Winds Of Change Impact NCAA DIII Women’s ITF Rankings
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
February 28, 2017
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NEW ORLEANS — The winds of change swept through the NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings on Tuesday.
There was a changing of the guard on top and a new team in the top-5 when the most recent rankings were released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Washington (Mo.) ousted MIT as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Bears had been ranked No. 2 since Week 1 when they fell from the No. 1 spot, but return to the top spot for the second time in program history.
NCAA Division III National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women
After the UAA Indoor Championships, Washington (Mo.) has five athletes ranked in the top-5 of seven events and two top-billed relay teams. Those athletes are Daisy Ogede (60, 3rd; 200, 3rd; 60 hurdles, 3rd), Rebecca Ridderhoff (400, 3rd), Annalise Wagner (800, 4th), Ashley Knudson (800, 5th) and Alison Lindsay (3000, 2nd). The Bears have the No. 1 4×400 team and the best DMR in the nation.
The formerly top-ranked Engineers dropped one spot to No. 2 and are followed by Williams and Ithaca in their customary spots at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Bates moved up four spots from No. 9 to No. 5 to join the top-5.
The Bobcats were buoyed by Allison Hill and their DMR team. Hill is now the top-ranked woman in the 60 hurdles (8.67) and the DMR squad moved up to 3rd in the nation after this past weekend (11:48.59).
Two teams climbed 10 or more spots to join the top-15 – UW-Stevens Point (No. 21 to No. 10) and St. Norbert (No. 22 to No. 12). The Pointers matched their best ranking in program history (10th in Week 4 of 2010), while the Green Knights were ranked this high back in Week 5 of last year.
Big jumps were the buzz word in the rankings as four others moved up more than 10 spots in the bottom of the top-25.
Colby went from No. 31 to a program record No. 19.
UMass Boston went from No. 33 to a program record No. 20 after Wadeline Jonathas notched the nation’s best time over 400 meters (55.18).
Dubuque went from No. 38 to a program record No. 21 and is led by junior thrower Tanasha Atwater (2nd, shot put; 3rd, weight throw).
Chicago went from No. 40 to No. 23.
Many of these aforementioned athletes and teams will be competing at the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in Naperville, Illinois from March 10-11 on the campus of North Central (Ill.).
USTFCCCA NCAA Division III
Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2017 Week #6 — February 28
|next ranking: MONDAY, March 6 (pre-championships)|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||Washington (Mo.)||173.55||UAA||Jeff Stiles (16th)||2|
|2||MIT||105.91||NEWMAC||Halston Taylor (10th)||1|
|3||Williams||87.69||NESCAC||Nate Hoey (4th)||3|
|4||Ithaca||87.38||Empire 8||Jennifer Potter (14th)||4|
|5||Bates||86.57||NESCAC||Jay Hartshorn (12th)||9|
|6||Ohio Northern||79.15||OAC||Jason Maus (11th)||6|
|7||SUNY Geneseo||71.82||SUNYAC||Chris Popovici (3rd)||7|
|8||UW-Whitewater||68.78||WIAC||Mike Johnson (6th)||5|
|9||UW-Platteville||67.73||WIAC||Chris Rotzenberg (5th)||13|
|10||UW-Stevens Point||61.77||WIAC||Brett Witt (3rd)||21|
|11||George Fox||59.21||Northwest||John Smith (11th)||11|
|12||St. Norbert||57.21||Midwest||Don Augustine (10th)||22|
|13||Johns Hopkins||55.81||Centennial||Bobby Van Allen (18th)||10|
|14||Otterbein||53.84||OAC||Dara Ford (3rd)||12|
|15||Bridgewater (Va.)||52.99||ODAC||Brian Flynn (2nd)||14|
|16||Misericordia||45.53||Middle Atlantic||Chris Wadas (11th)||17|
|17||Carthage||43.48||CCIW||Stephanie Domin (16th)||24|
|18||UW-Oshkosh||43.44||WIAC||Mary Theisen (1st)||8|
|19||Colby||41.77||NESCAC||Dave Cusano (2nd)||31|
|20||UMass Boston||41.53||Little East||Consandria Walker (7th)||33|
|21||Dubuque||41.33||IIAC||Chad Gunnelson (5th)||38|
|22||Middlebury||40.39||NESCAC||Martin Beatty (29th)||28|
|23||Chicago||40.19||UAA||Chris Hall (16th)||40|
|24||UW-Stout||39.97||WIAC||Kyle Steiner (4th)||32|
|25||Nebraska Wesleyan||39.86||IIAC||Ted Bulling (30th)||20|
|dropped out: No. 15 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 16 UW-Eau Claire, No. 18 Aurora, No. 19 Loras, No. 23 Oberlin, No. 25 Greenville|
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|Women’s Conference Index Top 10|
|Rank||Conference||Points||Top 25 Teams|
|Women’s Regional Ranking Leaders|
|Great Lakes||Mount Union||292.30||1|
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|Women’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)|
|Event||Institution||Squad Average||Squad Total|
|60 Meters||Mount Union||7.87||31.46|
|200 Meters||Mount Union||25.76||1:43.05|
|400 Meters||Nebraska Wesleyan||57.69||3:50.75|
|800 Meters||UW-La Crosse||2:17.57||9:10.27|
|3000 Meters||Johns Hopkins||9:56.99||39:47.98|
|5000 Meters||Johns Hopkins||17:25.22||1:9:40.88|
|60 Meter Hurdles||Washington (Mo.)||9.09||36.37|
|Pole Vault||UW-La Crosse||3.56m||11-8||14.24m||46-8½|
|Long Jump||SUNY Geneseo||5.57m||18-3¼||22.27m||73-¾|