Oregon jumps to No. 1, UCLA enters top 25 in track polls
SAN FRANCISCO -- After big performances over the weekend, OREGON women’s track jumped up to No. 1 in the country, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA). The computer-generated poll has four Pac-12 women’s teams in the latest polling and five men’s squads, led by the Duck men at No. 3.
The Duck women are No. 1 in the country for the first time since week 9 of the 2015 campaign. UO’s Hannah Cunliffe ran the third leg of the 4x100 team that recorded the third-fastest time in collegiate history at the Mt. SAC Relays. She also ran a 10.99 to lead the nation and while also having a career race in the 200 meters (22.71).
The USC women remain at No. 3 in the country with the help of a win in the 400-meter race from sophomore Kendall Ellis at the Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend (51.82). STANFORD moved up a notch to No. 12 and ARIZONA improved two spots to No. 23 this week.
The top-nine spots in the USTFCCCA men’s poll did not change from last week, the Ducks holding at No. 3. What changed for the Pac-12 among the five ranked teams is UCLA making its first appearance of the season at No. 23. Helping the Bruins back in the polling is shot-putter Nicholas Scarvelis, who had a personal-best throw of 67-0 (20.42m) to lead UCLA to a win over Texas A&M over the weekend. USC is No. 15 this week, Stanford is No. 18 and COLORADO is No. 21.
The National Team Computer Rankings are complied by a mathematical formula based on national descending order lists. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points. Preseason marks will be included through week three of the rankings.
The next USTFCCCA ranking will be released on April 25. For more information, visit www.ustfccca.org.