Changes Abound in Second DIII ITF Rankings of 2016

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

January 26, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season might only be a month old, but the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings are getting quite the workout, specifically on the men’s side.

Exactly two weeks ago, the 2016 rankings debuted with the UW-La Crosse men and the MIT women as preseason favorites of their respective genders. That much hasn’t changed.

NCAA Division III National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Florida 2)Texas A&M 3)Oregon 4)Oregon 5)Texas
UW-La Crosse UW-Eau Claire UW-Oshkosh North Central (Ill.) St. Olaf
169.74 pts 114.79 pts 100.76 pts 97.30 pts 90.15 pts
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NCAA Division III National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Florida 2)Texas 3)Oregon 4)Texas A&M 5)Texas
MIT Illinois-Wesleyan UW-La Crosse UW-Oshkosh Baldwin Wallace
178.98 pts 136.63 pts 133.51 pts 98.22 pts 85.16 pts
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But what about those 10 teams listed behind the Eagles? Or those teams that found themselves in the 10-25 range in the women’s rankings?

We’ll get to that in a second. First, here’s how we get those rankings.

Scores in the National Team Computer Rankings were determined by the USTFCCCA computers using preseason event rankings that include the top marks of the recent NCAA indoor track & field seasons by returning student-athletes and the top marks of the young 2016 campaign. Marks from the outdoor season are not included, nor are marks from incoming freshmen until they compete in a collegiate meet.

The closer an athlete is to the top of his or her event rankings, the more points he or she earns toward the team total. Points from all applicable athletes are added up to determine team scores.

The point system used in the rankings is not the same as the scoring system used for the NCAA Championships.

A full breakdown of the national rankings methodology can be found here.

It should also be noted that the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referenced to as a “poll,” since no voting was conducted.

Men’s Breakdown

In the two-week span between rankings, UW-La Crosse actually fortified its spot atop the rankings.

Sophomore high jumper Brendan Deiss and senior sprinter Alex Koenen turned in strong performances this past weekend. Deiss cleared 2.14m (7-1/4) and is tied for third on the Division III National Descending Order List, while Koenen clocked a 6.83 in the 60 and is also third on the chart.

UW-Eau Claire moved up two spots from No. 4 to No. 2 and displaced UW-Oshkosh and North Central (Ill.) behind senior thrower Alex Mess and two junior distance runners (Nick Petersson and Josh Thorson). Mess is now ranked fifth in the weight throw, while Petersson and Thorson climbed their way up the leaderboard in the mile.

St. Olaf and UW-Whitewater each jumped multiple spots as well. The Lions went from No. 7 to No. 5 thanks to their squadron of distance runners (Jake Campbell, Joe Coffey and Paul Escher). Sophomore sprinter Parker Witt (fifth in the 60) and sophomore high jumper Robert Starnes (tied for third) pushed the Warhawks into the top-10 once again (No. 11 to No. 8).

St. John Fisher, out of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference, makes its first appearance in the top-10 in program history. The Cardinals moved up three spots from its preseason billing thanks to sophomore Mark Vanmarter in the long jump (third on the NDOL based off his leap last weekend) and senior Kyle Koehler in the shot put (fourth on the NDOL).

Other teams to make big jumps in the rankings include UW-Platteville (No. 24 to No. 14) and Wesley (No. 29 to No. 18). This is the Pioneers’ best ranking since 2013 when they hovered around the top-10 all season.

Women’s Breakdown

From top-ranked MIT to No. 9 Johns Hopkins, there weren’t any changes from the preseason rankings.

But after the Blue Jays is where the fun begins.

St. Lawrence, out of the Liberty League, jumped 10 spots from No. 20 to No. 10 behind senior Marisa Turner’s climb up the NDOL in the high jump. Turner is now ranked fourth in the event after her leap of 1.70m (5-7) two weeks ago. This is the Saints’ sixth time in the top-10 in program history.

UW-Eau Claire and Washington (Mo.) each rose two spots in the rankings. The Blugolds went from No. 13 to No. 11 after junior Sarah Glidden captured the second spot on the NDOL in the high jump. The Bears have sophomore mid-distance runner Emily Warner to thank after she jumped up to fifth in the 800 (2:13.39).

Other programs with notable increases include Buffalo State (No. 23 to No. 16), Nebraska Wesleyan (No. 21 to No. 17) and Middlebury (No. 30 to No. 25). This is Nebraska Wesleyan’s highest ranking since 2011 (15th).

Dual Meet Rankings

The first dual meet rankings of the season also came out and the MIT men and Ithaca College women are leading the way.

In the men’s rankings, MIT is one of three programs from New England in the top-3. The Engineers have 159.53 points, followed by Williams with 143.93 and Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with 133.75.

Over in the women’s rankings, Ithaca College (151.22) topped Williams (137.90) as well as MIT (137.28).

Here is an explanation on how these points are tallied. You can find the rankings here.

