Bearcat Women's Team is #2, Men are #3, in West Region Index

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University women's track and field team is ranked #2 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 (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, May 5. The Willamette men's team is ranked #3 in the West Region.

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

In the women's West Region index, California Lutheran University is ranked #1 with 377.65 points. Willamette is #2 with 370.52 points. California Lutheran and Willamette switched places from a week ago, but are separated by just 7.13 points in the rankings.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) is #3 in the women's index at 367.68 points. The University of Redlands (Calif.) follows closely at #4 this week with 366.32 points, just 1.36 points behind CMS. Willamette's NWC rivals from George Fox University slipped two spots this week to #5 with 342.49 points.

Other NWC teams in the women's West Region Top 10 are Whitworth University at #8, Linfield College at #9 and Lewis & Clark College at #10.

The top four positions in the men's West Region index are still unchanged. Whitworth retained its hold on the #1 spot with 541.27 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps continued at #2 with 518.49 points. Willamette kept the #3 position with 419.44 points and Redlands stayed #4 at 318.36 points. The University of Laverne (Calif.) advanced three spots to #5 with 223.08 points.

Whitworth and Willamette are joined by two other teams in the men's Top 10 for the West Region. Linfield is ranked #8 and George Fox is ranked #10.

Willamette is scheduled to compete at the Oregon Twilight on Saturday, May 8 in Eugene, Ore. The Bearcats will host the WU Last Chance Meet on Tuesday, May 18 at the Charles Bowles Track in Bush's Pasture Park.

USTFCCCA REGIONAL TEAM INDEX
NCAA Division III
Men's and Women's Track and Field
May 5, 2010
Kimber Mattox is an NCAA provisional qualifier in the steeplechase with a top time this season of 10:41.78.

Kimber Mattox is an NCAA provisional qualifier in the steeplechase with a top time this season of 10:41.78.