Owls Make Historic Jump in the Rankings
KENNESAW, Ga. – After winning their third Atlantic Sun Championship in a row, the Kennesaw…
Georgia (Feb 25, 2014) —
KENNESAW, Ga. – After winning their third Atlantic Sun Championship in a row, the Kennesaw State men's track and field team has jumped 20 spots in the USTFCCCA rankings to No. 18. This is the highest NCAA Division I ranking achieved by any team at Kennesaw State since the school made the jump from Division II in 2005.
"It is truly a great day and time to be an Owl," Throws coach Duane Morris said. "At the beginning of the season, the team discussed being a nationally ranked program outdoors, but to have the ranking come indoors is icing on the cake. Our team is normally stronger outdoors, but the Owls have taken flight early in 2014!"
Last weekend, Kennesaw State earned its third-straight Atlantic Sun Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship as the Owls racked up 211 points behind eight event wins and 19 top-three performances. This is the fifth indoor championship the team has won, which is the most all-time in the conference.
Junior Andre Dorsey has led the Owls all season by raising the bar and improving his marks each week. Dorsey is the only athlete in the nation currently ranked top 10 nationally in three different events. He is third in the triple jump with a jump of 16.27m (53'2.25"), tied for sixth in the high jump after clearing 2.23m (7'3.75m"), and seventh in the long jump with a jump of 7.76m (25'5.5").
"At Kennesaw State, we boast the best all-around jumper in the country," Morris said. "Andre has exhibited signs of greatness, since he arrived on campus his freshman year. The administration, coaching staff, and athletes of KSU are excited to see how he fares at Nationals this year."
Dorsey will be competing at the Indoor NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 14-15.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.