Top Teams in First Regular-Season Division III National Rankings Remain Steady

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

January 29, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS –UW-La Crosse’s defending national champion men and Wartburg’s women, the preseason favorites in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings, remained atop the first regular-season edition of the rankings released Wednesday.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL TEAM COMPUTER RANKINGS TOP 5: MEN

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)St. Olaf 4)Middlebury 5)Williams
UW-La Crosse
215.54 pts
UW-Eau Claire
146.52 pts
Mount Union
131.72 pts
UW-Whitewater
111.25 pts
UW-Oshkosh
102.51 pts
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Not only did the top teams in both the men’s and women’s rankings remain the same, but so too did a majority of both genders’ top five teams.

The only switch in the top five came in the men’s rankings where UW-Eau Claire moved from No. 3 up to No. 2, trading spots with Mount Union.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL TEAM COMPUTER RANKINGS TOP 5: WOMEN

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Williams 3)Calvin 4)Middlebury 5)Wartburg
Wartburg
172.22 pts
MIT
144.50 pts
UW-La Crosse
107.97 pts
UW-Oshkosh
103.52 pts
Williams
103.52 pts
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This marks the sixth edition of the men’s rankings in a row topped by UW-La Crosse dating back to the 2013 campaign. Wartburg has been atop the women’s list for 13 of the last 18 editions of the poll, including a national title in 2012.

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The national team rankings will be complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. For the preseason ranking and early-season rankings, data will be taken from previous seasons as well as the current season.

The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points. A full description of the rankings can be found here.

The USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referred to as a “poll” as no voting occurs during the process.

A significant wild card in these projections are the addition of the 200 meters and 3000 meters as events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships for the first time. Data from the 2013 used for preseason marks do not include marks made in those two events, but marks from the current 2014 season in those events have been included.

Men’s Rankings

UW-La Crosse remained relatively steady atop the men’s rankings, having checked in with a rankings score of 215.53, up about three points from its preseason total.

Contributing to the Eagles’ increased score was Dominique Neloms, who is ranked No. 2 among Division III student-athletes in 2014 in the long jump and No. 4 in the high jump.

No. 2 UW-Eau Claire improved its preseason score by 14.92 points for a total of 146.52 to move up a spot in the rankings, largely behind Thurgood Dennis’ top-ranked performance at 400 meters.

Displaced by the Blugolds to No. 3 was Mount Union. The Raiders accrued a score of 131.72, down 39.81 points from its preseason mark.

Rounding out the top five were UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh, both of which held approximately steady with 11.25 and 102.51 points, respectively.

No. 6 Haverford nearly joined the top five, jumping up 12 spots after increasing its score by a whopping 56.83 to 102.27 – just .24 behind UW-Oshkosh. The trio of Chris Stadler, Charlie Marquardt and Avi Bregman are currently ranked among the top four at the new 3000 meters championship event.

North Central (Ill.) remained No. 7 (99.60) after a 25.99 point jump. No. 8 Monmouth (Ill.) improved two spots with a score of 76.80, while Central (Iowa) jumped seven spots to No. 9 with a score of 66.26. Bates (64.40) fell a spot to No. 10 to round out the top 10.

A pair of teams jumped 15 spots in the rankings in No. 13 Tufts and No. 21 Heidelberg.

Women’s Rankings

The Knights of Wartburg, like the UW-La Crosse men, remained atop the women’s rankings but lost some ground between itself and the No. 2 team. The defending outdoor national champion’s rankings score dropped about 10 points to 172.22.

Meanwhile at No. 2, MIT dropped just 1.19 points to check in with a team score of 144.50.

No. 3 UW-La Crosse was the highest-ranked team to improve its score from the preseason, albeit a marginal 2.12 points, for a team total of 110.87. A group of 200 meter sprinters, led by No. 8 Jaime Ludwigson, along with No. 5 triple jumper Bria Halama were the driving force behind the increase.

