FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas track and field is ranked No. 1 by Trackwire 25, it was announced on Tuesday. Eight 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.
The Razorbacks, defending NCAA Indoor Champions, continued their hunt for a 43rd national title with another solid weekend of competition, notching six more NCAA provisional-qualifying marks.
Arkansas is sitting at No. 1 with 47 points. Defending NCAA Outdoor Champion Florida State slipped to No. 2 with 43 points and Wisconsin rounds out the top three with 38 points. Among the SEC schools, Auburn is seated at No. 5, Florida at No. 7, LSU is 12th while Tennessee is ranked No. 14.
Also released on Tuesday are the Dandy Dozen rankings. Eight Razorbacks are ranked in seven events and the distance medley relay (Adam Perkins, Clemore Henry, Brian Roe, Peter Kosgei) also jumped to No. 1 ahead of Wisconsin.
J-Mee Samuels, who clocked a personal best and provisional-qualifying time of 6.69 at the Arkansas Invitational and then clocked a 6.73 at the Razorback Invitational, is ranked No. 7 in the 60-meter dash. Eight-time All-American Peter Kosgei is ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively. All-American Perkins is seated at No. 5 in the mile with teammate Colin Costello breaking the mile rankings at the No. 11 spot.
In the field events, Greg Martin opened up on the high jump rankings at No. 10 with his provisional clearance of 7-1 at the Razorback Invitational. Newcomer Alain Bailey, who also registered a provisional-qualifying mark at the Arkansas Invitational, stays at No. 4 in the long jump while teammate Mychael Stewart broke through to the
No. 11 spot. In the triple jump, provisionally-qualified All-American Nkosinza Balumbu is at the top of the list.
The Cardinal and White will return to the track Feb. 2-3, for the two-day New Balance Collegiate Invitational, in New York, N.Y. For complete a complete listing of the Trackwire 25, visit www.trackshark.com.