Indoor Champ UW-La Crosse Men on Top of DIII Outdoor Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar

April 24, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The indoor champion UW-La Crosse men have taken control of the race for the top spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings — released Wednesday — following the removal of 2012 data from the rankings formula, while the defending outdoor champion Wartburg women reside atop a large pack of teams in contention for the top spots.

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UW-La Crosse is now in the driver’s seat to sweep the DIII track & field season after jumping to No. 1, while Wartburg is at the head of a pack of 10 team that are all bunched together near the top.

The National Team Computer Rankings are a projection of how teams could fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This is the first week that does not feature marks from 2012, except for combined events. An explanation of the rankings system can be found here.

UW-La Crosse On Top for the First Time in 2013 Outdoor Season

UW-La Crosse, which has finished runner-up at the past two outdoor championships, is the top-ranked outdoor team for the first time since the 2012 preseason. Trailing then-No. 1 UW-Oshkosh by just two points in last week’s poll, the two teams went in opposite directions this week, with La Crosse jumping up 16.49 net points to a 189.82 team score and Oshkosh fell 29.81 net points to 145.37.

Whitworth leapt three spots to No. 3, increasing its team score by 13.33 net points to 121.65. UW-Whitewater remained stationary at No. 4, though it dropped 50.44 net points to 102.24, while UW-Eau Claire stayed put at No. 5 after a modest 9.43 net drop to 100.35 — just ahead of No. 6 Augustana (Ill.) at 100.27.

A pair of teams made double-digit jumps in position from the removal of preseason data, including No. 17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (+11 spots) and No. 19 Salisbury (+19).

Wartburg Women Lead a Big Pack of Contenders

Just one week ago an enormous favorite with 2012 marks included in the rankings, the Wartburg women enter this week as a less prohibitive favorite in the computers after dropping 88.16 net points to 133.55.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was the biggest gainer in the top five, jumping six spots to No. 2 with a 30.68 net gain to 108.37. This is the highest CMS has been in the rankings since opening the 2011 season at No. 2.

Illinois College was the most stationary of all the teams in the rankings, remaining at No. 3 with a score of 99.92 after just a 0.94 net point gain. The Lady Blues are at the forefront of a group of seven teams all within 20 points of the No. 3 spot, just less than three points ahead of No. 4 Ramapo at 97.11 and about five ahead of No. 5 George Fox at 94.95.

No. 6 Emory (90.79), No. 7 Wheaton (Mass.) (90.40), No. 8 Rowan (87.25), No. 9 UW-Oshkosh (86.07) and No. 10 Mount Union (80.94) are all very much in the hunt moving forward, setting the stage for a very competitive NCAA Championships in a couple months’ time.

A significant number of women’s teams jumped up double-digit spots after 2012 marks were removed, including No. 7 Wheaton (+12), No. 8 Rowan (+24), No. 12 Nebraska Wesleyan (+11), No. 16 Buffalo State (+12) No. 20 Roanoke (+20) and No. 23 Washington and Jefferson (+26).

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #4 — April 24

next ranking: May 1
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 189.82 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 2
2 UW-Oshkosh 145.37 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 1
3 Whitworth 121.65 Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (17th) 6
4 UW-Whitewater 102.24 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 4
5 UW-Eau Claire 100.35 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 5
6 Augustana (Ill.) 100.27 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 8
7 North Central (Ill.) 87.70 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 3
8 Whittier 86.27 SCIAC Dave Hogan (6th) 13
9 Haverford 81.83 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 7
10 Wartburg 80.00 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 12
11 Rowan 74.41 NJAC Bill Fritz (19th) 11
12 Central (Iowa) 73.74 IIAC Joe Dunham (5th) 21
13 Greenville 73.35 SLIAC Brian Patton (19th) 16
14 La Verne 70.58 SCIAC Pat Widolff (21st) 14
15 Bates 68.42 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 10
16 UW-Platteville 67.26 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 19
17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 62.37 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (3rd) 28
18 Defiance 53.20 HCAC John Hartpence (6th) 26
19 Salisbury 52.87 CAC Jim Jones (14th) 38
20 SUNY Oneonta 51.83 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 17
21 UW-Stout 51.82 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 9
22 Baldwin-Wallace 47.13 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 20
23 Rutgers-Camden 47.05 NJAC Joe Puleo (10th) 24
24 Middlebury 44.08 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 33
25 Mount Union 44.05 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 30
dropped out: No. 15 UW-Stevens Point, No. 18 Wabash, No. 22 Ramapo, No. 23 UW-River Falls, No. 25 Tufts

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 694.50 6
2 SCIAC 282.84 3
3 OAC 234.99 2
4 CCIW 224.94 2
5 NESCAC 207.98 2
6 IIAC 160.63 2
7 NJAC 160.39 2
8 Northwest Conference 151.11 1
9 SUNYAC 141.62 1
10 Centennial 121.01 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #4 — April 24

next ranking: May 1
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 133.55 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 108.37 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (3rd) 8
3 Illinois College 99.92 Midwest Conference Rachel Rohn (3rd) 3
4 Ramapo 97.11 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 6
5 George Fox 94.95 Northwest Conference John Smith (7th) 5
6 Emory 90.79 UAA John Curtin (28th) 10
7 Wheaton (Mass.) 90.40 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 19
8 Rowan 87.25 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (6th) 32
9 UW-Oshkosh 86.07 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st)/Drew Ludtke (1st) 2
10 Mount Union 80.94 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 16
11 Tufts 72.80 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 12
12 Nebraska Wesleyan 72.67 Great Plains Ted Bulling (26th) 23
13 Johns Hopkins 71.59 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 14
14 UW-La Crosse 70.43 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 11
15 Monmouth (Ill.) 67.41 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (13th) 13
16 Buffalo State 66.52 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 28
17 Washington (Mo.) 64.87 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 22
18 St. Thomas (Minn.) 63.27 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 15
19 Williams 60.95 NESCAC Dick Farley (15th)/Peter Farwell (15th) 4
20 Roanoke 58.01 ODAC Finn Pincus (21st) 40
21 MIT 56.47 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 17
22 Amherst 55.35 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (1st) 26
23 Washington and Jefferson 51.83 PAC Shawn Marek (2nd) 49
24 Illinois Wesleyan 51.20 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 7
25 Concordia Moorhead 49.70 MIAC Marv Roeske (18th) 25
dropped out: No. 9 Birmingham-Southern, No. 18 Calvin, No. 20 Lehman, No. 21 Middlebury, No. 24 Worcester State

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 254.78 2
2 SCIAC 241.24 1
3 NESCAC 238.35 3
4 UAA 233.49 2
5 NEWMAC 199.95 2
6 IIAC 189.19 1
7 NJAC 187.72 2
8 MIAC 180.63 2
9 Midwest Conference 180.33 2
10 Northwest Conference 171.02 1