TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State women remained seventh in the nation according to this week's Track and Field News magazine's women's indoor dual meet rankings which were released today. The Sycamores were ranked seventh in the preseason poll which was released on Jan. 2.
Indiana State's women's track & field team remained undefeated on the indoor season with an 88-61 victory over Illinois State Saturday in the ninth renewal of the Coughlan-Malloy Cup. The Sycamores opened the season with a victory over Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri.
Louisiana State remained on top of the rankings followed by Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Arkansas in the top five. The second five is led by Michigan State followed by Indiana State, Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Indiana. The second 10 is led by Princeton followed by Kent State, Purdue, North Dakota State, Western Michigan, Illinois State, Kansas State, Alabama, Eastern Illinois, and Dartmouth.
The SEC provides three of the top five teams but the Big 10 has the most teams in the top 20 with five. The Mid-American Conference also has three in the rankings and the Missouri Valley Conference two.
The Indiana State men were ranked 10 th in the nation in the men's indoor dual meet preseason rankings released Jan. 9. The first regular season rankings will be released on Jan. 22. The Sycamore men are also undefeated on the season after a convincing 98-46 win over Illinois State in the Coughlan-Malloy Cup last Saturday. Indiana State also defeated Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State in the EIU Early Bird meet in December.
To be considered for the indoor rankings, a team must compete in at least one dual meet during the indoor season, using TFN's definition of a dual meet as a scored meet between four or fewer teams. Rankings will be kept during the outdoor season for an indoor/outdoor composite.
T&FN's dual meet rankings, compiled by Jesse Squire (www.tracksuperfan.com) are a revival of annual rankings compiled from 1970 to 1995. Last year's men's and women's champions for the combined indoor/outdoor season were the Oregon Ducks. A full compilation of past dual meet rankings can be found at www.tracksuperfan.com.