FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On Monday (Feb. 23) the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its fifth 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 fifth consecutive week.
The USTFCCCA also released the fifth regular season NCAA Division I Regional Rankings and the Razorbacks took the No. 2 spot in the South Central Region for the third 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 closed the regular season at the Arkansas Open and Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invite on Saturday, Feb. 21.
In South Bend, Ind., the Razorback distance medley relay team of Austen Dalquist, Jamarco Stephen, Patrick Rono and Kemoy Campbell used a 3:57 anchor leg from Campbell en route to a 9:28.37 final time to record the fastest time of the weekend. Arkansas had previously run 9:32 coming into Saturday, on the NCAA bubble, but left no doubt by running the fourth fastest time of 2015. The DMR team’s time was also the second-best time in program history, falling two-hundredths of a second shy of the school record (9:28.35; 2009).
In the mile at the Alex Wilson Invite, Alex George took third in a personal-best 4:07.46, while Cale Wallace finished in 11th place with his time of 4:12.10.
At the Arkansas Open, Brad Culp took second place in the 60 meter hurdles in a personal-best 8.45. Marqueze Washington took first place in to 400 meter dash in 46.49, while Ryan Thomas (1:50.12), Andrew Pisechko (1:52.33), Noah Findlay (1:52.96; PR) and Tomas Squella (1:53.45) finished 1-2-3-4 in the 800 meter.
Devin Randall finished second in the weight throw (59-2.25) and took first in the shot put (56-2.75). Randall’s mark of 59-2.25 in the weight throw was a new personal-best and is the No. 2 mark in program history.
The Razorbacks will be back in action on Feb. 27-28 for the SEC Indoor Championships at Nutter Field House in Lexington, before returning home to the Randal Tyson Track Center for the NCAA Indoor National Championships (March 13-14.
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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
4. Texas A&M
8. Virginia Tech
9. Penn State
10. Texas Tech
12. Oklahoma State
17. Kansas State
19. Florida State
21. South Carolina
23. Southern California
24. Iowa State
Men’s Indoor Track & Field Regional Rankings (Top 15) | South Central Region
1. Texas A&M
8. Texas State
9. Stephen F. Austin
10. Sam Houston State
11. Southeastern Louisiana
12. Arkansas State
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.