin 32.49 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (27th) 22
21 Colby 27.31 NESCAC Jared Beers (7th) 23
22 Defiance 25.07 HCAC John Hartpence (6th) 25
23 SUNY Oneonta 24.82 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 24
24 Illinois College 23.51 Midwest Mike Brooks (12th) 26
25 Whitworth 21.94 Northwest Toby Schwarz (17th) 27
Dropped out: No. 18 Middlebury, No. 21 Methodist*

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 787.62 7
2 NESCAC 195.23 4
3 CCIW 186.64 1
4 MIAC 158.37 1
5 OAC 154.84 2
6 Centennial 83.23 1
7 IIAC 75.22 1
8 NCAC 74.43 1
9 NEWMAC 58.88 1
10 SUNYAC 49.86 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #3 — February 6

next ranking: February 13
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 164.98 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 2
2 UW-Oshkosh 164.57 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st)/Drew Ludtke (1st) 1
3 Illinois Wesleyan 95.08 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 3
4 Williams 82.40 NESCAC Peter Farwell (15th)/Dick Farley (15th) 4
5 UW-Whitewater 73.37 WIAC Mike Johnson (2nd) 8
6 Washington (Mo.) 70.75 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 7
7 Ramapo 69.74 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 6
8 SUNY Cortland 61.81 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th) 14
9 Illinois College 54.94 Midwest Mike Brooks (12th) 10
10 Mount Union 53.96 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 11
11 Monmouth (Ill.) 53.70 Midwest Roger Haynes (13th) 9
12 MIT 52.51 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 12
13 UW-La Crosse 51.84 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 18
14 Tufts 46.32 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 13
15 Lehman 44.84 CUNYAC Lesleigh Hogg (17th) 15
16 Middlebury 44.58 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 16
17 North Central (Ill.) 43.41 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (10th) 17
18 St. Olaf 40.37 MIAC Andrea Gelle (3rd) 19
19 Birmingham-Southern 39.20 SAA Kenneth Cox (4th) 20
20 Franklin & Marshall 35.93 Centennial Carl Schnabel (10th) 21
21 Amherst 33.30 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (1st) 39
22 Wheaton (Mass.) 30.00 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 22
23 Johns Hopkins 29.81 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 23
24 WPI 24.61 NEWMAC Brian Chabot (5th) 50
25 Ithaca 23.78 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (10th) 46
Dropped out: No. 5 Methodist*, No. 24 Bufflalo State*, No. 25 UW-Stout

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 357.93 3
2 NESCAC 235.75 4
3 IIAC 173.46 1
4 CCIW 157.68 2
5 NEWMAC 125.43 3
6 Midwest Conference 111.47 2
7 OAC 111.12 1
8 UAA 105.98 1
9 MIAC 98.21 1
10 SUNYAC 88.19 1