AU Men, Women Ranked No. 2, 9 In NCAA Division II

AU Men, Women Ranked No. 2, 9 In NCAA Division II


Ashland University once again has two top-10 indoor track and field teams going into the last two weekends of pre-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships action.

The third regular-season U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings were released on Tuesday (Feb. 5) afternoon, and the Eagle men are No. 2 in the country, while the Eagle women come in at No. 9. Ashland's men have 168.35 computer points, trailing only No. 1 Adams State (183.02), and well ahead of No. 3 Tiffin (119.96).

As has been the case so far this season, the Eagle men's top point-earners are sophomore Brent Fairbanks in the weight throw (24.28), senior Myles Pringle in the 400-meter dash (23.51), junior Alex Hill in the weight throw (21.35), Pringle in the high jump (21.22), and sophomore Trevor Bassitt in the 60 hurdles (20.73).

On the women's side, the two top AU individuals in terms of computer points are redshirt freshman Lindsay Baker in the shot put (24.76) and senior Natalie Helenthal (20.57).

Ashland is one of three Division II programs with two top-10 squads, along with Adams State and Grand Valley State.

Ashland's men and women will go to a pair of indoor meets this week – Friday (Feb. 8) at the Grand Valley State Big Meet, and Saturday (Feb. 9) at the Tiffin Dragon Grand Prix.