Former & Defending Champions Rising Toward the Top of the Division III National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 26, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Of all the NCAA Divisions this week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday underwent the most changes.

Women’s Top Five

1)Calvin 2)Middlebury 3)Johns Hopkins 4)Williams 5)Middlebury
UW-La Crosse
168.23 pts
UW-Oshkosh
158.33 pts
Wartburg
129.01 pts
MIT
128.37 pts
UW-Whitewater
101.98 pts
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Both the UW-La Crosse men and women held firm at No. 1 atop their respective genders’ rankings, but only one other men’s team and four other women’s teams stayed put from a week ago.

While the UW-La Crosse men bolstered their position at No. 1, the UWL women saw their advantage shrink with defending indoor champion UW-Oshkosh now in their rearview mirror.

The Eagles (168.23) are now less than 10 rankings points ahead of new No. 2 UW-Oshkosh (158.33) since the Titans’ multiple-time national champion and multiple-event DIII record-holder Christy Cazzola opened up her senior campaign two weekends ago.

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The two programs, along with No. 5 UW-Whitewater, No. 24 UW-Stout and No. 25 UW-Platteville, will square off at this weekend’s WIAC Championships.

Cazzola is now ranked No. 3 at 800 meters, No. 8 in the mile and No. 12 at 3000 meters. She is the defending national champion in the mile indoors and the reigning 800 meter champ outdoors.

Speaking of outdoor champions, 2013 team champion Wartburg (129.01) moved up to No. 3 after dropping from No. 1 to No. 4 last week.

Making room for UW-Oshkosh and Wartburg was No. 4 MIT (128.37), which fell two spots from last week. UW-Whitewater (101.98) stayed steady at No. 5.

Wheaton (Mass.) (80.58) edged out Williams (80.06) for the No. 6 spot, as both No. 7 Williams and No. 8 Johns Hopkins (68.98) fell one spot.

Rounding out the top 10 in a holding pattern were No. 9 Illinois Wesleyan (67.24) and No. 10 Stevens (56.91).

No. 21 Luther made the biggest splash in the rankings with a 17-spot jump from a week ago.

The defending national champion UW-La Crosse men (217.89 team rankings score) fortified their top spot with a slew of top-10 performances boosting their team score by nearly 60 points from a week ago. Chief among those who vaulted up the event rankings were Alex Koenen (No. 2, 200 meters), the 4×400 relay (No. 2), Bryan Klister (No. 2, pole vault) and Gerry Kerska (No. 3, 800 meters).

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)St. Olaf 3)Middlebury 4)Washington (Mo.) 5)Washington (Mo.)
UW-La Crosse
217.89 pts
North Central (Ill.)
147.86 pts
UW-Oshkosh
136.08 pts
UW-Eau Claire
121.42 pts
Mount Union
114.86 pts
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A stacked WIAC Championships field awaits the Eagles this weekend with No. 3 UW-Oshkosh, No. 4 UW-Eau Claire, No. 8 UW-Whitewater, No. 11 UW-Stout and No. 22 UW-Platteville all appearing in the national rankings this week.

North Central (147.86), the three-time defending indoor champions prior to UW-La Crosse’s 2013 title, moved up to No. 2 this week. The Cardinals replaced UW-Oshkosh (136.08), which fell to No. 3, in the second spot.

Rounding out the top five were a pair of teams on the upward tick in No. 4 UW-Eau Claire (121.42) and No. 5 Mount Union (114.86). The Blugolds stepped up one slot while the Raiders improved by two.

No. 6 Haverford (98.95) remained steady, while MIT (95.10) dropped three spots to No. 7.

No. 8 UW-Whitewater (92.16) was the biggest top-10 mover with a four-slot gain to displace No. 9 Tufts (81.90) down a spot from a week ago. SUNY Cortland (60.80) completed the top 10.

National Athlete of the Week Terrence Gibson led his Worcester State squad to the biggest improvement in the men’s rankings. The No. 15 Lancers are up 10 notches from last week.

The national team rankings will be complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists. 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.

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

2014 Week #5 — February 26

next ranking: March 5
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 217.89 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 North Central (Ill.) 147.86 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 3
3 UW-Oshkosh 136.08 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 2
4 UW-Eau Claire 121.42 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 5
5 Mount Union 114.86 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 7
6 Haverford 98.95 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 6
7 MIT 95.10 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 4
8 UW-Whitewater 92.16 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 12
9 Tufts 81.90 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 8
10 SUNY Cortland 60.80 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 11
11 UW-Stout 59.56 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 9
12 Central (Iowa) 59.54 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 10
13 Wartburg 50.52 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 17
14 Greenville 50.05 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 16
15 Worcester State 46.74 MASCAC Alan Halper (12th) 25
16 Monmouth (Ill.) 46.56 Midwest Roger Haynes (31st) 13
17 Bowdoin 45.96 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th) 22
18 Connecticut College 45.58 NESCAC Ned Bishop (8th) 15
19 Carthage 45.14 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 18
20 Christopher Newport 45.10 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 27
21 Southern Maine 44.52 Little East Steve Virgilio (5th) 19
22 UW-Platteville 43.51 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 26
23 Bates 42.36 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 14
24 SUNY Oneonta 40.19 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 20
25 Moravian 39.71 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 28
Dropped out: No. 21 Buffalo State, No. 23 Wittenberg, No. 24 Nebraska Wesleyan
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 689.28 6
2 NESCAC 247.76 4
3 OAC 213.57 1
4 CCIW 211.57 2
5 SUNYAC 145.92 2
6 IIAC 135.65 2
7 Centennial 131.18 1
8 NEWMAC 114.52 1
9 CAC 99.68 1
10 MASCAC 75.44 1

 

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

2014 Week #5 — February 26

next ranking: March 5
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 168.23 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 158.33 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 3
3 Wartburg 129.01 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 4
4 MIT 128.37 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 2
5 UW-Whitewater 101.98 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 5
6 Wheaton (Mass.) 80.58 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 8
7 Williams 80.06 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 6
8 Johns Hopkins 68.98 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 7
9 Illinois Wesleyan 67.24 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 9
10 Stevens 56.91 Empire 8 Justin Wood (2nd) 10
11 Tufts 55.60 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th) 14
12 RPI 52.47 Liberty League Colin Tory (14th) 12
13 Washington (Mo.) 51.04 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 19
14 St. Scholastica 50.55 UMAC Kirk Nauman (7th) 13
15 Westminster (Pa.) 47.60 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 16
16 Monmouth (Ill.) 47.58 Midwest Roger Haynes (14th) 15
17 Ithaca 47.34 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (11th) 26
18 North Central (Ill.) 47.12 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 11
19 Amherst 47.12 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 20
20 Carleton 46.48 MIAC Donna Ricks (21st) 32
21 Luther 46.14 IIAC Jeffrey Wettach (8th) 38
22 Ohio Wesleyan 45.15 NCAC Kris Boey (12th) 29
23 St. Lawrence 43.85 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 17
24 UW-Stout 41.08 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 24
25 UW-Platteville 40.75 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 23
Dropped out: No. 18 Chicago, No. 21 Middlebury, No. 22 Baldwin Wallace, No. 25 Bates
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 563.32 5
2 NESCAC 295.06 3
3 NEWMAC 238.53 2
4 IIAC 194.27 2
5 CCIW 151.68 2
6 UAA 147.39 1
7 Empire 8 126.87 2
8 MIAC 125.39 1
9 Liberty League 96.32 2
10 Centennial 92.74 1