Willamette Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams are #3 on West Region Team Index

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University men's and women's track and field teams are both listed at #3 on this week's West Region Team Index for NCAA Division III as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday, April 14. The regional index is a measure of each team's all-around strength in relation to other teams in the same region.

In the women's West Region index, the top three teams are separated by just over 5.13 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) is #1 with 387.27 points. California Lutheran University holds the #2 spot with 385.90 points and Willamette is third with 382.14 points.

The University of Redlands (Calif.) is #4 with 367.82 points and Occidental College (Calif.) is listed at #5 with 318.02 points. In addition to Willamette, other Northwest Conference teams included in the women's rankings are George Fox University at #6, Whitworth at #8, Linfield College at #9 and Pacific Lutheran University at #10.

Whitworth University is #1 in the men's West Region index. The Pirates have 538.96 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scrips is #2 with 517.72 points. Willamette holds #3 in the rankings with 474.38 points this week.

Rounding out the top five are Redlands at #4 with 364.53 points and Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) at #5 with 212.86 points. Joining Whitworth and Willamette from the NWC in the men's rankings is Pacific Lutheran at #8 and Linfield at #10.

Willamette's next competition will be at the WU/WOU Mini Meet on Thursday, April 15 at the Charles Bowles Track. Action between the Bearcats and Western Oregon University is set to get underway at 3 p.m. (PDT).

USTFCCCA REGIONAL TEAM INDEX
NCAA Division III
Men's and Women's Track and Field
April 14, 2010
Jennifer Luecht has the top time recorded by an NWC athlete in the women's 200-meter dash this season at 25.43 seconds.

Jennifer Luecht has the top time recorded by an NWC athlete in the women's 200-meter dash this season at 25.43 seconds.