PHILADELPHIA - In the first release of the outdoor national and regional rankings this season, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team was rewarded for a strong start and impressive weekend at Stanford, Florida and Princeton.The updated rankings were released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week.
Inthe first regular-season outdoor edition of the 2015 National Team Computer Rankings, the Quakers are 49th in the nation with 40.30 points, which is second among the Ivies as Cornell currently sits at No. 43 with 49.57 points. The Penn men earned the highest ranking in program history last season when they were just two spots out of the Top 25.
The men are also ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Of the 32 teams that have received points in Penn's region, only Navy has a higher total than the Quakers.
Team rankings points are determined by assigning higher point totals to athletes ranked higher in the national descending order lists for their event(s), and then adding up all the athletes’ totals for each teams.The regional rankings utilize the same formulas as the national rankings, but applied to each of the nine regions used in cross country.
The Quakers earned points from Thomas Awad in the 1,500 meters (eighth) and 5,000 meters (ninth), Nick Tuck in the steeplechase (44th), Brendan Smith in the steeplechase (48th) and Sam Mattis in the discus (18th).
This week, the Quakers head to Fairfax, Va., where the Red and Blue will compete in the George Mason Invitational on April 11.