The Bowling Green State University indoor track and field team is ranked No. 15 in the Great Lakes Region by the United States Track and Field Cross and Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). It is the first time the Falcons have been ranked in Head Coach Lou Snelling's three-year tenure.
"This is another sign of the program taking positive steps in the MAC and beyond," Snelling said. "There is still much work to be done at this early point in the track season, but it's great to see this young group starting to put it together."
Ohio State tops the Great Lakes Region rankings and Bowling Green is one of six Mid-American Conference schools in the top 15. Kent State leads the way among MAC schools at No. 7, followed by No. 8 Eastern Michigan, No. 9 Akron, No. 13 Western Michigan and No. 14 Miami.
The regional ranking is an indicator of the progress the BGSU track and field program is taking under Snelling. The Falcons have already met MAC automatic qualifying marks for indoor track and field in five different events this year – four more than during the entire 2013 season. In outdoor track and field, Brooke Pleger was named a first team All-American a year ago after placing eighth in the country in the hammer throw. She was also the Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the MAC Championships.
Sophomore transfer Alicia Arnold has already qualified for the MAC Championships in two events, posting the fastest time in the conference in the 200 and ranking second in the long jump. Pleger has met the qualifying standard for the weight throw as has Jeanette Pettigrew in the 60. Freshman Rachel Durbin also met the automatic mark in the mile.
Bowling Green defeated MAC rival Ohio a week ago in the Tom Wright Open and the Falcons will head to the Findlay Open Friday, with field events beginning at noon.