UW-La Crosse No. 1 in Men’s & Women’s Post-Indoor Dual Meet Rankings
NEW ORLEANS — The final NCAA Division III National Dual Meet Rankings of the indoor track & field season were released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
In these rankings, that are compiled by Carnegie Mellon’s Gary Aldrich, both the men and women from UW-La Crosse maintained their top billing from the previous week.
Starting with the men’s rankings, the Eagles improved their score by a slim margin (187.45 to 187.58) following a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. Meet champion UW-Eau Claire was second in these rankings (182.42), followed by UW-Stevens Point (181.43), Augustana College (181.40) and national runner-up UW-Whitewater (181.37).
Over in the women’s rankings, UW-La Crosse edged UW-Eau Claire 186.39 to 184.17. Wrapping up the indoor season in a distant third was UW-Oshkosh (180.95), followed by Ithaca College in fourth (180.01) and MIT in fifth (177.80).
These rankings 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.