UW-La Crosse is the Latest Women’s No. 1 in the Close Battle Atop the DIII National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 7, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Just one week after losing the top spot in the Division III National Team Computer Rankings to in-state rival UW-Oshkosh, the UW-La Crosse women have stormed back to the top following a resounding WIAC Championship win.

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The Eagles rejoined their defending national champion male teammates atop the week six rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

La Crosse’s women were boosted to the No. 1 spot by a DIII-leading 100 meters performance from Meg Heafy, along with Jaime Ludwigson (No. 2, 100-meter hurdles; No. 4 triple jump) and No. 3 Bria Halama (triple jump). Behind those efforts, UWL improved its team score by more than 36 points to 199.18.

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.

Those performances were just enough to edge the Eagles ahead of Oshkosh, which improved five points to 191.30 but nonetheless lost its grasp on the No. 1 position. This marks the fourth consecutive week a different team has occupied the rankings’ top spot.

Women’s Top Five

1)UW-La Crosse 2)UW-Oshkosh 3)Wartburg 4)UW-Whitewater 5)Wheaton (Mass.)
UW-La Crosse
199.18 pts
UW-Oshkosh
191.30 pts
Wartburg
142.35 pts
UW-Whitewater
103.50 pts
Wheaton (Mass.)
97.64 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

Two-time defending champion No. 3 Wartburg (142.35) remained stationary but saw its team score drop by nearly 20 points.

UW-Whitewater (103.50) improved one spot to No. 4, trading places with new No. 5 Wheaton (Mass.) (97.64) to round out the top five.

Just outside the top five was UW-Eau Claire at No. 6 after a 13-position gain from a week ago. That wasn’t even the biggest top-25 move of the week in the women’s rankings, as National Athlete of the Week Amelia Campbell’s No. 20 Carleton was up 24 spots.

The UW-La Crosse men made modest gains in the rankings with an eight-point improvement to 251.26 following its WIAC title.

Men’s Top Five

1)UW-La Crosse 2)UW-Eau Claire 3)UW-Oshkosh 4)North Central (Ill.) 5)Mount Union
UW-La Crosse
251.26 pts
UW-Eau Claire
146.48 pts
UW-Oshkosh
143.24 pts
North Central (Ill.)
122.07 pts
Mount Union
119.23 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

Continuing an ongoing battle for the No. 2 spot, UW-Eau Claire saw little improvement to its 146.48 team rankings score, but rose to No. 2 as UW-Oshkosh’s team score dropped by eight points to 143.24. That order is opposite of how the pair finished at WIACs behind La Crosse.

CCIW Champion North Central (Ill.) (122.07) rejoined the top five at  No. 4 between the combination of an eight-point improvement and falls by OAC Champion No. 5 Mount Union (119. 23) and CCIW rival No. 6 Augustana (Ill.) (99.20).

National Athlete of the Week Luke Campbell carried his Salisbury men to a CAC title and the week’s farthest move up the top-25 rankings with a 22-position increase to No. 23.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2014 Week #6 — May 7

next ranking: May 14
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 251.26 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 146.48 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 3
3 UW-Oshkosh 143.24 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 2
4 North Central (Ill.) 122.07 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 6
5 Mount Union 119.23 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 4
6 Augustana (Ill.) 99.20 CCIW Paul Olsen (45th) 5
7 Wartburg 80.61 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 7
8 Greenville 75.15 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 11
9 Haverford 74.92 Centennial Tom Donnelly (39th) 9
10 La Verne 69.43 SCIAC Pat Widolff (22nd) 23
11 Johns Hopkins 67.57 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 13
12 Carthage 63.34 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 14
13 UW-Whitewater 60.14 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 8
14 UW-Stout 60.05 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 10
15 MIT 58.51 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 17
16 Washington and Lee 55.11 ODAC Brandon Uhl (3rd) 22
17 Redlands 52.74 SCIAC Mike Schmidt (7th) 34
18 Whitworth 52.42 Northwest Toby Schwarz (18th) 15
19 Washington (Mo.) 52.15 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 19
20 Moravian 52.10 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 18
21 Wabash 48.71 NCAC Clyde Morgan (6th) 16
22 SUNY Oneonta 47.12 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 26
23 Salisbury 46.44 CAC Jim Jones (15th) 45
24 Nebraska Wesleyan 46.02 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) 20
25 Tufts 42.83 NESCAC Ethan Barron (9th) 21
Dropped out: No. 12 Baldwin Wallace, No. 24 UT Tyler, No. 25 SUNY Cortland
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 714.10 5
2 CCIW 291.19 3
3 OAC 205.21 1
4 SCIAC 197.67 2
5 Centennial 194.14 2
6 NESCAC 174.75 1
7 IIAC 149.13 1
8 SUNYAC 137.62 1
9 SLIAC 129.17 1
10 UAA 122.31 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2014 Week #6 — May 7

next ranking: May 14
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 199.18 WIAC Pat Healy (23rd) 2
2 UW-Oshkosh 191.30 WIAC Ben Dorsey (2nd) 1
3 Wartburg 142.35 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 3
4 UW-Whitewater 103.50 WIAC Mike Johnson (3rd) 5
5 Wheaton (Mass.) 97.64 NEWMAC Dave Cusano (3rd) 4
6 UW-Eau Claire 77.07 WIAC Chip Schneider (8th) 19
7 UW-Stout 76.15 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 9
8 Johns Hopkins 71.68 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (15th) 12
9 Cal Lutheran 70.97 SCIAC Matt Lea (6th) 6
10 La Verne 69.71 SCIAC Pat Widolff (22nd) 8
11 Baldwin Wallace 64.75 OAC Bill Taraschke (29th) 7
12 Williams 64.19 NESCAC Nate Hoey (1st) 10
13 Washington (Mo.) 62.42 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 14
14 MIT 62.11 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (7th) 21
15 Ohio Wesleyan 61.14 NCAC Kris Boey (12th) 15
16 St. Thomas (Minn.) 60.01 MIAC Joe Sweeney (34th) 32
17 Amherst 58.94 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (2nd) 16
18 North Central (Ill.) 56.40 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (11th) 17
19 St. Lawrence 55.52 Liberty League Kate Curran (6th) 18
20 Carleton 53.98 MIAC Donna Ricks (21st) 44
21 Monmouth (Ill.) 52.01 Midwest Roger Haynes (14th) 36
22 Rhodes 51.05 SAA Robert Shankman (23rd) 13
23 Westminster (Pa.) 49.87 PAC Tim McNeil (7th) 25
24 Illinois Wesleyan 49.77 CCIW Chris Schumacher (17th) 23
25 Rowan 49.72 NJAC Derick “Ringo” Adamson (7th) 11
Dropped out: No. 20 Emory, No. 22 Carthage, No. 24 George Fox
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 700.21 5
2 IIAC 229.01 1
3 NESCAC 228.80 2
4 NEWMAC 201.86 2
5 CCIW 200.51 2
6 SCIAC 196.86 2
7 MIAC 157.74 2
8 NCAC 156.20 1
9 Centennial 131.07 1
10 Northwest Conference 126.08