UW-La Crosse Holds Down Top Spot In Final NCAA DIII Dual Meet Rankings Of Regular Season
NEW ORLEANS — The final NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Team Dual Meet Rankings of the regular season were released Wednesday and lo and behold, both UW-La Crosse teams remained on top.
In the men’s rankings, the Eagles held off a spirited charge by Augustana (Ill.) and Rowan. UW-La Crosse totaled 225.84 points, compared to 222.50 for the Vikings and 221.33 for the Owls.
Rounding out the top-5 in the men’s rankings were Williams and St. Thomas (Minn.).
Over in the women’s rankings, the Eagles nabbed the top spot well ahead of runner-up UW-Stout. UW-La Crosse tallied 220.99 points, while the Blue Devils came through with 206.43.
Settling in behind UW-La Crosse and UW-Stout were Ithaca (204.17), North Central (Ill.) with 203.67 points and fifth-ranked Whitworth (202.00).
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.