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Arkansas Slips to No. 3 in Latest Trackwire Poll

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Slips to No. 3 in Latest Trackwire Poll

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas fell one spot to No. 3 in the latest Trackwire.com national outdoor track and field poll this week. The Razorbacks, ranked No. 2 last week, are ranked behind Florida State and LSU in this week’s national team rankings.

Florida State tops the Trackwire.com poll with 60 points with LSU (48 points) ranking second. Arkansas (47 points) and UTEP (47 points) are tied for third while Texas (37 points) is ranked fifth.

Trackwire also released the latest edition of its Dandy Dozen individual event rankings. The rankings feature six Arkansas entries including three events topped by Razorback performers.

Senior Josphat Boit has vaulted to the top of two lists after impressive early-season performances in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Boit is ranked No. 1 in both distance events after posting the nation’s best times in both the 5K and 10K. The Kenyan first automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with a time of 28:22.09 at the Stanford Invitational. Last weekend, Boit added the nation’s best 5K time to his resume clocking in at 13:28.26 at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Another Razorback senior is pacing the nation in his event as well. Eric Brown is ranked No. 1 in the javelin after posting back-to-back wins at the Texas Relays and Mt. SAC Relays. Brown won the javelin at the Texas Relays with a nation’s-best throw of 245-10. He topped the field again at the Mt. SAC Relays with a top measurement of 238-6. For a second-consecutive week, Brown was named the Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Junior Peter Kosgei is ranked in two events despite not competing yet this outdoor season. Kosgei is nursing an ankle injury and has not taken the track since the NCAA Indoors in early March. He is making progress and is slated to return in the next few weeks. Kosgei is ranked No. 3 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase rankings and No. 6 in the 10,000-meter run this week.

Freshman Nkosinza Balumbu is holding steady at No. 2 in the national triple jump rankings. Balumbu earned an NCAA regional qualifying spot last weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays with a jump of 52-2 ½. It was Balumbu’s first triple jump competition of the outdoor season for the Razorback rookie.

A majority of the Razorback squad will head to Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend to compete at the TCU Invitational. The exception will be Brown, who will compete in the javelin at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. It will be a senior homecoming for Brown who hails from Baldwin City, Kan.

Trackwire.com Poll

April 17, 2006

1. Florida State – 60

2. LSU – 48

3. Arkansas – 47

UTEP – 47

5. Texas – 37

6. Arizona – 33

7. Oregon – 28

8. Tennessee – 27

9. Florida – 24

10. Virginia Tech – 23

11. BYU – 22

12. Texas Tech – 21

13. Nebraska – 19

North Carolina – 19

15. TCU – 17

16. Texas A&M – 16

17. Northeastern – 15

18. Oral Roberts – 14

19. USC – 13

Wisconsin – 13

Kansas – 13

22. Boise State – 12

Baylor – 12

South Carolina – 12

25. Kansas State – 10

George Mason – 10

Jackson State – 10

Ohio State – 10



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