Men Ranked 55th, Women 100th in USTFCCCA Computer Rankings

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–The William Penn men’s track and field team’s nice start to its outdoor season has helped it to a strong ranking.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has the Statesmen men ranked 55th in this week’s computer rating. Numerous factors determine a team’s positioning, including scoring points in an event.

A handful of individuals have helped WPU to the highest ranking of any Midwest Collegiate Conference program (Grand View is next at #72). Cornelius McCastle (Fr., McKinney, Texas, Industrial Technology) is pacing the crew, highlighted by 21.4 of William Penn’s 38.67 points coming from his national-qualifying high jump of 6-8 last week at the Central Invitational.

He has also posted points in the triple jump, while Sam Taylor (Jr., Eddyville, Iowa, Industrial Technology) has points from his qualifying time in the 110-meter hurdles. Alex Edwards (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Secondary Education) (400-meter dash) Derek Seddon (Fr., Knoxville, Iowa, Physical Education) (discus), Kalob Gist (So., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Business Management) (shot put), Chris Gossett (Fr., Park Forest, Ill., Mechanical Engineering) (triple jump), Joshua Rankin (Fr., University Park, Ill., Undecided) (triple jump), and the 4×400-meter relay team have added points as well.

Oklahoma Baptist, which finished fourth in the indoor national championships, is currently ranked first with 445.86 points, while Concordia (Ore.) is second with 438.24 points. Indiana Tech, Wayland Baptist (Texas), and Southern Oregon round out the top five.

The women’s squad is also ranked in the top 100, sitting at #100 with 3.08 points. Meaghan Foster (So., Centerville, Iowa, Undecided) (shot put, hammer throw) and Rosemary Bailey (Jr., Fayetteville, Ark., Communications) (half marathon) have posted points for the navy and gold.

Indiana Tech leads the women’s rankings with 609.61 points, while British Columbia, Oklahoma Baptist, College of Idaho, and Baker (Kan.) finish off the top five.

Grand View tops the MCC in 27th, while Mount Mercy (#69), Clarke (#72), and St. Ambrose (#81) are also in the top 100.

The complete men’s and women’s rankings can be found at http://www.ustfccca.org/assets/rankings/naia/2014-otf/NAIA_2014_outWk1_TF_NationalRankingsByTeam.pdf

William Penn is in action Friday and Saturday in Des Moines at the Jim Duncan Invitational hosted by Drake.

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