March 4, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama track & field team has earned spots in both the men's and women's team rankings this week for the first time. The women's team made its first appearance in the top 25 at No. 18 while the men's team is ranked 11th in this week's edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Monday. The Tide men maintained their No. 2 ranking in this week's South Region rankings while the Alabama women are ranked 7th in the South Region team survey.
At last weekend's SEC Indoor Championships, the men's team finished fourth in the team standings with 76 points, its best point total since 1986, only the third men's top-4 finish since 1986, and the sixth-best total ever scored by a Tide team at the SEC Indoor meet. Over the course of the meet, Crimson Tide athletes won three individual events, set 16 individual personal bests, broke two school records, and produced 23 performances that rank among the all-time Alabama top 10 in several events.
The national team rankings are compiled by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points.
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