Feb. 20, 2008
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor men's track and field team climbed three spots to No. 18 in the latest national rankings released by the Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday. The Lady Bears fell 14 spots to No. 26 in the nation.
LeJerald Betters posted a provisional qualifying time in the men's 400 meters and ranks eighth in the nation in that event. He also helped the Bears to a world-leading time of 3:06.89 in the 4x400-meter relay. Even though Baylor clock the world's fastest time, the Bears still rank third in the nation in the 4x400-meter relay. Florida and Arizona State recorded faster times this weekend, but ran on an oversized track.
The Lady Bears remain ranked in the top 30 despite recording just one improvement over the weekend. Senior Carla Grace ran a personal best time of 23.88 in the women's 200 meters and ranks 24th in the nation. The women's distance medley relay that set a school record time at the UW Invitational three weeks ago remains second overall behind Michigan. Lauren Hagans owns the 10th-fastest mile time, while Tiffany Townsend holds the 11th-fastest time in the 200 meters.
Baylor is off this weekend before traveling to Lincoln, Neb. next weekend for the 2008 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
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.
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.