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Women's T&F Rank No. 12 After Stellar Weekend
Release: 02/18/2014

NEW ORLEANS - The University of North Carolina women's track team jumped 26 spots to land at No. 12 on the latest USTFCCCA Division I National Team Computer Rankings as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. This is the first time the women's team has appeared in the indoor top 25 since being ranked 25th on Feb. 2, 2010.

"The women's move from 38 to 12 is a significant leap," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "It just shows that what we're doing is working. Last year our program ended 63rd with one athlete there. This season we'll have the chance of getting five or six athletes on the women's side and hopefully get a similar number on the men's side.

"I hadn't realized it was the first time [the team has been ranked] since 2010. It will be [a goal] for us not only getting there but staying there. You get there by showing improved progress, and we stay there by being able to recruit exceptionally talented kids."

The women's team made the enormous jump thanks in large part to Lizzy Whelan and Annie LeHardy who both set NCAA qualifying times in the women's mile this past weekend at 4:35.69 and 4:35.95 respectively. Sarah Howard currently holds a NCAA qualifying mark in the shot put, and Whelan holds another mark in the 800-meter run.

At the top of the rankings is Oregon, the four-time defending women's indoor champion. Following the ducks are three SEC teams: Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas. Texas rounds out the top five after being ranked No. 1 last week.

The Athletic Coast Conference now claims four spots in the women's national top 25 rankings after having zero in the previous week. The Tar Heels are the top-ranked ACC team followed by Florida State at No. 16. Duke comes in at No. 19 and Maryland at No. 21. This is the first time this season that four ACC teams have been ranked in the top 25.

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. A full description of the rankings can be found here.

 

Women's Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

Rank

School

Points

Conference

Head Coach (Yr)

Last Week

1

Oregon

210.20

MPSF

Robert Johnson (2nd)

2

2

Florida

146.88

SEC

Mike Holloway (7th)

4

3

Texas A&M

144.20

SEC

Pat Henry (10th)

3

4

Arkansas

138.00

SEC

Lance Harter (24th)

6

5

Texas

124.45

Big 12

Mario Sategna (1st)

1

6

Kentucky

103.66

SEC

Edrick Floreal (2nd)

7

7

Georgia

103.18

SEC

Wayne Norton (15th)

5

8

Providence

99.38

Big East

Ray Treacy (30th)

8

9

Stanford

81.51

MPSF

Chris Miltenberg (2nd)

9

10

Penn State

58.91

Big Ten

Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th)

19

11

LSU

54.18

SEC

Dennis Shaver (10th)

10

12

North Carolina

49.07

ACC

Harlis Meaders (2nd)

38

13

UCLA

47.20

MPSF

Mike Maynard (2nd)

13

14

South Dakota

46.62

Summit League

Lucky Huber (20th)

33

15

Purdue

45.11

Big Ten

Rolando Greene (2nd)

15

16

Florida State

44.55

ACC

Bob Braman (11th)

27

17

Texas Tech

44.01

Big 12

Wes Kittley (15th)

28

18

Iowa State

42.17

Big 12

Martin Smith (1st)

26

19

Duke

41.78

ACC

Norm Ogilvie (11th)

29

20

Akron

40.84

Mid-American

Dennis Mitchell (19th)

20

21

Maryland

40.25

ACC

Andrew Valmon (11th)

31

22

Mississippi State

40.08

SEC

Steve Dudley (4th)

17

23

Dartmouth

39.85

Ivy

Sandra Ford-Centonze (22nd)

12

24

Missouri

38.86

SEC

Brett Halter (4th)

39

25

Michigan

38.43

Big Ten

James Henry (29th)

18


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