2020 NCAA DIII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – The winds of change ripped through the NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index between Week 5 and Week 6.
The penultimate version of the National Rating Index, released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), saw nine of the top-10 teams shift spots, including three teams that improved their ranking multiple positions.
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UW-Oshkosh remained No. 1 for the third week in a row, but has company in the guise of rival UW-Eau Claire. The Blugolds jumped seven spots from No. 9 to a season best No. 2.
UW-Eau Claire put together a strong performance at the WIAC Indoor Championships this past weekend. We’ll start in the pentathlon, where Dylan Cooper, Abrahm Schroedl and Marcus Weaver all bettered their season bests. Cooper stole headlines with his 5441-point score that tied the NCAA DIII record, but Schroedl and Weaver both cracked 5000 points. Not only that, but the Blugolds’ 4×400 relay also notched the nation’s fastest time of 3:15.80. Add in the fact that UW-Eau Claire also has top-16 marks in seven other events and you can see how the team means business when March hits.
UW-Whitewater climbed two spots from No. 7 to No. 5, where it sits right behind No. 3 UW-La Crosse and No. 4 Loras, who both dropped one spot from the previous week.
If the NCAA Championships began today, the Warhawks would have nine qualifiers spread across eight events. Just this past weekend at the WIAC Indoor Championships, David Fassbender turned in an all-time mark in the 3000. Fassbender clocked a time of 8:15.57, which made him the 23rd fastest performer in NCAA DIII history. Fassbender is also ranked in the top-5 nationally in the 5000, as is Zach Jasinski in the pole vault.
Just a bit further down, you’ll find MIT at No. 7.
The Engineers, who have been ranked in the top-10 each week this season, helped themselves in a big way at the New England Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships. In particular, Alec Ruduker had himself a weekend as he became the ninth best performer in NCAA DIII history in the high jump with his clearance of 2.17m (7-1½) and improved his national standing in the long jump to No. 11 with his mark of 7.18m (23-6¾).
Williams, Mount Union and North Central (Ill.) round out the top-10 in Week 6 after dropping multiple spots to No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
There were four new additions to the top-25: No. 22 McMurry, No. 23 John Carroll, No. 24 Augustana (Ill.) and No. 25 Rochester (N.Y.).
Be sure to check back next week as we’ll wrap up the indoor season with the final National Rating Index ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, set to take place next weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.