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Arkansas Track and Field Still No. 1

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Track and Field Still No. 1


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After winning its 21st outdoor conference title and 12th SEC outdoor championship in Nashville, Tenn., on May 15, Arkansas held onto its national No. 1 ranking with 62 points. The Hogs have been on top of the Trackwire 25 for seven-straight weeks, the entire outdoor season, and are heavily favored to win the team title at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., on June 8-11. Florida is still second with 44 points, while Oregon climbed from No. 11 to No. 3 with 43 points.
LSU fell one spot to fourth with 41 points and Florida State is fifth with 36 points. Arizona State and Nebraska are tied at the sixth position with 32 points each. Stanford dropped from No. 4 to No. 8 and tallied 31 points. Indiana is close behind with 30 points in ninth place. There is a two-way tie to round out the top ten between Arizona and Tennessee (29).
Other teams from the Southeastern Conference that can be found in the top 25 include Auburn tied for 12th with 24 points, Mississippi State tied at No. 15 with 22 points and Georgia has 19 points at No. 19.
This week there were a few changes in Arkansas’ presence in Trackwire’s Dandy Dozen and instead of 10 athletes and two relays listed, UA has eight athletes and one relay ranked among the nation’s top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
Super sophomores Wallace Spearmon Jr., and Peter Kosgei are both ranked No. 1 in their respective events. Even though he finished second in the 200 meters at the SEC Championships Spearmon still holds the NCAA’s fastest time this year and he will be ready to defend his title at nationals. Kosgei was bumped up from second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to the top position after he dominated the race at the league meet.
Joining Spearmon in the 200 meters is senior Tyson Gay. He is ranked fourth in the event and is third in the 100-meter dash as the defending champion. The 4×100-meter relay the sprinting duo is a part of fell one spot to No. 8.
Senior Terry Gatson is the only Razorback listed in the 400 meters at No. 8.
Kosgei is also ranked in the 10,000 meters at No. 5 with junior Josphat Boit. Boit won the 10K at the SEC Championships and is right above his teammate in fourth place. In addition to the 10,000 meters, Boit is sixth in the 5,000 meters.
Last week senior James Hatch was clinging onto the 12th spot in the 800 meters, but after turning in two gutsy performances at the SEC Championships and winning the event with a career-best time of 1:47.35, he was moved up to No. 3.
In the field events senior two-time SEC champion Jaanus Uudmae stayed at No. 4 in the triple jump and junior All-American Eric Brown is third in the javelin.

Complete Trackwire 25:
1. Arkansas 62

2. Florida 44
3. Oregon 43
4. LSU 41
5. Florida State 36
6. Arizona State 32
Nebraska 32
8. Stanford 31
9. Indiana 30
10. Arizona 29
Tennessee 29
12. Southern Cal 24
Auburn 24
14. Wisconsin 23
15. UCLA 22
Mississippi State 22
17. Texas 21
18. Texas Tech 20
19. Georgia 19
20. Boise State 18
21. Michigan 17
22. Virginia Tech 14
23. BYU 13
24. Baylor 12
25. UTEP 11





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