Ashland University's indoor track and field program made history on Tuesday (Feb. 24), as both the Eagle men's and women's teams are ranked first in Division II at the same time for the first time.
The weekly United States Track & Field And Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings were released on Tuesday. The Eagle women remained in the top spot in the country with 154.65 computer points, well ahead of second-place Central Missouri (130.42), while the AU men jumped into the top spot with 144.88 points, ahead of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals Findlay (137.51) and Grand Valley State (136.89).
Being ranked No. 1 together is a big accomplishment, but Ashland head coach Jud Logan and his Eagles are putting it all in perspective. After all, the AU men and women will compete in the 2015 GLIAC Championships on Saturday (Feb. 28) and Sunday (March 1).
"It's conference week, and that's important," Logan said. "That just adds to the vibe that's already out there. We have plenty of kids that will moving on to the NCAA Championships that are responsible for those rankings. We take all rankings with a grain of salt, in that a lot of those performances are encompassed over the year. When we go to the NCAA Championships, it won't be about what you did in December, January or February.
"I think it's a good thing. We're peaking at the right time. It's something we're certainly proud of. It's more for the university, for the past alumni and for future Eagles. But our team isn't focused on rankings. They are focused on the GLIAC Championships."
Both of Ashland's indoor teams have combined for 10 automatic and 33 provisional national-qualifying marks for the NCAA Division II Championships, March 13-14 in Birmingham, Ala.