COLLEGE STATION – Preseason indoor track and field rankings have Coach Pat Henry’s Texas A&M squads listed among the top 10 with the men ranked No. 4 while the women are No. 6. In addition, Track & Field News has renewed its dual meet rankings this season and the Aggie men and women each rank No. 2 in the initial poll.
Texas A&M returns to action this Saturday as they play host to a 12-team Invitational at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The following weekend the Aggies host a triangular with nationally ranked Arkansas and LSU.
The A&M men are ranked second in the dual meet rankings behind Arkansas while the Aggie women are second behind LSU. Arkansas women rank No. 5 while the LSU men are No. 8. Those are the only three teams from the SEC selected to the top 10 of the T&FN dual meet rankings.
In the men’s computer projections compiled by United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) there are seven SEC schools among the top 25. No. 1 Arkansas leads the SEC group, followed by No. 2 Florida, the three-time defending team champion. Behind Texas A&M at No. 4 are No. 10 LSU, No. 11 Auburn, No. 20 Mississippi State and No. 23 Mississippi.
Six SEC women’s teams are listed in the top 25, topped by No. 4 LSU with Florida No. 5. Following the No. 6 Aggies are No. 7 Arkansas, No. 17 Georgia and No. 24 Auburn.
The preseason rankings are based largely on the top returners from each school and early performances from this season. The first regular season rankings will be announced on January 22.
The teams competing at Texas A&M this weekend include Baylor, Houston, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, Texas Southern, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio. Field events begin at noon with running finals starting at 2 p.m.
USATFCCCA PRESEASON RANKINGS – January 8, 2013
4. Texas A&M
6. Arizona State
14. Virginia Tech
16. Florida State
17. NC State
18. Penn State
20. Mississippi State
21. Northern Arizona
22. Kansas State
6. Texas A&M
8. Iowa State
11. Central Florida
18. Indiana State
20. San Diego State
23. Michigan State
25. Illinois State
TRACK & FIELD NEWS DUAL MEET RANKINGS
2. Texas A&M
6. North Carolina
10. Indiana State
2. Texas A&M
6. Michigan State
7. Indiana State
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