UW-La Crosse Men, Wartburg Women Stay on Top of DIII National Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 12, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – The song remained the same atop the third regular-season edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday, as defending men’s champion UW-La Crosse and the Wartburg women held firm at No. 1.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)St. Olaf 4)Middlebury 5)Williams
UW-La Crosse
214.79 pts
UW-Eau Claire
145.18 pts
Mount Union
120.00 pts
UW-Oshkosh
112.71 pts
Haverford
98.04 pts
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Both the Eagles and Knights stayed above the fray of movement that afflicted much of the men’s and women’s rankings. That shuffling will only be amplified in next week’s edition of the National Team Computer Rankings with the removal of preseason data – the best marks of 2013 – from the equation.

On the men’s side UW-La Crosse (214.79 team rankings score), No. 2 UW-Eau Claire (145.18) and No. 3 Mount Union (120.00) kept steady.

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UW-Oshkosh (112.71) moved the highest, improving three positions from last week to No. 4. The Titans were boosted by McKena Ramos with the No. 3 qualifying spot in the mile and Zachary Baehman with the No. 4 position in the shot put at their  home Titan Open.

Haverford (98.04) stepped up one spot to break into the top five. UW-Whitewater (96.74) was displaced two slots to No. 6 behind UW-Oshkosh and Haverford.

The Jumbos of Tufts (83.81) made a big five-spot move to No. 7, largely behind a top-ranked 400 meter and fifth-ranked 200 meters performance from Graham Beutler.

No. 8 North Central (Ill.) (82.27) fell three spots, No. 9 MIT (75.74) stayed in place, and No. 10 Monmouth (Ill.) (82.27) slid two spots to round out the top 10.

No. 24 Baldwin Wallace was the biggest gainer of the week, up 19 positions from last time.

In the women’s rankings, No. 1 Wartburg (185.33), No. 2 UW-La Crosse (146.92), No. 3 MIT (121.99) and defending champion No. 4 UW-Oshkosh (103.05) all remained in place from a week ago.

Women’s Top Five

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Calvin 3)Williams 4)Middlebury 5)Middlebury
Wartburg
185.33 pts
UW-La Crosse
146.92 pts
MIT
121.99 pts
UW-Oshkosh
103.05 pts
UW-Whitewater
91.67 pts
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From that point on, however, all but one team is in a different spot than last time, starting with No. 5 UW-Whitewater (91.67) up one position. Williams (86.93) swapped spots with the Warhawks at No. 6.

Another pair of teams swapping places was No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) (76.37) edging ahead of No. 8 Johns Hopkins (76.36) by just the narrowest of margins.

No. 9 Wheaton (Mass.) (62.97) improved two positions, while No. 10 Amherst (61.52) improved eight spots and made its first top-10 appearance since the beginning of the USTFCCCA rankings in 2010.

No. 21 RPI made the biggest improvement with a 11-spot jump, just ahead of No. 24 Springfield (Mass.)’s nine-slot increase behind National Athlete of the Week Gabriella Gaudreault.

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 #3 — February 12

next ranking: February 19
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 214.79 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 145.18 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 2
3 Mount Union 120.00 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 3
4 UW-Oshkosh 112.71 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 7
5 Haverford 98.04 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 6
6 UW-Whitewater 96.74 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 4
7 Tufts 83.81 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 12
8 North Central (Ill.) 82.27 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 5
9 MIT 75.74 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 9
10 Monmouth (Ill.) 65.54 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (31st) 8
11 Bates 56.60 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 10
12 SUNY Cortland 56.38 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 18
13 UW-Stevens Point 54.02 WIAC Rick Witt (35th) 15
14 SUNY Oneonta 52.42 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 13
15 UW-Stout 52.16 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 14
16 Central (Iowa) 50.39 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 11
17 Christopher Newport 48.60 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 17
18 UW-Platteville 47.93 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 16
19 Wartburg 46.86 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 19
20 Buffalo State 46.49 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 135
21 Carthage 42.14 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 20
22 Heidelberg 41.73 OAC Briana Hess (4th) 24
23 Dickinson 40.47 Centennial Don Nichter (24th) 21
24 Baldwin Wallace 39.28 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 43
25 Bowdoin 36.40 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th) 33
Dropped out: No. 22 Augustana (Ill.), No. 23 Southern Maine, No. 25 Moravian
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 746.76 7
2 NESCAC 265.59 3
3 OAC 235.78 3
4 SUNYAC 182.04 3
5 CCIW 171.99 2
6 Centennial 145.40 2
7 IIAC 106.08 2
8 NEWMAC 92.65 1
9 CAC 88.33 1
10 Little East 71.76

 

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

2014 Week #3 — February 12

next ranking: February 19
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 185.33 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 146.92 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 2
3 MIT 121.99 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 3
4 UW-Oshkosh 103.05 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 4
5 UW-Whitewater 91.67 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 6
6 Williams 86.93 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 5
7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 76.37 MIAC Joe Sweeney (34th) 8
8 Johns Hopkins 76.36 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 7
9 Wheaton (Mass.) 62.97 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 11
10 Amherst 61.52 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 18
11 Washington (Mo.) 58.71 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 10
12 Illinois Wesleyan 52.53 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 13
13 Emory 50.89 UAA John Curtin (29th) 9
14 UW-Stout 50.53 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 22
15 North Central (Ill.) 49.73 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 14
16 Monmouth (Ill.) 49.46 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (14th) 15
17 St. Scholastica 49.37 UMAC Kirk Nauman (7th) 12
18 Middlebury 49.14 NESCAC Martin Beatty (26th) 16
19 St. Lawrence 47.62 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 20
20 Westminster (Pa.) 47.58 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 17
21 RPI 46.56 Liberty League Colin Tory (14th) 32
22 SUNY Cortland 45.18 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 19
23 Baldwin Wallace 44.15 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 26
24 Springfield (Mass.) 40.43 NEWMAC Jim Pennington (30th) 33
25 Stevens 40.41 Empire 8 Justin Wood (2nd) 25
Dropped out: No. 21 Colby, No. 23 Rowan, No. 24 Tufts
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 445.24 4
2 NESCAC 300.22 3
3 NEWMAC 243.93 3
4 IIAC 219.71 1
5 UAA 151.12 2
6 CCIW 134.80 2
7 MIAC 128.23 1
8 OAC 114.74 1
9 Centennial 111.14 1
10 SUNYAC 104.56 1