Willamette Women's Track and Field Team Moves Up to #20 in National Rankings

Bearcat Men's Team is #5 and Women's Team is #4 in West Region

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The women's track and field field team at Willamette University moved up one spot this week to #20 in the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field Rankings for NCAA Division III, released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on April 11.

In addition, the Willamette women's team is ranked #4 in the West Region. The Bearcat men's team is ranked #5 in the West Region.

Both of Willamette's teams will bring a full squad to the John Knight Twilight at Western Oregon University on Friday, April 13 in Monmouth. Field events will start at 2 p.m. (PDT) and running events will begin at 4 p.m.

Wartburg College (Iowa) remains the #1 team in the women's national rankings, but has added 52.82 points to improve its position to 309.81 points. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is ranked #2 with 191.69 points. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is #3 with 146.38 points, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is #4 at 131.87 and Williams College (Mass.) is #5 at 102.03 points.

In the men's national rankings, McMurry University (Texas) holds the top spot with 213.69 points. UW-Oshkosh follows at #2 with 203.65 points, while the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is ranked #3 with 173.51 points. North Central College (Ill.) is #4 with 117.18 points and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is #5 with 113.27 points.

The West Region women's rankings are led by George Fox University with 472.53 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) is the #2 team with 453.95 points. California Lutheran University is #3 at 388.41, Willamette is #4 at 316.57 and the University of La Verne (Calif.) is #5 at 313.01.

Northwest Conference teams joining George Fox and Willamette in the women's regional rankings are Linfield College at #7, Whitworth University at #8 and Lewis & Clark College at #10.

Whitworth is listed first in the West Region men's rankings with 503.88 points. La Verne is ranked #2 with 396.61 points, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is #3 with 377.32 points. The University of Redlands follows at #4 with 368.91 points and Willamette is #5 with 261.43 points.

Overall, four NWC teams are included in the men's regional rankings. Whitworth and Willamette lead the way, with Pacific Lutheran University at #6 and Linfield at #10.

RANKINGS

NCAA Division III
National Computer Rankings
April 11, 2012

NCAA Division III
Regional Rankings
April 11, 2012

Jaela Dinsmore is ranked 11th on the national performance list for the 100-meter dash and is 27th in the 200-meter dash.

Jaela Dinsmore is ranked 11th on the national performance list for the 100-meter dash and is 27th in the 200-meter dash.