Hoosiers Ranked Among Nation's Top Five
Feb. 9, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's track and field team continued its climb up the national computer rankings, moving past Oregon and into the top five this week. The United States Track and field and Cross Country Coaches Association released the weekly national computer rankings this week with the Hoosiers ranked fifth. The Hoosier men have five performances on the season that currently rank among the top three in their respective events this season, including a pair of performances from Andy Bayer. The ranking is the highest for a Hoosier team since Ron Helmer arrived as director and head coach in 2007. The Indiana women maintained the 20th spot in the women's rankings.
Helmer said his team is getting in the position it wants to be, contending for trophies at the NCAA Championship meet.
"Our goal every season is to contend for a Big Ten Championship and a team trophy at the NCAA Championships," said Helmer. "Part of accomplishing those goals is getting enough people in position to be successful at the championship level. We are getting closer to where we want to be, but we still have to continue to perform as the expectations continue to increase."
The rankings, which take into account marks from the current season as well as marks from a year ago, will drop marks from last season beginning with next week's release. This move could help the Hoosier cause, as all but three of the marks currently scoring in the computer rankings for IU would move up the rankings when past marks are removed.
The Hoosiers continue action at Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., this Friday and Saturday. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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