Jan. 30, 2008
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's track and field team jumped two spots to No. 8, while the Lady Bears made the nation's largest move, climbing 22 spots to No. 13 in the latest national poll it was announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.
The men's team entered the season ranked tenth in the preseason poll on the strength of its 4x400-meter relay and two runners ranked in the 200 meters and 400 meters. Baylor has three entries ranked in the top five in the nation, Quentin Iglehart-Summers (2nd) in the 400 meters, Baylor's 4x400-meter relay (3rd) and Trey Harts (4th) in the 200 meters. Whitney Prevost currently ranks sixth in the men's 60 meter dash.
The Lady Bears had seven entries ranked in the preseason poll, largely on the strength of their middle distance runners. Baylor has four marks ranked in the top 10 in the nation, led by Lauren Hagans who ranks second in the mile and third in the 800 meters. Tiffany Townsend ranks fifth in the 200 meters and 22nd in the 60 meters, while Nichole Jones owns the ninth-best time in the mile.
Arkansas is the top-ranked men's team, followed by Tennessee, Oklahoma, Boise State and Texas Tech in the top five. LSU holds a commanding lead in the women's poll, with Tennessee, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Michigan rounding out the top five.
The Bears and Lady Bears return to action this weekend at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. A select group of distance athletes will travel to Seattle, Wash. to compete in the UW Invitational.
About the USTFCCCA Rankings
The 2008 USTFCCCA Rankings for NCAA Division I squads were devised and are compiled by Tom Lewis of the University of Missouri. Each team is assigned "power points" based on each individual performance on the official NCAA-qualifying list. For the indoor season, spots one to 35 in each event on the national-descending order list receive points based on its position in the national rankings. Additional power points are assigned to each performance based on comparisons with the rest of the field in that event.
For preseason rankings, the team's total complement of national marks from the prior collegiate season, in this case the 2007 indoor season, receive consideration. Only those listed as freshmen, sophomores, and juniors on last year's list are measured. The system also uses the teams' best relay marks from the previous season.
Rankings for the indoor season, using 2008 marks, will be released each Wednesday beginning January 30. A complete rundown of the ranking method and a team-by-team breakdown can be found on ustfccca.org.