NEW ORLEANS -- Following a victory last Friday, UW-Oshkosh emerged atop the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Rankings released Wednesday.

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UW-Oshkosh entered last weekend’s Cardinal Opener at then-No. 1 North Central (Ill.) as both the third-ranked team at the meet and in the division, but left with an important early-season victory against the top two teams in the division and the top ranking in the country.

Behind the power of strong field event marks this season – the Titans’ Nick Baatz, Pete Delzer and John McCann are atop the DIII rankings in shot put, weight throw and high jump, respectively.

UW-Oshkosh scored 147 to edge out No. 2 UW-La Crosse (142) and North Central (137).

North Central, the defending national champion, dropped to third in the rankings, while UW-La Crosse remained No. 2. UW-Whitewater and St. Thomas (Minn.) traded spots from the preseason rankings to round out the top five at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.