Kansas Women Crack Top 10 in Rankings

Feb. 21, 2008

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Last weekend’s performances by seniors Libby Harmon and Crystal Manning, junior Nickesha Anderson and sophomore Lauren Bonds helped to catapult the University of Kansas women’s track and field team into the top-10 of the USTFCCCA rankings on Thursday.

Kansas’ women jumped eight spots to number 10 in the weekly rankings while the men are ranked 23rd in the country. Head Coach Stanley Redwine and the Jayhawks are one of 13 schools in Division I to have both their men’s and women’s teams in the top-25.

Anderson aided the Jayhawks’ rise with a school-record and world-leading time of 22.94 in the 200-meter dash at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Manning also broke a KU record in Arkansas with her winning triple jump of 13.54 meters (44-05.25 ft.). Harmon and Bonds joined the list of seven women to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Harmon had a provisional pole vault of 3.96 meters (12-11.75 ft.) while Bonds’ mile time of 4:47.91 also provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships.

Four KU men appear headed to the NCAA Championships after senior Paul Hefferon provisionally qualified for the 5,000-meter run at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. with his time of 14:02.78. For the third-straight week sophomore Jordan Scott set a career-best in the pole vault to help solidify the men’s spot in the national rankings. His vault of 5.55 meters (18-02.50 ft.) at the Tyson Invitational currently leads the nation. Senior Egor Agafonov’s nation-leading weight throw earlier this season automatically qualified him for the NCAA’s while Julius Jiles’ provisional 60-meter hurdles time of 7.88 rounds out the men’s qualifiers thus far.

Next up for the nationally ranked Jayhawk teams are the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Feb. 29-March 1.

About the USTFCCCA Rankings
The 2008 USTFCCCA Rankings for NCAA Division I squads were devised and are compiled by Tom Lewis of the University of Missouri. Each team is assigned “power points” based on each individual performance on the official NCAA-qualifying list. For the indoor season, spots one through 35 in each event on the national-descending order list receive points based on its position in the national rankings. Additional power points are assigned to each performance based on comparisons with the rest of the field in that event.

Rankings for the indoor season are released each Wednesday. A complete rundown of the ranking method and a team-by-team breakdown can be found at ustfccca.org.

Kansas Week-By-Week in the USTFCCCA Rankings

Week: Pre 1 2 3 4

Men 11 — 29 22 23

Women 27 18 20 18 10

Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rankings

Week #4 – February 20

Rank

School

Points

Last Week

1

Arizona State

120.56

2

2

Florida State

111.76

18

3

Tennessee

90.63

1

4

LSU

84.27

8

5

BYU

83.56

5

6

Oklahoma

79.44

4

7

Texas

76.61

13

8

Florida

70.01

7

9

Northern Iowa

69.16

9

10

Oregon

64.93

12

11

Texas A&M

64.03

3

12

Boise State

63.08

6

13

Arkansas

62.17

11

14

Kentucky

59.22

10

15

Clemson

55.41

14

16

Texas Tech

55.19

16

17

Stanford

52.17

NR

18

Baylor

51.49

21

19

Georgia

51.11

NR

20

Oral Roberts

49.80

NR

21

Michigan

49.78

25

22

Nebraska

49.66

17

23

Kansas

48.82

22

24

Auburn

48.02

20

25

UCLA

45.33

15

Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rankings

Week #4 – February 20

Rank

School

Points

Last Week

1

LSU

186.41

1

2

Arizona State

148.01

6

3

Stanford

144.31

5

4

Tennessee

130.07

2

5

Michigan

122.46

3

6

Texas A&M

96.85

4

7

Minnesota

85.97

8

8

Penn State

84.07

10

9

Arkansas

80.67

7

10

Kansas

71.27

18

11

Virginia Tech

63.93

9

12

Texas

62.70

NR

13

Florida State

60.26

15

14

Florida

58.41

13

15

UTEP

51.45

NR

16

Washington

51.35

NR

17

Mississippi

50.57

14

18

Iowa

49.16

25

19

Arizona

47.82

16

20

Oregon

45.01

11

21

Southern Illinois

44.23

19

22

Kentucky

42.52

21

23

Georgia Tech

38.25

22

24

South Carolina

37.83

20

25

Miami (Fla.)

37.32

17