Arkansas Maintains No. 1 National Ranking for
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the fifth-straight week the Arkansas track and field team has maintained its No. 1 position in the latest Trackwire 25 rankings released on Tuesday, Feb. 8. The Hogs were given 70 points and have a substantial lead over second place Indiana (44). Michigan is third with 33 and Texas is fourth with 28. Southeastern Conference opponent and defending NCAA Indoor Champion, LSU, is at No. 5 with 27 points.
Wisconsin grabbed the sixth position with 25 and Florida, the 2004 national runner-up, is close behind in seventh with 24 points. Arizona was placed at eighth (22) and Florida State is No. 9 and has 21 points. Oregon rounded out the top 10 and tallied 19 points.
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 Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 11-12.
Arkansas is also very well represented in Trackwire’s Dandy Dozen. Eleven Razorback athletes and two relay teams were ranked among the top 12 collegiate athletes and teams in each NCAA event.
Junior sprinting star Tyson Gay is ranked in two events. He is No. 1 in the 60-meter dash and No. 2 in the 200-meter dash, while teammate and sophomore Wallace Spearmon Jr., took the top spot in the 200 as the national outdoor champion and current world leader in the event.
Senior Terry Gatson debuted in the 400 meters after posting outstanding performances in New York City at the Armory Collegiate Invitational over the weekend. He was placed at No. 9 in the event.
A pair of Hogs made it on the 3,000-meter list. Junior Josphat Boit is second and sophomore transfer Peter Kosgei is close behind in third. Boit is also second in the 5,000 meters and is joined by junior Marc Rodrigues and senior Jason Sandfort who are at 10th and 11th, respectively.
In the mile run junior Said Ahmed is listed at No. 3, while freshman Shawn Forrest is No. 12. Senior James Hatch is the lone Razorback in the 800 meters in fifth place.
Senior Jaanus Uudmae is the only Razorback ranked in a field event. He is seventh in the triple jump.
Arkansas’ reputation to consistently produce quality distance medley relay teams has the Hogs in third behind defending NCAA champion Michigan and Indiana. UA’s 4×400-meter relay is also highly regarded and is in the No. 7 position.
This weekend Arkansas will have an opportunity to prove its No. 1 ranking when it hosts the Powered by Tyson Invitational on Feb. 11-12, at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The Hogs will go up against the world’s best athletes on Friday night from 7-9 p.m. during the professional portion of the meet. On Saturday they will compete head-to-head with some of the nation’s top collegiate programs. Saturday’s events will start at 9 a.m. and finals of the championship events are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Complete Trackwire 25 Rankings
1. Arkansas 70
2. Indiana 44
3. Michigan 33
4. Texas 28
5. LSU 27
6. Wisconsin 25
7. Florida 24
8. Arizona 22
9. Florida State 21
10. Oregon 19
11. Texas Tech 18
13. Arizona State 17
Colorado State 17
15. Auburn 16
17. East Carolina 15
18. UCLA 14
21. Baylor 13
22. Kansas State 12
Virginia Tech 12
25. Texas A&M 10
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