Team Power Ranking Rates Bruin Men No. 3 in the Nation

May 16, 2001

As the UCLA track and field teams prepare for this weekend's (May 19-20) 2001Pacific-10 Championships at Berkeley, Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's team forthe fifth consecutive week is rated No. 1 in the U. S. by Trackwire, and ArtVenegas' Bruin men's squad is No. 3 in the nation, according to Team PowerRanking. The rankings were released this week.

In the women's Trackwire Top 25, UCLA is No. 1 with 76 points, ahead of No. 2USC (59), No. 3 South Carolina (50), No. 4 BYU (42) and No. 5 Clemson (36).UCLA's women have already defeated USC once this season, 85-78 in the annualdual meet held at USC on May 5. Both teams are expected to battle forfirst-place at the Pac-10 and upcoming 2001 NCAA Outdoor (May 30-June 2,Eugene, OR) Championships.

The Bruin men have not been in the Trackwire Top 25 for the last three weeks.The Top Five men's teams in the nation, according to Trackwire are ' No. 1Tennessee (51), No. 2 LSU/TCU (46) and No. 4 Stanford/Florida (40).

In this week's Team Power Ranking, the UCLA men are No. 3 in the U. S. with364.7 points, ahead of No. 4 USC (361.44) and No. 5 Texas A&M (355.23). Thenation's Top Two squads according to Team Power Ranking are No. 1 Tennessee(375.13) and No. 2 Texas (370.21). Even though the USC men defeated UCLA in theannual dual meet, 82-81 on May 5, snapping UCLA's 22-meet winning streak, theBruins, along with USC and Stanford, are one of the meet favorites to win thisweekend's Pac-10 meet.

In the women's Team Power Ranking, UCLA remains No. 1 with 401.26 points, aheadof No. 2 USC (379.4), No. 3 North Carolina (375.98), No. 4 BYU (375.03) and No.5 Arizona State (372.43).

Trackwire is based upon predictions as to how teams will score at the upcoming2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Team Power Ranking is computer scoring based ona team's individual top marks and dual meet strength.

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