Thursday, April 21, 2011

Western men drop two spots; women move up one, while Seattle Pacific women gain five spots in USTFCCCA D2 poll...

Western Washington University's men's track & field team dropped two positions, while its women's squad moved up one position in the most recent United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II poll released on Tuesday.

In the women's national poll, Seattle Pacific moved up five spots from its #24 position in last week's poll, thanks to strong performances by heptathletes Crystal Sims and Ali Worthen at last week's Mt. SAC Relays multi events meet in Azusa, California.

Grand Valley State’s women moved back to their preseason post at No. 1 after gaining an abundance of top-notch marks in distance events at the past weekend’s Mt. SAC Relays. Abilene Christian’s men again keep the nation’s top spot, but Saint Augustine’s is on the move, jumping from No. 5 to No. 3 in this week’s release.

In the NCAA Division III rankings, Spokane's Whitworth University is ranked #6 in the women's national poll, and #7 in the men's poll.

Whitworth prepares for the Northwest Conference championship meet this Friday and Saturday in McMinnville, Oregon.

Seattle Pacific will send athletes this weekend to the Oregon Relays in Eugene, and to the Western Washington twilight meet in Bellingham, hosted by the Vikings.

Washington State University hosts the 11th annual Cougar Invitational meet in Pullman this Saturday, with Spokane CC, Gonzaga, Idaho, and Great Falls sending athletes to the meet.

The start lists for the meet are posted here.

Eastern Washington heads to Eugene for Friday and Saturday's Oregon Relays meet.

Here's a link to their release previewing their entries, which includes shot putter Erica Chaney and long sprinter Brad Wall.

Seattle University, Central Washington and the University of Washington will also send squads to Eugene for the Oregon Relays.  Central will also send athletes to Bellingham for the WWU Twilight.

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