NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — The Central College men’s outdoor track and field team entered the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Division III ratings index at No. 25 Tuesday.
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.
After making its outdoor debut, Central has two athletes in the top five of their respective events and three more marks inside the top 20. Brock Lewis (junior, Lathrop, Mo.) is No. 4 in the long jump (23 feet, 3.5 inches) and Joe Stein (freshman, Milford, Okoboji HS) is No. 4 in the 100-meter dash (10.70 seconds).
Brock Lewis is also No. 13 in the triple jump (46-1.5) while high jumpers Drake Lewis (junior, Lathrop, Mo.) and Sam Beatty (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) are No. 15 at 6-5.5.
John Carroll University (Ohio) is the No. 1 team in the ratings index. University of Lynchburg (Va.) and the University of Mount Union (Ohio) round out the top three.
The majority of Central’s squad is headed to the Spartan Invitational hosted by the University of Dubuque Friday and Saturday. A small group of mid-distance runners are headed to the Wartburg Select Open in Waverly on Saturday.