April 23, 2002
Art Venegas' Bruin men's team is tied for No. 16 in the U. S., with South Carolina, Colorado, Texas and Notre Dame(the Bruin women this week are ranked No. 4). It's the highest ranking for the UCLA men this season. The No. 1 team is Tennessee, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion. The USC men this week are No. 21 in the nation.
On Saturday, May 4 at Drake Stadium, UCLA will host USC in the annual dual meet. Last Saturday (April 13) at Drake, the Bruin men defeated BYU in dual competition.
Other Pac-10 teams in this week's Trackwire men's Top 25 are: No. 3 (tie) Stanford and No. 14 Oregon. The upcoming Pac-10 T & F Championships will be held in Pullman, WA, May 18-19.
The Trackwire Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. The ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the NCAA Div. I Outdoor T & F Championships. The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event.
In the IAAF/USATF national poll, Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 2 (357.59) behind No. 1 Tennessee (373.3). Rounding out the Top-5 are No. 3 Arizona State (348.16), No. 4 Florida (345.05) and No. 5 Alabama (336.81). Team Power Ranking is based upon individual marks and dual meet strength.
The 2002 NCAA Div. I Outdoor T & F championships will be held May 29-June 1 in Baton Rouge, LA.
Trackwire National Men's Top 25 (April 22)
1. Tennessee (87)
2. LSU (85)
3. Arkansas/Stanford (31)
5. SMU (30)
6. Nebraska (28)
7. Clemson (24)
8. Georgia (21)
9. Alabama/Florida (20)
11.Mississippi State/UTEP/Auburn (19)
14. Oregon (18)
16. UCLA/South Carolina/Colorado/Texas/Notre Dame (16)
21. USC (14)
22. Idaho (13)
23. Baylor/BYU/Missouri (11)