Jan. 28, 2004
In this week's Trackwire 25 ranking, the Bruins are ranked No. 8, 22 points, for the second week in a row. Arkansas leads the nation at No. 1 with 70 points. Rounding out the top five are No. 2 LSU (42 points), Auburn and Stanford, tied for No. 3, and No. 5 Minnesota.
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-qualfying 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.
Trackwire 25 (January 28, 2004)
1. Arkansas, 70
2. LSU, 42
3. Auburn, Stanford, 35
5. Minnesota, 25
6. Texas, Michigan, 24
8. UCLA, 22
9. Florida, 20
10. Ohio State, 18
11. Tennessee, 17
12. Purdue, 16
13. Baylor, 15
14. Texas Tech, Indiana, USC, 13
17. Wisconsin, Kansas State, BYU, 12
20. Colorado, 11
21. Oklahoma, Nebraska, Washington, Kansas, Connecticut, 10