UW-La Crosse Men Bolster Position Atop the Division III Indoor National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 5, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Defending men’s Division III indoor champion UW-La Crosse and the Wartburg women retained their positions atop the third edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)St. Olaf 4)Middlebury 5)Williams
UW-La Crosse
225.04 pts
UW-Eau Claire
141.67 pts
Mount Union
128.74 pts
UW-Whitewater
107.53 pts
North Central (Ill.)
104.91 pts
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The UW-La Crosse not only emerged victorious at the USTFCCCA DIII National Meet of the Week, the UW-Whitewater Leonard "Squig" Converse Invitational, but the Eagles also managed to cushion their team rankings score advantage over the rest of the country.

En route to defeating a field in the team competition at UW-Whitewater that featured  No. 4 UW-Whitewater, No. 5 North Central (Ill.) and No. 7 UW-Oshkosh, the Eagles recorded two new top-10 national marks with John Cooper’s third-ranked weight throw performance and Joe DeRosier’s No. 9 performance in the 60-meter hurdles.

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Those two particular performances were key in improving UW-La Crosse’s team rankings score by 9.5 points to 225.04.

Compounding the Eagles’ improvement were decreased team rankings scores for No. 2 UW-Eau Claire (141.67), No. 3 Mount Union (128.74) and No. 4 UW-Whitewater (107.53).

North Central improved two spots from a week ago, largely behind the strength of John Crain’s top-ranked mile performance.

Haverford (103.80) remained steady at No. 6, while UW-Oshkosh (94.19) dropped two spots from a week ago to No. 7.

No. 8 Monmouth (Ill.) (67.10), No. 9 MIT (60.76) and No. 10 Bates (58.22) rounded out the top 10.

Women’s No. 1 Wartburg may have fallen to new No. 2 UW-La Crosse at the Wartburg Indoor Select this past weekend, but the Knights were able to hold off the Eagles from claiming the top spot in the rankings.

The National Team Computer Rankings do not necessarily predict performance in a smaller meet – in this case seven teams – but rather aim to project team performance at a large, top-heavy National Championship meet.

Women’s Top Five

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Calvin 3)Williams 4)Middlebury 5)Wartburg
Wartburg
185.00 pts
UW-La Crosse
146.38 pts
MIT
133.25 pts
UW-Oshkosh
107.59 pts
Williams
93.62 pts
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In fact, despite losing 290½ – 208, Wartburg was able to record enough top-tier marks to improve its team rankings score by 12.78 points to an even 185.00. The bulk of that improvement came via Libbey Schubert’s second-ranked performance at 200 meters.

UW-La Crosse used the same meet to generate a 35.51-point improvement to its team rankings score, which checked in at 146.38. The Eagles were powered by Jaime Ludwigson’s top-ranked performance at 200 meters and No. 3 triple jumper Bria Halama.

MIT (133.25) dropped a spot to No. 3 to make way for UW-La Crosse, while No. 4 UW-Oshkosh (107.59), No. 5 Williams (93.62) and No. 6 UW-Whitewater (92.32) all remained put.

Two-time defending cross country champion Johns Hopkins (82.59) improved three spots to No. 7.

No. 8 St. Thomas (Minn.) (82.04), No. 9 Emory (62.44) and No. 10 Washington (Mo.) (62.12) completed the top 10.

The Dickinson men took the title of "biggest mover" this week with a 45-spot improvement to No. 21, while the Westminster (Pa.) women jumped up 19 positions to No. 17.

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.

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

2014 Week #2 — February 5

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 225.04 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 141.67 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 2
3 Mount Union 128.74 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 3
4 UW-Whitewater 107.53 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 4
5 North Central (Ill.) 104.91 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 7
6 Haverford 103.80 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 6
7 UW-Oshkosh 94.19 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 5
8 Monmouth (Ill.) 67.10 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (31st) 8
9 MIT 60.76 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 11
10 Bates 58.22 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 10
11 Central (Iowa) 57.21 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 9
12 Tufts 57.19 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 13
13 SUNY Oneonta 56.71 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 25
14 UW-Stout 53.01 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 29
15 UW-Stevens Point 51.20 WIAC Rick Witt (35th) 12
16 UW-Platteville 50.69 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 23
17 Christopher Newport 50.47 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 15
18 SUNY Cortland 48.53 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 19
19 Wartburg 47.35 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 14
20 Carthage 42.76 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 17
21 Dickinson 41.67 Centennial Don Nichter (24th) 66
22 Augustana (Ill.) 38.63 CCIW Paul Olsen (45th) 27
23 Southern Maine 36.89 Little East Steve Virgilio (5th) 20
24 Heidelberg 34.82 OAC Briana Hess (4th) 21
25 Moravian 33.88 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 22
Dropped out: No. 16 Greenville, No. 18 Buffalo State, No. 24 St. Thomas (Minn.)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 749.29 7
2 NESCAC 219.07 2
3 OAC 214.33 2
4 CCIW 203.47 3
5 Centennial 152.36 2
6 SUNYAC 130.40 2
7 IIAC 114.51 2
8 MIAC 86.19
9 NEWMAC 83.41 1
10 CAC 80.69 1

 

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

2014 Week #2 — February 5

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 185.00 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 146.38 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 3
3 MIT 133.25 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 2
4 UW-Oshkosh 107.59 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 4
5 Williams 93.62 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 5
6 UW-Whitewater 92.32 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 6
7 Johns Hopkins 82.59 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 10
8 St. Thomas (Minn.) 82.04 MIAC Joe Sweeney (34th) 7
9 Emory 62.44 UAA John Curtin (29th) 9
10 Washington (Mo.) 62.12 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 8
11 Wheaton (Mass.) 61.41 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 11
12 St. Scholastica 54.30 UMAC Kirk Nauman (7th) 20
13 Illinois Wesleyan 52.71 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 22
14 North Central (Ill.) 51.77 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 12
15 Monmouth (Ill.) 50.30 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (14th) 13
16 Middlebury 49.16 NESCAC Martin Beatty (26th) 16
17 Westminster (Pa.) 47.16 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 36
18 Amherst 43.71 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 19
19 SUNY Cortland 40.99 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 15
20 St. Lawrence 38.49 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 18
21 Colby 36.76 NESCAC Deb Aitken (29th) 21
22 UW-Stout 35.02 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 14
23 Rowan 34.72 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (7th) 24
24 Tufts 34.71 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th) 23
25 Stevens 31.88 Empire 8 Justin Wood (2nd) 26
Dropped out: No. 17 Rhode Island College, No. 25 Denison
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 432.10 4
2 NESCAC 304.68 5
3 NEWMAC 241.42 2
4 IIAC 222.58 1
5 UAA 157.93 2
6 MIAC 139.14 1
7 CCIW 133.79 2
8 Centennial 120.04 1
9 OAC 100.11
10 Midwest Conference 84.85 1