|Pole vaulter Jax Thoirs|
(Paul Merca photo)
NEW ORLEANS—Both University of Washington track & field teams are ranked in the top 25 in the USTFCCCA pre-season computer rankings released Wednesday.
The Washington men are ranked #8 in the pre-season rankings, with five athletes ranked in the top ten in their events, based on 2015 indoor marks—Izaic Yorks (#6) in the mile; Colby Gilbert (#2) in the 3000; Aaron Nelson (#7) in the 5000; and pole vaulters Jax Thoirs (#3) and Lev Marcus (#7).
On the women’s side, the Huskies are ranked #18 in the pre-season rankings, with three athletes ranked in the top ten based on last year’s marks—Maddie Meyers (#9) in the mile, and pole vaulters Diamara Planell Cruz (#3) and Kristina Owsinski (#5).
The National Team Computer Rankings are complied by a mathematical formula 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. Information on how the rankings are calculated by the USTFCCCA are available here.
The nation’s top five men’s teams according to the USTFCCCA computers are Florida, Texas, Oregon, Virginia Tech, and Alabama.
Men’s teams from the MPSF ranked in the top 25 include Colorado (12), and Stanford (13).
The top five women’s teams are Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Kansas State, and Oregon.
Women’s teams ranked in the top 25 from the MPSF include USC (7), and Stanford (13).
The Huskies open the 2016 indoor season with the UW Preview on January 16th at Dempsey Indoor.
NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.