MIDLAND, MICH – The fifth week of the regular-season U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings were released Tuesday (February 19) afternoon and have the Northwood men's track and field team ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II.
The Timberwolves have 50.31 computer points in this week's poll. The men's team has been nationally ranked in the Top 25 in every poll released this year.
At the SVSU Tune-Up meet, Rami Gharsalli turned in an improved NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 60 meter hurdles of 7.96 seconds to win the event. The GLIAC Men's Athlete of the Week sits at No. 6 on the qualifying list for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Mason Phillips is the team's top contributor with 37.02 computer points between his individual four events. He is ranked second in the 60 meters (19.66 computer points), fourth at 200 meters (15.37), No. 16 in the 400 meters (1.12) and No. 17 in the long jump (0.88). Gharsalli adds 11.42 computer points with his ranking in the 60 hurdles.
The distance medley relay team of Chase Clark, Phillips, Netunji Paige and Patrick sits at No. 12 on the national qualifying list for 1.48 computer points, with Patrick sitting at No. 24 in the 5000 meter run (0.37 points).
The indoor track and field teams will compete at the GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday-Sunday (February 23-24), hosted by Saginaw Valley State University.