NEW ORLEANS -- The men’s team at North Central (Ill.) and the women’s team at Warburg head the preseason national team computer rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. North Central is the winner of the past two men’s NCAA DIII indoor titles and Wartburg has won the national crown in two of the last three years for the women.

USTFCCCA preseason rankings were compiled for the first time ever in Division III. Teams are scored using similar methods employed as the previous two years, but, with preseason scoring, early-season scoring largely comes from previous season data. Preseason data will mix with information from the current season through week three. This method has been used in Division I for the past four years and enters a second year in Division II.

The men’s heptathlon is in the NCAA Division III program of championship events for the first time starting this year, replacing the pentathlon. The heptathlon was not scored in this week’s team rankings due to lack of participation in this early part of the year.

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