FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On Monday (Feb. 2) the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its second 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 second consecutive week.
The USTFCCCA also released the second regular season NCAA Division I Regional Rankings and the Razorbacks moved up a spot to take over the No. 1 ranking in the South Central Region.
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.
In their last outing the Razorbacks competed at the 2015 Razorback Invite at the Randal Tyson Track Center (Jan. 30-31). The reigning SEC Indoor Track Champions used a late surge on day two to take the team title. The Razorbacks picked up the win with 85.5 points, edging second place Florida (85 points) by a half of a point.
In the 800 meter invitational, junior Ryan Thomas finished in second place (1:49.20), while senior Patrick Rono took third in 1:49.35. Freshman Austen Dalquist placed third in the mile invitational with a time of 4:02.46, which was a new personal-best for the rookie. Sophomore Clive Pullen went home with a second-place finish in the triple jump with his mark of 51-5.75, while freshman Rubin Owens set a new personal-best with his mark of 49-4.5.
Sophomore Omar McLeod was dominant in the 60 meter hurdles and took home the event title with a time of 7.73 in the finals, while senior Andrew Irwin won the pole vault with a mark of 5.45m/17-10.5, while freshman Noah Gilfillan finished 10th with a personal best 4.75m/15-7.
The Razorbacks will now have a short break before returning to the Randal Tyson Track Center to host the Tyson Invitational Feb. 13-14. Arkansas will also send a few athletes to Seattle, Wash. to participate in the Husky Classic on the campus of the University of Washington during Feb. 13-14.
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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
4. Texas A&M
5. Penn State
10. Virginia Tech
14. Texas Tech
16. Oklahoma State
19. Florida State
22. Kennesaw State
Men’s Indoor Track & Field Regional Rankings (Top 15) | South Central Region
2. Texas A&M
6. Texas State
9. Stephen F. Austin
10. Arkansas State
12. Sam Houston State
13. Southeastern Louisiana
14. 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.