New No. 1 Rises In NCAA DIII Men’s ITF Week 4 Rankings
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NEW ORLEANS — The countdown is on until the start of the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in Naperville, Illinois.
We’re less than four weeks away and if the latest National Team Computer Rankings are correct, host North Central (Ill.) should hold the team trophy high above its heads come the end of competition on March 11. That’s because the Cardinals are the No. 1 team in the nation according to the latest rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
NCAA Division III National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men
|North Central (Ill.)||MIT||Benedictine (Ill.)||UW-Whitewater||UW-La Crosse|
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North Central (Ill.) jumped five spots from No. 6 and is No. 1 for the 19th time in program history — first since Week 4 of 2015, though. If the Cardinals do win the national title, it would put them that much closer to the Triple Crown.
So what propelled North Central (Ill.) ahead? Its distance runners and prized vaulter Luke Winder are a great start, but the 4×400 relay team provided the rocket fuel. The Cardinals’ quartet recently ran the 2nd fastest time in NCAA DIII this season (3:20.84).
MIT remained in 2nd position, but Benedictine (Ill.) moved up from No. 4 to No. 3. The Eagles have several athletes ranked in the top-5 nationally, including Matt Fleming and Roman Hill in the long jump as well as Luther Newburn in the triple jump. That ties a program record mark for Benedictine (Ill.) as it was No. 3 in Week 1.
Former No. 1 UW-La Crosse fell to No. 5 after losing 63.72 points in the rankings. The Eagles were helped by past-season marks until the Week 4 billing, which is the first one where past-season marks are thrown out and currently Descending Order Lists are king.
There are three new teams to the top-10 — No. 7 UW-Oshkosh, No. 8 Tufts and No. 9 Middlebury — and none jumped more spots than the 9th-ranked Panthers.
A major reason why Middlebury went from No. 52 to No. 9 is because of its DMR team. The quartet got the baton around in 9:46.95, which set a new NCAA DIII record. Would you also believe that No. 9 is a ranking record for the Panthers?
Further down in the rankings, six teams jumped more than 10 spots.
SUNY Geneseo went from No. 29 to No. 19.
UW-River Falls went from No. 33 to No. 20.
Bates went from No. 35 to No. 21, its best billing in nearly two years.
Dubuque went from No. 34 to No. 22, its best mark since 2015.
TCNJ went from No. 60 to No. 23, its best mark since Week 7 of 2011.
Ohio Northern went from No. 36 to No. 24, its best rank in program history.
Check back throughout the season to see how much the National Team Computer Rankings change ahead of the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in mid-March.
Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2017 Week #4 — February 14
|next ranking: February 21|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||North Central (Ill.)||114.48||CCIW||Frank Gramarosso (7th)||6|
|2||MIT||105.16||NEWMAC||Halston Taylor (27th)||2|
|3||Benedictine (Ill.)||104.76||NACC||Kevin Paterson (3rd)||4|
|4||UW-Whitewater||96.18||WIAC||Mike Johnson (8th)||3|
|5||UW-La Crosse||87.77||WIAC||Josh Buchholtz (9th)||1|
|6||UW-Stevens Point||87.37||WIAC||Rick Witt (38th)||9|
|7||UW-Oshkosh||83.35||WIAC||Mary Theisen (1st)||12|
|8||Tufts||81.80||NESCAC||Joel Williams (2nd)||13|
|9||Middlebury||81.51||NESCAC||Martin Beatty (29th)||51|
|10||SUNY Cortland||76.11||SUNYAC||Steve Patrick (10th)||8|
|11||Mount Union||69.05||OAC||Kevin Lucas (7th)||16|
|12||UW-Platteville||67.80||WIAC||Chris Rotzenberg (5th)||10|
|13||Rowan||64.02||NJAC||Dustin Dimit (3rd)||17|
|14||Christopher Newport||59.42||CAC||Tyler Wingard (11th)||23|
|15||Williams||56.63||NESCAC||Ethan Barron (2nd)||14|
|16||Johns Hopkins||55.03||Centennial||Bobby Van Allen (18th)||20|
|17||UW-Eau Claire||54.14||WIAC||Chip Schneider (15th)||7|
|18||Aurora||49.20||NACC||Brandon Sturman (1st)||25|
|19||SUNY Geneseo||48.10||SUNYAC||Chris Popovici (3rd)||29|
|20||UW-River Falls||40.82||WIAC||Danielle Douglas (2nd)||33|
|21||Bates||40.60||NESCAC||Al Fereshetian (22nd)||35|
|22||Dubuque||38.03||IIAC||Chad Gunnelson (5th)||34|
|23||TCNJ||36.09||NJAC||Justin Lindsey (4th)||60|
|24||Ohio Northern||36.01||OAC||Jason Maus (11th)||36|
|25||Augustana (Ill.)||35.07||CCIW||Paul Olsen (48th)||15|
|dropped out: No. 5 Wesley, No. 11 Widener, No. 18 Washington (Mo.), No. 19 Ramapo, No. 21 Monmouth (Ill.), No. 22 Puget Sound, No. 24 Hamline|
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|Men’s Conference Index Top 10|
|Rank||Conference||Points||Top 25 Teams|
|Men’s Regional Ranking Leaders|
|Central||St. Thomas (Minn.)||362.37||1|
|Great Lakes||Mount Union||432.97||1|
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|Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)|
|Event||Institution||Squad Average||Squad Total|
|60 Meters||UW-La Crosse||6.94||27.74|
|200 Meters||UW-La Crosse||22.41||1:29.64|
|400 Meters||Mount Union||49.93||3:19.72|
|5000 Meters||North Central (Ill.)||14:39.80||58:39.18|
|60 Meter Hurdles||Mount Union||8.34||33.35|
|Pole Vault||North Central (Ill.)||4.90m||16-¾||19.58m||64-2¾|
|Long Jump||Benedictine (Ill.)||7.28m||23-10½||29.11m||95-6¼|
|Triple Jump||Benedictine (Ill.)||14.38m||47-2¼||57.52m||188-8|
|Weight Throw||UW-La Crosse||17.52m||57-5¾||70.06m||229-10|