2/6/2013 12:22:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- For the third straight week, the Christopher Newport indoor track & field teams received high marks in the latest USTFCCCA South/Southeast Regional Rankings as both the men and women came in second in the this week's updated standings.
The men's team picked up 306.9 points in the latest rankings, falling just 25 shy of top-rated Lynchburg. Birmingham-Southern, Emory, and Bridgewater round out the top-five. On the women's side, the Captains sit second with 314.5 points, 41 shy of Emory. Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Washington & Lee make up the remainder of the top-five squads.
The regional rankings are based on a mathematical formula devised by the USTFCCCA, which showcases the teams that have the highest potential of achieving the top spots in regional and national competitions. For a detailed look at the methodology, please visit the Ranking Rationale section of the USTFCCCA website at … Ranking Rationale.
Currently, the Captains boast the top performance in the region in three events this year. On the men's side, Kwarteng Asare recorded the finest triple jump last weekend with a leap of 14.01 meters, while Brian Strickland has the top heptathlon score after posting a mark of 3,813. The women are led by their distance medley relay squad as Jessica McClelland, Enuma Ezenwa, Lydia Cromwell, and Melissa Rizor have the top clocking in the South/Southeast after setting a new school record with a time of 12:37.58 last weekend.
In addition to the top-ranked performers, Robert Mayes is second in the 400, third in the 4x400, and seventh in the 60-meter dash. Daulton Teaford has also been sensational in his second season in Newport News, posting the region's fourth-best effort in the 400 and the fifth-best clocking in the 60. Brian Huffman also sits sixth in both the 800 and mile.
The women are also headlined by several dual-event standouts, including Jennifer Westerholm who is second in the pentathlon, fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, and seventh in the high jump. In addition to her record-setting relay performance, Ezenwa is also third in the pentathlon, fourth in the 400, and sixth in the high jump.
On a national level, Asare sits 21st in the nation in the triple jump, while Dominique Torres is 22nd in the event. Westerholm also has the 11th best pentathlon score this year, while the women's distance medley relay team boasts the 16th-fastest time in the nation.
Christopher Newport will return to action on February 16 when the Captains host the Mason-Dixon Indoor Championships at the Freeman Center.