BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana mens track and field team is ranked fourth in the nation, announced Trackwire in its initial top-25 poll of the 2005 Indoor season. The Hoosiers tallied 33 points, behind defending national champion Arkansas (67) and Florida and Michigan who both received 34 points.
In addition three Hoosiers were ranked in the top-12 in their respective events, led by six-time All-American Aarik Wilson who is the number one ranked triple jumper and long jumper in the country. The senior finished second in the nationals last year in the triple jump and third in the long jump at NCAA's. He just missed out on an Olympic bid at the summer trials after placing 14th in the Olympic Trials in the triple jump, with only the top-12 advancing to Athens. Wilson currently holds the school record in the triple for both indoor (16.99m (55-9) and outdoor (16.97m/55-08.525).
Sean Jefferson, a 2004 All-American, was tabbed as the number one student-athlete in the mile, after winning the event at the NCAAs last season with a career best 4:00.16, fourth on IUs all-time list.
Sophomore David Neville is ranked sixth in the mens 400 meters and 11th in the 200. Neville enjoyed a stellar freshman year earning All-American accolades in the 200-meters after taking a seventh-place finish at NCAAs. He broke previous school record holder Contrell Ash (21.21-2001) with a time of 20.92.
IUs record setting relay distance team comprised of Neville, Rodney Hollis, Sean Jefferson and Eric Redmond, is ranked 10th. Last year the team placed seventh in the NCAAs.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury report s 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.
The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 15, as the Cream and Crimson host the Hoosier Classic. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. inside the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Admission is free to all.