UW-Oshkosh Men Claim Top Spot in Newest DIII Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 17, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – UW-Oshkosh and UW-La Crosse are locked in a tight duel for the men’s No. 1 ranking in the most recent Division III U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday.

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After both teams supplanted North Central (Ill.) atop the rankings, No. 1 UW-Oshkosh and indoor champion No. 2 UW-La Crosse are separated by fewer than two points for the top spot. The Wartburg women, meanwhile, command a nearly 80-point lead over No. 2 UW-Oshkosh.

This being the final edition of the rankings in which preseason data from 2012 factors into the calculation, next week’s top 25 could look drastically different.

Wisconsin Controls the Men’s Top Five

UW-Oshkosh boosted its team score to 175.18, an improvement of 8.84 net points, to claim the top spot in the rankings for the first time since week one of last season — barely holding off No. 2 UW-La Crosse, which jumped up 18.95 net points and two spots with a team score of 173.33.

The increase for UW-Oshkosh was driven by junior John McCann moving into the No. 9 spot on the high jump event rankings — which for the final week include the top 2012 times and marks of returning student-athletes — with a clearance of 6-9¾ (2.08m) and senior Lukey Klitz improving to No. 14 (6-8¾/2.05m). Senior pole vaulter Jake Dickmann also registered at No. 11 with a clearance of 16-0 (4.88m).

UW-La Crosse’s move toward the top was due mostly to senior David Stilin’s No. 3 run at 5000 meters in 14:20.01.

North Central (Ill.) fell from No. 1 to No. 3 after a 13.33 net drop to a 157.62 team score. The Cardinals did not record any marks improving upon their current standing in the event rankings.

A pair of Wisconsin teams moving, at least this week, in opposite directions rounded out the top five, as UW-Whitewater (152.68 team points) dropped a spot to No. 4 and UW-Eau Claire (109.77) edged out Whitworth (108.32) for the No. 5 position.

Wartburg Remains Atop the Women’s Rankings

Like clockwork, the Wartburg women again appear atop the women’s rankings, marking the 13th consecutive edition of the rankings they have done so dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season. Sophomore shot putter Kayla Hemann moved from 12th to eighth in the shot put event rankings with a throw of 45-6¼ (13.87m), but the Knights still dropped 3.37 net points to a 221.71 team score.

Indoor champion UW-Oshkosh remained No. 2, dropping 4.43 net points to a team score of 142.10.

Illinois College was the biggest mover in the top five this week, jumping two spots to No. 3 despite gaining a modest 1.91 net points for a 98.98 team total.

Williams slid one spot to No. 4 after a 6.9 net loss put it at a 95.74 team score. George Fox moved up one spot to No. 5 at 88.01, less than a point ahead of No. 6 Ramapo at 87.18 after an 8.86 net gain.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #3 — April 17

next ranking: April 24
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 175.18 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 2
2 UW-La Crosse 173.33 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 4
3 North Central (Ill.) 157.62 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 1
4 UW-Whitewater 152.68 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 3
5 UW-Eau Claire 109.77 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 6
6 Whitworth 108.32 Northwest Toby Schwarz (17th) 5
7 Haverford 90.72 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 7
8 Augustana (Ill.) 82.57 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 8
9 UW-Stout 73.12 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 9
10 Bates 71.15 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 10
11 Rowan 65.36 NJAC Bill Fritz (19th) 11
12 Wartburg 64.22 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 16
13 Whittier 64.21 SCIAC Dave Hogan (6th) 23
14 La Verne 63.76 SCIAC Pat Widolff (21st) 12
15 UW-Stevens Point 63.54 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 13
16 Greenville 56.47 SLIAC Brian Patton (19th) 14
17 SUNY Oneonta 55.17 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 15
18 Wabash 50.47 NCAC Clyde Morgan (5th) 18
19 UW-Platteville 50.05 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 17
20 Baldwin-Wallace 48.86 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 20
21 Central (Iowa) 46.34 IIAC Joe Dunham (5th) 19
22 Ramapo 44.65 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 21
23 UW-River Falls 42.87 WIAC Aaron Decker (3rd) 22
24 Rutgers-Camden 41.61 NJAC Joe Puleo (10th) 26
25 Tufts 41.02 NESCAC Ethan Barron (8th) 24
dropped out: No. 25 Calvin

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 840.55 8
2 CCIW 300.82 2
3 NESCAC 240.23 2
4 SCIAC 230.14 2
5 OAC 211.28 1
6 NJAC 163.23 3
7 Northwest Conference 145.33 1
8 IIAC 125.03 2
9 NCAC 110.81 1
10 SUNYAC 103.51 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #3 — April 17

next ranking: April 24
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 221.71 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 142.10 WIAC Drew Ludtke (1st)/Ben Dorsey (1st) 2
3 Illinois College 98.98 Midwest Conference Rachel Rohn (3rd) 5
4 Williams 95.74 NESCAC Dick Farley (15th)/Peter Farwell (15th) 3
5 George Fox 88.01 Northwest Conference John Smith (7th) 6
6 Ramapo 87.18 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 7
7 Illinois Wesleyan 87.17 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 4
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 77.69 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (3rd) 11
9 Birmingham-Southern 72.19 SAA Kenneth Cox (4th) 10
10 Emory 71.63 UAA John Curtin (28th) 19
11 UW-La Crosse 70.02 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 8
12 Tufts 69.65 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 12
13 Monmouth (Ill.) 68.00 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (13th) 9
14 Johns Hopkins 63.36 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 14
15 St. Thomas (Minn.) 60.61 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 13
16 Mount Union 59.03 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 16
17 MIT 55.24 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (6th) 15
18 Calvin 51.31 Michigan Intercollegiate Bret Otte (4th) 17
19 Wheaton (Mass.) 51.16 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 21
20 Lehman 50.98 CUNYAC Lesleigh Hogg (17th) 20
21 Middlebury 50.56 NESCAC Martin Beatty (25th) 18
22 Washington (Mo.) 47.06 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 22
23 Nebraska Wesleyan 46.81 Great Plains Ted Bulling (26th) 23
24 Worcester State 43.88 MASCAC Mathew LeMaire (6th) 28
25 Concordia Moorhead 43.13 MIAC Marv Roeske (18th) 29
dropped out: No. 24 Buffalo State, No. 25 Texas Lutheran

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 381.39 2
2 NESCAC 268.03 3
3 IIAC 255.51 1
4 MIAC 213.45 2
5 CCIW 184.32 1
6 Midwest Conference 179.50 2
7 NEWMAC 171.32 2
8 OAC 170.16 1
9 UAA 163.64 2
10 SCIAC 147.35 1