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Carroll Track & Field Moves Up in USTFCCCA Rankings

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Both Carroll College outdoor track teams have moved up following strong performances in Spokane at the War VII track meet. The Carroll College Men moved up from 15th to 11th, while the Women's team made a significant leap from 20th to 13th after the second edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer rankings were released Wednesday.

"We had great weather to begin the meet and qualified more athletes for nationals. Once the weather turned, we didn't get all the performances in that we had hoped for, but our schedule has a lot of important meets one after the other so we will have plenty of opportunities to improve," Carroll College head coach Harry Clark said.

The USTFCCCA NAIA National Championship Rankings are determined based on a formula of how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual, relay events and how highly they are ranked.

Indiana Tech currently occupies the top spot in the women's rankings, with Concordia (Ore.) taking over the top spot in the men's rankings.

At the War VII meet, the Fighting Saints had three athletes claim individual victories: Ben Cutler (200 & 400-meters), Stephan Delaney (400-hurdles) and Rhianna Grossman (Steeplechase).

Nicole Davey qualified for nationals with her performance in the 400-hurdles; she becomes the ninth Carroll Athlete to qualify for the outdoor national meet along with the women's 4x400 relay team.

Davey joins: Leah Esposito (1500-meters), Rhianna Grossman (1500-meters & steeplechase), Mallery Knoll (400m-hurdles), Kathleen Mulligan (triple jump), Troy Solly (800-meters), Stephan Delaney (400m-hurdles), Easton Padden (pole vault), Beaugh Meyer (shot put).

"Qualifying [nine student-athletes and a relay team] is great so far, but it's their improvements that we are really zeroing in on. I'm excited to see how our five competitors do in Eugene and then when we head to Pullman, the competition really ratchets up; we can measure where we're at better by the end of the month," Clark added.

Carroll College has two meets upcoming this weekend. Five All-American members of the Fighting Saints teams travel to Eugene Oregon, for the Oregon Relays (Grossman, Sandy Torres, Esposito, Solly and Padden). The rest of the team travels to a dual-meet with the University of Great Falls on Saturday.

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