FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas track and field is ranked No. 12 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and Trackwire 25, it was announced on Tuesday. Seven Razorbacks were also tabbed in the Trackwire Dandy Dozen.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
Defending NCAA Outdoor Champion Florida State is seated at the top of the Trackwire 25 and the USTFCCCA poll while LSU has moved up to No. 2 in the USTFCCCA and Trackwire 25. Auburn rounds out the top three at No. 3 in the Trackwire 25 and the USTFCCCA.
Also released on Tuesday are the Dandy Dozen rankings. Seven Razorbacks are ranked in five events.
In the Dandy Dozen, 10-time All-American Peter Kosgei remains at No. 6 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after a bronze finish at the SEC Championships. J-Mee Samuels propelled to No. 7 in the 100-meter rankings after earning runner-up honors at the SEC Championships.
After a fourth-place finish and season-best time of 39.89 at the SEC Championships, the 4×100-meter relay (Cedric Zellner, Clemore Henry, Mychael Stewart, Samuels) enter the rankings at No. 11.
In the field events, SEC runner-up Alain Bailey remains at No. 6 in the long jump. In the triple jump, two-time All-American and three-time SEC Champion Nkosinza Balumbu moved up to No. 2.
The Cardinal and White will return begin competition at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, in Columbia, Mo., Fri.-Sat., May 25-26. For a schedule and details, visit www.mutigers.com. For complete a complete listing of the Trackwire 25 or the USTFCCCA Poll, visit www.trackshark.com or www.ustfccca.org.