New Men’s and Women’s No. 1s Take Over on Precipice of DIII Indoor Nationals

New Men’s and Women’s No. 1s Take Over on Precipice of DIII Indoor Nationals

NEW ORLEANS – Explosive last chance action shifted the balance of power in Division III this week. The final set of rankings, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) saw two new No. 1 teams. UW-Eau Claire took over as the No. 1 men’s team, and UW-La Crosse is the new No. 1 women’s team.

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Both teams made their jump thanks to performances at UW-Stevens Point’s loaded Pointer Qualifier. Eau Claire had three DIII-leading performances at UWSP: Thurgood Dennis in the 60, Cody Prince in the 400, and Roger Steen in the shot put. Dennis, Prince, Jimmy Paske, and William LaJeunesse ran the nation’s second fastest 4×400 there as well.

La Crosse recaptured its national lead in the 4×400, and sprinter Meg Heafy held onto a top ten spot in the 60 meters with a season best.

The rest of the men’s top five saw a minor shakeup: No. 2 La Crosse and No. 3 Mount Union each moved down one spot, while No. 4 North Central (Ill.) stayed stagnant and No. 5 UW-Oshkosh joined the top five for the first time since last year.

La Crosse’s men have won the last two titles and were ranked No. 1 fourteen of the last nineteen weeks. Their quest to repeat will come down to which stars on the top teams come through and are backed up by a little bit of depth. Each of the top four men’s teams has at least one athlete with a nation-leading mark in his event.

For Eau Claire, it’s the three men listed above; La Crosse has versatile jumper Dominique Neloms, the national leader in the high jump and long jump; Mount Union has weight throw national leader and multiple-time national champion Sean Donnelly, and North Central has pole vault scion Jake Winder.

The meet could be decided by the relays. All three WIAC teams have both relays–the 4×4 and DMR–qualified. North Central has a DMR in the meet, and Mount Union has a 4×4.

If it’s decided before the quarter milers team up, it could be because they sealed the deal individually. Each of the top three teams has sprinters in the 200 and 400.

Whether or not Mount Union pulls off the upset, they’ll be the brawniest team contending. The Purple Raiders are the only top ten team without at least one distance qualifier. (North Central is the only top seven team without a sprinter at the meet.)

Behind the UW-Lax, the women’s top five saw similar reshuffling. Oshkosh moved up to No. 2; spots 3-5 were filled by a static Illinois Wesleyan, falling MIT, and rising Johns Hopkins, in that order.

NCAA Division III Computer Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)UW-Eau Claire 2)UW-La Crosse 3)Mount Union 4)North Central 5)MIT
UW-Eau Claire UW-La Crosse

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North Central (Ill.) UW-Oshkosh
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NCAA Division III Computer Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)UW-La Crosse 2)MIT 3)Illinois Wesleyan 4)MIT 5)Johns Hopkins
UW-La Crosse UW-Oshkosh Illinois Wesleyan MIT Johns Hopkins
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Oshkosh is the two-time defending champ and have won six of the last eleven titles. The only title out of the six disciplines (i.e. men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and cross country) that La Crosse is missing is a women’s indoor title. If it comes down to an Eagles-Titans battle, the 200 will be huge: the two schools have three of the top six women qualified in the event.

Each of the top three schools in the rankings has an athlete qualified in the pentathlon.

One more battleground: the 60 meter hurdles. Roughly a third of the field (five out of seventeen women) hails from either Oshkosh or La Crosse. With the sprints so vitally important, the contours of the team battle will be established after Friday night’s prelims.

If there’s going to be an upset, MIT’s distance women could lead the way. None of the top three teams have any runners ranked in the top eight in any event longer than 400 meters–though Oshkosh’s Kylee Verhasselt is the defending indoor national champion in the 800.

MIT has 2015’s best athletes in the mile, 3k, DMR, and pole vault, which is nearly a carbon copy of the roster that North Central’s men have entered.

With the door closed on the regular season, programs from across the country can claim mytho-statistical regional titles. Men’s programs finishing the season ranked No. 1 in their respective regions are SUNY Oneonta in the Atlantic, Central (Iowa) in the Central, Mount Union in the Great Lakes, Widener in the Mideast, UW-La Crosse in the Midwest, MIT in New England, Christopher Newport in the South/Southeast, and George Fox in the West. Women’s programs leading their regions are St. Lawrence in the Atlantic, St. Thomas (Minn.) in the Central, Mount Union in the Great Lakes, Johns Hopkins in the Mideast, UW-La Crosse in the Midwest, MIT in New England, Christopher Newport in the South/Southeast, and George Fox in the West.

