Bruin Women Ranked No. 1 in the Nation

May 7, 2002

Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's track and field team is ranked No. 1 in the nation (the Bruin men are No. 6). Rounding out the Top 5 are No. 2 USC (78 points), No. 3 LSU (65 points), No. 4 South Carolina (52), and No. 5 Colorado (26).

Last Saturday (May 4) at Drake Stadium, the Bruin women defeated USC 111-92 in the annual dual meet.

Other Pac-10 teams in this week's Trackwire women's Top 25 are: No. 6 Arizona, No. 12 Oregon, No. 15 (tie) Stanford No. 20 (tie) Washington State, and No. 22 (tie) Cal.

The Trackwire Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. The ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the NCAA Div. I Outdoor T & F Championships. The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event.

In the IAAF/USATF national poll, Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 1 (408.11 points). Rounding out the Top-5 are No. 2 UNC-Chapel Hill (369.34 points), No. 3 Arkansas (365.54 points), No. 4 Nebraska (361.94 points) and No. 5 BYU (358 points). Team Power Ranking is based upon individual marks and dual meet strength.

The 2002 NCAA Div. I Outdoor T & F championships will be held May 29-June 1 in Baton Rouge, LA. For the last five consecutive seasons, the Bruin women have placed in the top three at the NCAA Outdoor (2001, 2nd; 2000, 3rd; 1999, 2nd; 1998, 2nd; 1997, 3rd).

Trackwire National Women's Top 25 (May 7)
1. UCLA (87)
2. USC (78)
3. LSU (65)
4. South Carolina (52)
5. Colorado (26)
6. Arizona/Texas (25)
8. Kansas State/Nebraska (24)
10. North Carolina (23)
11. Illinois (20)
12. Oregon (19)
13. Miami / Florida/Rice (18)
15. Indiana/Stanford/North Carolina State (17)
18. Auburn (16)
19. Iowa State (15)
20. Washington State/Ohio State (14)
22. Florida/Clemson/California (13)
25. Liberty/Missouri/Virginia (12)

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