Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kansas moves to No. 11 in men’s track computer rankings


The Kansas men’s track and field team moved up nine spots to No. 11 in the nation, the highest ranking for the squad since the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association began its computer ranking system in 2008. Last week’s No. 20 ranking was the first time KU’s men team had appeared.

Personal-best marks from throwers Gleb Dudarev and Nicolai Ceban in their 2017 debuts accounted for KU’s upward move in the rankings.

Dudarev, a freshman from Vitebsk, Belarus, made his KU debut a memorable one by throwing a winning toss of 23.00 meters (75 feet, 5 inches) to win the weight throw in the Jayhawk Classic on Friday in Lawrence. It was the second-best mark so far this season by a college athlete. A junior from Camenca, Moldova, Ceban won the shot put with a mark of 19.85 meters (65-1), the third-best throw in the NCAA this season.

Other Big 12 schools to appear in the rankings that were released Monday: 14 — Texas Tech, 16 — Texas, 18 — Oklahoma State, 22 — Oklahoma.


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