Favorites Remain Entrenched At Top Of NCAA DIII National Team Rankings

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

March 7, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — With the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships set for this weekend, it’s time to take one final look at the National Team Computer Rankings.

NCAA Division III National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Texas A&M 2)Texas A&M 3)Oregon 4)Texas 5)Texas
UW-Eau Claire UW-La Crosse UW-Whitewater Monmouth (Ill.) North Central (Ill.)
155.71 pts 144.50 pts 119.83 pts 112.24 pts 82.84 pts
View Complete Men’s National Team Rankings

 

NCAA Division III National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Texas 2)Oregon 3)Oregon 4)Texas A&M 5)Oregon
Illinois-Wesleyan UW-La Crosse MIT Baldwin Wallace Washington (Mo.)
127.81 pts 115.86 pts 108.27 pts 96.54 pts 95.96 pts
View Complete Women’s National Team Rankings

 

In the most recent version that was released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the UW-Eau Claire men and the Illinois Wesleyan women were established as the favorites to win their respective gender’s team titles in Grinnell, Iowa.

The pre-championships edition of the National Team Computer Rankings are based soley on entry lists to the NCAA meet and that gives a strong idea as to why the Blugolds and Titans were the top-ranked programs.

Illinois Wesleyan nabbed 11 accepted entires, the most of any women’s team in DIII. The Titans will compete across five disciplines (sprint/hurdles, distance, relays, jumps, combined events) with two of those (sprints/hurdles and jumps) seeing four of their athletes in them. Based off the lists, IWU should receive a healthy dose of scoring from Nia Joiner (No. 1 in the 60, No. 14 in the long jump) and Jill Harmon (No. 2 in the triple jump, No. 4 in the pentathlon, No. 9 in the 60 hurdles).

More Info

Track & Field Academy
Click below to see the full:

NATIONAL PDFs
Top 25 | By Team | By Event
Top TFRRS Qualifiers
# of Top-10 Athletes by Team

CHAMPIONSHIPS
Entry Breakdown By Team

EVENT SQUAD RANKINGS
By Event | By Team

Rankings History
By Rank | By Team | All-Time

Division III Rankings Home

While UW-Eau Claire had the second most entries among men’s teams (10, compared to UW-La Crosse‘s 14), the Blugolds packed certain events. UW-Eau Claire’s standout distance trio of Darin Lau, Nick Petersson and Josh Thorson litter the 3000 and 5000, while Petersson and Thorson are both members of the Blugolds’ top-ranked DMR team. Alex Mess, the top-seeded male in the shot put and second-ranked competitor in the weight throw, can add huge points to UW-Eau Claire’s tally.

Behind both Illinois Wesleyan and UW-Eau Claire is UW-La Crosse. The Eagles have been incredibly successful at the NCAA meet, capturing 18 national titles including back-to-back men’s crowns in 2013-14 and the women’s championship last year.

For the UW-La Crosse men, the team will rely heavily upon its sprinters and mid-distance runners as they make up nine of the 14 entries. Let’s not forget about Brendan Deiss, who is the top-seeded high jumper, either.

On the flip side, the Eagle women have the top-seeded athlete at 200 meters (Meg Heafy) and athletes spread out across five disciplines with multiples in three of those.

The top-5 in the men’s rankings behind UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse remained unchanged. UW-Whitewater is still ranked No. 3, while Monmouth (Ill.) and North Central (Ill.) come in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

There were a few changes in the women’s top-5, however, as MIT and Baldwin Wallace both jumped two spots. The Engineers, who went from No. 5 to No. 3, have seven entries at NCAAs, while the Yellow Jackets (No. 6 to No. 4) nabbed six.

One of the biggest movers in the top half of the men’s rankings was that of UW-Oshkosh. The Titans climbed five spots from No. 11 last week to No. 6 this week thanks to seven NCAA entries, including a pair of top-2 seeds in the 800 (Wal Khat) and shot put (Zachary Baehman).

In the women’s rankings, what Bowdoin did is nothing short of impressive. The Polar Bears went from outside the top-25 last week to No. 11 this week, the best mark in program history. What allowed Bowdoin to soar? Well, two of its three entires at the NCAA meet are ranked in the top-5 of their respective events — Sarah Kelly (mile) and Addison Carvajal (pentathlon).

The Polar Bears were one of four teams in the women’s rankings to move more than 10 spots. The others are Williams (up 10 to No. 16), Ohio Wesleyan (up 14 to No. 20) and RPI (up 17 to No. 23).

The team that crept up the men’s rankings the most was SUNY Geneseo. The Knights were No. 24 last week and are No. 15 this week and have three NCAA entries.

