(NEW ORLEANS) – The Walsh women's track & field team vaulted into the top 25 and landed at No. 14 in the second USTFCCCA NCAA Division II national rankings. The Cavaliers jumped up from being unranked a week ago after their first two meets of the season at the Raleigh Relays and the Amy Adams Invitational hosted by Muskingum.
This is Walsh's first time ranked in outdoor track & field since joining the NCAA. The Cavaliers recently finished ninth at the indoor national championships earlier this month.
Walsh is the highest-ranked GLIAC school and one of two in the conference ranked in the top 25 with Findlay standing at No. 21.
This past week alone, four-time All-American Sarah Berger set a new school record and qualified for the outdoor national championships in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:19.79. Fellow All-American Kaitlyn Barber finished first in the pole vault at Muskingum with a height of 3.95 meters to clear the provisional mark. As a result, Berger was named the GLIAC's Track Athlete of the Week and Barber was named the GLIAC's Field Athlete of the Week.
The Maroon and Gold will return to action at the Wooster Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||Angelo State||189.25||Lone Star||Tom Dibbern (1st)||1|
|2||Johnson C. Smith||152.51||CIAA||Lennox Graham (10th)||10|
|3||Humboldt State||114.36||CCAA||Scott Pesch (7th)||2|
|4||Chico State||101.23||CCAA||Robert Nooney (4th)||3|
|5||Cal Baptist||100.07||PacWest||Ben Gall (5th)||6|
|6||Minnesota State||92.24||NSIC||Jim Dilling (1st)||5|
|7||SF State||88.65||CCAA||Kendra Reimer (3rd)||12|
|8||Saint Augustine's||86.32||CIAA||George Williams (41st)||48|
|9||Nova Southeastern||76.20||Peach Belt||Bryan Hagopian (8th)||4|
|10||Texas A&M-Kingsville||74.35||Lone Star||Ryan Dall (9th)||11|
|11||West Texas A&M||70.50||Lone Star||Darren Flowers (8th)||NR|
|12||UC San Diego||69.66||CCAA||Darcy Ahner (10th)||7|
|13||Concordia (Ore.)||66.21||GNAC||Jerret Mantalas (3rd)||8|
|14||Walsh||59.79||GLIAC||Rob Mizicko (5th)||NR|
|15||Texas A&M-Commerce||59.53||Lone Star||George Pincock (1st)||15|
|16||Azusa Pacific||59.04||PacWest||Preston Grey (5th)||18|
|17||Queens (N.C.)||58.86||SAC||Jim Vahrenkamp (5th)||44|
|18||Cal Poly Pomona||57.17||CCAA||Octavious Gillespie-Bennett (5th)||13|
|19||Chadron State||56.63||RMAC||Brad Gamble (3rd)||17|
|20||Wayne State (Neb.)||55.99||NSIC||Marlon Brink (17th)||NR|
|21||Findlay||55.79||GLIAC||Marc Arce (29th)||NR|
|22||Academy of Art||51.86||PacWest||Kevin LaSure (2nd)||9|
|23||Shippensburg||49.34||PSAC||Dave Osanitsch (12th)||NR|
|24||Lee (Tenn.)||46.25||Gulf South||Caleb Morgan (4th)||43|
|25||Simon Fraser||45.74||GNAC||Brit Townsend (17th)||NR|
|dropped out: No. 14 Fresno Pacific*, No. 16 UPR Mayaguez*, No. 19 Pittsburg State, No. 20 CSU-Pueblo, No. 21 Grand Valley State, No. 22 Point Loma Nazarene, No. 23 UPR Rio Piedras*, No. 24 Saint Martin's, No. 25 Emporia State
* current non-members