Men's track at No. 13 in Trackwire.com's first ranking of outdoor season
April 4, 2006
FT. WORTH, Texas - In the first ranking of the 2006 outdoor track and field season released by Trackwire.com Tuesday, the TCU men's track and field team landed a spot among the top 15 teams. The Frogs received 19 points for a 13th-place showing in The Trackwire 25 for Men.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the rest of the country," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We had a great indoor season and we'll work hard to carry that success to the outdoor."
TCU had four sprinters (Jackson Langat, Lewis Banda, Otis McDaniel and Justyn Warner) and both its relay squads listed among the men's Dandy Dozen, which ranks the top 12 collegiate athletes and teams in 21 NCAA events.
NCAA indoor champion Jackson Langat is projected to capture the 800-meter title in the outdoor season after winning the event at the national indoor championships in March. The senior from Kericho, Kenya, ran a personal-best 1:47.02 in the 800m and became the first TCU athlete to win the indoor event.
Banda, who received two All-American certificates at the national indoor championships last month, is predicted to finish third in the 400 meters. At the Bobby Lane UTA Invitational last Saturday, the Zimbabwe native set a new all-time record in the Mountain West Conference as he posted a regional qualifying time of 46.22 in the 400 meters. Banda also recorded a second regional qualifying mark at the same meet with a 20.81 in the 200 meters.
McDaniel, who garnered All-America honors as part of the men's indoor 4x400 meter relay team, and Warner received recognition among the Dandy Dozen. McDaniel is expected to place sixth in the 200 meters, while Warner registered at 12th in the 100 meters.
Both the TCU men's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay units made the list, rounding out at 12th in both events.
Florida State, which finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championships last month, received the nod for first place in the men's standings with 66 points.
The Trackwire 25 for Men
1. Florida State 66