Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Flood's nation leading marks in mile and 3000 boost Dawgs to #22 in USTFCCCA rankings...

The University of Washington women's track & field team have moved into the USTFCCCA national top 25 rankings for the first time this indoor season, placing themselves in the #22 position.

The Huskies are in the top 25 based on the strength of sophomore Katie Flood's (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) NCAA leading time of 4:28.48 at Saturday's Flotrack Husky Classic, as well as her 8:55.31 NCAA leading mark on January 27th at the UW Invitational.

Flood's performance, by all accounts, should move her from the "Receiving Mention" list to the "Watch List" when the USTFCCCA publishes its next Bowerman Watch list of athletes.

Fellow sophomore Megan Goethals contributed to the Huskies' national power rankings with her 15:54.89 school record time in the Friday portion of the Flotrack Husky Classic, a mark that ranks her #9 on the current NCAA Division I list.

For the nation’s women, two-time defending champion Oregon was unfazed by moving week as they stay at No. 1 – a place they’ve been since the preseason. Freshman English Gardner is among many Ducks with significant performance this season. The University of Oregon is followed by Clemson and LSU.

The national rankings on the men’s side still have Arkansas and Florida in the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. However, with the point margin between the squads at 166.98 to 166.09, it is a virtual tie for nation’s top spot.

Texas A&M has made a slow climb throughout the season, but now stand at No. 3 after a five-spot bump.

The complete USTFCCCA top 25 list is available here.  The organization's release is available here.

NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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