Both Aurora University's and Benedictine University's men's outdoor track & field teams are ranked in the National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The biggest movement in the Top 10 came behind UW-La Crosse, Rowan and North Central (Ill.), as the Spartans moved up one spot from No. 5 to No. 4, SUNY Cortland went from No. 7 to No. 5 and UW-Whitewater jumped from No. 10 to No. 6.
Another big mover into the Top 10 was Benedictine. The Eagles continued to climb the rankings and come in at No. 8 this week. Benedictine saw Luther Newburn hop, skip and jump his way to a mark of 15.31m (50-2¾) in the triple jump and take over second place in the USTFCCCA Event Rankings. Newburn joined teammates Matt Fleming (long jump) and Roman Hill (long jump) in the Top 5 of their respective horizontal jumps.
For those uninitiated, the National Team Computer Rankings are compiled by a mathematical formula based on the NCAA Division III Descending Order Lists. Marks from previous seasons are included until enough data can be drawn from the current season and current freshmen aren't included in the rankings until they compete in an outdoor meet. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the race for a national title. Ranking points don't equate with points that will be scored at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.