UW-Oshkosh is Third Consecutive New No. 1 Women’s Team in Division III National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 30, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – For the third time this season – in fact, for the third week in a row – Division III has a brand new No. 1 women’s team in the National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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A strong Drake Relays showing boosted two-time defending indoor national champion UW-Oshkosh into the top spot past last week’s No. 1 UW-La Crosse for the first time since this same week during the Titans’ 2011 title run.

Meanwhile the No. 1 UW-La Crosse men remained on top but lost a lot of ground over in-state rivals UW-Oshkosh and UW-Eau Claire, which both moved up into the top three at No. 2 and 3, respectively.

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.

For the UWO women, it was Christy Cazzola’s top-ranked DIII performances at both 800 and 1500 meters, along with the No. 2 4×400 relay, that put the Titans over the top with a team rankings score of 186.29 – up nearly 25 points from a week ago.

Dethroned from its one-week reclamation of the rankings’ top spot, No. 2 UW-La Crosse (162.71) just barely managed to stay ahead of two-time defending outdoor champ No. 3 Wartburg (160.54), which held firm from last week.

Women’s Top Five

1)UW-Oshkosh 2)UW-La Crosse 3)Wartburg 4)Wheaton (Mass.) 5)UW-Whitewater
UW-Oshkosh
186.29 pts
UW-La Crosse
162.71 pts
Wartburg
160.54 pts
Wheaton (Mass.)
111.64 pts
UW-Whitewater
87.21 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

The No. 2 Eagles dropped more than ten points from its team rankings score, while the Knights added 12 behind Libby Schubert’s move to the second spot on the 100 meters descending order list.

While UW-La Crosse holds an advantage in overall top-10 national individual/relay performers — 11 for UWL to nine for UWO and Wartburg — but is well behind both in terms of top-three performers. Both Oshkosh and Wartburg have six to La Crosse’s two.

Two-time reigning National Athlete of the Week Ashante Little’s Wheaton (Mass.) squad (111.64) remained steady at No. 4, while UW-Whitewater (87.21) jumped six spots to rejoin the top 10 and round out the top five.

For the 10th time in the past 11 editions of the USTFCCCA rankings and the eighth straight time dating back to their national championship-winning 2013 season, the UW-La Crosse men (243.17) held on to the top spot.

Men’s Top Five

1)UW-La Crosse 2)UW-Oshkosh 3)UW-Eau Claire 4)Whittier 5)Augustana (Ill.)
UW-La Crosse
243.17 pts
UW-Oshkosh
151.40 pts
UW-Eau Claire
146.16 pts
Mount Union
135.51 pts
Augustana (Ill.)
114.14 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

While the Eagles garnered a modest nine-point improvement to its team score, the rest of the field is charging hard behind them.

UW-Oshkosh (151.40) moved up one position to No. 2 with a nearly 29-point gain, while No. 3 UW-Eau Claire (146.16) improved by nearly 42 points to jump two positions.

Five new top-10 performances at the Drake Relays and Gina Relays for the UWO men were headlined by a pair of fourth-ranked competitors in McKena Ramos (800) and Zachary Baehman (shot put).

Relays were the name of the game for UWEC as their 4×400 left Drake ranked No. 2 in Division III and their 4×100 No. 3.

Both UW-La Crosse and UW-Eau Claire both have six top-three national individual/relay performers, compared to UW-Oshkosh’s one. However, in terms of top-10 national performers, the UWL men top the list with 15 to UW-Oshkosh’s 10.

Mount Union (135.51) dropped two positions to No. 4 and No. 5 Augustana (Ill.) (114.14) fell one to round out the top five.

UW-Eau Claire’s women claimed the biggest top-25 move of the week with a 20-spot improvement to No. 19. UW-Stout moved up the farthest on the men’s side with a six-position jump to No. 10, while the UWS women also made a significant improvement, up 10 to No. 9.

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

2014 Week #5 — April 30

next ranking: May 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 243.17 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 151.40 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 3
3 UW-Eau Claire 146.16 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 5
4 Mount Union 135.51 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 2
5 Augustana (Ill.) 114.14 CCIW Paul Olsen (45th) 4
6 North Central (Ill.) 113.37 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 6
7 Wartburg 82.37 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 10
8 UW-Whitewater 73.40 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 7
9 Haverford 68.91 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 8
10 UW-Stout 68.59 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 16
11 Greenville 67.66 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 12
12 Baldwin Wallace 65.39 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 14
13 Johns Hopkins 64.18 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 15
14 Carthage 61.71 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 13
15 Whitworth 61.10 Northwest Conference Toby Schwarz (18th) 11
16 Wabash 58.78 NCAC Clyde Morgan (6th) 9
17 MIT 56.25 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 19
18 Moravian 55.21 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 20
19 Washington (Mo.) 52.58 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 17
20 Nebraska Wesleyan 51.27 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) 22
21 Tufts 48.67 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 25
22 Washington and Lee 47.95 ODAC Brandon Uhl (3rd) 18
23 La Verne 45.28 SCIAC Pat Widolff (22nd) 21
24 UT Tyler 43.75 ASC Bob Hepler (10th) 26
25 SUNY Cortland 42.84 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 27
Dropped out: No. 23 Redlands, No. 24 Monmouth (Ill.)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 732.14 5
2 CCIW 301.71 3
3 OAC 265.63 2
4 NESCAC 177.33 1
5 Centennial 164.46 2
6 IIAC 155.01 1
7 NCAC 134.01 1
8 SCIAC 132.08 1
9 UAA 127.39 1
10 SUNYAC 123.43 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2014 Week #5 — April 30

next ranking: May 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Oshkosh 186.29 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 2
2 UW-La Crosse 162.71 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 1
3 Wartburg 160.54 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 3
4 Wheaton (Mass.) 111.64 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 4
5 UW-Whitewater 87.21 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 11
6 Cal Lutheran 83.72 SCIAC Matt Lea (6th) 5
7 Baldwin Wallace 83.67 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 10
8 La Verne 78.05 SCIAC Pat Widolff (22nd) 8
9 UW-Stout 75.91 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 19
10 Williams 74.72 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 12
11 Rowan 73.30 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (7th) 7
12 Johns Hopkins 70.88 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 6
13 Rhodes 70.21 SAA Robert Shankman (23rd) 9
14 Washington (Mo.) 69.46 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 14
15 Ohio Wesleyan 63.26 NCAC Kris Boey (12th) 13
16 Amherst 63.03 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 15
17 North Central (Ill.) 60.44 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 17
18 St. Lawrence 58.43 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 21
19 UW-Eau Claire 56.89 WIAC Chip Schneider (8th) 39
20 Emory 56.00 UAA John Curtin (29th) 28
21 MIT 52.05 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 16
22 Carthage 51.44 CCIW Stephanie Domin (13th) 20
23 Illinois Wesleyan 49.67 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 22
24 George Fox 45.50 Northwest John Smith (8th) 18
25 Westminster (Pa.) 44.40 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 25
Dropped out: No. 23 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 24 Denison
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 604.57 5
2 NESCAC 248.74 2
3 IIAC 229.13 1
4 CCIW 219.13 3
5 SCIAC 214.22 2
6 NEWMAC 184.40 2
7 Northwest Conference 173.00 1
8 NCAC 159.36 1
9 OAC 159.33 1
10 UAA 143.80 2