K-State Women Crack the National Top-10

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The K-State Track and Field women continued their climb up the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Indoor National Rankings, moving from No. 11 into the top-10 at No. 10 in the country. Cracking the national top-10 for the first time ever since the computer rankings began in 2008, the Wildcat women are also the first K-State squad, men or women, to rank within the top-10 at any point during the indoor season.

Highlighting this week’s one-spot jump was Dani Winters, who over the weekend broke the program record in the women’s shot put with a career-best chuck of 17.45m/57-03 to take first at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Winters, who has registered a shot put PR in five-straight meets, moved to No. 3 in Division I, tops in the Big 12 and 17th-overall in the world with her winning effort.

K-State’s latest ranking is second-best among Big 12 women’s programs, as Texas leads the way at No. 6, while No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 15 Oklahoma State round out the conference’s showing in the top-25. Ranked second in the Conference Index Top-10 by the USTFCCCA, only the top-ranked Southeastern Conference (SEC) has more schools ranked (five) within the national top-15 than the Big 12.

Prior to this week in program history, only this year’s women’s squad and the 2012 men’s squad had held a higher ranking in the USTFCCCA indoor rankings at No. 11.

On the men’s side, K-State moved down a spot to No. 29 and are one of three Big 12 schools – the other two: No. 26 TCU and No. 27 Iowa State– on the cusp of joining four other conference foes already in the top-25.

Elsewhere in Notable Rankings…

• The Wildcat women remained atop of the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Index while the men moved from No. 2 to No. 3. For the women, their score of 377.14 and 70-plus point advantage over No. 2 Nebraska (306.94) comes thanks to the team holding top-regional marks in five events and 11 top-three regional event marks overall.

The men, meanwhile, rank behind only No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Illinois.