In-state rival No. 4 UW-Oshkosh came in right behind UW-La Crosse, following National Athlete of the Week weight thrower Melanie Brickner to a team score of 107.97. And right behind the Titans were No. 5 Williams and No. 6 UW-Whitewater at 103.52 and 100.04, respectively.

No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) (86.87), No. 8 Washington (Mo.) (68.86), No. 9 Emory (68.14), and No. 10 Johns Hopkins (66.33) round out the top 10.

The biggest increase came courtesy of No. 19 Amherst, which improved 19 spots to its best rank since the inception of the USTFCCCA rankings in 2010.

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

2014 Week #1 — January 29

next ranking: February 5
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 215.54 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 146.52 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 3
3 Mount Union 131.72 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 2
4 UW-Whitewater 111.25 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 4
5 UW-Oshkosh 102.51 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 5
6 Haverford 102.27 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 18
7 North Central (Ill.) 99.60 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 7
8 Monmouth (Ill.) 76.80 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (31st) 10
9 Central (Iowa) 66.26 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 16
10 Bates 64.40 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 9
11 MIT 57.86 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 6
12 UW-Stevens Point 55.34 WIAC Rick Witt (35th) 11
13 Tufts 55.06 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 28
14 Wartburg 52.69 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 13
15 Christopher Newport 50.72 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 15
16 Greenville 44.93 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 24
17 Carthage 44.10 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 19
18 Buffalo State 43.89 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 17
19 SUNY Cortland 42.10 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 8
20 Southern Maine 41.85 Little East Steve Virgilio (5th) 20
21 Heidelberg 36.61 OAC Briana Hess (4th) 36
22 Moravian 35.20 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 23
23 UW-Platteville 35.03 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 22
24 St. Thomas (Minn.) 34.94 MIAC Steve Mathre (19th) 29
25 SUNY Oneonta 34.73 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 26
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 722.38 6
2 NESCAC 241.31 2
3 OAC 220.86 2
4 CCIW 195.58 2
5 SUNYAC 151.46 3
6 IIAC 150.01 2
7 Centennial 114.52 1
8 MIAC 104.60 1
9 Little East 99.48 1
10 Midwest Conference 87.74 1

 

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

2014 Week #1 — January 29

next ranking: February 5
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 172.22 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 1
2 MIT 144.50 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 2
3 UW-La Crosse 110.87 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 3
4 UW-Oshkosh 107.97 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 4
5 Williams 103.52 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 5
6 UW-Whitewater 100.04 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 8
7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 86.87 MIAC Joe Sweeney (34th) 7
8 Washington (Mo.) 68.86 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 9
9 Emory 68.14 UAA John Curtin (29th) 11
10 Johns Hopkins 66.33 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 6
11 Wheaton (Mass.) 65.23 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 10
12 North Central (Ill.) 56.93 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 12
13 Monmouth (Ill.) 53.38 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (14th) 13
14 UW-Stout 51.49 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 14
15 SUNY Cortland 49.63 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 15
16 Middlebury 49.15 NESCAC Martin Beatty (26th) 16
17 Rhode Island College 45.72 Little East Kevin Jackson (13th) 23
18 St. Lawrence 43.00 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 18
19 Amherst 41.85 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 38
20 St. Scholastica 41.22 UMAC Kirk Nauman (7th) 21
21 Colby 41.12 NESCAC Deb Aitken (29th) 34
22 Illinois Wesleyan 37.91 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 19
23 Tufts 37.68 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th) 29
24 Rowan 37.59 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (7th) 17
25 Denison 34.55 NCAC Mark FitzPatrick (3rd) 22
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 422.52 4
2 NESCAC 327.04 5
3 NEWMAC 258.49 2
4 IIAC 212.59 1
5 UAA 175.10 2
6 CCIW 134.08 2
7 MIAC 127.90 1
8 SUNYAC 112.17 1
9 Centennial 101.37 1
10 OAC 97.31