Bearcrat Men and Women Retain #3 Ranking in West Region

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University men's and women's track and field teams remained #3 this week in the West Region Team Index for NCAA Division III as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday, April 21. The regional index measure each team's all-around strength in relation to other track and field teams in the same region.

In the women's West Region index, the top three teams are California Lutheran University in first with 434.70 points, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) in second with 383.67 points and Willamette in third with 365.08 points. The University of Redlands (Calif.) is #4 with 342.49 points and Occidental College (Calif.) is ranked #5 with 337.70 points.

A total of five NWC teams are listed on the women's regional index. In addition to Willamette regionally ranked NWC teams are George Fox University at #6, Linfield College at #8, Whitworth at #9, and Lewis & Clark College at #10.

The top three positions in the men's West Region index remained unchanged from a week ago. Whitworth is still #1 and has 541.26 points in the rankings. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is #2 with 530.60 points and Willamette holds #3 with 439.08 points. Redlands follows at #4 with 344.19 points and Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) is #5 at 222.68 points.

Joining Whitworth and Willamette from the NWC is Linfield, ranked #8. Pacific Lutheran fell out of the Top 10 after sitting #8 last week.

Willamette's will compete at the Northwest Conference Championships on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24. The action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Willamette has won eight consecutive NWC title in women's track and field and six of the past eight championships in men's track and field.

NCAA Division III
Men's and Women's Track and Field
April 21, 2010
Neal Howard competes in the sprints for Willamette.

Neal Howard competes in the sprints for Willamette.