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 women’s track and field team checked in at No. 1.
“This is all a tribute to the hard work and performances from our student-athletes so far this season,” said head coach Lance Harter. “I think this ranking issues a challenge for us to rise to another level and I think our team is up to that. We will continue to work hard, make good decisions and look forward to the great competition coming our way.”
The Razorbacks ended Georgia‘s short-lived reign at the top with their first No. 1 rank in the eight-year history of the rankings. The highest rank for Arkansas prior to Monday had been two consecutive No. 2 showings to end the 2012 regular season.
The USTFCCCA also released the fourth regular season NCAA Division I Regional Rankings and the Razorbacks kept their No. 1 spot 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.
The Razorbacks competed against elite competition last weekend at the Tyson Invite and the Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.). In Seattle, senior Dominique Scott won the 3,000 meter at the Husky Classic in 8:52.57. The Capetown, South Africa native’s time was a personal-best, a Husky Classic meet record, a program record, the top time in the country this season and the fifth-best time in collegiate history.
In the final regular season home meet for Arkansas (Tyson Invite), senior Sandi Morris took first place in the pole vault invitational (14-8.75) and Taylor Ellis-Watson took first in the 200 meter dash with a personal-best 23.08, which is the second fastest time in the SEC this season.
The Razorbacks are off this weekend, but will be back in action Feb. 27-28 at the 2015 SEC Championships in Lexington, Ky.
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
6. Kansas State
7. Texas A&M
11. Southern California
13. Southern Illinois
14. Texas Tech
17. Mississippi State
19. Florida State
23. Miami (Fla.)
dropped out: No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 19 UCLA, No. 20 Michigan, No. 21 Maryland, No. 23 Auburn
Women’s Indoor Track & Field Regional Rankings (Top 15) | South Central Region
2. Texas A&M
7. Texas State
8. Arkansas State
9. Louisiana Tech
14. Stephen F. Austin
15. Sam Houston 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.