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Saints Track and Field Team Heads to Nationals Ranked in Top 15

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HELENA - Both track and field teams from Carroll College will head into the NAIA National Championships ranked in the top-15 in the country.  The Carroll women rank 13th, while the men are 14th.

These results are from the sixth edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer rankings.

“Sending 24 athletes to Alabama is a great achievement for this program.  Our teams competed week in and week out and piled up a number of exceptional performances,” 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.

On the Men’s side, Carroll moved up one spot from last week’s ranking.  Indiana Tech overtook Wayland Baptist (Texas) for the top spot with an overall point total of 497.64. On the women’s side Carroll dropped two spots and Indiana Tech also jumped into the top spot passing previously number one ranked British Columbia with a point total of 598.90.

This week, Carroll College had two athletes honored by the Frontier Conference after strong performances at the Tom Gage Classic held in Missoula.  Leah Esposito’s win in the 1500-meter race and Ben Cutler’s win in the 400-meters earned each athlete of the week honors for their respective accomplishments.

“We have great balance on both teams.  Our distance runners are excellent, but we also have had really terrific outings from our sprinters, throwers and in other field events like the pole vault and heptathlon,” Clark said.

Carroll has a brief hiatus as they prepare for the NAIA National Championship Meet held in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  The meet begins Thursday, May 22nd.

“I am truly excited for our team to compete at nationals.  We have lots of athletes who have been tapering and they are in prime position to bring out their best on the biggest stage,” Clark added.
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