NEW ORLEANS – With the regular season behind them, the Mules and Jennies track teams are gearing up for the NCAA National Championships in Allendale, Michigan. The Jennies have a strong lead on the No. 1 ranking for the seventh straight week while the Mules check in at No. 10 for the second straight week.
Points in the USTFCCCA rankings are determined using a formula that assigns points to athletes based on how highly they are ranked on the NCAA DII qualifying list, and totals up all the points earned each team’s athletes. Points do not equate to the scoring system used at the NCAA Championships. These also are not the final rankings, as there will be another set of rankings next week after taking into account the only the accepted entries to the NCAA Championships.
The Jens are ranked first with 194.55 points, almost 40 more points than second ranked New Mexico Highlands. With the regular season in the books, the Jennies have nine automatic qualifying marks and 11 provisional. Of those 20 marks, 11 are in the top-10 for their events and nine are in the top-five.
Erika Kinsey, Madison Smith and Heavin Warner have all qualified in three different events. Kinsey has automatically qualified in all three while Smith and Warner have in two.
The Mules remain unchanged in the rankings after moving up 11 spots last week and into the top-10. They’ve accumulated 102.04 points in the poll.
UCM has 11 NCAA qualifying marks, four automatic and seven provisional. Caniggia Raynor leads UCM with two automatic qualifying marks and is in the top-10 in both of his events.
Cole Phillips and Tyler Chancellor have the other two automatic qualifiers. Phillips is ranked first in the pole vault and Chancellor is third in the decathlon.
UCM track and field is idle this week as they prepare for the NCAA Championships next weekend, May 21-23 in Allendale, Mich.
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