Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Week 2 USTFCCCA polls have WSU & UW women's track teams in top 25...

NEW ORLEANS--Both the Washington State University and University of Washington women's track teams are ranked in the top 25, according to the latest polls released by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday.

Washington State remains in the #18 position, while the Washington Huskies, thanks to javelin thrower Amanda Peterson's school record performance in last Saturday's Pepsi Team Invitational at Hayward Field in Eugene, catapulted from outside the top 25 at #32 to #20 in this week's poll.

Peterson, a junior transfer from Eastern Washington University via Gig Harbor's Peninsula HS, rifled the spear 174-2 (53.09m) to break the 2004 UW school mark set by US Olympic Trials qualifier Megan Spriestersbach of 173-7 (52.90m), and garner the only individual win on the women's side on the day.

Florida, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech are the top three men's teams in this week's poll, while Texas A&M, LSU and Oregon are the top three squads in this week's rankings.

The top eight men’s teams remain unchanged from a week ago while the top three women’s squads remain in their previous-week positions.

According to the USTFCCCA, the purpose and methodology of the national team computer rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-title race – not as a method to compare teams head-to-head.

The current USTFCCCA poll can be accessed here.

NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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