Men's Track Rises in National Rankings

Coach Mark Robison and the Cougars moved from 21st to 13th in the USTFCCCA rankings. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- After improving on a number of marks at the Robison Invitational last weekend, BYU leaped eight spots in the USTFCCCA national rankings to move into 13th on Tuesday.

BYU moved from 21st in the nation into the 13th spot with 137.46 points, just behind Mississippi State and ahead of South Carolina. It's the first time in 2010 the men's team has cracked the top 15 in 2010.

BYU is also the top ranked team in the Mountain West Conference.

The Cougars' throwers led the way for BYU this past weekend. Leif Arrhenius moved into the top ten nationally in both the discus and the shot put, currently at fifth in the discus and ninth in the shot put.

Daniel Lawson currently 26th nationally in the shot put as Arrhenius and Lawson are 1-2 in the MWC in the event.

BYU also has three of the top 15 javelin throwers in the country. Sean Richardson is fifth with a distance of 235'8" while Blaine Baker is currently 12th and Chris Reno at 13th nationally. The trio sit atop the MWC rankings.

Rich Nelson is fourth in the nation in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, joining pole vaulter Chris Little in sixth place as two more Cougars in the top ten nationally in their respective events.

In distance, Nathan Ogden is 18th in the country in the 10,000-meter run and 25th in the 5,000 meters.

BYU will next compete in the Tri-Meet held at Robison track and field complex this weekend, April 30-May 1. The MWC Championships will be held May 12-15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico while NCAA competition begins May 27 in Austin, Texas.


USTFCCCA National Rankings

2010 Week #4 – April 27

Rank School Points Last Week

1 Texas A&M 285.02 2

2 LSU 270.55 9

3 Florida 268.23 1

4 Arizona State 201.08 7

5 Auburn 192.19 8

6 Texas Tech 188.22 5

7 USC 186.55 6

8 Florida State 178.36 4

9 Oregon 173.75 3

10 Mississippi 168.94 14

11 Oklahoma 164.29 12

12 Miss. State 145.64 10

13 BYU 137.46 21

14 South Carolina 136.94 11

15 Georgia 116.20 42

16 Arkansas 109.07 17

17 Virginia Tech 102.60 18

18 North Carolina 100.22 30

19 Kansas State 100.10 22

20 Nebraska 96.84 13

21 Baylor 94.51 16

22 Stanford 94.50 29

23 Kansas 90.27 26

24 Penn State 89.25 41

25 Washington 88.69 31