UW-La Crosse Now Owns Both Men’s & Women’s Division III National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 19, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – The UW-La Crosse women have joined their defending indoor champion men’s teammates atop the week four edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

With week four came the removal of preseason data (except for combined event marks that will remain through week five) and a subsequent jostling of the rankings that affected all but the top-ranked UW-La Crosse men and the women of No. 5 UW-Whitewater and No. 6 Williams.

Women’s Top Five

1)Calvin 2)Williams 3)Middlebury 4)Johns Hopkins 5)Middlebury
UW-La Crosse
171.37 pts
MIT
143.21 pts
UW-Oshkosh
139.28 pts
Wartburg
136.90 pts
UW-Whitewater
99.38 pts
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The formerly top-ranked Wartburg women were the hardest-hit by the loss of last year’s marks as it saw nearly 50 team rankings points come off the board while tumbling three spots down to No. 4.

This opened the door for UW-La Crosse to move up to the No. 1 spot with MIT and defending indoor champion UW-Oshkosh each following suit to improve one spot each to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

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A Division III-leading 4×400 squad and 11 top-10 performers on the descending order list have positioned UW-La Crosse (171.37 team rankings score) atop the rankings.

The Eagles have never won an NCAA Division III indoor team title, but have finished runners-up four times, most recently in 2009. They were second that season to Wartburg, which it replaced as No. 1 this week.

No. 2 MIT (143.21), No. 3 UW-Oshkosh (139.28) and No. 4 Wartburg (136.90) all remained relatively close to the top, with No. 5 UW-Whitewater (99.38) rounding out the top five.

After Williams (90.35) at No. 6, each of the next 12 teams in the rankings all moved up at least one position, including the remainder of the top 10. No. 7 Johns Hopkins (82.66) and No. 8 Wheaton (Mass.) (77.15) both moved up one spot, while No. 9 Illinois Wesleyan (65.15) improved three and No. 10 Stevens (59.09) was up 15 from a week ago.

The biggest improvement of the week came from No. 23 UW-Platteville, which jumped up 52 positions. Not far behind was No. 18 Chicago with a 35-slot increase.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Middlebury 3)St. Olaf 4)Williams 5)Washington (Mo.)
UW-La Crosse
160.60 pts
UW-Oshkosh
152.60 pts
North Central (Ill.)
142.26 pts
MIT
121.83 pts
UW-Eau Claire
118. pts
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While the UW-La Crosse men stayed aloft in the men’s rankings at No. 1, the Eagles lost some of the air from under their wings as their team rankings score dropped by nearly 55 points from a week ago to 160.60.

Combined with surges from No. 2 UW-Oshkosh (152.60), No. 3 North Central (Ill.) (142.26) and No. 4 MIT (121.83), the race for the top spot in the national rankings has suddenly become very tight.

UW-Oshkosh improved two spots from a week ago, while North Central and MIT were among the biggest beneficiaries of the removal of preseason data from the equation as both leapt five spots forward.

No. 5 UW-Eau Claire (118.80), No. 6 Haverford (107.71), No. 7 Mount Union (105.25) and No. 8 Tufts (96.70) all dropped in the rankings from last week.

Rounding out the top 10 were a pair teams that gained six spots each in the rankings in No. 9 UW-Stout (65.70) and No. 10 Central (Iowa) (63.86).

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 #4 — February 19

next ranking: February 26
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 160.60 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 152.60 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 4
3 North Central (Ill.) 142.26 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 8
4 MIT 121.83 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 9
5 UW-Eau Claire 118.80 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 2
6 Haverford 107.71 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 5
7 Mount Union 105.25 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 3
8 Tufts 96.70 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 7
9 UW-Stout 65.70 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 15
10 Central (Iowa) 63.86 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 16
11 SUNY Cortland 63.58 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 12
12 UW-Whitewater 60.48 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 6
13 Monmouth (Ill.) 56.95 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (31st) 10
14 Bates 55.70 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 11
15 Connecticut College 54.75 NESCAC Ned Bishop (8th) 26
16 Greenville 51.30 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 33
17 Wartburg 51.22 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 19
18 Carthage 49.54 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 21
19 Southern Maine 45.74 Little East Steve Virgilio (5th) 28
20 SUNY Oneonta 44.51 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 14
21 Buffalo State 41.73 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 20
22 Bowdoin 37.71 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th) 25
23 Wittenberg 36.33 NCAC Craig Penney (8th) 60
24 Nebraska Wesleyan 35.78 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) 35
25 Worcester State 35.41 MASCAC Alan Halper (12th) 29
Dropped out: No. 13 UW-Stevens Point, No. 17 Christopher Newport, No. 18 UW-Platteville, No. 22 Heidelberg, No. 23 Dickinson, No. 24 Baldwin Wallace
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 613.61 5
2 NESCAC 314.20 4
3 CCIW 213.64 2
4 OAC 208.44 1
5 Centennial 163.13 1
6 SUNYAC 154.35 3
7 NEWMAC 136.30 1
8 IIAC 120.91 2
9 CAC 75.77
10 Little East 74.11 1

 

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

2014 Week #4 — February 19

next ranking: February 26
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 171.37 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 2
2 MIT 143.21 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 3
3 UW-Oshkosh 139.28 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 4
4 Wartburg 136.90 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 1
5 UW-Whitewater 99.38 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 5
6 Williams 90.35 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 6
7 Johns Hopkins 82.66 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 8
8 Wheaton (Mass.) 77.15 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 9
9 Illinois Wesleyan 65.15 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 12
10 Stevens 59.09 Empire 8 Justin Wood (2nd) 25
11 North Central (Ill.) 58.03 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 15
12 RPI 57.31 Liberty League Colin Tory (14th) 21
13 St. Scholastica 53.24 UMAC Kirk Nauman (7th) 17
14 Tufts 52.61 NESCAC Kristen Morwick (14th) 29
15 Monmouth (Ill.) 50.85 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (14th) 16
16 Westminster (Pa.) 50.72 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 20
17 St. Lawrence 48.90 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 19
18 Chicago 46.82 UAA Chris Hall (13th) 53
19 Washington (Mo.) 45.14 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 11
20 Amherst 43.86 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 10
21 Middlebury 43.11 NESCAC Martin Beatty (26th) 18
22 Baldwin Wallace 40.51 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 23
23 UW-Platteville 39.59 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 75
24 UW-Stout 38.69 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 14
25 Bates 37.49 NESCAC Jay Hartshorn (9th) 38
Dropped out: No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 13 Emory, No. 22 SUNY Cortland, No. 24 Springfield (Mass.)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 525.31 5
2 NESCAC 310.42 5
3 NEWMAC 254.97 2
4 IIAC 177.28 1
5 CCIW 158.29 2
6 UAA 155.49 2
7 Centennial 115.31 1
8 Empire 8 109.59 1
9 Liberty League 106.21 2
10 MIAC 92.16