Powered by a string of strong performances in the field events, the Kansas Jayhawks women’s team has flown past the Clemson Tigers into the No. 1 position for the first time in program history in Tuesday’s latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings. Arkansas' men remained on top for the fourth straight week.
With standout performances at the Armory Collegiate Invitational from National Athlete of the Week senior jumper Andrea Geubelle (No. 1 in the long jump at 21-11½/6.69m), senior thrower Alena Krechyk (No. 2 in the weight throw at 71-4¾/21.76m) and junior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya (No. 3 at 14-1¼/4.30m), the Jayhawks surged into the top spot with a net gain of 20.67 team points for a total of 173.37.
After finishing runner-up at last season’s NCAA Indoor Championships, Kansas had spent three weeks at the second spot in this season’s computer rankings.
Though many of Clemson’s top student-athletes turned in strong performances, including another sub-8.00 60 hurdles performance from standout Brianna Rollins, the Tigers gained less than a point for a total of 158.21.
The LSU women jumped two spots to No. 3 with 152.31 team points on the strength of reigning The Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan’s nation-leading 60 meters performance at 7.16 and the sixth-best weight throw performer in the nation in junior Denise Hinton (69-9¾/21.28m).
Arkansas remains at No. 4 with 147.26, while three-time defending champion Oregon falls two spots to No. 5 with 135.84 points.
Clemson athletes continue to rank 1-2 in the nation in the 60-meter hurdles, with Rollins on top (7.78) followed by Bridgette Owens (7.95). They are the only two hurdlers to have broke the 8-second mark this season.
On the men's side, Clemson's Spencer Adams leads the nation in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 7.59 seconds. Florida's Eddie Lovett is second at 7.65, while Clemson's Marcus Maxey is 21st at 7.82.
For the Clemson women, Dezerea Bryant ranks fifth in both the 60 meters (7.19) and the 200 (23.16). Stormy Kendrick is seventh in the 60 (7.22) and 19th in the 200 (23.66), while Jasmine Edgerson is ninth in the 60 (7.27) and 12th in the 60 hurdles.
In addition to leading the hurdles, Rollins ranks eighth in the 200 (23.22).
Marlena Wesh is second (52.21) to Kansas' Diamond Dixon (51.78) in the 400, and is 15th in the 200 (23.51).
Jasmine Brunson ranks fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 43-3 1/4; Brittney Waller is ninth in the weight throw (69-9); Mimi Land is 18th in the high jump (5-11 1/4); and Whitney Fountain is 13th in the pentathlon (4,020 points).
For the Clemson men, Torian Ware ranks seventh in the high jump (7-5); Devin Hester is 20th in the 60 (6.68); and Brunson Miller is 33rd in the 400 (47.07).
The National Computer Team Rankings project how a team will finish in a National Championship Meet setting, rather than a triangular or dual. The rankings are compiled from meet data in the 2012-13 season, but also from returners from the 2011-12 to take into account what a roster might look like should all student-athletes perform at their top level. This is the final edition of the rankings in which preseason data will be factored into team scores.
The next round of computer rankings will be released February 12. The 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., March 8-9.