NEW ORLEANS – The Rogers State indoor men's track & field team moved into the top 25 of the NCAA Division II National Team Rankings for the first time in program history as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Hillcats ranked No. 25 in the week four poll.
The navy and red totaled 27.86 points to earn the top 25 ranking. The 27.86 points were an 11.24 point improvement from a week ago after the Cats put together a strong performance at the Gorilla Classic over the weekend.
The point total is tallied based on results during the indoor season. RSU saw huge movement in the total points due to the performances from Ricky Bell and Djiron Lilley at Gorilla Classic last weekend. Lilley set the school record in the 60 meters with a time of 6.74 seconds. That time earned the team 15.36 points in the rankings this week. Bell had set the 60 meter school record one day earlier with his time of 6.75 seconds. That time gave the Cats 11.20 points toward the team rankings. Bell also broke the RSU school record for indoor track in the 200 meters as he timed 21.66 seconds, earning the team 0.67 points.
Quintin Powell's performances in the 200 and 400 meters also added points to the navy and red team total along with Baylor Harvey's school record run in the 3,000 meters.
The Hillcats are the only team from the Great American Conference (GAC) in the track & field top 25. Colorado Mines topped the poll with 166.43 points. Tiffin ranked second at 162.48 points. Adams State (154.98), Grand Valley State (131.61) and Texas A&M-Commerce (122.70) round out the top five.