UW Track & Field Teams Nationally Ranked in Power Poll

April 6, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams are both nationally ranked in a team power poll conducted by the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA).

The Cowboys are currently ranked seventh in the country, while the women are sixteenth. The ratings are based on a scoring system similar to that of a decathlon. The power rankings, handled by Idaho State University head track coach Dave Nielsen, can be found at http://tower.isu.edu/power.

Two athletes from each team for each event are entered onto a score sheet. Marks are then scored on a decathlon type of table. Points from each event are totaled, equaling the final score for a team, total scores are then ranked.

"Obviously, we are really pleased that we can get that kind of recognition early in the outdoor season," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head cross country and track and field coach. "On the men's side, I feel like we are a better team outdoors than we were indoors, and I think we can improve on our conference (4th) and national (21st) finishes.

"This RPI (ratings power index) ranking shows that we have the potential to have a big impact outdoors. This rating is based on what type of depth and team power you have in a dual-scored meet. I'm real proud of our athletes.

"One of our goals in this program is to have some balance and depth, and become an all-around program. We are in some very good company in the rankings. We are ahead of some very established programs like North Carolina and UCLA. It shows that we are really headed in the right direction. We feel good about our team, we defeated Colorado State and will compete against Purdue, who is ranked just ahead of us, this weekend.

"For the women, this is a good start for us. I'm really pleased with the direction of the program. We've worked hard in trying to have a balanced team, and to do well in the scored meets. This type of ranking shows where we are headed."

These rankings come to the Cowboys and Cowgirls after only two competitions, whereas most other schools have had more opportunities to set improved marks. This weekend Wyoming will travel to West Lafeyette, Ind., to compete against Purdue, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Central Michigan.

Wyoming has four qualifiers in five events for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held June 2-5 in Boise, Idaho. Senior Kevin Mannon automatically qualified in the hammer, junior Robin Lyons also automatically qualified in the hammer, junior Jason Hammond has provisionally qualified in the both the shot put and hammer and junior Tamara Hawkins provisionally qualified in the hammer.

The outdoor team power rankings are:

WomenMen

1. Nebraska1. Nebraska2. Arizona2. Florida3. Florida3. Arizona4. Texas A & M4. Texas A & M5. Maryland5. Washington State6. Fresno State6. Purdue7. Nevada7. Wyoming8. Indiana State8. Southern Illinois9. Western Carolina9. Indiana State10. Purdue10. Liberty11. Idaho11. Pennsylvania12. Miami (Ohio)12. Idaho13. Missouri13. Western Carolina14. Liberty14. Maryland15. Montana State15. Montana State16. Wyoming16. Monmouth17. North Carolina17. Missouri18. Monmouth18. North Carolina19. Troy State19. Troy State20. Eastern Kentucky20. Eastern Kentucky