NEW ORLEANS – UW-Oshkosh vaulted past defending champion Wartburg to claim the No. 1 spot in this week’s DIII U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Rankings, joining the men’s program atop the charts and marking the first time in the history of the DIII indoor rankings that the same school has claimed the top spot on both the men’s and women’s list.
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Riding the exceptional mile performance of Christy Cazzola (4:44.73) and DIII-leading marks from Breanna Strupp (50-7¼/15.42m) and Samantha Loew (59-11¼/18.27m) in the shot put and weight throw, respectively, the Titans gained 13.52 team points from a week ago to post this week’s division-best score of 163.42. This marks the first time the UW-Oshkosh women have been ranked No. 1 since winning the national championship in 2011.
Former-No. 1 Wartburg dropped 6.24 points to a second-ranked score of 160.26. Illinois Wesleyan (103.26) moved up to third in the rankings behind the second-fastest 400 (56.56) in DIII from Tara Clemens, who also boasts the division’s fastest 800 (2:10.48) and second-fastest mile (4:59.69) this season. Displaced by IWU is Williams (83.91), which drops to fourth, and Methodist stands pat at No. 5 to round out the top five.