The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships begin Friday, March 13 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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

2015 Week #7 — March 9 (pre-Championships)

next ranking: final, NCAA Championships, March 13-14
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Eau Claire 188.79 WIAC Chip Schneider (13th) 3
2 UW-La Crosse 159.32 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (7th) 1
3 Mount Union 142.75 OAC Kevin Lucas (5th) 2
4 North Central (Ill.) 103.91 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (5th) 4
5 UW-Oshkosh 103.28 WIAC Eamon McKenna (3rd) 6
6 Bridgewater State 92.02 MASCAC T.J. Smith (8th) 7
7 UW-Whitewater 80.28 WIAC Mike Johnson (6th) 5
8 Central (Iowa) 78.31 IIAC Joe Dunham (7th) 11
9 Southern Maine 69.55 Little East Ryan Harkleroad (1st) 10
10 St. Olaf 65.39 MIAC Phil Lundin (7th) 8
11 SUNY Cortland 62.94 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (8th) 9
12 Bates 60.17 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (20th) 14
13 Widener 47.34 Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (28th) 12
14 Wartburg 45.08 IIAC Marcus Newsom (17th) 15
15 MIT 42.99 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (25th) 16
16 Tufts 41.72 NESCAC Ethan Barron (10th) 22
17 UW-Stout 40.72 WIAC Kyle Steiner (2nd) 18
18 RIT 36.32 Liberty League David Warth (17th) 23
19 Ramapo 36.01 NJAC Mike Jackson (11th) 20
20 Dubuque 35.08 IIAC Chad Gunnelson (3rd) 19
21 Augustana (Ill.) 34.46 CCIW Paul Olsen (46th) 13
22 Monmouth (Ill.) 32.02 Midwest Conference Roger Haynes (32nd) 25
23 Johns Hopkins 30.11 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th) 27
24 Amherst 29.41 NESCAC Ned Nedeau (18th) 26
25 UW-Stevens Point 29.24 WIAC Rick Witt (36th) 21
dropped out: No. 17 Haverford, No. 24 SUNY Oneonta
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 648.03 6
2 NESCAC 202.68 3
3 IIAC 191.61 3
4 OAC 167.37 1
5 CCIW 157.64 2
6 SUNYAC 155.38 1
7 MASCAC 115.61 1
8 Middle Atlantic 97.15 1
9 Little East 91.84 1
10 NJAC 76.95 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders (FINAL)
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic SUNY Oneonta 327.24 1
Central Central (Iowa) 362.24 2
Great Lakes Mount Union 400.63 1
Mideast Widener 411.58 1
Midwest UW-La Crosse 390.41 1
New England MIT 371.22 1
South/Southeast Christopher Newport 498.11 1
West George Fox 409.54 1
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2015 Week #7 — March 9 (pre-Championships)

next ranking: final, NCAA Championships, March 13-14
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 164.51 WIAC Pat Healy (24th) 2
2 UW-Oshkosh 151.35 WIAC Ben Dorsey (3rd) 4
3 Illinois Wesleyan 140.11 CCIW Chris Schumacher (18th) 3
4 MIT 124.40 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (8th) 1
5 Johns Hopkins 102.68 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (16th) 11
6 Lehman 96.32 CUNYAC Pete Charles (3rd) 5
7 UW-Eau Claire 77.95 WIAC Chip Schneider (9th) 12
8 UW-Whitewater 74.91 WIAC Mike Johnson (4th) 13
9 Buffalo State 73.76 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (15th) 8
10 Stevens 69.46 Empire 8 Justin Wood (3rd) 10
11 Washington (Mo.) 63.06 UAA Jeff Stiles (14th) 7
12 St. Lawrence 56.85 Liberty League Kate Curran (7th) 9
13 Middlebury 56.12 NESCAC Martin Beatty (27th) 17
14 North Central (Ill.) 49.99 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (12th) 14
15 UW-Platteville 49.60 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (3rd) 16
16 Baldwin Wallace 47.45 OAC Bill Taraschke (30th) 6
17 UW-Stout 40.94 WIAC Kyle Steiner (2nd) 26
18 Wartburg 39.66 IIAC Marcus Newsom (17th) 18
19 SUNY Cortland 39.58 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (8th) 24
20 Cornell College 36.97 Midwest Conference Dan Schofer (3rd) 21
21 SUNY Plattsburgh 34.67 SUNYAC Nick Jones (4th) 23
22 Bowdoin 34.60 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (29th) 19
23 Central (Iowa) 33.68 IIAC Joe Dunham (7th) 40
24 TCNJ 31.69 NJAC Justin Lindsey (2nd) 22
25 Westminster (Pa.) 30.66 PAC Tim McNeil (8th) 27
dropped out: No. 15 Chicago, No. 20 Southern Maine, No. 25 UT Tyler
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 577.09 6
2 NESCAC 209.31 2
3 CCIW 205.93 2
4 SUNYAC 185.34 3
5 NEWMAC 159.69 1
6 Centennial 140.24 1
7 Empire 8 114.83 1
8 UAA 109.66 1
9 IIAC 107.45 2
10 CUNYAC 96.32 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders (FINAL)
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic St. Lawrence 314.03 1
Central St. Thomas (Minn.) 337.54 1
Great Lakes Mount Union 304.55 1
Mideast Johns Hopkins 349.43 1
Midwest UW-La Crosse 420.49 1
New England MIT 511.02 1
South/Southeast Christopher Newport 425.86 2
West George Fox 465.64 1
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