Jan. 30, 2007
Tallahassee – Florida State is sitting high on the first poll of the Division I indoor season, released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday, Jan. 30th. Two-time defending national champions, the Arkansas Razorbacks, are a few steps ahead in the top spot.
The USTFCCCA Division I indoor poll is decided by votes from thirty-five coaches as well as one representative from each Division I conference. The polls will be released every Tuesday leading into the national championships.
“We’re flattered to be ranked number two,” head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s exciting to be in the hunt for our first indoor national title. We of course have the utmost respect for Arkansas, they’ve won 19 indoor championships. Since they’re hosting the championships this year, we’re definitely looking forward to the challenge of going into their home turf and putting up a good fight for the win.”
The Seminoles, defending outdoor champions, look to be strong contenders for the indoor title this year and were ranked on top of Trackwire’s first poll of the season on January 16th. Returning indoor national champion in the 200m and runner-up in the 60m, junior Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL) will again lead the FSU squad as he looks to better his successes of the 2006 season. Also favored this year is junior Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) in the 400m and senior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) is projected to score high in the mile run.
Rounding out the top 10 in the men’s rankings are Auburn, Wisconsin, Texas, Oregon, Florida, Baylor, Nebraska and Washington.
The Division I men’s and women’s indoor rankings can be found each week by logging onto www.ustfccca.org.
USTFCCCA Division I Men’s Indoor Rankings
Week 1 – Jan. 30, 2007
2. Florida State
16. Arizona State
20. South Alabama