2020 NCAA DIII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – A few weeks of competition didn’t shift the top teams too much in the most recent NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The top-4 teams from the preseason – No. 1 UW-La Crosse, No. 2 UW-Oshkosh, No. 3 Mount Union and No. 4 Loras – all remained in place, while Benedictine (Ill.) joined the top-5 for the first time this season and the 10th time in program history.
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A pair of big marks from this past weekend helped UW-La Crosse cement its spot atop the National Rating Index, which is the first time it has been ranked No. 1 in back-to-back weeks since the 2017 season. Tyler Nault is now ranked third in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings in the 3000 following his 8:19.88, while Justin Donkin is ranked fourth in the weight throw with a heave of 18.91m (62-0½).
Two strong efforts have also propelled UW-Oshkosh in the early goings. The Titans’ 4×400 relay team opened the season with a strong national-leading 4×400 relay, while Jonathan Wilburn took over the top spot in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings with his mark of 15.32m (50-3¼).
Benedictine (Ill.) received strong efforts from DJ Anderson and Marcos Garcia to saddle up behind the always-steady duo of Mount Union and Loras. Anderson is now fourth in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings when it comes to the 400, while Garcia upped his standing to fifth in the 5000 with his time of 14:24.98 from December 6.
The biggest mover in the top-25 was that of North Central (Ill.), which jumped 15 spots between the preseason and Week 1. The Cardinals, who are now ranked No. 8, were buoyed by their distance corps as three of their athletes now reside in the top-10 of the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings in the 5000 (Gabriel Pommier, sixth; Matt Osmulski, ninth; Nick Licari, 10th).
There were two new additions to the top-25 this week: No. 16 Stevenson and No. 23 Amherst. The former has two marks leading the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings this early in the season – Dereck Davis’ 60 of 6.81 and Patrick Watson’s 5000 of 14:25.40.
You don’t have to wait as long for the next edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index as it will drop next Tuesday, February 4.