Bruins Open 2004 Indoor Season Ranked in Nation's Top 10

Jan. 18, 2004

Art Venegas' UCLA men's track and field team opens the 2004 collegiate indoor season ranked among the nation's Top 10 teams, according to the latest Trackwire preseason poll, issued this week.

The Bruins are ranked No. 8 in the U. S. (tied with Michigan). Arkansas, the defending men's NCAA Indoor champion, is preseason rated No. 1, followed by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Florida and No. 8 UCLA and Michigan. South Carolina rounds out the Top 10.

UCLA opens its 2004 indoor season on Jan. 31 at the Husky Invitational in Seattle. Available online since the 1997 season, the Trackwire 25 has established itself as the most widely respected and reported ranking of Division I collegiate track & field teams. During the collegiate track season, weekly updates are available via email, and free registration is available at

The Trackwire 25 is compiled by respected track & field statistician Gary Verigin. Please contact Gary by email at with any comments or corrections.

The Trackwire 25 for Men, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:

1. Arkansas, 62
2. Stanford, 39
3. Auburn, 37
4. Texas, 35
5. LSU, 29
6. Minnesota, 28
7. Florida, 26
=8. UCLA, 23
=8. Michigan, 23
10. South Carolina, 22
11. Ohio State, 18
12. Texas Tech, 16
13. Tennessee, 15
=14. Indiana, 13
=14. Oklahoma, 13
=14. Wisconsin, 13
=14. Nebraska, 13
=18. Kansas State, 12
=18. USC, 12
=20. Baylor, 11
=20. Colorado, 11
=20. TCU, 11
=23. Washington, 10
=23. Kansas, 10
=23. Connecticut, 10
=23. Purdue, 10

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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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