HAVERFORD, Pa. – Following a successful weekend at the Chester Quarry Classic at Widener, the Haverford College men's outdoor track & field team is currently ranked No. 15 in the third weekly release of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Track & Field Ratings Index, the coaches organization announced in a release on Tuesday afternoon.
The weekly rankings, first introduced during the 2011 campaign, use mathematical formulas to compile a team's standing using the current week's national qualifying lists as well as performance data from the previous season. The purpose of the rankings is to create an index that identifies the squads that have the best potential of success at the NCAA Division III National Championships in May.
Haverford's 2019 performances that factor into this week's total include seniors Graham Peet (30:06.59) and Ryan Herlihy (30:35.21) posting season opening personal bests in the 10,000 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational at Widener on March 29. The times are the top two in the Centennial Conference so far this season. In addition, senior Greg Morgan's 5,000-meter time (14:301.2) from that same meet and Peet's Centennial-best steeplechase performance at the Bill Butler Invitational (9:10.79) also help compile Haverford's total of 63.09 points in this week's ranking release.
With a solid weekend behind them, the Fords will now ramp up preparations for the Centennial Conference meet as a contingent of distance and middle distance runners are slated for Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton on Friday, while others head right back to Widener for the two-day Widener Invitational on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. The Fords then host their lone home meet of the season on Monday, April 22 at Johnson Track, with action slated to begin at 4 p.m.