DIII Rankings Races Becoming More Tense as Season Nears End

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 1, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The field is gaining on the No. 1 UW-La Crosse men in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings, while women’s indoor champion UW-Oshkosh made a big jump back into contention for the top spot.

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Each of the top five teams in the men’s rankings added to their team scores, including big jumps from No. 2 UW-Oshkosh, No. 3 UW-Eau Claire and No. 5 Whittier, while the UW-Oshkosh women jumped seven spots to No. 2 behind defending outdoor champion Wartburg.

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.

Men’s Race Grows Closer as Season’s End Draws Nearer

With UW-Eau Claire jumping to No. 3, the top three has become a Cheese State struggle, while the remainder of the top five has become a "Battle of Whits" with No. 4 Whitworth and No. 5 Whittier up to the challenge.

No. 1 UW-La Crosse made decent gains with a net improvement of 8.2 points to a 198.02 team score, but most of the action in the top five took place between No. 2 and No. 5.

No. 2 UW-Oshkosh rocketed toward the top with a score of 180.43 after a net gain of 35.06 points. The Titans recorded 12 season’s-best performances in the event rankings, including six top-10 showings.

UW-Eau-Claire recorded an even bigger gain to jump two spots to No. 3, checking in at 137.83 after a 37.49 net gain. The rank is the highest in program history, surpassing the Blugolds’ previous high of No. 5 recorded in each of the past two weeks.

Whitworth dropped one spot to No. 4, but still improved 10.63 net points to 132.28 after winning the Northwest Conference Championship.

Whittier climbed three spots with a 27.37 net point gain to 113.64 to round out the top five. The program achieved its highest-ever rank for a second consecutive week after checking in at No. 8 a week ago.

UW-Oshkosh Women Jump the Pack to No. 2

Wartburg remained atop the DIII rankings for the 15th consecutive week, dating back to last season, and the 19th week in the past 23, dating back to 2011. The Knights checked in this week at 145.27, up 11.72 points from a week ago.

The most significant move in the top 10 came with indoor champion UW-Oshkosh jumping past a cluster of seven teams to No. 2 after a 14.25 net gain for a 100.32 team score. The Titans dropped to No. 9 last week with the removal of preseason data, snapping a streak of 20 consecutive rankings appearances at either No. 1 or 2.

UW-Oshkosh is at the head of a group that grew to 10 teams separated by 20 points, followed closely by No. 3 Illinois College at 99.30.

Wheaton (Mass.) moved up three spots to an all-time program best No. 4, checking in at 95.26 team points after a 4.85 net gain.

Ramapo finished out the top five with a team score of 94.55, down 2.56 net points from a week ago.

No. 6 George Fox (86.11 team points), No. 7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (82.88), No. 8 Mount Union (81.95), No. 9 Emory (81.95), No. 10 Washington (Mo.) (80.81) and No. 11 Rowan (80.24) all also remain approximately 20 points shy of the second spot, building upon the possibility for a very competitive postseason.

Biggest Jump (Men): 85 – No. 24 Calvin College
Biggest Jump (Women): 25 – No. 16 UW-Whitewater

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2013 Week #5 — May 1

next ranking: May 8
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 198.02 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (5th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 180.43 WIAC Eamon McKenna (1st) 2
3 UW-Eau Claire 137.83 WIAC Chip Schneider (11th) 5
4 Whitworth 132.28 Northwest Toby Schwarz (17th) 3
5 Whittier 113.64 SCIAC Dave Hogan (6th) 8
6 UW-Whitewater 108.19 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 4
7 North Central (Ill.) 99.01 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (3rd) 7
8 Augustana (Ill.) 87.07 CCIW Paul Olsen (44th) 6
9 Haverford 73.79 Centennial Tom Donnelly (38th) 9
10 Bates 69.49 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (18th) 15
11 Greenville 69.44 SLIAC Brian Patton (19th) 13
12 Rowan 65.38 NJAC Bill Fritz (19th) 11
13 Wartburg 64.22 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 10
14 Central (Iowa) 63.69 IIAC Joe Dunham (5th) 12
15 UW-Platteville 57.80 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (1st) 16
16 Defiance 57.55 HCAC John Hartpence (6th) 18
17 La Verne 55.93 SCIAC Pat Widolff (21st) 14
18 UW-Stevens Point 51.39 WIAC Rick Witt (34th) 33
19 UW-Stout 50.21 WIAC Laura Knudsen (5th) 21
20 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 49.83 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (3rd) 17
21 Mount Union 47.86 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 25
22 Redlands 46.41 SCIAC Mike Schmidt (6th) 29
23 SUNY Oneonta 46.27 SUNYAC Matt LoPiccolo (9th) 20
24 Calvin 45.99 MIAA Bret Otte (4th) 109
25 Baldwin-Wallace 44.80 OAC Bill Taraschke (28th) 22
dropped out: No. 19 Salisbury, No. 23 Rutgers-Camden, No. 24 Middlebury

 

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 #5 — May 1

next ranking: May 8
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 145.27 IIAC Marcus Newsom (15th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 100.32 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st)/Drew Ludtke (1st) 9
3 Illinois College 99.30 Midwest Rachel Rohn (3rd) 3
4 Wheaton (Mass.) 95.26 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (2nd) 7
5 Ramapo 94.55 NJAC Mike Jackson (9th) 4
6 George Fox 86.11 Northwest John Smith (7th) 5
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 82.88 SCIAC Kendra Reimer (3rd) 2
8 Mount Union 81.95 OAC Kevin Lucas (3rd) 10
9 Emory 81.01 UAA John Curtin (28th) 6
10 Washington (Mo.) 80.81 UAA Jeff Stiles (12th) 17
11 Rowan 80.24 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (6th) 8
12 UW-La Crosse 69.26 WIAC Pat Healy (22nd) 14
13 Johns Hopkins 63.37 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (14th) 13
14 Tufts 62.31 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (13th) 11
15 Nebraska Wesleyan 61.70 Great Plains Ted Bulling (26th) 12
16 UW-Whitewater 61.19 WIAC Mike Johnson (2nd) 41
17 Monmouth (Ill.) 58.52 Midwest Roger Haynes (13th) 15
18 Williams 57.34 NESCAC Peter Farwell (15th)/Dick Farley (15th) 19
19 Buffalo State 57.32 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (13th) 16
20 Birmingham-Southern 56.92 SAA Kenneth Cox (4th) 26
21 Amherst 56.64 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (1st) 22
22 St. Thomas (Minn.) 53.74 MIAC Joe Sweeney (33rd) 18
23 Cal Lutheran 53.66 SCIAC Matt Lea (5th) 28
24 Roanoke 47.90 ODAC Finn Pincus (21st) 20
25 Illinois Wesleyan 47.29 CCIW Chris Schumacher (16th) 24
dropped out: No. 21 MIT, No. 23 Washington and Jefferson, No. 25 Concorida Moorhead

 

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