Feb. 6, 2008
Clemson, SC – The men’s track & field team is listed #11 in the latest edition of the national rankings according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA). The Tigers were ninth in last week’s calculations. The rankings are based on a formula that factors a team’s number of NCAA qualifiers and each qualifier’s national rank in the respective event.
Arkansas was overtaken for #1 in the rankings by a pair of SEC schools, Tennessee and Florida. The Volunteer program is atop the rankings with 95.85 points, while the Gators are second with 91.32. Clemson has a total of 64.46 points in this week’s calculations.
Clemson’s point value increased this week, yet the team fell two spots in the poll due to the new format of national rankings this season. C.J. Spiller improved his position to #1 in the country in the 60m dash. He won the Carolina Classic last weekend with a national-best time of 6.58 seconds. However, his time pushed fellow automatic NCAA qualifier Travis Padgett down (6.62) in the event rankings as well as freshman Trenton Guy, whose top time this year is 6.71.
Mitch Greeley is holding strong at #2 in the nation in the pole vault. His top clearance so far this season is 17’7.25″, which was recorded at the Clemson Opener on December 1. He trails only Rory Quiller of Binghamton on the NCAA descending order list.
The Tigers will have a chance to improve on their existing marks this weekend at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, VA. The meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Rector Field House.
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