UW-La Crosse Men, UW-Oshkosh Women No. 1 Entering DIII Championships

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 4, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - The UW-La Crosse men and UW-Oshkosh women enter the week of the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships as the No. 1 teams in the U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, which were released Monday.

The NCAA Championships will take place March 8-9 in Naperville, Ill.

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UW-La Crosse Men Favored Heading into Championships

With 16 entries into the Championships – most of any men’s or women’s team in DIII – UW-La Crosse (227.38 team points) is in position to earn its first team title since 2009, when it split the crown with in-state rival UW-Oshkosh. The Eagles are one of just two DIII men’s teams with entries in six of the seven disciplines at the Championships, lacking only a combined events qualifier. UW-La Crosse features qualifiers in the jumps (5), sprints/hurdles (3), middle distance (3), throws (2), relays (2) and distance (1).

Right behind UW-La Crosse and also gunning for its first team title since 2009 is UW-Oshkosh with 191.18 team points. The Titans will field the second-most championships entries with 13, including a division-leading seven in the two throwing events. Jumps will also be a strength for the Titans, with four entries.

UW-Whitewater is No. 3 with 130.67 team points and 10 entries to the NCAA Championships, third-most among men’s teams. With five entries in jumps events, the Warhawks will field the most in the discipline, tied with UW-La Crosse. A title for UW-Whitewater would be its first in program history.

Three-time defending champion and host North Central (Ill.) enters NCAA weekend No. 4 in the rankings with 86.98 team points, making for a tough uphill battle to claim its fourth consecutive indoor title. The Cardinals’ eight entries into the championships field are tied with Mount Union for fourth-most by men’s teams.

Moving up three spots from a week ago to No. 5 is Bates (86.98 team points). The Bobcats will bring seven entries to Naperville, including four in the throws events – second to only UW-Oshkosh.

UW-Oshkosh Women Favored for Second Title in Three Seasons

UW-Oshkosh may not have the most entries into the NCAA Championships with nine, but the Titans (145.89 team points) will bring some heavy hitters to Birmingham, Ala., including Christy Cazzola, the all-time DIII indoor mile and 5000 meters record holder. Cazzola, also in the DMR, will team with a DIII-leading six entries in the throws events to go for the team title.

Defending national champion No. 2 Wartburg (111.41) claimed the distinction for most NCAA entries with 13, making it the only women’s school with double-digit representation. The Knights are the best-represented women’s squad in DIII in the sprints and hurdles with five entries. They also field three throwers and are one of just two women’s schools to enter teams in both the 4×400 and distance medley relays. A title would be the Knights’ second in a row and their fourth in five years.

Illinois College moved up a spot to No. 3 in the final indoor rankings with 106.83 team points, and will be represented by four entries into the national championships. Melissa Norville represents three of those entries as the top-ranked performer in the long jump, triple jump and 60 hurdles. If Illinois College could win a title it would be the first in Lady Blues history.

Displace to No. 4 by Illinois College is Williams (97.51). The Ephs will be represented by eight entries into the championships, tied for third-most among women’s teams with UW- La Crosse. Of those eight entries, five will be participating in the jumps – most of any team in the field. The Ephs last won a title in 2007.

Rounding out the top five heading into Birmingham is Emory, up two spots from a week ago with 79.56 team points. This marks the Eagles’ all-time highest ranking by the USTFCCCA, improving upon their previous high of No. 7 last week. The Eagles land in Alabama with six entries into the championships – tied for fifth-most among women’s teams – half of which come in the sprints and hurdles.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #7 — March 4 (pre-NCAA)

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships, March 8-9
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 227.38 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 191.18 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 2
3 UW-Whitewater 130.67 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 3
4 North Central (Ill.) 86.98 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 4
5 Bates 81.09 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 8
6 UW-Eau Claire 80.84 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 5
7 Mount Union 68.97 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 6
8 Augustana (Ill.) 50.65 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 11
9 UW-Platteville 50.34 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 10
10 Ohio Wesleyan 46.88 NCAC Kris Boey (11th) 13
11 Tufts 45.75 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 16
12 Wartburg 43.74 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 34
13 Haverford 42.51 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 7
14 Wabash 40.50 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 12
15 UW-Stevens Point 34.73 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 9
16 St. Thomas (Minn.) 33.94 MIAC Steve Mathre (18th) 15
17 UW-Stout 32.69 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 20
18 Defiance 30.66 HCAC John Hartpence (6th) 18
19 SUNY Oneonta 29.48 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 21
20 Monmouth (Ill.) 28.43 Midwest Roger Haynes (30th) 28
21 Gwynedd-Mercy 24.75 Colonial States Mike Dager (6th) 51
22 CCNY 23.34 CUNYAC Hugh Reid 26
23 Brockport 23.22 SUNYAC Ed Jaskulski (1st) 30
24 SUNY Geneseo 22.89 SUNYAC Dave Prevosti (9th) 47
25 TCNJ 21.35 NJAC Phil Jennings (10th) 65
Dropped out: No. 14 Baldwin-Wallace, No. 17 Wheaton (Ill.), No. 19 RIT, No. 22 Carthage, No. 23 MIT, No. 24 Southern Maine, No. 25 Whitworth

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 761.81 7
2 NESCAC 217.34 2
3 CCIW 166.50 2
4 OAC 121.65 1
5 SUNYAC 118.12 3
6 NCAC 92.13 2
7 MIAC 76.42 1
8 IIAC 60.17 1
9 Centennial 49.51 1
10 Midwest Conference 44.59 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #7 — March 4 (pre-NCAA)

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships, March 8-9
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 145.89 WIAC Drew Ludtke (1st)/Ben Dorsey (1st) 1
2 Wartburg 111.41 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 2
3 Illinois College 106.83 Midwest Rachel Rohn (3rd) 4
4 Williams 97.51 NESCAC Dick Farley (15th)/Peter Farwell (15th) 3
5 Emory 79.56 UAA John Curtin (28th) 7
6 Monmouth (Ill.) 67.38 Midwest Roger Haynes (13th) 5
7 Wheaton (Mass.) 62.82 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 6
8 MIT 61.96 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 14
9 Ramapo 60.82 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 11
10 UW-Whitewater 58.26 WIAC Mike Johnson (2nd) 9
11 Johns Hopkins 53.89 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 17
12 Washington (Mo.) 53.48 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 10
13 Ithaca 50.54 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (10th) 23
14 Middlebury 49.74 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 15
15 UW-La Crosse 47.44 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 13
16 SUNY Cortland 42.94 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (6th) 16
17 St. Thomas (Minn.) 42.16 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 12
18 Buffalo State 40.18 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 18
19 Illinois Wesleyan 33.26 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 8
20 Mount Union 33.08 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 19
21 George Fox 30.78 Northwest John Smith (7th) 21
22 Lehman 28.74 CUNYAC Lesleigh Hogg (17th) 24
23 Tufts 27.98 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 20
24 Keene State 27.63 Little East Peter Thomas (30th) 26
25 Rose-Hulman 27.32 HCAC Larry Cole (10th) 29
Dropped out: No. 22 Amherst, No. 25 Ohio Northern

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 352.43 3
2 NESCAC 227.15 3
3 Midwest Conference 187.07 2
4 NEWMAC 178.14 2
5 IIAC 139.69 1
6 UAA 137.51 2
7 SUNYAC 103.25 2
8 Centennial 86.86 1
9 MIAC 80.07 1
10 NJAC 79.54 1