NCAA DIII Indoor Team Dual Meet Rankings – February 18
By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA
February 18, 2016
NEW ORLEANS – The races for the titles of “Top Dual Meet Team” in NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field continue to heat up with now less than a month left in the season.
The MIT men and UW-La Crosse women remain atop the latest NCAA Division III Team Dual Meet Rankings announced Thursday, but the chase pack in pursuit continues to simultaneously grow and gain ground.
MIT checked in with 177.36 points (more on the points in a moment), with four more teams within 10 points. Augustana (Ill.) moved up a spot to No. 2 with 174.28, followed by No. 3 UW-Whitewater (173.61), No. 4 Tufts (171.25) and No. 5 UW-Eau Claire (169.43).
UW-La Crosse’s women once again claimed the top spot with 173.30 points, narrowly edging out No. 2 MIT’s 172.10 total. No. 3 Ithaca College (171.99) and No. 4 UW-Eau Claire (170.35) remain exceptionally close. Nebraska Wesleyan (161.61) rounded out the top five.
The full rankings – including breakdowns by region, conference and head-to-head match-up – can be found below and on D3Rankings.us.
These rankings, compiled by Carnegie Mellon’s Gary Aldrich and released every Wednesday during the season, differ from the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings in one important respect.
While the USTFCCCA Rankings are designed to forecast how programs might fare at the NCAA Championships, these Team Dual Meet Rankings are indicative of how full teams with two athletes per event would fare in head-to-head competition.
Scores are the sums of all points earned by a team in each event. Only two athletes per team may be considered in each event (and one relay team per event), and an athlete can only be used in up to three events, excluding relays. Points are based on the best marks by those athletes in the current season.
Programs must be a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to be eligible for the rankings. You can check your membership status here. In addition, a member of that program’s coaching staff has to submit the rankings