TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State University has two teams ranked in the top 20 of the nation at the same time for the first time in school history as the Sycamore women are ranked 18th and the men 20th in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings released Monday.
It is the highest ranking for the Sycamore men since the USTFCCCA began the ratings system in 2008 an marks the fifth straight week that the Sycamore women have been ranked in the top 20. The last time the two Sycamore teams were ranked in the top 30 in the same week was last year when the Indiana State men were 28th and the women 29th during Week 6 of the ratings.
The Indiana State men jumped up 10 spots from the previous week led by senior Brandon Pounds who is the top weight thrower in the nation, junior Greggmar Swift who is fifth in the 60 meter hurdles, and junior Chris Fields who is 27th in the men’s weight throw.
The Sycamore women remained 18th for the second straight week with senior Felisha Johnson leading the nation in the weight throw and second in the shot put with freshman Katie Wise 39th in the 60 meters.
Arkansas and Florida remained first and second in the men’s national rankings with Oklahoma State jumping 20 spots to third. Texas A&M is fourth with Penn State fifth. Louisiana State becomes the third straight new leader of the women’s rankings with Arkansas moving up two to second, and Clemson dropping down one to third. Last week’s top ranked team, Kansas, dropped to fourth followed by Oregon.
The two Indiana State teams are also among the best according to the Great Lakes Region rankings which were also released today. The Indiana State women dropped down one notch to eight while the Sycamore men dropped two spots to ninth.
The Sycamore women are the highest ranked team in the national rankings from the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State moved up two spots to 20th with Illinois State down two to 28th, Missouri State up 15 to 77th, and Southern Illinois up two to 8 rd. Indiana State is also the top ranked team among major universities in Indiana. Purdue moved up 16 spots to 53rd with Notre Dame up eight to 74th, and Indiana down two spots to 99th.
The Indiana State men are also the highest ranking team in the national poll from the Missouri Valley Conference. Southern Illinois moved up 13 spots to 63rd with Northern Iowa leaping 64 spots to 81st, Drake up 21 positions to 96th, and Wichita State down six to 123rd. The Indiana Hoosiers are the top ranked team among major universities in Indiana as they dropped three spots to 10th in the national rankings. Indiana State improved 10 spots to 20th with Purdue up 28 positions to 52nd, and Notre Dame down 18 to 53rd.
Wisconsin is the new leader in the men’s Great Lakes Region rankings followed by Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, and Akron in the top five. The second five is led by Purdue followed by Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Indiana State and Kent State.
Michigan retained its hold on the top spot in the women’s Great Lakes Region rankings followed by Kent State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Michigan State leads the second five followed by Indiana, Indiana State, Akron, and Eastern Michigan.