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Arkansas Garners No. 1 Preseason National Rank

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Arkansas Garners No. 1 Preseason National Rank


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The defending NCAA indoor champion Razorback track and field team is predicted to carry on its winning ways in 2004 as it earned a preseason No. 1 national ranking in the Trackwire 25. The Hogs were impressively placed ahead of the rest of the field with 62 points, while Stanford was in a distant second with 39.
“I’m very pleased with the ranking,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We have a great team with experience, but we also have some younger guys that give us a promising future. We do well when we’re ranked high, because it gives the guys confidence when everyone in the country believes their No. 1. The ranking makes them go out and prove themselves.”
Arkansas is one of five Southeastern Conference schools ranked in the top 10. Auburn is third with 37 points. Texas was put in the fourth position with 35 and LSU tallied 29 points for fifth place. Minnesota grabbed the No. 6 spot (28), while Florida was close behind in seventh with 26 points. UCLA and Michigan tied with 23 points for eighth place, while South Carolina rounded out the top 10 with 22 points.
The Trackwire 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Division I track and field teams. This ranking’s methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 12-13.
The Razorbacks will open the 2004 indoor season as they host the Arkansas Invitational on Friday, Jan. 16 at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Admission is free with the first field event, the high jump, beginning at 2 p.m., while the running events will start at 3:20 p.m., with the unseeded heat of the 3,000 meters.



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