Men’s Race For Top Spot in DIII Tightening, Wartburg Women Remain No. 1

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 10, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS –  The field is gaining on the top-ranked North Central (Ill.) men in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday, while the Wartburg women maintained a comfortable lead at No. 1.

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Fewer than 20 points separate No. 1 North Central’s 170.95 team points from indoor champion No. 4 UW-La Crosse with 154.38, setting the stage for a tight championship race. The Wartburg women, on the other hand, have a nearly 80 point lead on indoor champ No. 2 UW-Oshkosh.

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North Central (Ill.)’s Grasp on No. 1 Loosens

The race for the No. 1 spot in the men’s rankings is heating up, with North Central losing 12.5 net points for a total of 170.95, opening up a fray for the top spot as the next six teams in the rankings all improved.

UW-Oshkosh moved within five points following a 3.14 point net gain to 166.34. The Titans’ boost came behind senior Lukey Klitz moving to No. 5 in the triple jump event rankings — which until week four will include the top 2012 marks of returning student-athletes — with a mark of 49-5 (15.06m) and senior Lewis Prior improving to No. 10 in the discus event rankings at 171.8 (52.34m).

Also making a move toward the top was No. 3 UW-Whitewater, which made a 4.48 net point improvement to 154.41. Sophomore Justin Bowers went from unranked to No. 11 in the long jump event rankings with a mark of 23-9 (7.24m) to drive UW-Whitewater in the rankings.

Indoor champion UW-La Crosse added 5.09 net points to reach 154.38 behind a pair of top-15 1500 performances from No. 7 senior David Stilin (3:50.94) and No. 15 junior Tyler Heinz (3:52.04). Whitworth rounded out the top five behind National Athlete of the Week senior Carter Comito moving up a spot to No. 2 in the shot put event rankings (58-6¾/17.85m) and junior hammer thrower improving to No. 5 (195-7/59.61m).

Wartburg Women Remain Comfortable No. 1

The defending champion Wartburg women made slight gains in the rankings, adding 1.18 net points for a total of 225.08. Sophomore Kayla Hemann’s improvement to No. 12 in the shot put event rankings — which will for one more week include the top 2012 marks of returning student-athletes — with a mark of 44-1½ (13.45m) was the biggest point-earner for the Knights on the weekend.

Indoor champion No. 2 UW-Oshkosh dropped 1.49 net points to 146.53 after not recording any marks that improved upon their 2013 or 2012 best marks in the event rankings. Like UW-Oshkosh, No. 3 Williams did not record any improvement in their scored marks, resulting in a 4.29 net point drop to 102.63.

A pair of Illinois schools traded places to round out the top five, with Illinois Wesleyan (97.83 team points) moving up 1.05 net points to No. 4, while Illinois College dropped 0.4 net points and a spot to No. 5 with 97.07 team points.

Biggest Jump (Men): 5 – Tufts
Biggest Jump (Women): 14 – Lehman

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #2 — April 10

next ranking: April 17
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 North Central (Ill.) 170.95 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 166.34 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 2
3 UW-Whitewater 154.51 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 3
4 UW-La Crosse 154.38 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 4
5 Whitworth 112.31 Northwest Toby Schwarz (17th) 5
6 UW-Eau Claire 99.93 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 6
7 Haverford 95.41 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 8
8 Augustana (Ill.) 85.78 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 7
9 UW-Stout 73.51 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 10
10 Bates 67.85 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 9
11 Rowan 66.58 NJAC Bill Fritz (19th) 11
12 La Verne 65.62 SCIAC Pat Widolff (21st) 13
13 UW-Stevens Point 64.13 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 12
14 Greenville 57.82 SLIAC Brian Patton (19th) 19
15 SUNY Oneonta 57.22 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 15
16 Wartburg 55.93 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 14
17 UW-Platteville 54.56 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 16
18 Wabash 50.31 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 20
19 Central (Iowa) 49.76 IIAC Joe Dunham (5th) 17
20 Baldwin-Wallace 49.33 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 18
21 Ramapo 47.99 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 21
22 UW-River Falls 45.73 WIAC Aaron Decker (3rd) 23
23 Whittier 44.40 SCIAC Dave Hogan (6th) 22
24 Tufts 44.07 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 29
25 Calvin 42.45 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 24
dropped out: No. 25 Mount Union

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 813.09 8
2 CCIW 321.70 2
3 NESCAC 245.18 2
4 SCIAC 216.01 2
5 OAC 211.25 1
6 NJAC 169.23 2
7 Northwest Conference 151.31 1
8 IIAC 120.41 2
9 NCAC 110.33 1
10 Midwest Conference 108.71

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #2 — April 10

next ranking: April 17
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 225.08 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 146.53 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st)/Drew Ludtke (1st) 2
3 Williams 102.63 NESCAC Peter Farwell (15th)/Dick Farley (15th) 3
4 Illinois Wesleyan 97.83 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 5
5 Illinois College 97.07 Midwest Rachel Rohn (3rd) 4
6 George Fox 92.72 Northwest John Smith (7th) 6
7 Ramapo 78.31 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 8
8 UW-La Crosse 75.68 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 7
9 Monmouth (Ill.) 73.55 Midwest Roger Haynes (13th) 12
10 Birmingham-Southern 72.55 SAA Kenneth Cox (4th) 10
11 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 70.92 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (3rd) 9
12 Tufts 69.10 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 11
13 St. Thomas (Minn.) 66.28 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 13
14 Johns Hopkins 64.61 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 14
15 MIT 64.12 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 18
16 Mount Union 60.30 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 15
17 Calvin 54.51 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 16
18 Middlebury 52.17 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 17
19 Emory 50.20 UAA John Curtin (28th) 19
20 Lehman 49.13 CUNYAC Lesleigh Hogg (17th) 34
21 Wheaton (Mass.) 48.00 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 27
22 Washington (Mo.) 47.06 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 20
23 Nebraska Wesleyan 42.16 Great Plains Ted Bulling (26th) 21
24 Buffalo State 40.55 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 25
25 Texas Lutheran 40.50 ASC Darlene Holland (1st) 24
dropped out: No. 22 Millikin, No. 23 La Verne

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 399.90 2
2 NESCAC 269.88 3
3 IIAC 263.70 1
4 MIAC 214.48 1
5 CCIW 204.81 1
6 Midwest Conference 185.92 2
7 NEWMAC 179.49 2
8 OAC 173.50 1
9 UAA 148.67 2
10 Northwest Conference 142.93 1