Bruin Men Rated No. 3 in National Team Power Rankings
May 9, 2001
After defeating USC last Saturday in the annual dual track & field meet,Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's team this week is still rated No. 1 in the nationin both polls and Art Venegas' men's team remains one of the nation's top dualmeet squads.
In the Trackwire National Top 25 for women, UCLA remains No. 1 with 81 points,ahead of second-place USC, with 64 (BYU 38, LSU 37 and South Carolina 33 roundout the Top 5). On May 5 at USC, the Bruin women beat USC in the dual meet,85-78. It was UCLA's ninth consecutive dual victory over the Trojans. The teamswill face each other on two more occasions this season - on May 19-20 at thePac-10 Championships in Berkeley and on May 30-June 2 at the NCAA OutdoorChampionships in Eugene, OR. In the eight weeks of Trackwire outdoor rankings,the Bruin women have been rated No. 1 in the U. S. on six occasions, includingthe last four weeks in a row. UCLA was the also the top-ranked women's teamduring the 2001 indoor collegiate campaign, winning the NCAA Indoor title forthe second consecutive season.
For the last two weeks, the UCLA men have not been ranked in the TrackwireNational Top 25 (TCU is the top rated men's team with 45 points, ahead of LSU43, Stanford 42, Tennessee 40 and Florida 34), but the Bruin men are still ratedas one of the top dual meet teams in the U. S. In this week's IAAF/USATF TeamPower Rankings, the UCLA men are No. 3 (360.73) in the U. S., still ahead of No4 USC (359.66). even though the Trojan men beat UCLA last Saturday in the annualdual meet, 82-81. The USC victory snapped UCLA's 22-meet winning streak in theseries. Texas (369.29) leads the men's rankings, followed by Tennessee (365.43),UCLA, USC and Texas A&M (354.37).
In the women's Team Power Rankings, the Bruin women remain No. 1, with400.82 points and USC is No. 2, with 379.02. The Top Five women's squads areUCLA, USC, North Carolina (378.03), Arizona State (371.71) and BYU (368.16).
Trackwire is based upon predictions as to how teams will score at theupcoming NCAA Outdoor Championships. Team Power Rankings are computer based on ateam's individual marks and dual meet strength.