2020 NCAA DIII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – It’s going to be an epic postseason based on how much the NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index continues to shift.
The most recent installment, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), saw seven of the top-10 programs shift ahead of the bulk of Conference Championship Weekend.
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Rest assured that nothing changed to the top-3 teams as No. 1 UW-Oshkosh, No. 2 UW-La Crosse and No. 3 Loras still headline the National Rating Index. The Titans have a sizeable lead over the other two teams as they have 158.00 ranking points compared to 120.27 for the Eagles and 116.21 for the Duhawks.
Washington (Mo.) settles in at No. 4, right behind those aforementioned teams. The fourth-ranked Bears notched the nation’s second fastest performance in the Distance Medley Relay this past weekend at the Illinois College Hilltop Invitational when they went 9:56.14. WashU also has six other marks ranked in the top-10 nationally, including two in the 400.
UW-Whitewater improved its ranking two spots since Week 4 and comes in at No. 7 right behind No. 6 Mount Union. The Warhawks have been peaking at the right time as all four of their national top-10 marks have come in the past two weeks. Just this past weekend at the F.L. Slick Invitational hosted by North Central (Ill.), UW-Whitewater added the fifth best DMR mark to its credit and two top-10 marks in the pole vault from Zach Jasinski and Adam Schommer.
UW-Eau Claire soared three spots from No. 12 to No. 9 after a strong weekend. The Blugolds received the nation’s third fastest time in the 4×400, which now gives them five top-10 marks nationally, including three in the heptathlon alone from national leader Dylan Cooper, seventh-ranked Marcus Weaver and ninth-ranked Abrahm Schrodel.
There were two new additions to the top-25 this week: No. 20 Wartburg, No. 22 St. Thomas (Minn.).
Be sure to check back next week as the National Rating Index will continue to shift ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships set to take place from March 13-14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.