Panthers climb to 23rd following strong showing at BU
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A week after slipping out of the top 25 in the National Rating Index, the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team is back again sitting 23rd in the fourth rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
The Panthers had dropped from #22 in the second ranking to #26 in the third ranking, but impressive performances from seniors Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University last weekend pushed PSU right back into the top 25.
North Central College remained in the top spot, with Wisconsin Oshkosh in second. Wisconsin La Crosse moved up one spot to round out the top three.
Plymouth State, along with Southern Maine (#10) are the lone Little East Conference schools to make the top 25, and account for two of the five New England schools represented, joined by WPI (#9), MIT (#12) and Williams (#24).
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 fourth of seven leading up the national championships in early March. The complete index is available at the USTFCCCA website, www.ustfccca.org.
Plymouth State hosts the Little East Conference / New England Alliance Championships at George E. Davis '63 Track at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House on Saturday (Feb. 16).
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