Willamette Women's Team Moves Up to #1 in West Region Index

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University women's track and field team, which won its ninth consecutive Northwest Conference championship this past weekend, moved up two spots to take the #1 position 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 28. The Bearcat men's track and field team remained #3 in the West Region.

The regional index measures each team's all-around strength in relation to other track and field teams in the same region.

Willamette has 409.15 points as the new leader in the women's West Region index. California Lutheran University, which led the regional index a week ago, fell to #2 with 380.02 points. George Fox University, which took second place behind the Bearcats at the NWC Championships, moved up three spots from #6 to #3 in the rankings. The Bruins have 359.05 points.

Claremont-Mudd Scripps (Calif.), ranked #2 last week, fell to #4 with 352.356 points. The University of Redlands (Calif.), fell one spot and is now #5 in the regional index with 302.93 points.

Willamette and GFU are two of the five NWC teams on the West Region Top 10 list this week. Other ranked NWC teams are Linfield College at #8, Whitworth University at #9, and Lewis & Clark College at #10.

The top four positions in the men's West Region index remain the same as last week. Whitworth, the NWC men's champion, is #1 with 573.90 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is #2 with 492.63 points. Willamette, which took second at the NWC Championships, is #3 with 460.92 points. Redlands is #4 in the region with 318.25 points. Linfield moved up three positions to #5 with 254.25 points after taking third place in the NWC.

Other NWC teams in the Top 10 are George Fox at #9 and Pacific Lutheran University at #10. The Bruins and the Lutes were not in the Top 10 last week.

Willamette is scheduled to compete at the Oregon Relays on April 30 and May 1 in Eugene, Ore. The Bearcats' next home competition will be the WU Multi-Event Meet, set for May 2-3 at the Charles Bowles Track in Bush's Pasture Park.

NCAA Division III
Men's and Women's Track and Field
April 28, 2010
Kimber Mattox won individual titles in the steeplechase and the 1,500-meter run at the 2010 NWC Championships.

Kimber Mattox won individual titles in the steeplechase and the 1,500-meter run at the 2010 NWC Championships.