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

2016 Week #1 — January 26

next ranking: February 2
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 169.74 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (8th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 114.79 WIAC Chip Schneider (14th) 4
3 UW-Oshkosh 100.76 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st) 2
4 North Central (Ill.) 97.30 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (6th) 3
5 St. Olaf 90.15 MIAC Phil Lundin (8th) 7
6 Monmouth (Ill.) 77.64 Midwest Roger Haynes (33rd) 9
7 Mount Union 76.97 OAC Kevin Lucas (6th) 5
8 UW-Whitewater 76.17 WIAC Mike Johnson (7th) 11
9 Williams 69.09 NESCAC Ethan Barron (1st) 6
10 Saint John Fisher 57.64 Empire 8 Mike Henchen (4th) 13
11 UW-Stevens Point 52.14 WIAC Rick Witt (37th) 10
12 Ramapo 51.31 NJAC Mike Jackson (12th) 12
13 Rhode Island College 44.93 Little East Kevin Jackson (15th) 14
14 UW-Platteville 44.30 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (4th) 24
15 Tufts 43.10 NESCAC Joel Williams (1st) 17
16 Haverford 42.59 Centennial Tom Donnelly (41st) 16
17 Salisbury 39.98 CAC Jim Jones (17th) 19
18 Wesley 38.18 CAC Stephen Kimes (4th) 29
19 Widener 37.89 Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (29th) 15
20 Nazareth 37.31 Empire 8 James Goss (6th) 20
21 Central (Iowa) 36.58 IIAC Joe Dunham (8th) 18
22 Augustana (Ill.) 36.02 CCIW Paul Olsen (47th) 22
23 Ohio Wesleyan 35.59 NCAC Kris Boey (14th) 23
24 Baldwin Wallace 35.27 OAC Matthew Cole (1st) 25
25 Delaware Valley 34.11 Middle Atlantic Larry Hannon (4th) 21
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 587.72 6
2 NESCAC 190.04 2
3 CCIW 160.83 2
4 SUNYAC 142.24
5 OAC 135.32 2
6 MIAC 131.13 1
7 NJAC 116.09 1
8 Middle Atlantic 113.01 2
9 Midwest Conference 107.30 1
10 Empire 8 103.61 2

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic SUNY Cortland 271.91
Central Nebraska Wesleyan 331.12
Great Lakes Mount Union 234.93
Mideast Widener 193.27
Midwest North Central (Ill.) 369.24
New England MIT 399.00
South/Southeast Christopher Newport 524.76
West Whitworth 491.14
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2016 Week #1 — January 26

next ranking: February 2
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 MIT 178.98 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (9th) 1
2 Illinois Wesleyan 136.63 CCIW Chris Schumacher (19th) 2
3 UW-La Crosse 133.51 WIAC Pat Healy (25th) 3
4 UW-Oshkosh 98.22 WIAC Ben Dorsey (4th) 4
5 Baldwin Wallace 85.16 OAC Matthew Cole (1st) 5
6 Lehman 78.83 CUNYAC Pete Charles (4th) 6
7 Stevens 70.01 Empire 8 Justin Wood (4th) 7
8 Chicago 66.46 UAA Chris Hall (15th) 8
9 Johns Hopkins 60.61 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th) 9
10 St. Lawrence 58.61 Liberty League Kate Curran (8th) 20
11 UW-Eau Claire 55.46 WIAC Chip Schneider (10th) 13
12 Central (Iowa) 52.32 IIAC Joe Dunham (8th) 10
13 Washington (Mo.) 52.30 UAA Jeff Stiles (15th) 16
14 UW-Platteville 49.54 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (4th) 12
15 Ithaca 48.07 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (13th) 11
16 Buffalo State 45.84 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (16th) 23
17 Nebraska Wesleyan 45.42 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) 21
18 UW-Stout 44.92 WIAC Kyle Steiner (3rd) 15
19 Williams 43.85 NESCAC Nate Hoey (3rd) 17
20 SUNY Oneonta 42.99 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (3rd) 24
21 Cornell College 42.77 Midwest Dan Schofer (4th) 19
22 Eastern Mennonite 41.04 ODAC Jason Lewkowicz (5th) 18
23 Misericordia 39.27 Middle Atlantic Chris Wadas (10th) 27
24 Amherst 37.42 NESCAC Cassie Funke-Harris (4th) 22
25 Middlebury 37.05 NESCAC Martin Beatty (28th) 30
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 407.15 5
2 NESCAC 218.63 3
3 NEWMAC 204.87 1
4 CCIW 192.65 1
5 OAC 190.54 1
6 SUNYAC 155.64 2
7 Empire 8 139.48 2
8 UAA 126.05 2
9 IIAC 102.36 1
10 Centennial 95.39 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic SUNY Cortland 312.57
Central Nebraska Wesleyan 455.45
Great Lakes Mount Union 291.43
Mideast Johns Hopkins 301.45
Midwest Washington (Mo.) 291.69
New England Williams 396.15
South/Southeast Emory 616.16
West Whitworth 537.86
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