A-State Track teams climb in national rankings

JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State University indoor track and field teams continue to be included among the nation's best as the Red Wolves moved up in the first official 2014 indoor season rankings as released this Tuesday (Jan. 28) by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Arkansas State climbed five places into 27th place with 32.12 team total in the latest women's national rankings while the men's team is now ranked 43rd nationally in compiling a 21.26 team score.

A-State is tops among the Sun Belt Conference (SBC)-member teams in the current national computer rankings.  WKU is the only other SBC school to be ranked for the women at 118th place.  On the men's side, A-State is joined by UT Arlington (No. 74), WKU (No. 75), Louisiana-Lafayette (110th), and Texas State (133rd).

The Red Wolves, under third-year head coach Jim Patchell, were ranked 32nd in the preseason computer rankings (Jan. 13) for the women and 46th place on the men's side.

Regionally, the A-State men's team is listed seventh in this week's (Jan. 27) USTFCCCA NCAA Division I South Central Region rankings and the women's squad occupies 12th place among the 15-teams to be regionally ranked.

The Red Wolves will participate in the Indiana University Relays this weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) inside IU's Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind.