Women Claim Top Spot in Latest Dual Meet Rankings

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The K-State Track and Field women continued their climb into the upper echelon of the national rankings, this time earning the No. 1 spot in the latest collegiate dual meet rankings, announced by Track and Field News earlier this week. Also the No. 12-ranked team in the USTFCCCA Division I top-25, the Wildcat women are 4-0 in dual meets this season with their most recent victories coming this past Saturday over Oklahoma State and Tulsa at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational  

Ranked No. 3 prior to the announcement, K-State leapfrogged both Texas A&M and Arkansas, who are No. 3 and 5 in the USTFCCCA top-25, respectively, to claim the top spot in the country. The Wildcats have been bolstered by two victories over TFN-ranked opponents, No. 11 Wichita State and No. 16 Kansas. This past weekend’s action at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational saw the Wildcat women earn their latest two victories by outscoring both Oklahoma State, 84-to-54, and Tulsa, 83-to-47, in a triple dual-scored meet.

Not to be outdone, the Wildcat men also moved up in the TFN dual meet top-25 from No. 10 to No. 7. With their most recent victories over Oklahoma State and Tulsa, the men improved to 5-0 on the season and rank behind only No. 4 Texas in regards to Big 12 foes in the TFN top-25 – four Big 12 schools total. 

To be considered for a ranking, teams must have competed in one or more dual meets (defined as a meet between four or fewer teams) during the indoor campaign. The rankings accrued by Track and Field News are held to criteria that includes win/loss record, strength and depth of schedule, and quality and breadth of marks.

K-State Track and Field, as a whole, will take the week off from dual-meet competition, instead traveling to Lawrence, Kansas for the Jayhawk Classic from Jan. 29-30 and then to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the New Mexico Team Invitational on Jan. 31. Further information on the first of three straight weeks for the Wildcats on the road can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com.