2019 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – It appears to be a two-horse race out of the gate for the team titles in NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field and NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field.

If the Preseason Edition of the National Rating Index has its say, UW-Oshkosh will try to hold off a strong effort from North Central (Ill.) for the men’s title, while Williams will have its hands full trying to fend off Washington (Mo.) for the women’s crown.

NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Rating Index Top 5 – Men

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Syracuse)
UW-Oshkosh North Central (Ill.) Mount Union MIT Christopher Newport

NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Rating Index Top 5 – Women

1)Syracuse) 2)Syracuse) 3)Syracuse) 4)Syracuse) 5)Syracuse)
Williams Washington (Mo.) Johns Hopkins MIT Loras

A No. 1 ranking is nothing new for one of those teams, as the Ephs were the top-ranked squad five times in 2018. The Titans are in fairly new territory as they haven’t been the national No. 1 since Week 3 of the 2013 season.

The 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 9-10 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Men’s Story

UW-Oshkosh is looking for its first national title since 2009 and wants that trophy to be theirs alone. Back in 2009, the Titans shared the team title with UW-La Crosse after both teams finished with 32 points at the NCAA meet. UW-Oshkosh is hoping that a team effort can get it to that point as seven different athletes are expected to score big points for them at the NCAA meet in 2019: Justin Skinkis (800), Ryan Powers (200/400), Roman Hill (long jump), Erik Schwandt (60), Jonathan Wilburn (triple jump), Johnny Auer (long jump) and Joe Vils (pole vault).

North Central (Ill.) is expected to spread the wealth around a little bit between disciplines. The Cardinals return Luke Winder for one season, as he was granted a hardship waiver to compete during the indoor campaign only. Winder is the NCAA DIII record holder in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. You can’t forget about North Central (Ill.)’s distance corps either, as Dhruvil Patel, Matthew Norvell and Nolan McKenna are likely to be in the running for individual titles come March. The Cardinals will also have Peyton Piron as an individual title threat in the 400.

Defending national champion Mount Union is slotted at No. 3 to begin the season. The Purple Raiders return a plethora of talent from last year’s team, including Louis Berry and Mason Plant, who won NCAA individual titles in the 60 and 60 hurdles, respectively. Don’t overlook what Matt Keim can do in the pole vault or what A.J. Digby is capable of in the 400, either.

MIT is the last podium threat on the men’s side according to the computers. The Engineers, who have only been ranked in the preseason top-5 twice since 2010, own top-ranked athletes in both the triple jump (Yorai Shaoul) and the 3000 (Dennis Maloney).

Women’s Story

Williams finished runner-up last year and is hungry to win its first indoor national title since 2007. The Ephs will combine a strong presence in the field with a blossoming mid-distance group. Emma Egan and Summer-Solstice Thomas are ranked No.1 and No. 3 in the high jump, respectively, while Izabelle Ith and the aforementioned Thomas come at No. 5 in the long jump and pentathlon, respectively. Anna Passannante is a top-3 threat in the 800 and Audrey Rustad is seeking big points in the mile.

Washington (Mo.) is only 5.55 points off the lead thanks to high expectations of Eka Jose, Paige Lawler, Heidi Nassos and J’Laan Pittman. Jose is ranked No. 1 in the triple jump according to the TFRI with her leap of 12.29m (40-4) earlier this season. She is also among the leaders in the long jump. Lawler is ranked No. 1 in the 5000, while Nassos sits No. 2 in the pole vault. Pittman opened the season with a mark of 8.80 in the 60 hurdles, which has her third nationally.

It’s a neck-and-neck race for third place in the preseason as Johns Hopkins and MIT are only separated by 0.20 points. The third-ranked Blue Jays own the edge thanks to high projections for Felicia Koerner in both the 3000 and 5000, Maya Hammonds in the long jump and Therese Olshanski in the mile. The fourth-ranked Engineers counter with the No. 1 and No. 2 pole vaulters in the nation (Jacqueline Ahrens and Kari Stromhaug), as well as the No. 2 runner at 800 (Bailey Tregoning) and the No. 3 miler (Marissa McPhillips).

