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Tracksters Move up to No. 2



The Tennessee men’s track and field team is ranked second with 109.12 points in the first in-season US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released Wednesday. The Vols moved up one spot from their No. 3 preseason ranking.

Arkansas leads the rankings with 117.21 points. Oklahoma is behind the Vols in third with 84.70 points, with Boise State’s 80.46 points ranking fourth and Texas Tech rounding out the top five with 77.72. LSU is the next SEC team, ranking 10th with 58.37 points. The Tigers are followed by Florida in 11th with 55.61, Auburn in 14th with 46.48 points and South Carolina in 16th with 36.93 points. The SEC’s six members in the top 25 are more than any of the 11 conferences represented in this week’s rankings.

This poll marks the first using an updated scoring system to determine a team’s overall chances of making an impact at the national championship meet based on its athletes’ season-best marks. The scoring system for the teams, compiled by Tom Lewis of Missouri, is the sum of its individuals’ place on the descending order list and a weighed value of those performances based on the field. The scoring method is based on the latest NCAA performance list.

Tennessee’s team score consists of one relay and seven individual performances, which gives the Vols the second-most scoring performances in the nation. Twelve-time All-America Rubin Williams leads the Vols with his top standing in the 200-meter dash and fourth-place spot in the 60. Three-time All-America Evander Wells is ranked right behind Williams in second in the 200 and also scores 12th in the 60. Williams and Wells currently hold the top-two times in the world this year in the 200.

Team captain Jangy Addy ranks third in the 60 hurdles, and fellow captain Michael Hogue is eighth in the pole vault. Senior Andrew Dawson is eighth in the 800, while Tennessee’s 4x400 relay of Samdi Fraser, Kyle Stevenson, Williams and Wells also scores in eighth place. Each of Tennessee’s scoring performances is an NCAA-qualifying mark.

The complete poll can be found at USTFCCCA.org.

Tennessee returns to competition this weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky.


 

 

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