Kansas Women Claim No. 1 in Latest Rankings

Feb. 5, 2013

USTFCCCA Week 3 Rankings Get Acrobat Reader

USTFCCCA Track & Field Rankings
Week #3
USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
No. School Conf. Last Wk
1. KANSAS Big 12 2
2. Clemson SEC 1
3. LSU SEC 5
4. Arkansas SEC 4
5. Oregon MPSF 3
6. Texas A&M SEC 6
7. Florida SEC 7
8. Washington MPSF 8
9. Central Florida C-USA 9
10. Georgia SEC 11
11. Iowa State Big 12 10
12. California MPSF 12
13. Arizona MPSF 13
14. Texas Big 12 14
15. Dartmouth Ivy 15
16. Stanford MPSF 16
17. Arizona State MPSF 20
18. Indiana State Mo. Valley 17
19. Baylor Big 12 18
20. South Carolina SEC 21
21. Florida State ACC 19
22. San Diego State Mtn. West 23
23. Wichita State Mo. Valley 35
24. Michigan State Big Ten 22
25. Auburn SEC 24

Lawrence, Kan. – The University of Kansas women’s track & field team was named the No. 1-ranked team in the nation as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday. This marks the first time any KU squad – men’s or women’s – has found itself ranked No. 1 since the current system began in 2008.

The women feature seven athletes currently ranked among the nation’s top-10 in seven different events. Senior Andrea Geubelle, who was named the National Athlete of the Week Monday, boasts the NCAA’s top mark in the long jump (6.69m) and is No. 2 in the triple jump (13.45m). Senior Alena Krechyk also moved up to No. 2 in the weight throw after breaking her own school record (21.76m) last weekend in New York.

Junior Natalia Bartnovskaya is also highly ranked after her school-record performance in the pole vault over the weekend. She holds the third-best vault in the NCAA this season at 4.30 meters (14-1.25 ft.).

Senior sprinter Paris Daniels holds two top-10 times, the first in the 60 meters (7.32), which is seventh in the rankings this season, and the second in the 200 meters (23.26) that is No. 6 on the NCAA list.

Sophomore Lindsay Vollmer’s school-record pentathlon score (4,094), set two weeks ago at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, still sits at No. 5. Junior pole vaulter Demi Payne joins her teammate, Bartnovskaya in the top-10, holding the sixth-best vault in the nation.

Senior jumper Francine Simpson rounds out the KU women in the top-10, moving up to No. 6 in the long jump after a season-best leap (6.31m) last weekend in New York.

The top-ranked KU women will be in action again this weekend with the majority of the team traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to take part in the Tyson Invitational Feb. 8-9. Log on to KUAthletics.com and follow on Twitter at KU_Track for updates, results and recaps of all the weekend’s events.

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