Men ranked No. 2 by Trackwire
Trackwire Top 25 | Trackwire Dandy Dozen
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's track and field team moved up to No. 2 in the country in the latest Trackwire 25 power rankings, released on Tuesday, Feb. 8. The Hoosiers had been No. 3 for the past three weeks.
The Hoosiers tallied a season-high 44 points in the power ranking, eight more then last week, and trail only defending national champion Arkansas, who totaled 70 points. The men's team has been ranked since the start of the indoor season, earning No. 4 in the initial 2005 power rankings, released on Jan. 10. Since that time, IU has passed Florida and Big Ten rival Michigan.
The Cream and Crimson have five individuals and two relay team ranked in the Trackwire Dandy Dozen power rankings.
Senior Aarik Wilson enjoys his fifth straight week at No. 1 in the triple jump. Wilson, a six-time All-America selection, recently won the event at the Meyo Classic with a leap of 16.19 meters, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and just a tenth short of an automatic standard (16.20). His jump is currently the longest in the nation. Wilson is also ranked No. 4 in the country in the long jump, notching an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 7.49m at the Hoosier Classic, four-hundredths better then the 7.45 standard.
Senior Sean Jefferson is ranked No. 1 in the mile for the fifth straight week. In his first mile run this season, Jefferson broke three-time Olympian Jim Spivey's 23-year old school record with a career-best time of 3 minutes, 56.44 seconds, taking first in the event at the Meyo Classic. Joining him on the list is his twin brother, John, who is ranked No. 2 in the event after four straight weeks of being unranked. At the Meyo Classic, he was right behind his brother, placing second with a personal-best time of 3:57.85. Both runners surpassed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 3:59.30. Sean and Jean also became just the 14th set of brothers and 4th set of twins to break four minutes in the mile.
Senior Stephen Hass makes his first appearance in the rankings this week, holding the No. 6 slot in the 3000-meters. Haas broke two-time Olympian Bob Kennedy's 14-year old school record in the 3000 at the Meyo Classic. Haas placed second in the race with an NCAA automatic qualifying standard and career-best time of 7:51.00, nearly five seconds better then Kennedy's 7:55.93, set in a 1991 meet against Tennessee.
Sophomore David Neville, who has also been ranked since the start of the season, currently is eighth in the men's 400-meter dash. Neville posted an NCAA provisional mark at the Hoosier Relays, where he placed second with a time of 47.33, tying his career-best as well as passing the provisional qualifying standard of 47.65.
The men's distance medley relay team is ranked for the fifth straight week, this time at No. 2 in the country. The Hoosiers DMR moved up nine spots since last week's Dandy Dozen power rankings. The quartet, composed of seniors Rodney Hollis, Sean Jefferson, Eric Redmen and Neville, broke a school record with a time of 9:31.26 at last year's Tyson Invitational, earning first place ahead of host and then top-ranked Arkansas. The time shattered the 22-year old school mark by 10 seconds.
New to the rankings this week is the men's 4x400-meter relay team, which is listed at No. 12 in the country. The team, made up of freshman Doug Dayhoff, senior Andre Grimes, Hollis and Neville, posted a first-place time of 3:09.59 at the Meyo Classic. The mark surpassed the school record of 3:10.00, set in 1984 at the Big Ten Championships. The relay's time currently ranks sixth in the nation.
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-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.
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