NEW ORLEANS – Despite a weekend with a number of solid performances, the Bridgewater Eagles men's track and field team fell two spots to fifth place in the most recent United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings released on Wednesday morning.
Bridgewater didn't field a full squad at last weekend's Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City, but sophomore Luke Sohl and the distance medley relay squad turned in a pair of stellar efforts at the meet.
Sohl helped the Eagles snap the school and conference record in the distance medley relay on Friday evening as the quartet ran a time of 10:17.20 to break the conference mark by nine seconds. Currently, Bridgewater's DMR is ranked number one in the region by nearly 18 seconds.
On Saturday morning, Sohl was the top non-Division I finisher in the 5,000 meter field and finished with a time of 14:55.57 to place 11th overall in the college division race. The sophomore's performance snapped the school record previously held by Nate Rittenhouse by over 21 seconds. Sohl's time in the race is the lone sub-15 minute time in the ODAC this season and ranks him number one in the region.
Sohl is also ranked in the region in the mile run with his 4:20.28 time from the Liberty University Open ranking him second. Senior Ryan Speray is also ranked in the event as his 4:29.01 performance at Liberty places him in eighth.
In the field events, freshman Pete Monteleone is ranked in the runner-up post in the long jump. Monteleone's a mere inch out of the top spot in the region with his leap of 21 feet, 11 ¾ inches.
Senior Jacob Kroko rounds out Bridgewater's individuals in the regional rankings. Kroko is ranked fifth in the shot put (43 feet, 10 inches) and is sixth in the weight throw (47 feet, 3 ½ inches).
Lynchburg climbed to the number one spot in the region, leap-frogging Christopher Newport. Birmingham-Southern jumped four spots into third place while Emory and Bridgewater round out the top five.
Bridgewater is back in action on Friday when it travels to suburban Philadelphia for the Ursinus Invitational. Start time from Collegeville, Pa. is set for 4 p.m.