CU Men's T&F stays put at No. 19 in USTFCCCA Top-25
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
CU Men's T&F stays put at No. 19 in USTFCCCA Top-25

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland University's men's outdoor track and field team stayed put at No. 19 in the latest NAIA U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Outdoor National Rating Index, released by the association today.

The Phoenix received 139.83 points in the eighth outdoor ratings of the 2022 campaign. The first week the Phoenix were ranked 89th in the rating and have consistently found themselves in the Top 25 as of late. Life University is the only other Mid-South Conference team ranked in the ratings at No. 3. 

Eight men have qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships over nine different events. Trevon Sanders has qualified with "A" standards in the 400m and the 800m. Georget Pontillo has also qualified with "A" standards in the 800m.

Sibanda Dumoluhle has registered the best triple jump of the NAIA to qualify with "A" standards. Jaylen Poole has also qualified with "A" standards in the Triple Jump with the seventh best distance. Ethan Rhoden has qualified for the half marathon with "A" standards and Joel Barlow has qualified with "B" standards. 

Tobi Oniyide qualified with "A" standards in the 100m, Dumoluhle has qualified with "B" standards in the 110m hurdles, the 4x100m relay team also narrowly qualified with "B" standards at the Lee University Last Chance Meet. 

Denis Kiplagat has qualified with "B" standards in the 3000m steeplechase and the 4x800m relay team rounds the Phoenix out with "B" standards.

The men have accumulated four Mid-South Conference Track and Field Athletes of the Week up to this point. 

The NAIA Outdoor Championships will take place May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. All runners who met NAIA "A" standards automatically qualify for the national tournament. The official qualifiers list will be announced Friday, May 20.