Cal Bears Jump 22 Spots to No. 13 after Second Place Finish at MPSF Championships

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

March 4, 2009   

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NEW ORLEANS – One week ago the California Bears were not ranked in the top 25.  After a second place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Bears not only broke into the top 25, they did so in emphatic fashion climbing 22 spots in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men’s Division I Indoor Track & Field Rankings.

Cal was led by its Distance Medley Relay team of senior Mark Matusak, senior Francis Gadayan, freshman Sebastian Sam, and sophomore Michael Coe, running a winning time of nine minutes, 29.71 seconds for a new school and meet record, and good enough for third place on the national descending order list.  Senior Ed Wright also moved up the national descending order list in the high jump with a leap of seven feet, three inches.

Oregon still remains the top ranked team in the men’s Division I rankings, followed by Arkansas, Florida State and Nebraska as the top four went unchanged this week.  No. 2 Arkansas won the men’s SEC title over the weekend, while third-ranked Florida State won the ACC title.  Fourth-ranked Nebraska finished second overall at the Big 12 Championships to No. 7 Texas.

Improving three spots this week from No. 8 to No. 5 in the rankings is Florida.  The Gators concluded the SEC Championships with a second place team finish, its highest finish at the SEC indoor meet since 2005.  UF was led by its national leading 4×400 meter relay team (3:05.82).

Both Arizona (No. 23) and Auburn (No. 24) have made it back to the USTFCCCA Top 25.

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 rankings
March 4, 2009

Rank School Points
Last Week
1 Oregon 176.27
1
2 Arkansas 143.60
2
3 Florida State 122.07
3
4 Nebraska 110.15
4
5 Florida 90.45
8
6 Texas A&M 83.97
6
7 LSU 79.39
5
8 Texas 75.15
7
9 Oklahoma 72.88
9
10 Baylor 72.58
14
11 Texas Tech 67.37
10
12 Arizona State 66.83
11
13 California 59.67
NR
14 South Carolina 55.44
17
15 Kentucky 54.42
19
16 Washington 52.18
22
17 Minnesota 50.17
13
18 Oklahoma State 49.93
16
19 Georgia 46.87
12
20 Missouri 46.77
21
21 UCLA 45.70
15
22 Tennessee 44.56
20
23 Arizona 43.69
NR
24 Auburn 43.27
NR
25 Providence 39.90
23