April 1, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -
The University of Louisville men's track and field program is No. 14 and the women are No. 20 in the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's pre-season outdoor Top 25 poll released on Wednesday.
The Louisville men received 127.17 points, the most by a BIG EAST member, continuing their fast start to the 2010 outdoor season. The women received 88.22 points. Louisville is the only team from the BIG EAST, both men and women, to be ranked in the pre-season top 25 poll.
The 2010 USTFCCCA Division I rankings are compiled strictly from the NCAA Descending Order lists with preseason marks (unless improved) carrying through the third week of the poll.
U of L is coming off an outstanding meet at the LSU Relays on March 26-27 where they won four event titles and set a new school record in the men's 4x800m relay with a time of 7:40.91.
Junior D'Ana McCarty was named BIG EAST Female Field Athlete of the Week for her efforts. The Indianapolis, Ind. native won the shot put with a throw of 51-01.75 (15.59m) which is the 11th best throw among NCAA competitors this season. McCarty also placed third in the discus with a toss of 162-09 (49.62m) which is the 18th best in the NCAA.
Also winning for the Cardinal women was senior Kat Alcorn who won the 1,500m in a time of 4:46.24. Senior Kelsey Page won the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:18.03.
On the men's side, senior Steven Hnat won the men's shot put with a heave of 59-04.75 (18.10m). Hnat, a Floyds Knobs, Ind. native, is the defending BIG EAST champion in the outdoor shot put. Junior Weston Banks, the 2010 BIG EAST indoor shot put champion, finished third with a toss of 56-08.00 (17.27m).
Senior Scott McClain, a Louisville, Ky. native, finished second in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 9:12.92. Junior Neil Angermeier finished second in the high jump clearing 6-08 (2.03m).
Florida sits atop the men's poll with 371.37 points, and is followed by defending National Champion No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Texas Tech to round out the top five.
Defending National Champion Texas A&M is No.1 in the women's poll with 347.28 points, and is followed by No.2 Oregon, No.3 LSU, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Florida State to round out the top five.
The Cards will return to action this weekend, April 2-3, at the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
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