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Arkansas Earns Third-Straight No. 1 Ranking; 1

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Earns Third-Straight No. 1 Ranking; 1


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In Tuesday’s Trackwire Top 25 the Razorback track and field team was ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation for the third-straight week and increased its point total in the process. Arkansas was given a dominating lead with 67 points and now has an 18-point advantage over second-ranked LSU (49).
The Southeastern Conference still has four of the top five teams with Florida close behind in third with 48 points and Auburn in fourth (39). The Hogs will carry their top billing when they travel to Oxford, Miss., next week for the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The league meet will certainly serve as a precursor to the NCAA Championships as UA will look to defend and claim it’s second-consecutive outdoor conference crown.
The Trackwire 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Division I track and field teams. The rankings methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held in Austin, Texas on June 9-12.
Arkansas’ top team ranking is made possible by its many talented athletes, many of whom were also named to this week’s Trackwire Dandy Dozen, a listing of the top 12 collegiate athletes in each NCAA event.
Arkansas was well represented with 11 Razorbacks ranked in ten events. Senior and six-time national champion Alistair Cragg has impressively been holding down the top spots in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs all season. Cragg is the defending NCAA 5K champion and earned runner-up honors against teammate Daniel Lincoln in a memorable 10K last year. Five-time All-American junior Jason Sandfort is also found in the 10,000 meters at seventh.
Freshman All-American Wallace Spearmon is the other Razorback that can be found at first place in his respective event. Spearmon was bumped up to No. 1 in the 200-meter dash for the first time on April 27 and junior Tyson Gay joins him in third. Gay, a two-time All-American, is also ranked fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Two All-American Razorback runners remained listed in the 1,500-meter run, including senior Chris Mulvaney in second place and junior Said Ahmed with an improved No. 6 ranking. Junior James Hatch also moved up and is eighth in the 800 meters.
Senior Michael Thomas is the lone Hog at eighth in the 110-meter hurdles.
A also has a presence in the field events with senior Jeremy Scott in the pole vault and sophomore Eric Brown in the javelin. Scott is a new transfer and boasts a career-best height of 18-8.25. His past performances at Allegheny College put him at third. Brown has consistently thrown far this season and has stayed in fourth place.


Complete Rankings:
1. Arkansas
67

2. LSU
49
3. Florida
47
4. Auburn
39
5. Nebraska
31
Ohio State
31
7. Baylor
30
8. Arizona State
28
TCU
27
10. SMU
26
Stanford
25
12. UCLA
24
13. Texas
23
14. Georgia
19
15. USC
18
Wisconsin
16
17. Minnesota
16
Arizona
14
19. Indiana
13
20. Texas Tech
12
Rice
12
22. Tennessee
11
California
11
24. Texas A&M
10
25. Alabama
10
Eastern Michigan
10
Oklahoma
10
Penn
10






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