Jan. 17, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's track & field team debuted at No. 8 in the inaugural Trackwire 25 poll of the 2007 indoor season, released today. The Lady Vols are among six Southeastern Conference schools in this week's rankings.
The Lady Vols, who return 16 letterwinners and welcome a talented freshman class, tallied 23 points to break into the top 10 after finishing 18th at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships a year ago. UT is joined in the poll by SEC foes LSU (3rd), South Carolina (4th), Auburn (14th), Arkansas (17th) and Georgia (19th).
Stanford enters the year in the catbird's seat with 55 points, followed by Arizona State with 43. Texas (5th), Miami (6th), Michigan (7th) and Texas A&M and Kansas State (21) round out the top 10.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA Championship meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
Areas where Tennessee is ranked in the women's Dandy Dozen include the 60 meters (Cleo Tyson, 3rd/Courtney Champion, 4th), the 200 meters (Champion, 6th), the mile run (Rose-Anne Galligan, 7th), the 60-meter hurdles (Nia Ali, 8th), the 4x400m relay (3rd), the distance medley relay (8th) and the triple jump (Brittany Daniels, 7th).
The Lady Vols resume their indoor slate on Friday and Saturday, as they travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Rod McCravy Memorial.
TRACKWIRE 25 WOMEN'S POLL (Jan. 17, 2007)
1. Stanford, 55; 2. Arizona State, 43; 3. LSU, 40; 4. South Carolina, 39; 5. Texas, 28; 6. Miami, 27; 7. Michigan, 25; 8. Tennessee, 23; t9. Texas A&M, 21; t9. Kansas State, 21; t11. Minnesota, 18; t11. North Carolina, 18; 13. Iowa, 17; t14. Washington, 16; t14. Auburn, 16; t14. Nebraska, 16; 17. Arkansas, 15; 18. Washington State, 14; t19. Georgia, 13; t19. Georgia Tech, 13; t21. Oregon, 12; t21. Colorado, 12; 23. USC, 11; 24. Duke, 10; 25. Texas Tech, 9.