Final Pre-Championships National DIII Team Rankings Predict A Close Women’s Battle

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 11, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Based on the entries to the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships released Monday, morning, UW-La Crosse remained the pre-meet favorites in both the men’s and women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

Women’s Top Five

1)Calvin 2)Middlebury 3)Johns Hopkins 4)Middlebury 5)Middlebury
UW-La Crosse
173.24 pts
13 entries
UW-Oshkosh
159.35 pts
12 entries
Wartburg
157.15 pts
12 entries
UW-Whitewater
109.60 pts
8 entries
Wheaton (Mass.)
94.24 pts
5 entries
View Complete Women’s Rankings

While the defending national team champion UW-La Crosse men enjoy a comfortable cushion in the rankings heading into the meet this weekend at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Neb., from March 14-15, the same can’t be said of their female teammates.

The Eagle women’s team rankings score dropped by 10 points to 173.24, just 14 points ahead of defending indoor champion No. 2 UW-Oshkosh (159.35) and 16 points ahead of preseason favorite and defending outdoor champion No. 3 Wartburg (157.15).

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The gap between No. 1 and No. 2 ahead of NCAAs is the smallest since the Division III USTFCCCA Rankings began in 2010, as is the spread between No. 1 and No. 3.

La Crosse’s women will arrive in Lincoln with a nation-best 13 total entries, just one better than the 12 that qualified from both UW-Oshkosh and Wartburg.

Recent history is on the side of the Eagles, however, as each of the four women’s teams since the beginning of the USTFCCCA Rankings in 2010 that ended the regular season at No. 1 also went on to win the national team title. Both UW-Oshkosh (2011, 2013) and Wartburg (2010, 2012) have accomplished that feat.

Both up two positions, No. 4 UW-Whitewater (109.60) and No. 5 Wheaton (Mass.) (94.24) rounded out the top five.

The UW-La Crosse men, on the other hand, are the most heavily favored top-ranked team since the DIII rankings began. At 231.72 team rankings points, they outdistanced No. 2 UW-Eau Claire (156.83) by nearly 75 points.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Middlebury 4)Middlebury 5)St. Olaf
UW-La Crosse
231.72 pts
20 entries
UW-Eau Claire
156.83 pts
11 entries
UW-Whitewater
139.12 pts
11 entries
UW-Oshkosh
115.56 pts
13 entries
North Central (Ill.)
101.99 pts
11 entries
View Complete Men’s Rankings

The previous high mark was North Central (Ill.)’s 52-point margin before winning the 2011 team title.

That significant advantage is a direct correlation to the Eagles’ bevy of 20 entries into the meet, compared to the next highest: No. 4 UW-Oshkosh’s 13.

The three other top-five teams in UW-Eau Claire, No. 3 UW-Whitewater (139.12) and No. 5 North Central (101.99) all have 11 entries.

Recent history is ambivalent toward UW-La Crosse’s men. Three of the four top-ranked teams since the rankings began went on to win titles. The one that didn’t? UW-La Crosse in 2012, when it finished fifth as North Central claimed its second of three consecutive indoor crowns.

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.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2014 Week #7 — March 11

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships (FINAL)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 231.72 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 156.83 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 2
3 UW-Whitewater 139.12 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 4
4 UW-Oshkosh 115.56 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 3
5 North Central (Ill.) 101.99 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 5
6 Mount Union 101.68 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 6
7 Tufts 75.14 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 7
8 Wartburg 68.27 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 14
9 Buffalo State 66.82 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 12
10 UW-Stout 63.85 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 13
11 Southern Maine 63.64 Little East Steve Virgilio (5th) 9
12 MIT 56.60 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 10
13 Bates 53.81 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 20
14 SUNY Cortland 50.42 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 15
15 Bowdoin 50.15 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th) 19
16 Haverford 48.77 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 8
17 Monmouth (Ill.) 47.99 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (31st) 22
18 UW-Platteville 45.80 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 16
19 Greenville 42.81 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 17
20 York (Pa.) 41.33 CAC Stephen LoBianco (1st) 34
21 Carthage 41.27 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 25
22 Moravian 38.22 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 26
23 Keene State 34.39 Little East Peter Thomas (31st) 52
24 Christopher Newport 32.91 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 24
25 SUNY Oneonta 31.62 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 23
Dropped out: No. 11 Central (Iowa), No. 18 Worcester State, No. 21 Connecticut College
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 768.85 6
2 NESCAC 280.84 3
3 OAC 163.47 1
4 CCIW 161.52 2
5 SUNYAC 148.86 3
6 Little East 122.67 2
7 IIAC 122.05 1
8 CAC 105.60 2
9 Centennial 90.36 1
10 NEWMAC 73.11 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2014 Week #7 — March 11

next ranking: none, NCAA Championships (FINAL)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 173.24 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 159.35 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 2
3 Wartburg 157.15 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 3
4 UW-Whitewater 109.60 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 6
5 Wheaton (Mass.) 94.24 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 7
6 MIT 92.25 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 4
7 Williams 90.13 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 5
8 UW-Stout 66.00 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 11
9 Washington (Mo.) 65.17 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 10
10 Illinois Wesleyan 62.35 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 8
11 North Central (Ill.) 56.25 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 9
12 Stevens 54.43 Empire 8 Justin Wood (2nd) 15
13 Carleton 53.47 MIAC Donna Ricks (21st) 18
14 Monmouth (Ill.) 48.89 Midwest Roger Haynes (14th) 14
15 Luther 48.83 IIAC Jeffrey Wettach (8th) 17
16 St. Thomas (Minn.) 48.04 MIAC Joe Sweeney (34th) 21
17 Westminster (Pa.) 47.91 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 16
18 Emory 45.86 UAA John Curtin (29th) 29
19 Rowan 45.83 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (7th) 12
20 St. Lawrence 43.99 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 13
21 UW-Platteville 42.32 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 23
22 Johns Hopkins 42.18 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 20
23 Middlebury 40.60 NESCAC Martin Beatty (26th) 26
24 Amherst 40.26 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 27
25 Baldwin Wallace 40.09 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 25
Dropped out: No. 19 RPI, No. 22 St. Scholastica, No. 24 Ithaca
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 598.92 5
2 NESCAC 245.29 3
3 NEWMAC 225.82 2
4 IIAC 219.53 2
5 UAA 178.78 2
6 MIAC 172.97 2
7 CCIW 164.61 2
8 Empire 8 111.83 1
9 Liberty League 78.43 1
10 Midwest Conference 73.41 1