BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana mens track and field team remained at No. 3 in the country in the latest Trackwire 25 power rankings, released on Monday, Jan. 23.
The Hoosiers tallied 34 points in the poll, trailing only defending national champion Arkansas (72), and Big Ten rival Michigan (39).
The Cream and Crimson also have four individuals and one relay team ranked in the Trackwire Dandy Dozen individual event power rankings.
Senior Aarik Wilson and junior Sean Jefferson are still No. 1 in their respective events. Wilson, a six-time All-American, is number one in the triple jump, an event that he finished second in the nationals last year and just missed out on an Olympic bid at the 2004 summer trials. He is also first in the long jump, after earning a bronze medal at last years NCAA Championship. Jefferson, a 2004 All-American, was tabbed as the leader in the mile, after winning the event at the Indoor NCAA Championship last season. It is the third straight week that both have been No. 1.
Sophomore David Neville, who has also been ranked since the start of the season, currently sits at sixth in the mens 400 meters and 12th in the 200. Neville earned All-American accolades in the 200-meters last season, after taking a seventh-place finish at the NCAAs. He broke the previous school record (21.21-Contrell Ash-2001) with a time of 20.92.
Senior Wil Fleming makes his first appearance in the Dandy Dozen this week ranked eighth in the weight throw. Fleming notched a personal-best 20.12-meters in last weeks Big Ten Tri-Meet, taking second place. The distance passed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 19.00-meters.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualfying 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 quanti tative 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.