March 26, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's track & field team enters this weekend's action ranked 10th in the first outdoor ranking of the season in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings. The No. 10 ranking is the second-highest ranking ever attained by the Crimson Tide in the seven-year history of the rankings, just behind a No. 9 ranking achieved in the second week of the 2008 outdoor season.
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.
Last weekend, the Crimson Tide opened the 2014 outdoor season by winning eight events, setting one school record and producing nine performances that rank among the all-time Alabama top 10 in eight events as Alabama hosted the John Mitchell Alabama Relays. The team continues the outdoor season with its first road trip as the Crimson Tide travels to Atlanta, Ga., for the Yellow Jacket Invite on the Georgia Tech campus this Friday-Saturday, March 28-29. Action begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. Eastern Time with the hammer throws for both men and women, followed by the 5,000 meters. Saturday's schedule begins at 10:30 a.m. ET with the shot put while action on the track starts at 12:30 p.m. ET with the 4x100-meter relays. The final scheduled event is the 4x400-meter relays, slated for a 4:30 p.m. ET start.
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