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.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III
Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Rankings

2018 Preseason - March 21st

RANK   TEAM & INFO PTS 2017
FINAL
1 north-central-ill NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)
Midwest Region
CCIW (1)
Frank Gramarosso (8th)
113.17 11
2 rowan ROWAN
Atlantic Region
NJAC (1)
Dustin Dimit (4th)
112.14 7
3 uw-la-crosse UW-LA CROSSE
Midwest Region
WIAC (1)
Josh Buchholtz (10th)
96.52 1
4 augustana-ill AUGUSTANA (ILL.)
Midwest Region
CCIW
Paul Olsen (49th)
92.50 10
5 uw-stout UW-STOUT
Midwest Region
WIAC
Kyle Steiner (5th)
89.70 ---
6 uw-whitewater UW-WHITEWATER
Midwest Region
WIAC
Mike Johnson (9th)
89.38 2
7 mount-union MOUNT UNION
Great Lakes Region
OAC (1)
Kevin Lucas (8th)
86.07 3
8 benedictine-ill BENEDICTINE (ILL.)
Midwest Region
NACC
Kevin Paterson (4th)
85.94 4
9 uw-eau-claire UW-EAU CLAIRE
Midwest Region
WIAC
Chip Schneider (16th)
82.99 5
10 st-john-fisher ST. JOHN FISHER
Atlantic Region
Empire 8 (1)
Mike Henchen (6th)
76.51 25
11 hamline HAMLINE
Central Region
MIAC
Paul Schmaedeke (27th)
69.39 40
12 george-fox GEORGE FOX
West Region
Northwest Conference (1)
John Smith (12th)
69.37 7
13 suny-cortland SUNY CORTLAND
Atlantic Region
SUNYAC
Steve Patrick (11th)
66.32 5
14 mit MIT
New England Region
NEWMAC (1)
Halston Taylor (28th)
59.89 72
15 calvin CALVIN
Great Lakes Region
Michigan Intercollegiate (1)
Bret Otte (9th)
55.44 20
16 birmingham-southern BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN
South/Southeast Region
SAA
Kenneth Cox (9th)
50.04 14
17 uw-oshkosh UW-OSHKOSH
Midwest Region
WIAC
Justin Kinseth (1st)
47.63 51
18 tufts TUFTS
New England Region
NESCAC
Joel Williams (3rd)
45.94 16
19 suny-geneseo SUNY GENESEO
Atlantic Region
SUNYAC (1)
Chris Popovici (4th)
45.40 27
20 bates BATES
New England Region
NESCAC
Al Fereshetian (23rd)
44.24 ---
21 williams WILLIAMS
New England Region
NESCAC
Ethan Barron (3rd)
42.63 13
22 greenville GREENVILLE
Midwest Region
SLIAC (1)
Brian Patton (24th)
37.87 27
23 uw-stevens-point UW-STEVENS POINT
Midwest Region
WIAC
Brett Witt (4th)
37.36 15
24 texas-lutheran TEXAS LUTHERAN
South/Southeast Region
SCAC (1)
Darlene Holland (3rd)
36.29 42
25 pomona-pitzer POMONA-PITZER
West Region
SCIAC (1)
Jordan Carpenter (1st)
34.85 51

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Men's Conference Index Top 10
RankConferencePointsTop 25 Teams
1WIAC456.356
2CCIW276.812
3NESCAC213.813
4OAC203.401
5MIAC183.501
6NJAC183.111
7IIAC146.48
8SUNYAC131.962
9Northwest Conference119.811
10NEWMAC105.111

 

Men's Regional Index Leaders
RegionInstitutionPointsLast Week
Atlantic(returns April 3)
Central(returns April 3)
Great Lakes(returns April 3)
Mideast(returns April 3)
Midwest(returns April 3)
New England(returns April 3)
South/Southeast(returns April 3)
West(returns April 3)
 
 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field

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