NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — After competing for the first time in 2021, the Central College men’s and women’s indoor track and field squads are rated highly in the National Team Ratings Index released late Tuesday.
The Dutch women are at No. 5 while the men’s team is at No. 6.
Points in the National Team Rating Index are based off placement in the National Descending Order Lists. The higher an athlete sits on the list, the more points he or she adds to his or her team’s total. These points do not reflect placement or scoring at the NCAA Championships, but is to show the individuals and teams that have the best chances at scoring well at said meet.
Central has six top-10 women’s marks, including the top-two pentathlon scores in the country with Mary Gray’s (senior, West Des Moines, Waukee HS) 3,476 points and Kiki Pingel’s (senior, Pella) 3,406 points. Kennedy Morris (senior, Earlham) is also No. 2 in the weight throw at 54 feet, 9.25 inches.
The Dutch men have eight top-10 marks in Division III, including two of the best heptathlons and 800-meter runs in the nation. Lucas Heitz (sophomore, Adel, ADM HS) is third in the heptathlon with 4,385 points and Noah Jorgenson (freshman, Sidney) debuted with the No. 7 800-meter run time. That time was originally 1:54.69 but was converted to 1:53.08 for ratings purposes.
Wartburg College is the highest-rated team of the 67 women’s programs who have competed so far this season. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Loras College round out the top three. University of Wisconsin La Crosse paces the same name of men’s teams with Wartburg College and John Carroll University also in the top three.
Central is hosting the University of Dubuque and Nebraska Wesleyan University in a triangular this weekend inside H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse. The men’s and women’s pentathlon will start Friday at 2 p.m. with the rest of the events going off at noon on Saturday.