Women's Track and Field tabbed No. 12 in first Trackwire poll
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas women's track and field program opens the 2007 campaign at No. 12 in the nation in the first Trackwire Top 25 national poll of the season.
UT boasts three individual student-athletes and both relays on the Dandy Dozen individual rankings, including individual event national champions Michelle Carter and Destinee Hooker, and Alexandria Anderson, who ran on the 2006 NCAA 4x100-meter relay championship quartet.
Leading the women's rankings is 2007 NCAA Indoor National Champion Arizona State with 58 points. No. 2 Louisiana State is projected to score 39 points while third-ranked South Carolina is tabbed for 36 points. Michigan (fourth place - 31 points) and Big 12 Conference school Texas A&M (fifth place - 30 points) round out the top five teams.
Joining the Longhorns and Aggies in representing the Big 12 Conference in the Trackwire Top 25 national poll are No.14 Texas Tech (20 points), No. 16 Nebraska (18 points), and No. 21 Colorado (12 points).
In the individual Dandy Dozen rankings, senior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) is rated No. 2 in the nation in the shot put and reigning national champion Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is expected to defend her outdoor national title. Classmate and fellow national champion Alexandria Anderson is ranked sixth in the 100-meter and ninth in the 200.
The 4x100-meter relay is ranked eighth and the 4x400-meter relay is predicted to take ninth place at the national meet in June.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
UT hosts the largest home track and field meet of the season - 2007 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays - beginning Wednesday, April 4 at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium. The four-day event features the most talented professional, collegiate and high school athletes in the country.