FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the fifth season in a row, the Arkansas women’s track and field program will begin the season ranked in the preseason top 10, as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) ranked the Razorbacks No. 7 in its initial computer rankings that were released on Tuesday afternoon.
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 will include marks from 2014, and the National Team Computer Rankings will continue to do so through the third regular-season edition.
A nation-leading eight SEC teams are ranked among the nation’s top-25 on the women’s side, including five of the top seven. Florida is the preseason No. 1, while Texas A&M is No. 2 and Georgia is No. 4. Kentucky checks in at No. 6, the Razorbacks hold down the No. 7 spot, Auburn is ranked No. 18, Mississippi State is No. 20 and Missouri is No. 24.
Head coach Lance Harter, a recent inductee into the (USTFCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame (Dec. 15), and his Razorbacks finished in sixth place at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. Following the national meet, Arkansas earned 19 All-American honors, highlighted by the national champion distance medley relay team of Grace Heymsfield, Chrishuna Williams, Stephanie Brown and Dominique Scott. The top-seeded distance medley relay team made Arkansas history by winning the first-ever distance-medley relay title for the Razorbacks in 11:05.83.
The Razorbacks open the season on Friday, January 9 when they host the Arkansas Invitational. Arkansas will then welcome Texas to the Randal Tyson Track Center for the Arkansas-Texas Dual (Jan. 16). It will mark the second dual for the two teams, a tradition was started by the men’s team five years ago.
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2. Texas A&M
9. Florida State
12. Kansas State
13. Oklahoma State
17. Texas Tech
19. Michigan State
20. Mississippi State
23. Southern Illinois
25. North Carolina
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.