UNK Track: Lopers 9th & 22nd in National Rankings


Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney track & field teams are ranked ninth (men) and 22nd (women) in the first national computer rankings of the indoor season

The rankings, sponsored by the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA), are a mathematical formula based on national descending order lists. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race.

USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referred to as a "poll" as no voting occurs during the process.

In the preseason indoor rankings, UNK was 12th (men) and 28th (women). Those rankings used results from previous years.

Currently, UNK has eight men and six women on the national lists. They have combined for 14 provisional and two automatic qualifying marks.

Waco senior Jackie Ziemke (shot) and Lincoln junior Dillon Schrodt (heptathlon) have automatically qualified for the NCAA indoor meet, held March 14-15 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ziemke currently ranks third in the shot (49-9) with Schrodt second in the heptathlon (5,269).

Five other Lopers are in their event's top 10 as well.

RMAC-member Adams State is No. 1on the men's side with MIAA-member Lincoln leading the women.

UNK heads to Seward for the Concordia Classic this Friday and Saturday.

Courtesy of UNK Media Relations