KU Men Move into USTFCCCA Rankings, Women Remain in Top 10.
April 3, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas’ track and field teams appeared in this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings that were released Tuesday afternoon. The KU women remained among the top 10 in the poll, moving up one spot to No. 9, while the Jayhawk men moved to No. 25 and into the weekly rankings for the first time this season after an outstanding weekend at the Texas Relays and Arkansas Spring Invitational.
The KU women’s team opened the 2012 outdoor season at No. 10 in the preseason USTFCCCA Poll. After a strong performance in the field by upperclassmen throwers Alena Krechyk and Heather Bergmann, a pair of junior jumpers in Andrea Geubelle and Francine Simpson, sophomore vaulter Demi Payne and some highly-ranked relay teams, Kansas slid up one spot in the women’s poll to No. 9 with 167.81 points in the computer generated poll.
The Kansas men were not ranked in the preseason poll, but leaped up to the No. 25 spot in the first regular-season poll this week. The Jayhawks, who were No. 26 in the preseason, moved up one spot with 88.15 points with several strong performances at last weekend’s Texas Relays and Arkansas Spring Invitational. KU’s men’s team has 11 athletes and a relay team ranked in 13 different events in the Top 48 of the West Region entering the week ahead.
The Jayhawks will head to Emporia, Kan., for the Emporia State Relays and to Stanford Calif., for the Stanford Invitational this weekend. Competition begins on Friday, April 6 and runs through Saturday evening, April 7.