AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron junior Jackie Siefring (Covington, Ohio) will travel to Azusa, Calif., to compete in the heptathlon at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays/California Invitational Combined Decathlon/Heptathlon this Wednesday and Thursday, April 12-13.
The two-day, seven-event competition will be held at Cougar Athletic Stadium on the campus of Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.
Siefring will be competing in her first multi-event of the spring after placing 12th in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
The Akron men's track and field team enters the week ranked No. 26 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Team Rankings released on Monday, April 10.
The Zips are the highest-rated team in the Mid-American Conference and sit second in the latest Great Lakes Regional poll released this week. The Akron women's squad is ranked third in the most recent regional tally.
Additionally, the Zips' women's and men's teams are ranked 21st and 23rd, respectively, in the second men's and women's collegiate dual meet rankings of the 2017 outdoor campaign, as compiled by Jesse Squire for Track and Field News.
Akron currently has eight student-athletes ranked in the top-25 nationally by the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS), including senior Phil Jagers (Solon, Ohio), who owns the best mark nationally in the discus (203-6).
Also rated among the top-25 is sophomore Matt Ludwig (Chardon, Ohio) (fourth in the men's pole vault – 18-4.50/5.60m), junior Terrell McClain (Youngstown, Ohio) (sixth in men's long jump – 25-6.25/7.78m), senior Matt Rowland (Bellevue, Ohio) (11th in the men's pole vault – 17-7/5.36m), senior Nikki Manson (Glasgow, Scotland) (12th in the women's high jump – 5-11.25/1.81m), senior Mike Ohiembor (Dayton, Ohio) (12th in men's triple jump – 51-11/15.82m), senior Joe Oduho (Erie, Pa.) (16th in men's long jump – 25-1.25/7.65m) and sophomore Curtis Richardson (Blacklick, Ohio) (18th in men's high jump – 7-1/2.16m).