2020 NCAA DIII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – Nothing remained the same in the top-10 of the NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index on Tuesday when we removed marks from previous seasons and only used those from the current season.
The most recent National Rating Index, released today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) saw wholesale changes across the board as the season enters its final month of competition.
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UW-Oshkosh jumped to No. 1 for the first time since the 2019 preseason. If you want to go back even further, it’s the first time the Titans have been ranked atop the National Rating Index during the regular season since 2013. It has been a strong season so far for UW-Oshkosh, as it has 12 marks listed among the top-10 in the nation, including the near two-foot national-leading effort in the triple jump from Jonathan Wilburn in 15.32m (50-3¼).
Former No. 1 UW-La Crosse comes in at No. 2 and owns 10 marks that are ranked in the national top-10. Andrew Jarrett continues to lead in the weight throw at 20.87m (68-5¾) and he was recently joined by teammate Justin Donkin at 19.21m (63-0¼). The Eagles also have two fourth-ranked athletes in Josh Koenecke (60, 6.83) and Tyler Nault (mile, 4:12.39).
Loras finds itself at No. 3 for its best ranking in program history. The Duhawks have four marks that are ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally at the moment, including the top time in the 400 from Patrick Mikel at 48.53. Mikel is also a member of the nation’s top-ranked 4×400 relay, while teammates Mike Jasa and Ryan Rogers are both ranked second nationally in the 800 and heptathlon, respectively.
Williams soared nine spots from No. 13 to a program-record No. 4 following a massive weekend at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. The Ephs watched their Distance Medley Relay clock the second fastest time in NCAA DIII history and take over the national lead by 14 seconds. Not only that, but, Aidan Ryan, who anchored that DMR squad, is also ranked first nationally in the 3000 and second nationally in the mile.
Washington (Mo.) cracked the top-5 for the first time in program history. The fifth-ranked Bears hold seven marks that are ranked in the national top-10, including two in the 400 with John Harry Wagner at No. 3 (49.10) and Greigory Dimailig at No. 5 (49.18).
The rest of the top-10 teams in Week 4 are comprised by No. 6 MIT, No. 7 Mount Union, No. 8 North Central (Ill.), No. 9 UW-Whitewater and No. 10 RPI, which gains entry into the top-10 for the first time in program history. The 10th-ranked Engineers got a huge performance this past weekend from Noah Falasco, who took over the national lead in the mile at 4:08.24.
There were six new additions to the top-25 in Week 4: No. 19 Connecticut College, No. 20 Saint John’s (Minn.), No. 21 SUNY Geneseo, No. 23 Amherst, No. 24 John Carroll and No. 25 Tufts.
Be sure to check back next week as the National Rating Index continues to evolve ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships set to take place on March 13-14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.