Kansas Men Crack Top-25 of Latest NCAA Rankings
NEW ORLEANS – For the first time since 2014, the Kansas track & field men’s team finds itself ranked inside the top-25 of the latest national rankings. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) listed the Jayhawks among the top-25 for the first time this year, checking in at No. 23.
Kansas enters the top-25 for the first time since 2014 with the help of four individuals as well as a relay team currently sitting near the top of the national rankings in their respective events. Junior Mitch Cooper holds the NCAA’s No. 2 discus mark after posting a school-record throw of 62.56 meters (205’3″) at the Kansas Relays. Senior Evan Landes still ranks among the top-15 of the NCAA’s 10,000-meter standings after his career-best run of 28:58.43 on April 1 at the Stanford Invitational.
The Jayhawks also see a pair of pole vaulters sitting among the top-15 in their event. Junior Nick Meyer is coming off a career outing last weekend at the Ward Haylett Invitational which saw him post the No. 7 vault this year (5.50m/18’0½”). Fellow junior Jake Albright joins his teammate near the top of the standings at 15th via his season-best performance (5.36m/17’7″) at the Kansas Relays.
The men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Ivan Henry, Drew Matthews, Jaime Wilson and Strymar Livingston also remains as one of the fastest in the NCAA this season, posting three times that rank among the 50 fastest by collegiate squads this year, including its 3:06.98 time from the Texas Relays on April 2.
Both Kansas teams are set to journey to Fort Worth, Texas to take part in the Big 12 Outdoor Championships this weekend. Action will kick off on Friday, May 13 and conclude on Sunday, May 15. Log on to KUAthletics.com for complete recaps of each day’s events and follow live via Twitter and Instagram at @KUTrack.
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