Women's @RazorbackTF Moves Up to No. 3 Spot in NCAA D1 National Rankings
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On Monday (Feb. 2) the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its second regular season edition of the NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings and the Arkansas women’s track and field team moved up a pair of spots and checked in at No. 3.
The USTFCCCA also released the second regular season NCAA Division I Regional Rankings and the Razorbacks kept their 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.
Arkansas, the USTFCCCA National Meet of the Week hosts, was the biggest beneficiary of this weekend’s action, moving up to a season-high No. 3 in the women’s rankings. A few impressive performances at the 2015 Razorback Invitational pushed the Razorbacks into the top three.
The Razorbacks ran away with the team title at the 2015 Razorback Invite on Saturday, Jan. 31. Arkansas finished with 111 points, 27 points better than second place No. 1 Florida.
Junior Alex Gochenour walked away with the title in the pentathlon with a personal-best 4,259 points, while senior Chrishuna Williams finished second and set a personal-best in the 800 meter invitational. Williams finished in 2:05.00, which is the top time in the SEC and the NCAA so far this season.
Tamara Myers had a solid showing in the triple jump. The senior captured a second-place finish with her mark of 43-11.75, which was also a personal-best.
Senior Sandi Morris gave Razorback fans another show in the pole vault. Morris won the title with a mark of 15-3 to set a new personal-best and program record. The senior’s mark also gave her the No. 2 mark in college history and the best height not achieved at altitude.
The Razorbacks will now head to Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Invite on Saturday, Feb. 7, before returning home to host a talented field in the 2015 Tyson Invitational (Feb. 13-14) at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
4. Texas A&M
11. Kansas State
12. Florida State
14. Oklahoma State
18. Texas Tech
19. Mississippi State
20. Southern California
25. Michigan State
Women’s Indoor Track & Field Regional Rankings (Top 15) | South Central Region
2. Texas A&M
6. Arkansas State
7. Texas State
10. Louisiana Tech
12. Sam Houston State
13. Stephen F. Austin
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.