Women's @RazorbackTF Earns No. 5 Spot in NCAA D1 National Rankings
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On Monday (Jan. 26) the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its first regular season edition of the NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings and the Arkansas women’s track and field team checked in at No. 5.
The USTFCCCA also released the first regular season NCAA Division I Regional Rankings and the Razorbacks took the No. 1 spot in the South Central Region.
The national team rankings are compiled by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points. Preseason rankings included marks from 2014, and the National Team Computer Rankings will continue to do so through the third regular-season edition.
In their last outing the Razorbacks competed at the 2015 Rod McCravy Memorial at Nutter Field House (Jan. 23-24). The meet was initially billed as the best track meet anywhere in America all weekend. The level of competition definitely lived up to expectations, as there were 17 meet records and nine Nutter Field House records that went down during the event.
Senior Sandi Morris continued her solid 2015 campaign with her third consecutive victory in the pole vault. She is now three-for-three in the pole vault to start her senior season. The reigning Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week won the event after clearing 14-10.25, which is the McCravy Meet record.
Senior Dominique Scott won the women’s mile on the final day of the McCravy Memorial. She wrapped up a solid weekend by winning the mile with a personal-best time of 4:32.48, after helping the Razorback DMR team pick up a win on Friday afternoon. Not only was the Capetown, South Africa native’s time a program record, a McCravy Meet record and a Nutter Field House record, but it was also the No. 1 mark in the NCAA and SEC so far this season.
The team of Diane Robison, Sparkle McKnight, Chrishuna Williams and Scott took home the DMR title in 11:02.80, nearly six seconds ahead of second place Florida. The quartet’s time is the top time in NCAA and SEC so far this season. The team of McKnight, C. Williams, Taylor Ellis-Watson and Daina Harper placed second in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:30.50, less than one second behind first-place Florida (3:29.58). The quartet’s time is the second fastest time in the NCAA and SEC so far this season.
The Razorbacks will return to the track next weekend when they host a highly talented field in the 2015 Razorback Invitational (Jan. 30-31) at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
3. Texas A&M
11. Florida State
12. Kansas State
13. Oklahoma State
17. Southern California
19. Texas Tech
20. Mississippi State
23. Michigan State
Women’s Indoor Track & Field Regional Rankings (Top 15) | South Central Region
2. Texas A&M
6. Texas State
7. Louisiana Tech
8. Sam Houston State
11. Stephen F. Austin
12. Arkansas State
14. Northwestern State
15. New Orleans
Fayetteville, the “Track Capital of the World”, will be at the center of the track and field universe on the weekend of March 13-14 as the Razorbacks will host the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the home of the “Fastest Indoor Track in the World”. Since the facility’s opening in 2000, Arkansas and the Randal Tyson Track Center have hosted the event 11 times, including nine straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 championships.
A two-day, all-session ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships is $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission adult ticket.
Season tickets and NCAA all-session passes are available online at HERE, by contacting the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center via phone at (800) 982-HOGS or in person at the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center, located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Rd. in Fayetteville.