LSSU - Laker men crack USTFCCCA pre-season top 25

LSSU - Laker men crack USTFCCCA pre-season top 25

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NEW ORLEANS – The Lake Superior State men’s track and field team cracked the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 Poll for the first time in school history. The Lakers, ranked 25th, are one of five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s teams to be ranked in the pre-season poll, which is updated every Tuesday.

“We’ve only competed twice this year before break, and I think there’s a strong chance we’ll move up in the rankings as the year progresses,” LSSU second-year head track and field coach Matt Sparks said. “Our women also have a very strong chance of cracking the top 25 in a few weeks. We start competition again on Jan. 27 at Saginaw Valley.”

Rankings are based on points awarded to national qualifiers and on how high individual athletes are ranked nationally. Freshman Justin Balczak is an automatic qualifier in the heptathlon and a provisional qualifier in the 60-meter hurdles. Senior Jason Brenton is a former All-American in the triple jump. Senior Ben Monroe (200-meter dash), senior Zach Lynch (800-meter run), sophomore Mark List (5,000-meter run), sophomore Kaleb Schweiger (heptathlon) and sophomore Jeremy Braman (heptathlon) are ranked among the top 15 nationally in their events.

“I think this just shows the we're a young, talented program on the rise,” Sparks added. “On that same release, it ranks each conference in the nation, and the GLIAC is the No.1 conference for both men’s and women's track & field. Not only are we showing we can compete in the best conference in the nation, but we can also compete on the national level. That really is the expectation of our program this season and moving forward.”