2018 NCAA DIII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rankings – Preseason

NEW ORLEANSNorth Central (Ill.) and Rowan know a thing or two – or 11 – about winning NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team titles.

Since 1980, the Cardinals and Profs have combined for 11 national team titles. North Central (Ill.) last won in 2011, while Rowan’s last crown came in 1984 on the tail end of a five-peat.

Well, the Preseason National Team Rankings released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) see the Cardinals and Profs as the class of the division as they’re ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the first index of the 2018 season.

NCAA Division III National Team Computer Rankings – Men

1)USC 2)USC 3)USC 4)Georgia 5)Georgia
North Central (Ill.) Rowan UW-La Crosse Augustana (Ill.) UW-Stout
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North Central (Ill.), No. 1 for the first time in the preseason since 2013, is loaded across the board. The Cardinals have top-10 preseason marks in five events, including the steeple (Dan O’Keefe), 5000 (Dhruvil Patel and Nolan McKenna), 10000 (Matthew Norvell), 400 hurdles (Peyton Piron) and pole vault (Luke Winder and Dylan Kuipers).

Rowan, also No. 2 in the 2017 preseason, will rely on its hurdlers and jumpers to win its first team title in 34 years. The Profs have Bobby Cooks and Anthony Salemo, who are No. 1 and No. 2 in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, respectively, as well as Harrison Escoffery and Jeffery Jon Tucker, two of the best high jumpers and horizontal jumpers in the division.

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UW-La Crosse sits No. 3, its lowest ranking in the preseason since 2013 when it was fourth. The three-time defending champion Eagles lost some talent to graduation, yet still feature the likes of Ernest Winters in the sprints and Nathan Berg in the hammer throw.

Augustana (Ill.) comes in at No. 4, its best ranking in program history. The Vikings feature three athletes with top-5 preseason marks: Cody Wheeler in the hammer throw, Tanner Osing in the 5000 and Josh Vamamoto in the 400 hurdles.

UW-Stout is ranked a program-high fifth and can thank Sam Elsner for that. Elsner, the Outstanding Men’s Field Athlete of the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships, enters the season with the top hammer mark in the nation and is ranked third and fourth in the discus and shot put, respectively, using preseason marks.

There is a logjam in the rest of the top-10 as No. 6 UW-Whitewater, No. 7 Mount Union, No. 8 Benedictine (Ill.), No. 9 UW-Eau Claire and No. 10 St. John Fisher all sit within striking distance of each other.

Be sure to check back throughout the season in the lead up to the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships from May 24-26 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

NCAA Division III
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2018 Preseason - March 21st

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2017
FINAL
1north-central-illNORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)113.17CCIWMidwest11
2rowanROWAN112.14NJACAtlantic7
3uw-la-crosseUW-LA CROSSE96.52WIACMidwest1
4augustana-illAUGUSTANA (ILL.)92.50CCIWMidwest10
5uw-stoutUW-STOUT89.70WIACMidwest---
6uw-whitewaterUW-WHITEWATER89.38WIACMidwest2
7mount-unionMOUNT UNION86.07OACGreat Lakes3
8benedictine-illBENEDICTINE (ILL.)85.94NACCMidwest4
9uw-eau-claireUW-EAU CLAIRE82.99WIACMidwest5
10st-john-fisherST. JOHN FISHER76.51Empire 8Atlantic25
11hamlineHAMLINE69.39MIACCentral40
12george-foxGEORGE FOX69.37Northwest ConferenceWest7
13suny-cortlandSUNY CORTLAND66.32SUNYACAtlantic5
14mitMIT59.89NEWMACNew England72
15calvinCALVIN55.44Michigan IntercollegiateGreat Lakes20
16birmingham-southernBIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN50.04SAASouth/Southeast14
17uw-oshkoshUW-OSHKOSH47.63WIACMidwest51
18tuftsTUFTS45.94NESCACNew England16
19suny-geneseoSUNY GENESEO45.40SUNYACAtlantic27
20batesBATES44.24NESCACNew England---
21williamsWILLIAMS42.63NESCACNew England13
22greenvilleGREENVILLE37.87SLIACMidwest27
23uw-stevens-pointUW-STEVENS POINT37.36WIACMidwest15
24texas-lutheranTEXAS LUTHERAN36.29SCACSouth/Southeast42
25pomona-pitzerPOMONA-PITZER34.85SCIACWest51

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field

2018 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConfernce TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
PreseasonWed 3/21
MEN | WOMEN
March 1: First Qualifying Date
Week 1Tue 4/3
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 4/3
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Week 2Tue 4/10
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 4/10
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 4/10
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 4/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 4/17
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 4/17
MEN | WOMEN
April 20-21: Conference Championships Weekend I
Week 4Tue 4/24
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 4/24
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 4/24
MEN | WOMEN
April 27-29: Conference Championships Weekend II
Week 5Tue 5/1
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 5/1
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Tue 5/1
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May 3-6: Conference Championships Weekend III
Week 6Tue 5/8
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 5/8
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Tue 5/8
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May 10-12: Conference Championships Weekend IV
Week 7Tue 5/15
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 5/15
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Tue 5/15
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May 17: Last Qualifying Date
Week 8Mon 5/21
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/21
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Mon 5/21
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FINAL ResultsSat 5/26
MEN | WOMEN
May 24-26: NCAA DIII Champs (La Crosse, Wis.)
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