Women's Indoor Track and Field ranks No. 12 in preseason coaches poll
Jan. 8, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The University of Texas women's track and field team opens the indoor season ranked No. 12 in the preseason poll released today by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Longhorns, who finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships a year ago, return 17 key components to last year's success including senior All-American sprinter Alexandria Anderson and senior middle-distance runner Katara Rosby.
Anderson picked up top-three finishes at the NCAA Championship in the 60-meter dash (second, 7.17) and 200-meter dash (third, 22.81) while her and Rosby were members of the 4x400-meter relay team that took fourth (3:33.69). Junior Jordyn Brown also returns to the mix this season, after placing 15th in shot put at last year's NCAA Championship.
Big 12 foe Texas A&M earned the No. 1 preseason ranking, followed by No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Tennessee and No. 5 Florida State. Arizona State, the 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion, is slated to finish sixth followed by No. 7 Virginia Tech, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 10 Minnesota.
The Longhorns open the 2009 season at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Meet in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 16.