Kingsmen Open Season No. 9 in National Power Rankings
CLU ranked among best in nation
NEW ORLEANS, La. – In the initial 2013 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Power Ranking of the season, which was announced today, the Cal Lutheran men’s team is ranked No. 9 in the Nation.
CLU has earned 148.18 points to break into the top-10. Leading the charge in the opening poll is Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) foe Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (188.06). The Kingsmen are the second West Region team ranked.
Team points are determined by compiling the sum of all points earned by that team in each event. Teams may select up to two athletes per event with an athlete used in no more than three events, excluding relays, with only one relay team per school per event. The points come from the best marks in an event during the current season only and are based on the strength per event and how those ranked athletes match up against each team in the nation if competing head-to-head.
Both the 4x100m and 4x400m Relay Team are ranked with three individuals also earning national recognition at this junction of the season.
In the 4x100m Relay, Justin Reeves, Matthew Hamlett, Tristan Baer and Halaiano Aholelei are 9th and the 4x400m Relay of Conor Frinfrock, Hamlett, Dominick Allen and Baer have run to a 20th ranking.
Baer is the only Kingsmen athlete to be ranked in two relays and an individual event, holding the 16th spot in the 400m.
Transfer, Aholelei has made an immediate impact on the CLU squad and is the highest ranked individual on the team with the 8th fastest 100m Dash time in the country.
Rounding out the ranked athletes from Cal Lutheran is Erik Fruth who is 10th in the 110m Hurdles.
When asked about the early success of his team, head coach Matt Lea said, “It is exciting to be ranked this high to start the season. We know that we have a long ways to go until Outdoor Nations in Wisconsin, so we need to keep up the hard work each day and keep our eyes on the end prize.” Lea concluded by saying, “These rankings are a true testament to how hard these young men are working each and every day to improve.”
Cal Lutheran will be back in action on Saturday, April 6 where at the SCIAC Quad No. 3 meet where they will look to improve on their times and rankings for the upcoming polls, which are set to be released weekly through the end of the season.