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

2019 Preseason - January 10th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2018
FINAL
1uw-oshkoshUW-OSHKOSH163.22WIACMidwest28
2north-central-illNORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)159.48CCIWMidwest2
3mount-unionMOUNT UNION115.63OACGreat Lakes1
4mitMIT110.51IndependentNew England18
5christopher-newportCHRISTOPHER NEWPORT90.03CACSouth/Southeast8
6dubuqueDUBUQUE81.17American RiversCentral19
7uw-la-crosseUW-LA CROSSE76.91WIACMidwest5
8uw-stevens-pointUW-STEVENS POINT60.95WIACMidwest16
9uw-whitewaterUW-WHITEWATER60.89WIACMidwest16
10haverfordHAVERFORD59.23CentennialMideast13
11williamsWILLIAMS51.72NESCACNew England34
12st-john-fisherST. JOHN FISHER49.55Empire 8Atlantic9
13uw-eau-claireUW-EAU CLAIRE49.06WIACMidwest4
14central-iowaCENTRAL (IOWA)49.00American RiversCentral9
15baldwin-wallaceBALDWIN WALLACE48.87OACGreat Lakes67
16amherstAMHERST37.20NESCACNew England55
17tuftsTUFTS36.99NESCACNew England13
18southern-maineSOUTHERN MAINE35.86Little EastNew England---
19hamlineHAMLINE34.80MIACCentral43
20nebraska-wesleyanNEBRASKA WESLEYAN33.69American RiversCentral55
21uw-plattevilleUW-PLATTEVILLE33.00WIACMidwest67
22augsburgAUGSBURG32.40MIACCentral60
23rowanROWAN32.24NJACAtlantic3
24wartburgWARTBURG32.10American RiversCentral34
25montclair-stateMONTCLAIR STATE31.78NJACAtlantic67
NCAA Division III
Women's Indoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2019 Preseason - January 10th

Top 25 Teams
VIEW ALL TEAMS
National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2018
FINAL
1williamsWILLIAMS139.91NESCACNew England2
2washington-moWASHINGTON (MO.)134.36UAAMidwest4
3johns-hopkinsJOHNS HOPKINS114.94CentennialMideast56
4mitMIT113.14IndependentNew England11
5lorasLORAS80.28American RiversCentral50
6uw-la-crosseUW-LA CROSSE80.27WIACMidwest26
7suny-geneseoSUNY GENESEO75.47SUNYACAtlantic14
8george-foxGEORGE FOX69.43IndependentWest11
9oberlinOBERLIN58.85NCACGreat Lakes16
10uw-oshkoshUW-OSHKOSH58.36WIACMidwest50
11stevensSTEVENS57.40Empire 8Atlantic20
12brandeisBRANDEIS53.15UAANew England14
13nebraska-wesleyanNEBRASKA WESLEYAN51.72American RiversCentral4
14carthageCARTHAGE47.21CCIWMidwest20
15misericordiaMISERICORDIA45.27Middle AtlanticMideast35
16uw-stevens-pointUW-STEVENS POINT41.44WIACMidwest67
17wpiWPI39.40IndependentNew England35
18chicagoCHICAGO39.38UAAMidwest31
19augustana-illAUGUSTANA (ILL.)37.83CCIWMidwest56
20rowanROWAN36.93NJACAtlantic27
21roanokeROANOKE34.43ODACSouth/Southeast27
22ohio-wesleyanOHIO WESLEYAN33.29NCACGreat Lakes20
23rochester-n-yROCHESTER (N.Y.)32.54Liberty LeagueAtlantic41
24tcnjTCNJ31.68NJACAtlantic56
25case-western-reserveCASE WESTERN RESERVE29.74UAAGreat Lakes---

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field

2019 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConfernce TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
PreseasonThu 1/10
Week 1Tue 1/22Wed 1/23
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Tue 1/29Tue 1/29
MEN | WOMEN
Thu 1/31
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Tue 2/5Tue 2/5
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/5
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/5
MEN | WOMEN
Feb. 8: Conference Championships Begin
Week 4Tue 2/12Tue 2/12
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/12
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/12
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Tue 2/19Tue 2/19
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/19
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Tue 2/26Tue 2/26
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/26
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 2/26
MEN | WOMEN
Mar. 2: Last Qualifying Date
Week 7Mon 3/4Sun 3/3
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 3/4
MEN | WOMEN
Sun 3/3
MEN | WOMEN
Mar. 9-10: NCAA DIII Championships, Boston, Mass.
FINAL ResultsSat 3/9
MEN | WOMEN
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