FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On Monday (Feb. 16) the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its fourth regular season edition of the NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings and the Arkansas men’s track and field team checked in at No. 3 for the fourth consecutive week.
The USTFCCCA also released the fourth regular season NCAA Division I Regional Rankings and the Razorbacks took the No. 2 spot in the South Central Region for the second week in a row.
The national team rankings are compiled by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points. Preseason rankings included marks from 2014, and the National Team Computer Rankings will continue to do so through the third regular-season edition.
Last weekend, the Razorbacks competed at the 2015 Razorback Invite at the Randal Tyson Track and the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. At the Husky Classic in Seattle, Kemoy Campbell (7:48.13), Stanley Kebenei (7:49.74) and Alex George (8:08.41) finished first, fourth and 23rd, respectively, in the 3,000m. Kebenei and George set new personal-bests with their times.
At the Tyson Invite, senior Andrew Irwin put on a show for the home crowd and broke the school record, which he owned, with his mark of 18-10.25 (5.75m) to take second place in the pole vault. Irwin’s mark not only set a new program record, but it’s also the highest height cleared in the SEC this season.
Junior Jarrion Lawson took first in the long jump invitational with a mark of 26-4.25, which is the best in the SEC so far this season.
The Razorbacks will be back in action next Saturday (Feb. 21) when they host the Arkansas Open, before heading to Lexington, Ky. for the 2015 SEC Championships (Feb. 27-28).
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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
4. Texas A&M
8. Penn State
9. Oklahoma State
10. Virginia Tech
13. Texas Tech
16. Kansas State
19. Iowa State
20. Southern California
22. Florida State
24. South Carolina
dropped out: No. 10 Stanford, No. 11 Villanova, No. 20 Purdue, No. 22 Houston, No. 23 Michigan State, No. 24 BYU, No. 25 Kennesaw State
Men’s Indoor Track & Field Regional Rankings (Top 15) | South Central Region
1. Texas A&M
7. Texas State
9. Arkansas State
10. Sam Houston State
11. Stephen F. Austin
12. Southeastern Louisiana
13. UT Arlington
Fayetteville, the “Track Capital of the World”, will be at the center of the track and field universe on the weekend of March 13-14 as the Razorbacks will host the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the home of the “Fastest Indoor Track in the World”. Since the facility’s opening in 2000, Arkansas and the Randal Tyson Track Center have hosted the event 11 times, including nine straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 championships.
A two-day, all-session ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships is $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission adult ticket.
Season tickets and NCAA all-session passes are available online at HERE, by contacting the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center via phone at (800) 982-HOGS or in person at the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center, located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Rd. in Fayetteville.