1/30/2013 12:31:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS – For the second straight week, the Christopher Newport men's indoor track & field team earned the top spot in the latest USTFCCCA Regional Standings, while the women moved up one spot and secured first-place in the South/Southeast Rankings as well.
On the men's side, the Captains earned 355.42 points in the rankings, out-distancing second-place Lynchburg by 12. Bridgewater, Emory, and Mary Washington currently round out the top-five. In their standings, the CNU women vaulted past Emory to secure first-place with 328.16 points. The Eagles fell to second, while Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Washington & Lee fill out the remainder of the top teams.
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 .
On an individual level, the Captains are led by Joseph Taylor, who currently has the region's top mark in the pole vault after clearing 4.46 meters. Dominique Torres is also the leader in the triple jump, while Brian Strickland has the finest heptathlon score.
In addition to the region's top performers, Daulton Teaford has recorded the second-finest heptathlon score, the third-fastest 60-meter dash time, and the sixth-best 400-meter clocking. Robert Mayes also sits second in the 400 and sixth in the 60, while Brian Huffman is second in the 800 and fifth in the mile. Overall, the CNU men have pieced together 19 top-10 performances in the region thus far.
On the women's side, the foursome of Lydia Cromwell, Jessica McClelland, Melissa Rizor, and Graciela Slyer continue to boast the region's top clocking in the distance medley relay after breaking the school record with a time of 12:53.16. Rizor is also third in the mile, McClelland is eighth in the event, and Cromwell is sixth overall in the 800 meters.
Last weekend, reigning All-American Jenna Elliott also posted the second-finest high jump effort in the region this season after clearing 1.60 meters. Kalee Hammerton also sits in second in the pole vault, while Enuma Ezenwa is second in the pentathlon. Ezenwa is also among the top-10 performers in the 400 and 60-meter hurdles. Overall, the women claim 17 top-10 efforts this season.
Christopher Newport will return to action on February 1 for the start of the two-day JDL Fast-Track Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.