Jennies hold top rank, Mules 8th in USTFCCA Poll

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(NEW ORLEANS) – The Central Missouri Jennies track team were award the No. 1 ranking in the Division II USTFCCCA Poll last week for the first time in their history and held on to that distinction for another week. The Mules also remain in the top-10, checking in at No. 8 in the poll.
The Jennies were led this week by MIAA Field Athlete of the Week Erika Kinsey. The freshman from Sweden holds the top collegiate mark in the high jump after jumping 1.90m (6′ 2.75″) to set a new school and Multipurpose Building record. Senior Zoe Sharplin also ran a personal-best at the Mule Relays in the 60m hurdles and is No. 3 in the nation in the event.
The Jens totaled 149.82 points to once again sit atop the poll. However No. 2 Ashland has gained ground and sit less than a point behind with 149.74.
The men’s team dropped a spot from No. 7 to 8 this week. They accumulated 74.39 points, less than two points behind now-seventh place Tiffin.
Cole Phillips was also named MIAA Field Athlete of thee Week. Phillips increased his Division-II leading mark in the pole vault to 5.22m (17′ 1.5″) to win the event at the Mule Relays. Phillips is one of 10 NCAA qualifiers on the men’s side. This week the men’s 4x400m relays team recorded the fifth-best time in the nation when they ran a converted 3:15.24.
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. Rankings do not equate with NCAA Championship team points and are based only on 2015 marks.
Both teams will be in action this weekend as they head to Joplin, Mo. Feb. 6-7 for the Missouri Southern Open