Women Jump to No. 11 in Latest USTFCCCA Top-25

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The K-State Track and Field women moved up to No. 11 in the country in the latest of edition of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Computer Rankings. The jump marks a one spot improvement from last week, as the Wildcat women sit less than a point outside of the national top-10 – No. 10 Georgetown has 66.13 points, while K-State has 65.17 points.

The highest ranking ever for a women’s squad since the computer rankings began in 2008, K-State is one of four schools from the Big 12 to currently be ranked within the national top-25. The Big 12 on the women’s side also ranks third in the conference index top-10 behind the SEC (No. 1) and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF – No. 2).

K-State’s latest move up the rankings comes thanks to strong performances by Akela Jones at the Jayhawk Classic, as well as Alyx Treasure, Kim Williamson and Dani Winters at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Jones, who took first in the pentathlon in Lawrence, notched top-25 marks in three events (pentathlon, high jump and long jump), while Treasure (high jump), Williamson (high jump) and Winters (shot put) all improved upon season bests to remain in the DI individual event top-25 as well.

The Wildcat men also made another considerable jump in the national rankings, moving from No. 34 to No. 28 in the country. They will look to join the women in the indoor top-25 at the same time for the first time in program history – currently 12 schools have both their women’s and men’s rank within the top-25. The men entered this season with a preseason ranking of No. 68, but have rapidly moved up the national rankings with Reinis Kregers’ PR effort in the Jayhawk Classic heptathlon this past weekend providing the latest boost.  

Wildcats Continue to Hold Top-Tier Spots in Midwest Rankings

For the second-straight week, the Wildcat women earned the No. 1 spot in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region rankings. Earning 391 points in the latest rankings, the women hold a commanding lead over the 15-school region, as No. 2 Nebraska is well over 100 points behind with a tally of 254.78 points. Meanwhile, the K-State men jumped Nebraska to take the No. 2-spot with a point total of 255.20 – less than 50 points away from the Midwest top-ranked Illinois men (297.07).  

Changes in Week Three of the TFN Dual Meet Rankings

After leapfrogging both the Arkansas and Texas A&M women to take the No. 1 spot this past week, the K-State women dropped to No. 2 in the latest Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings. The women’s squad (4-0), who took the week off from dual competition along with men’s team, remain undefeated in dual meet competition to date. The men (5-0) remained at No. 7 – their highest spot of this season.