GOSHEN — The Goshen College men’s track and field team has moved into the top 25 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer Ranking.
The Maple Leafs were 30th the previous week before moving up based on a quality performance at Trine University’s Zimmer Indoor Classic.
The computer ranking uses a formula based on how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual and relay events and how highly they are ranked. The ranking will be conducted five times prior to the NAIA Indoor National Championships March 6-8 and will run again in April and May during the outdoor season.
Using the ranking, the Maple Leafs tallied 47.51 points. The only other Crossroads League team in the top 25 is Bethel, who is just in front of Goshen at 48.97 points. Defending outdoor national champion, Indiana Tech, leads the poll by more than 125 points with a total of 422.50.
After two meets this season, the Maple Leaf men have had three individuals qualify for the indoor national championships: juniors Mitchell Brickson and Kolton Nay in the 3,000-meter race walk and freshman Ryan Smith in the 5,000 meters.
Senior Kyle Mishler (Westview) has also posted the 25th best high jump in the nation so far this season (6-5).
Other local members of the team are senior Andrew Witkowski (Concord), junior Aaron Frost (Goshen), junior Alejandro Rodriguez (Concord), junior Daniel Zelaya (Concord), sophomore Jordan Smeltzer (Fairfield), freshman Luke Kaufman (Goshen) and freshman Jarrett Slabach (Westview).
Men’s Track and Field
Purdue sophomore Dillon Hinen (Fairfield) was third in the 800 meters (1:54.85) in the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Sports Complex at Notre Dame.
Women’s Track and Field
Indiana Wesleyan sophomore Lauren Stutzman (Goshen) recorded an NAIA National Championship B standard in long jump (5.35 meters) when she placed seventh at the IWU Classic.