North Central (Ill.) Men, Wartburg Women Hold Steady at No. 1 in DIII Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 3, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The North Central (Ill.) men and Wartburg women held steady at No. 1 in the first regular-season edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday.

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North Central Men Make Gains at No. 1

North Central remains atop a men’s rankings that saw no position changes through the No. 14 spot from last week’s preseason edition. The Cardinals made the biggest gain in terms of team points, gaining 7.2 net points for a team total of 183.45, providing some separation from No. 2 UW-Oshkosh, which lost 6.95 net points to slide to 163.20.

USTFCCCA DIII Men’s National Athlete of the Week John Crain was the Cardinals’ biggest factor behind the increased team score, as the senior ran the 2013 season’s fastest 10,000 at 29:55.49, The stands as the No. 2 time in the event rankings, which also take into account the fastest 2012 times of returning student-athletes.

The Wisconsin teams were largely inactive this past weekend, which also contributed to North Central widening its lead atop the rankings. UW-Oshkosh remained No. 2 at 163.20 team points, UW-Whitewater is No. 3 with 150.03 team points, and indoor champ UW-La Crosse is right behind at No. 4 with 149.28.

Whitworth rounded out the top five for the second consecutive week at 106.88 team points.

Wartburg Women Remain No. 1

The top three from the preseason poll remained the same into the first regular-season edition of the rankings, with Wartburg No. 1 at 223.90 team points.

UW-Oshkosh was inactive last weekend with its home meet cancelled, and the indoor champion Titans stayed at No. 2 with 148.01 team points. Williams came in at No. 3 with 106.92 team points.

Illinois College was  the big mover in the DIII top five this week, moving four spots up to the No. 4 slot with a 22.33 net point gain for a team score of 97.48. The driving force behind the surge toward the top was sophomore Brittney Burgess’ No. 2 ranked javelin mark of 146-11 (44.80m) and Megan Stringer’s 4,452 score in the heptathlon – No. 5 in 2013 and No. 12 in the event rankings that include the top 2012 marks of returners – in addition to the performances of USTFCCCA Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year Melissa Norville.

Illinois Wesleyan completed the top five at 96.78 team points.

Biggest Jump (Men): 9 – Greenville
Biggest Jump (Women): 27 – Buffalo State

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #1 — April 3

next ranking: April 10
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 North Central (Ill.) 183.45 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 163.20 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 2
3 UW-Whitewater 150.03 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 3
4 UW-La Crosse 149.28 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 4
5 Whitworth 106.88 Northwest Toby Schwarz (17th) 5
6 UW-Eau Claire 99.76 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 6
7 Augustana (Ill.) 88.87 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 7
8 Haverford 79.63 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 8
9 Bates 78.72 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 9
10 UW-Stout 77.68 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 10
11 Rowan 66.86 NJAC Bill Fritz (19th) 11
12 UW-Stevens Point 63.75 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 12
13 La Verne 59.44 SCIAC Pat Widolff (21st) 13
14 Wartburg 57.60 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 14
15 SUNY Oneonta 56.55 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 16
16 UW-Platteville 55.91 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 15
17 Central (Iowa) 52.92 IIAC Joe Dunham (5th) 23
18 Baldwin-Wallace 52.82 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 17
19 Greenville 52.22 SLIAC Brian Patton (19th) 28
20 Wabash 51.47 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 19
21 Ramapo 48.24 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 22
22 Whittier 47.61 SCIAC Dave Hogan (6th) 21
23 UW-River Falls 47.43 WIAC Aaron Decker (3rd) 20
24 Calvin 46.99 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 18
25 Mount Union 43.56 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 30
dropped out: No. 24 Rutgers-Camden, No. 25 Defiance

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 807.06 8
2 CCIW 342.23 2
3 NESCAC 248.15 1
4 OAC 218.61 2
5 SCIAC 206.99 2
6 NJAC 171.33 2
7 Northwest Conference 152.41 1
8 IIAC 127.30 2
9 NCAC 114.09 1
10 Midwest Conference 111.48

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #1 — April 3

next ranking: April 10
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 223.90 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 148.01 WIAC Drew Ludtke (1st)/Ben Dorsey (1st) 2
3 Williams 106.92 NESCAC Peter Farwell (15th)/Dick Farley (15th) 3
4 Illinois College 97.48 Midwest Rachel Rohn (3rd) 8
5 Illinois Wesleyan 96.78 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 4
6 George Fox 94.66 Northwest John Smith (7th) 5
7 UW-La Crosse 77.18 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 6
8 Ramapo 76.02 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 7
9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 73.29 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (3rd) 12
10 Birmingham-Southern 72.87 SAA Kenneth Cox (4th) 9
11 Tufts 72.05 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 14
12 Monmouth (Ill.) 69.24 Midwest Roger Haynes (13th) 11
13 St. Thomas (Minn.) 66.71 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 10
14 Johns Hopkins 65.68 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 39
15 Mount Union 60.31 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 16
16 Calvin 56.09 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 15
17 Middlebury 53.51 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 17
18 MIT 52.03 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 20
19 Emory 50.38 UAA John Curtin (28th) 18
20 Washington (Mo.) 49.04 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 19
21 Nebraska Wesleyan 43.58 Great Plains Ted Bulling (26th) 37
22 Millikin 42.39 CCIW Dirk Doehring (2nd) 21
23 La Verne 42.03 SCIAC Pat Widolff (21st) 23
24 Texas Lutheran 40.83 ASC Darlene Holland (1st) 24
25 Buffalo State 40.78 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 52
dropped out: No. 13 Methodist, No. 22 Baldwin-Wallace, No. 25 Concordia Moorhead

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 403.14 2
2 NESCAC 278.44 3
3 IIAC 261.53 1
4 MIAC 217.70 1
5 CCIW 208.44 2
6 Midwest Conference 179.86 2
7 OAC 178.16 1
8 SCIAC 166.42 2
9 UAA 149.59 2
10 Northwest Conference 147.12 1