Reigning Champion Wartburg Women Reclaim Top Spot in Division III Outdoor T&F Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 16, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Both defending outdoor team champions in Division III are now back atop the week three Division III National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The two-time defending champion Wartburg women overtook preseason favorite UW-La Crosse for the top spot, while the defending men’s champion UW-La Crosse men retained a firm handle on their top position.

Occupying the top spot is nothing new for Wartburg, which has now been No. 1 in 18 of the past 22 rankings dating back to the beginning of its national title 2012 season.

This most recent surge to the top was driven largely by Libby Schubert’s second-ranked performance (including preseason marks) at 200 meters in 24.30w (+3.3 m/s).

This is the final week that preseason marks from 2013 will be included in the rankings calculation.

Her time boosted the Knights’ team rankings score by nearly 14 points to 177.70, while UW-La Crosse suffered a nearly 21-point drop to fall to No. 2 at 146.46.

Women’s Top Five

1)Wartburg 2)UW-La Crosse 3)UW-Oshkosh 4)Johns Hopkins 5)Rowan
Wartburg
177.70 pts
UW-La Crosse
146.46 pts
UW-Oshkosh
140.63 pts
Johns Hopkins
126.27 pts
Rowan
119.45 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

Two-time defending indoor champion No. 3 UW-Oshkosh (140.63) and two-time defending cross country champion No. 4 Johns Hopkins (126.27) remain in close pursuit, as does No. 5 Rowan (119.45).

The UW-La Crosse men (246.33) held steady at No. 1 for the sixth consecutive edition of the rankings and the eighth time in the past nine dating back to 2013.

Men’s Top Five

1)UW-La Crosse 2)UW-Eau Claire 3)UW-Oshkosh 4)UW-Whitewater 5)Whittier
UW-La Crosse
246.33 pts
UW-Eau Claire
151.10 pts
UW-Oshkosh
140.99 pts
UW-Whitewater
113.48 pts
Mount Union
98.40 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

After swapping spots just last week, No. 2 UW-Eau Claire (151.10) and No. 3 UW-Oshkosh (140.99) once again traded spots after squaring off at UW-Platteville this past weekend. Thurgood Dennis impressed once again with a DIII-leading 100 meters performance in 10.28, but it was fourth-ranked – including preseason marks – Matt Scott at 5000 meters who boosted the Blugolds’ score with his 14:18.63.

No. 4 UW-Whitewater (113.48) held course, while Mount Union (98.40) stepped up one spot to round out the top five.

The No. 25 Baldwin Wallace men improved 39 positions for the biggest jump of the week, while National Athlete of the Week Andrew Carey led his No. 13 Johns Hopkins men to a 21-spot increase.

No. 23 St. Lawrence was the most significant mover on the women’s side after an 18-position jump from last week.

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.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2014 Week #3 — April 16

next ranking: April 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 246.33 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 151.10 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 3
3 UW-Oshkosh 140.99 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 2
4 UW-Whitewater 113.48 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 4
5 Mount Union 98.40 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 6
6 North Central (Ill.) 88.33 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 5
7 Whittier 83.96 SCIAC Dave Hogan (7th) 7
8 Wartburg 82.91 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 8
9 Central (Iowa) 73.54 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 9
10 Whitworth 73.02 Northwest Toby Schwarz (18th) 10
11 Christopher Newport 68.67 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 12
12 Bates 65.88 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 14
13 Johns Hopkins 64.55 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 34
14 Augustana (Ill.) 64.53 CCIW Paul Olsen (45th) 20
15 Greenville 63.81 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 16
16 MIT 63.00 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 11
17 Salisbury 61.30 CAC Jim Jones (15th) 13
18 Carthage 60.90 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 18
19 Wabash 60.59 NCAC Clyde Morgan (6th) 15
20 Moravian 56.59 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 23
21 SUNY Cortland 56.54 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 17
22 Washington (Mo.) 54.70 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 19
23 UW-Stout 54.47 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 24
24 Buffalo State 52.33 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 21
25 Baldwin Wallace 51.64 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 64
Dropped out: No. 22 SUNY Oneonta, No. 25 Widener
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 778.55 5
2 CCIW 232.33 3
3 IIAC 214.45 2
4 OAC 196.82 2
5 SCIAC 175.37 1
6 CAC 170.46 2
7 SUNYAC 170.10 2
8 NESCAC 164.51 1
9 Centennial 155.28 1
10 Northwest Conference 133.58 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2014 Week #3 — April 16

next ranking: April 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Wartburg 177.70 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 2
2 UW-La Crosse 146.46 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 1
3 UW-Oshkosh 140.63 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 3
4 Johns Hopkins 126.27 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 4
5 Rowan 119.45 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (7th) 5
6 Wheaton (Mass.) 100.89 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 6
7 Washington (Mo.) 88.88 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 9
8 UW-Whitewater 88.79 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 7
9 MIT 88.46 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 8
10 Cal Lutheran 86.64 SCIAC Matt Lea (6th) 10
11 Williams 77.60 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 11
12 North Central (Ill.) 74.83 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 13
13 Buffalo State 70.23 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 12
14 Baldwin Wallace 58.55 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 16
15 Ramapo 56.86 NJAC Mike Jackson (10th) 14
16 Birmingham-Southern 56.44 SAA Kenneth Cox (5th) 15
17 St. Thomas (Minn.) 54.54 MIAC Joe Sweeney (34th) 25
18 Oberlin 52.60 NCAC Ray Appenheimer (8th) 28
19 Illinois Wesleyan 47.06 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 23
20 Concordia Moorhead 46.86 MIAC Marv Roeske (19th) 17
21 WPI 46.18 NEWMAC Brian Chabot (6th) 19
22 St. Lawrence 45.78 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 40
23 Monmouth (Ill.) 45.00 Midwest Roger Haynes (14th) 18
24 Washington and Jefferson 42.47 PAC Dale Boring (1st) 20
25 La Verne 40.24 SCIAC Pat Widolff (22nd) 21
Dropped out: No. 22 Whitworth, No. 24 UW-Eau Claire
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 476.52 3
2 NEWMAC 283.01 3
3 IIAC 246.01 1
4 NESCAC 189.33 1
5 NJAC 180.52 2
6 CCIW 177.27 2
7 MIAC 163.50 2
8 SCIAC 163.32 2
9 UAA 156.49 1
10 Centennial 153.26 1