Kansas men No. 12 in week 1 USTFCCCA rankings
NEW ORLEANS – The Kansas men came in at No. 12 in the week one U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings, falling two spots from its No. 10 preseason ranking that was released on March 20.
The Kansas men currently have eight athletes that rank in the top-50 in the NCAA of their respective events, including four that have top-25 marks. Junior Hussain Al Hizam is the highest ranked Jayhawk, posting the fourth-best mark in the pole vault at 5.60 meters (18-4.5 ft.).
Three other KU men’s vaulters hold top-50 marks, including Nick Meyer who ranks 14th, Paulo Benavides at 27th and Kyle Rogers at 36th.
Sophomore Bryce Hoppel is fifth in the NCAA in the 800 meters, Dylan Hodgson has the ninth-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Joel Long is 22nd in the high jump and Brandon Lombardino ranks 35th in the shot put.
After ranking No. 40 in the preseason poll, the Kansas women have moved up to No. 38 in the week one rankings, with nine top-50 NCAA marks.
The highest ranked of all the Jayhawk women is senior Sharon Lokedi, who posted the third-fastest time in the NCAA in the 10,000-meter run when she broke her own school record in the event at the Stanford Invitational, clocking in at 32:21.19.
Courtney Coppinger (7th, 3,000M Steeplechase), Laura Taylor (5th, Pole Vault), Andrea Willis (8th, Pole Vault), and LaTyria Jefferson (7th, Long Jump) all hold top-10 marks in the NCAA as well.
The Kansas track & field teams are back in action this weekend at the Sun Angel Classic, hosted by Arizona State University at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, April 5-6.
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