Panthers #19 in the nation in first regular-season poll
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team achieved its first national ranking in program history when the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the first regular-season NCAA Division III Top 25 rankings of the new season on Tuesday night.
PSU holds the #19 spot and is one of just six teams from the New England region to appear in the top 25. North Central College tops the National Rating Index, with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Mount Union rounding out the top three. Other New England region schools to appear in the top 25 include MIT (#5), LEC rival University of Southern Maine (#10), and a trio of NESCAC schools; Amherst College (#15), Williams College (#17) and Tufts University (#22).
The Panthers are off to a fantastic start after earning the first two team meet titles since the sport was reintroduced for the 2015-16 season. Plymouth State claimed its first team win at home after capturing the PSU Winter Classic on Dec. 8, and the Panthers made it two straight with a victory at the Middlebury Winter Classic on Jan. 12.
Plymouth State has already reached 12 qualifying marks for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship in late February, and multiple Panthers hold top-50 times nationally.
The computer rankings were first introduced during the 2011 season. Mathematical formulae based on current national descending-order lists in all events are used to compile a team's ranking. The purpose of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots at the NCAA Division III National Championships. The ranking is the first of seven leading up the national championships in early March.
Plymouth State is set to compete at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts this weekend, starting with some heptathlon events Friday (Jan. 25) and the bulk of the competition on Saturday (Jan. 26).
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