Women's Track and Field climbs to No. 6 in the nation
May 4, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas Women's Track and Field team has jumped up to the No. 6 spot in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings, released by the organization on Tuesday.
The Longhorns climbed 10 spots after their showings at the Texas Invite and Payton Jordan Invitational this past Saturday. The ranking is the highest of the season and comes at a good time, as the Longhorns are entering championship season next week starting with the 2010 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship, May 14-16.
Over the weekend, Texas produced two of the top four 400m times in the country in sophomore Angele Cooper's second-ranked 52.18 and junior Chantel Malone's fourth-ranked 52.35. Sophomore Mia Behm also posted the 12th-best 5,000m time with her 16:00.00 at the Payton Jordan Invite, a time that was the fastest by a Horn since 1988.
Texas also boasts the third-best 400m hurdles time (Cooper, 56.52), the seventh-best long jump mark (Malone, 6.41m) and the No. 5 mile-relay time in the country (3:32.98).
The Longhorns head to Columbia, Mo., for the annual league meet next week, and then return to Austin to host the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Region Preliminary Rounds, May 27-29. The 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championship will be held June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.