Kansas Women Move Into USTFCCCA Track Rankings, Men Ranked For Second-Straight Week

April 12, 2011


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 morning. The KU women re-entered the poll at No. 25 after falling out of the rankings for a week, while the Jayhawk men fell to spots to No. 14 despite an outstanding weekend at the Texas Relays.

The KU women’s team opened the 2011 outdoor season at No. 14 in the preseason USTFCCCA Poll before falling out last week’s first regular season poll. After a strong performance in the field by freshman thrower Jessica Maroszek, a pair of sophomore jumpers in Francine Simpson and Andrea Geubelle and vaulters Jaci Perryman and Demi Payne, Kansas re-entered the women’s poll at No. 25 with 87.34 points in the computer generated poll.

The Kansas men were not ranked in the preseason poll, but leaped all the way up to the No. 12 spot in the first regular-season poll that came out a week ago. The Jayhawks dropped two spots this week to the No. 14 position with 124.64 points despite several strong performances at last weekend’s Texas Relays. KU’s men’s team has 11 athletes ranked in 12 different events in the Top 48 of the West Region entering the week ahead.

The Jayhawks will head to Norman, Okla., for the Sooner Invitational this weekend. Competition begins on Friday, April 15 with the hammer throw with the remainder of the meet being held on Saturday, April 16.