Not Much Changes In NCAA DIII Team Dual Meet Rankings
NEW ORLEANS — Last-chance meets didn’t shake up the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Team Dual Meet Rankings too much, especially at the top.
Both teams from UW-La Crosse sit atop their respective rankings, with the men holding a slim lead over Rowan and the women finding their lead narrowed over UW-Stout.
Looking first at the men’s rankings, the Eagles tallied 224.01 points compared to the Owls’ 221.33. Sitting behind Rowan is third-ranked Augustana (Ill.) with 220.84 points. Rounding out the top-5 are Williams (212.50) and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 211.61 points.
Over in the women’s rankings, the female version of the Eagles own a 17.28-point lead over the Titans. Following UW-La Crosse and UW-Stout are third-ranked North Central (Ill.), fourth-ranked Whitworth and fifth-ranked Ithaca.
The full rankings — including breakdowns by region, conference and head-to-head matchups — can be found on D3Rankings.us.
These rankings, compiled by Carnegie Mellon’s Gary Aldrich and released every Thursday 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 marks to the rankings.