Championship season begins with Arkansas in No. 1 position


New Orleans – Arkansas moved up four spots to take the No. 1 spot in the USTFCCCA National Ranking Index as the indoor track and field season transitions into championship mode with the SEC championships and NCAA championships next pair of Razorbacks calendar encounters.

Results from Arkansas’ recent qualifier that gave the Razorbacks the impressive leap to No. 1 included a school record in the distance medley relay (9:24.56), a career-best Amon Kemboi in the 3,000m (7:42.29) which ranks No.5 on the collegiate all-time list, and an improved hurdles time of 60m (7.66) for Phillip Lemonious.

In previous weeks, school records in the heptathlon (6,272) by Ayden Owens, Kemboi in the 5,000m (13:26.44) and 4×400 relay (3:03.18) also contributed to the rise in national ranking index of 12and a few weeks ago to the fifth last week.

After Arkansas in this week’s Rating Index, North Carolina A&T, Texas, Georgia, Texas Tech, Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa, Kentucky and Florida are among the top 10 first.

This week, the Razorbacks travel to College Station, Texas in search of a third straight SEC Indoor tag team title and 25 from Arkansas.and globally.

In conference rankings compiled by the USTFCCCA, Arkansas is the highest ranked team and followed by Kentucky, Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee in the top five.

Razorbacks currently ranked in the top 16 nationally include the following:

400m 11) 46.21 James Benson II
15) 46.37 Battle of Brandon
800m 3) 1:47.12 Kieran Taylor
3000m 3) 7:42.29 Amon Kemboi
5000m 14) 13:26.44 Amon Kemboi
60m hurdles 6) 7.66 Philip Lemonious
Relay 4×400 3) 3:03.18 Arkansas
DMR 12) 9:24.56 Arkansas
long jump 4) 26-3.5 (8.01) John Boulanger
13) 25-8 (7.82) Ryan Brown
Heptathlon 1) 6,272 Ayden Owens

USTFCCCA Top 25 National Ratings Index | Week 5 – February 21, 2022

Men: 1. Arkansas2. North Carolina A&T, 3. Texas, 4. Georgia, 5. Texas Tech, 6. Alabama, 7. Notre Dame, 8. Iowa, 9. Kentucky, 10. Florida, 11. Tennessee, 12. Northern Arizona, 13. Florida State, 14. Washington, 15. Princeton, 16. Oregon, 17. Ole Miss, 18. Michigan State, 19. Nebraska, 20. Southern California, 21. LSU, 22. Grand Canyon , 23. Clemson, 24 Arizona State, 25. Texas A&M.

USTFCCCA Conference National Rankings Index | February 21, 2022

SECOND: 1. Arkansas2. Kentucky, 3. Alabama, 4. Ole Miss, 5. Tennessee, 6. Florida, 7. Georgia, 8. Texas A&M, 9. LSU, 10. Auburn, 11. Missouri, 12. South Carolina, 13. State of Mississippi.

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