FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a rough weekend at the 2007 Tyson Invitational, Arkansas track and field fell from No. 3 to No. 7 in the Trackwire 25 poll, it was announced on Tuesday.
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 will return to competition in two weeks at the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Kentucky, Feb. 23-25. The Hogs will be in the hunt for their 81st conference championship.
Arkansas is sitting at No. 7 with 27 points. Florida State took over first place (48 points) with a strong showing in Fayetteville this past weekend. Wisconsin moved to No. 2 with 43 points and Texas makes its first appearance in the top three with 42 points. Among the SEC schools, Auburn ranks at No. 4, Tennessee is ranked No. 14 while LSU sits at 15th and Florida stands at 23rd.
Also released on Tuesday are the Dandy Dozen rankings. Six Razorbacks are ranked in five events and the distance medley relay takes the No. 7 spot.
J-Mee Samuels, who has clocked four provisional-qualifying times this season, is ranked No. 11 in the 60-meter dash. Eight-time All-American Peter Kosgei is ranked No. 3 and No. 2 in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively. After a stellar 5,000-meter run, Scott MacPherson, who eclipsed his previous personal best by more than one minute, joined the ranks at No. 12 in the event.
In the field events, Alain Bailey, who has registered three provisional-qualifying marks, is ranked No. 7 in the long jump while teammate Mychael Stewart is sitting at No. 8. All-American triple jumper Nkosinza Balumbu, who set a season best 52-1.75 at the Tyson Invitational, remains at second in the triple jump standings.
For complete a complete listing of the Trackwire 25, visit www.trackshark.com. For details regarding the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships, visit www.secsports.com.