NEW ORLEANS—Seattle Pacific assistant coach Audra Smith (above/photo by Paul Merca) was named by the USTFCCCA as its Division II West Region women’s indoor track & field assistant coach of the year.
Smith got the honor based on her work with the Falcon sprint corps, which accounted for 58 of SPU’s 136 team points earned at the GNAC indoor meet a few weeks ago.
Smith, along with head coach Karl Lerum, and a squad of eight athletes, will leave for Pittsburg, Kansas, site of the NCAA Division II championships, which start on Friday.
The USTFCCCA also announced the final regular season computer rankings for both Division I and II.
In Division I, the University of Washington men’s team enters this week’s NCAA championship meet in Birmingham, Alabama ranked #10, down two spots from the #8 ranking attained after the MPSF championship meet.
The nation’s top five men's teams are Oregon, Arkansas, Florida, Texas A&M, and LSU.
Other MPSF conference teams in the top 25 include #9 USC, #18 UCLA, #22 Arizona, and @24 Stanford.
In Division II, the Seattle Pacific women’s team enters the NCAA championship meet ranked #21 in the national computer poll.
The nation’s top five teams are Lincoln (MO), host Pittsburg State, New Mexico Highlands, Hillsdale, and Grand Valley State.
GNAC champion Alaska Anchorage is the only other school besides Seattle Pacific ranked in the national top 25, as the Seawolves are ranked #8.
NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.