Courtesy USTFCCCA – On a week where the other two NCAA Divisions’ regional rankings were quiet, the most-recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III regional rankings are anything but with new teams atop two of the men’s regions.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's men's team engineered a dominant and decisive win against a trio of national top-35 teams — including No. 5 Bowdoin College (Me.) — to catapult from No. 6 to No. 1 in the New England Region, while Wabash College took control of the Great Lakes Region from Calvin College (Mich.).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology placed its top five runners within the top 13 at the University of Southern Maine Invitational for a team score of 37, ahead of No. 7 Bates College (Me.), with 85, No. 5 Bowdoin’s 86 and No. 11 Tufts University (Me.), with 95.
Wabash won the "Little State" division of the Indiana Intercollegiates with a score of 42 to defeat Division II’s University of Indianapolis by three points and the nearest DIII school, Manchester University, by 33 points.
In the Atlantic Region, SUNY-Cortland regained sole control of the top spot in the region from New York University (NYU), though NYU holds the advantage in first-place votes, 7-4.
Carleton College (Minn.) rounds out the big moves in the DIII regional rankings, leaping four spots from No. 6 to No. 2 in the Central Region.
By comparison, the women’s regions were much less active. Carleton’s women joined the men at No. 2 in the Central Region after overtaking St. Olaf Colleg (Minn.) for the most-significant move of the week. The Oles fell one spot to No. 3, despite a national-athlete-of-the-week performance by freshman Noelle Olson.
While the NYU men fell one spot out of a tie at the top to No. 2 in the Atlantic Region, the NYU women improved one position to No. 3 and earned one of the region’s first-place votes.
NCAA Division III regionals will be held Saturday, November 16. More information can be found at Regional Championships Central.
The NCAA Division III national championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.
Published Tuesday, September 24, 2013