Be sure to check back throughout the week as we preview the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2016 Week #7 — March 7 (pre-championships)

next ranking: FINAL, NCAA Championships, March 11-12 (Grinnell, Iowa)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-Eau Claire 155.71 WIAC Chip Schneider (14th) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 144.50 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (8th) 2
3 UW-Whitewater 119.83 WIAC Mike Johnson (7th) 3
4 Monmouth (Ill.) 112.24 Midwest Roger Haynes (33rd) 4
5 North Central (Ill.) 82.84 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (6th) 5
6 UW-Oshkosh 78.70 WIAC Ben Dorsey (1st) 11
7 UW-Stevens Point 77.15 WIAC Rick Witt (37th) 6
8 Wesley 76.06 CAC Stephen Kimes (4th) 10
9 SUNY Cortland 73.94 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (9th) 8
10 Williams 70.05 NESCAC Ethan Barron (1st) 9
11 St. Olaf 63.22 MIAC Phil Lundin (8th) 7
12 MIT 56.07 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (26th) 13
13 Tufts 55.16 NESCAC Joel Williams (1st) 15
14 Mount Union 51.99 OAC Kevin Lucas (6th) 14
15 SUNY Geneseo 51.26 SUNYAC Chris Popovici (2nd) 24
16 Widener 47.82 Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (29th) 16
17 Washington (Mo.) 44.63 UAA Jeff Stiles (15th) 22
18 UW-Platteville 44.59 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (4th) 21
19 UW-River Falls 44.21 WIAC Danielle Douglas (2nd) 19
20 Wheaton (Ill.) 43.81 CCIW Scott Bradley (16th) 17
21 Central (Iowa) 42.39 IIAC Joe Dunham (8th) 20
22 Haverford 40.92 Centennial Tom Donnelly (41st) 12
23 Benedictine (Ill.) 38.93 NACC (0th) 31
24 UW-Stout 38.61 WIAC Kyle Steiner (3rd) 18
25 Augustana (Ill.) 37.18 CCIW Paul Olsen (47th) 23
Dropped out: No. 25 Stockton
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 703.29 8
2 NESCAC 216.97 2
3 SUNYAC 211.67 2
4 CCIW 183.72 3
5 UAA 140.66 1
6 CAC 128.55 1
7 MIAC 118.41 1
8 Midwest Conference 114.24 1
9 OAC 80.42 1
10 Empire 8 79.03

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders (FINAL)
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic SUNY Cortland 247.44 1
Central St. Thomas (Minn.) 263.26 4
Great Lakes Mount Union 288.11 1
Mideast Widener 361.53 1
Midwest UW-La Crosse 416.30 1
New England MIT 421.90 1
South/Southeast Christopher Newport 456.85 1
West George Fox 453.17 1
View All Regional Rankings

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III

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

2016 Week #7 — March 7 (pre-championships)

next ranking: FINAL, NCAA Championships, March 11-12 (Grinnell, Iowa)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Illinois Wesleyan 127.81 CCIW Chris Schumacher (19th) 1
2 UW-La Crosse 115.86 WIAC Pat Healy (25th) 2
3 MIT 108.27 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (9th) 5
4 Baldwin Wallace 96.54 OAC Matthew Cole (1st) 6
5 Washington (Mo.) 95.96 UAA Jeff Stiles (15th) 3
6 UW-Eau Claire 93.50 WIAC Chip Schneider (10th) 4
7 Nebraska Wesleyan 73.47 Great Plains Ted Bulling (29th) 8
8 Stevens 71.78 Empire 8 Justin Wood (4th) 9
9 SUNY Oneonta 67.68 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (3rd) 7
10 Ithaca 57.24 Empire 8 Jennifer Potter (13th) 15
11 Bowdoin 56.97 NESCAC Peter Slovenski (30th) 29
12 St. Lawrence 55.24 Liberty League Kate Curran (8th) 10
13 St. Norbert 52.97 Midwest Conference Don Augustine (9th) 17
14 UW-Stout 50.47 WIAC Kyle Steiner (3rd) 11
15 Central (Iowa) 49.46 IIAC Joe Dunham (8th) 23
16 Williams 48.38 NESCAC Nate Hoey (3rd) 26
17 UW-Platteville 47.63 WIAC Chris Rotzenberg (4th) 12
18 Denison 46.12 NCAC Mark FitzPatrick (5th) 20
19 Southern Maine 42.97 Little East George Towle (19th) 22
20 Ohio Wesleyan 42.37 NCAC Kris Boey (14th) 34
21 Chicago 40.36 UAA Chris Hall (15th) 13
22 North Central (Ill.) 40.33 CCIW Kari Kluckhohn (13th) 16
23 RPI 37.45 Liberty League Colin Tory (16th) 40
24 Johns Hopkins 36.89 Centennial Bobby Van Allen (17th) 28
25 Oberlin 36.83 NCAC Ray Appenheimer (10th) 33
Dropped out: No. 14 UW-Oshkosh, No. 18 Middlebury, No. 19 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 21 Rowan, No. 24 Buffalo State, No. 25 Wartburg
View All Teams Beyond the Top 25

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 WIAC 377.53 4
2 NESCAC 197.96 2
3 CCIW 193.89 2
4 SUNYAC 175.69 1
5 OAC 164.05 1
6 NCAC 158.94 3
7 NEWMAC 157.25 1
8 UAA 150.88 2
9 Empire 8 144.20 2
10 IIAC 102.36 1

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders (FINAL)
Region Institution Points Last Week
Atlantic SUNY Oneonta 293.86 1
Central Nebraska Wesleyan 344.91 1
Great Lakes Ohio Wesleyan 286.52 4
Mideast Johns Hopkins 342.45 1
Midwest Illinois Wesleyan 304.05 1
New England MIT 423.85 1
South/Southeast Emory 531.52 1
West Whitworth 474.60 1
View All Regional Rankings