Men, Women Rank Top-25 in Pre-NCAA Rankings

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The K-State Track and Field men's and women's squads both remained in the national top-25 in the final set of USTFCCCA Team Rankings before the NCAA Championships on June 10-13. Announced earlier today, the men and women rank No. 23 and No. 10, respectively, and are one of only 17 programs in the country to have both squads ranked in the top-25.  

For the Wildcats, this week's edition of rankings marks the second-straight year they will enter NCAAs with both their men's and women's teams in the top-25, and the third time in program history overall. K-State is coming off a solid showing at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, notching 13 entries to go along with the already-qualified Akela Jones in the heptathlon.

The rankings, which hand out a point-based total to predict where programs will finish at NCAAs all season, are unique this week based on the fact that the numbers solely account for who the programs had qualify at Prelims for next weekend's meet. The men, who had four athletes qualify across three events, are expected to finish 23rd (78.27), just ahead of Stanford (75.29). Last season, the men went onto finish 20th after holding a pre-NCAA meet ranking of No. 18.

On the women's side, K-State looks to be in solid position to secure the program's first top-10 finish since 2002. The Wildcats will enter with 10 entries across eight events, and hold a current total of 160.11 points -- more than 10 points better than No. 11 Mississippi State's tally of 145.48. Ranked No. 24 in the country heading into NCAAs last season, the women finished five spots ahead of that ranking at No. 19.

Both programs have held top-25 spots for the better part of the outdoor season with the women ranking No. 10 or better in seven of the nine weeks during the regular season, and the men ranking top-25 for the past five weeks. For more information on K-State's upcoming slate of NCAA action, visit www.k-statesports.com.