Top Three Remained Unchanged this Week in Division I Men’s Indoor Track
By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA
February 11, 2009
NEW ORLEANS – For the first few weeks of the men’s Division I indoor track and field season, Arkansas has maintained their top spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings.
After another solid week indoors, the Razorbacks remained the No. 1 team in Division I. Arkansas competed in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational over the weekend and will host the Tyson Invitational next.
Arizona State and Oregon also remained the same this week at Nos. 2 and 3 respectively. Oregon’s Andrew Wheating and Matthew Centrowitz led a 1-2 finish in the men’s mile at the New Balance Collegiate Invite on Saturday. Duck teammate Galen Rupp was also in action, running the men’s 3,000 meters in Boston. Rupp ran a school record and personal best time of seven minutes, 44.69 seconds.
Both Arizona State and Oregon will be in action on Valentine’s Day as the Sun Devils travel east to College State for the Texas A&M Invite, while Oregon will travel north for the Washington Husky Invite.
No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 5 Florida State complete the men’s top five as both schools inched up one spot in the rankings this week. Texas A&M finished fourth overall as a team at the NBCI in New York led by junior Zuheir Sharif won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 53’11”. The mark established a new school record for Sharif.
A&M will host the TexasA&M Invitational this weekend, while the Seminoles will travel to Fayetteville for the Tyson Invitational.
Dropping two spots this week is No. 6 Florida with the Longhorns of Texas staying at No. 7 in the rankings. LSU moved up to No. 8 this week, up two spots from last week’s rankings. LSU’s Will Coppage jumped out to a new national leading long jump mark of 25’7 ¼” at the NBCI, while teammate Trindon Holliday blew away the competition in the men’s 60 meter dash, clocking 6.56 seconds.
Texas Tech and Louisville completed the men’s top ten.
Georgia leads off the rankings second ten, followed by BYU, Michigan (up five spots from last week), South Carolina, Northern Iowa, Stanford, Kansas State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.
Baylor, Arizona, UCLA, Tennessee, and Missouri round out the men’s Division I rankings.
The 2009 USTFCCCA Division I Rankings will be released on Wednesdays during the indoor track and field season. Rankings are compiled by Tom Lewis.
The 2009 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 13-14 in College Station, Texas.
USTFCCCA Division I men’s indoor track and field preseason rankings
February 11, 2009
Dropped Out: #24 Clemson, and #25 Boise State.