National Division III Indoor Team Title Battle Brewing in Wisconsin

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 5, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Conference championships weekend caused stirring throughout most of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday, but both the UW-La Crosse men and women held firm at No. 1.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)Washington (Mo.) 3)Middlebury 4)Middlebury 5)St. Olaf
UW-La Crosse
223.86 pts
UW-Eau Claire
160.50 pts
UW-Oshkosh
126.31 pts
UW-Whitewater
115.74 pts
North Central (Ill.)
110.25 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

The defending indoor national champion men won a WIAC Championship meet that is shaping up to strongly resemble the team battle at the NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Neb., March 14-15.

Following right in line behind the Eagle men (223.86 team rankings score) are conference rivals No. 2 UW-Eau Claire (160.50), No. 3 UW-Oshkosh (126.31) and No. 4 UW-Whitewater (115.74).

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Led by National Athlete of the Week Thurgood Dennis, who posted top-ranked marks at 60 and 200 meters, and top-ranked heptathlete Brandon Zarnoth, the Blugolds of UW-Eau Claire improve their position in the rankings by two spots.

UW-Oshkosh held firm at No. 3, while UW-Whitewater was up four positions to No. 4. The Warhawks were boosted by  No. 2 long jumper Justin Bowers, No. 4 60-meter man Corey Broussard, and No. 9 heptathlete Stephen Sousa.

CCIW Champion North Central (Ill.) (110.25) tumbled three spots down to No. 5.

OAC champion No. 6 Mount Union (94.61), No. 7 Tufts (80.99), No. 8 Haverford (73.18), No. 9 Southern Maine (67.77) and No. 10 MIT (67.18) completed the top 10.

Southern Maine rocketed up 12 positions behind its top-ranked 4×400 relay team, making it the second-biggest mover of the week on the men’s side behind No. 12 Buffalo State’s 14-spot improvement.

Women’s Top Five

1)Calvin 2)Middlebury 3)Johns Hopkins 4)Williams 5)Middlebury
UW-La Crosse
184.03 pts
UW-Oshkosh
167.26 pts
Wartburg
127.64 pts
MIT
122.28 pts
Williams
109.01 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

The women’s top four all remained the same. WIAC champion UW-La Crosse (184.03) put a bit of distance between itself and defending indoor national champion No. 2 UW-Oshkosh (167.26), followed by preseason favorite No. 3 Wartburg (127.64) and No. 4 MIT (122.28).

Williams (109.01) moved up two spots from last week to finish the top five. The Ephs benefitted from top-five performances by No. 4 Kaleigh Kenny at 3000 meters and the No. 5 4×400 and distance medley relay teams.

Displaced one spot each by Williams were No. 6 UW-Whitewater (107.57) and No. 7 Wheaton (Mass.) (85.27).

Though it didn’t win the CCIW, Illinois Wesleyan (70.16) inched up one spot to No. 8, while CCIW champion North Central (66.68) ascended nine spots to No. 9. Washington (Mo.) (62.84) rounded out the top 10.

NJAC champion No. 12 Rowan moved up 17 positions from a week ago for the biggest improvement of the week, followed closely by a 16-notch jump by No. 21 St. Thomas (Minn.).

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 #6 — March 5

next ranking: March 10 (pre-Championships)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 223.86 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 160.50 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 4
3 UW-Oshkosh 126.31 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 3
4 UW-Whitewater 115.74 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 8
5 North Central (Ill.) 110.25 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 2
6 Mount Union 94.61 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 5
7 Tufts 80.99 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 9
8 Haverford 73.18 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 6
9 Southern Maine 67.77 Little East Steve Virgilio (5th) 21
10 MIT 67.18 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 7
11 Central (Iowa) 66.45 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 12
12 Buffalo State 65.79 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 26
13 UW-Stout 61.05 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 11
14 Wartburg 60.70 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 13
15 SUNY Cortland 58.53 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 10
16 UW-Platteville 49.24 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 22
17 Greenville 45.31 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 14
18 Worcester State 44.65 MASCAC Alan Halper (12th) 15
19 Bowdoin 43.58 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (28th) 17
20 Bates 42.74 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 23
21 Connecticut College 42.56 NESCAC Ned Bishop (8th) 18
22 Monmouth (Ill.) 41.89 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (31st) 16
23 SUNY Oneonta 39.94 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 24
24 Christopher Newport 37.10 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 20
25 Carthage 36.68 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 19
Dropped out: No. 25 Moravian
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 756.33 6
2 NESCAC 280.91 4
3 OAC 187.48 1
4 CCIW 169.64 2
5 SUNYAC 168.96 3
6 IIAC 153.62 2
7 Centennial 109.81 1
8 Little East 109.39 1
9 CAC 93.98 1
10 NEWMAC 88.40 1

 

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

2014 Week #6 — March 5

next ranking: March 10 (pre-Championships)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 184.03 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 167.26 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 2
3 Wartburg 127.64 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 3
4 MIT 122.28 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 4
5 Williams 109.01 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 7
6 UW-Whitewater 107.57 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 5
7 Wheaton (Mass.) 85.37 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 6
8 Illinois Wesleyan 70.16 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 9
9 North Central (Ill.) 66.68 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 18
10 Washington (Mo.) 62.84 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 13
11 UW-Stout 54.09 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 24
12 Rowan 53.80 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (7th) 29
13 St. Lawrence 48.26 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 23
14 Monmouth (Ill.) 47.94 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (14th) 16
15 Stevens 47.67 Empire 8 Justin Wood (2nd) 10
16 Westminster (Pa.) 47.46 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 15
17 Luther 47.28 IIAC Jeffrey Wettach (8th) 21
18 Carleton 46.55 MIAC Donna Ricks (21st) 20
19 RPI 45.75 Liberty League Colin Tory (14th) 12
20 Johns Hopkins 43.22 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 8
21 St. Thomas (Minn.) 42.67 MIAC Joe Sweeney (34th) 37
22 St. Scholastica 42.58 UMAC Kirk Nauman (7th) 14
23 UW-Platteville 42.19 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (2nd) 25
24 Ithaca 42.08 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (11th) 17
25 Baldwin Wallace 41.45 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 26
Dropped out: No. 11 Tufts, No. 19 Amherst, No. 22 Ohio Wesleyan
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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