Nine Pac-12 track teams ranked in USTFCCCA polls
SAN FRANCISCO - STANFORD jumped 22 spots to No. 16, highlighting four Pac-12 men’s track and field teams ranked in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. On the women’s side, five Pac-12 teams are ranked, including WASHINGTON after making an 18-point jump to get into the top 25.
It is the first time the Husky women are ranked in the polling since week four of the 2014 campaign. OREGON and USC remain in the top 10, the Ducks stay at No. 3 while the Trojans moved to No. 5, up two spots from last week. STANFORD entered the top 10 and is sitting at No. 8 this week. It is the best ranking ever for the Cardinal women, surpassing its previous best of No. 9 from week five of 2014. ARIZONA is No. 20 this week.
The five teams in the polling ties for the second-most in the country with the Big 12.
On the men’s side, the Cardinal’s jump was helped by a strong 5,000-meter performance by Sean McGorty who posted the second-best time in the country in the event this season over the weekend. The Ducks are No. 7 again this week, representing the only Pac-12 team in the top 10. UCLA is right behind Stanford at No. 17, and USC stayed at No. 23 this week.
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 Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships are set to begin this weekend with the multi events. The University of Washington will host the four-day event over two weekends at Husky Track on May 7-8 and May 14-15.
The next USTFCCCA ranking will be released on May 9. For more information, visit www.ustfccca.org.