TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's track and field team is ranked No. 1 nationally in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Weekly Dual Meet Rankings, through meets of March 30.
The Fightin' Engineers are ranked No. 1 nationally in the USTFCCA Dual Meet Rankings with 172.86 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps stands No. 2 with 171.07 points, followed by Occidental (167.71), Rowan (166.11) and Emory (160.11).
Rose-Hulman's top performances so far this season, according to the USTFCCCA Dual Meet Rankings, are: Josh Hennig in the 400-meter dash (49.71 seconds for 5.63 points); Brendon Mattiuz in the 1,500 meters (4:02.78 for 5.62 points); the 4-x-400 meter relay team (3:22.20 for 5.62 points); Trey Sykes in the triple jump (45' 11 3/4" for 5.60 points); Kenton Hipsher in the high jump (6' 4 3/4" for 5.59 points); the 4-x-100 meter relay team (42.87 seconds for 5.59 points); and Matt Hill in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:39.39 for 5.56 points).
The USTFCCCA Dual Meet Rankings differ from the organization's National Team Computer Rankings. According to the USTFCCA website, while the Team Rankings are designed to forecast how programs might fare at the NCAA Championships, the Dual Meet Rankings are indicative of how full teams with two athletes per event would fare in head-to-head competition.
Scores are the sums of all points earned by a team in each event. Only two athletes per team may be considered in each event (and one relay team per event), and an athlete can only be used in up to three events, excluding relays. Points are based on the best marks by those athletes in the current season.
Rose-Hulman will compete at the Hanover College Invitational on Saturday.