Latest National Rankings Have ASU Track & Field Men No. 1, Women No. 2
Feb. 20, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - The latest national team rankings were released Wednesday by the United States Track & Field, Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with the Arizona State University men leading the way at No. 1 while the women are ranked No. 2. Based upon points earned by the individual and relay placements on the NCAA descending order list, the Sun Devil men remained in the Top 2 for the second week in a row as they rose one spot and while the women broke into the Top 2 for the first time this season after being ranked No. 6 last week.
In the men's rankings, the Sun Devils have accumulated 120.56 points this week, 8.80 points ahead of Florida State, who climbed all the way to second from No. 18 last week. Tennessee (90.63), LSU (84.27) and BYU (83.56) round out the Top 5 in the men's rankings. On the women's side, ASU has accumulated 148.01 points with LSU, the top-ranked team each of the last five weeks, remains in the lead with 186.41. Stanford (144.31), Tennessee (130.07) and Michigan (122.46) round out the Top 5 women's teams.
The men currently have six athletes ranked among the Top 8 in their respective events, including Ryan Whiting, the national leader and No. 7 in the world in the shot put at 20.75m (68-01.00). Joining him in the Top 3 are the second-ranked 4x400m relay of Jimmie Gordon, Darryl Elston, Justin Kremer and Joel Phillip, who ran 3:06.58 last weekend at Iowa State, and Matt Turner, who ranks third in the long jump at 7.85m (25-09.25). Gordon (fourth at 46.72) and Kremer (seventh at 46.78) are joined by Kyle Alcorn (eighth at 3:59.82).
The Sun Devil women have eight marks in the Top 8 nationally, all of which come from the field events. Jacquelyn Johnson is the national leader in the pentathlon with 4,312 points while also ranking seventh in the high jump at 1.83m (6-0.00) and tied for eighth in the long jump 6.34m (20-09.75). The two-time defending NCAA pentathlon champion is joined at the top of the charts by Sarah Stevens, the defending NCAA indoor champion, who leads the shot put with a toss of 17.78m (58-04.00), and by April Kubishta, the defending NCAA outdoor champion in the pole vault, who is tied for the lead at 4.30m (14-01.25). Stevens, who also ranks seventh in the weigh throw (20.79m/68-02.50), is joined in both events by Jessica Pressley, who ranks fourth in both the shot put (17.12m/56-02.00) and the weigh throw (21.06m/69-01.25).
Both teams will send several athletes to Flagstaff, Ariz., this weekend to compete in the NAU Tune-up on Saturday before sending a full squad to the MPSF Championships on March 1-2 in Seattle, Wash. The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.
USTFCCCA Men's National Rankings (Feb. 20)
1. Arizona State - 120.56
2. Florida State - 111.76
3. Tennessee - 90.63
4. LSU - 84.27
5. BYU - 83.56
USTFCCCA Women's National Rankings (Feb. 20)
1. LSU - 186.41
2. Arizona State - 148.01
3. Stanford - 144.31
4. Tennessee - 130.07
5. Michigan - 122.46