T&F Ranked 15th in USTFCCCA Outdoor Preseason Poll

March 20, 2013

NEW ORLEANS -

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The San Diego State track and field team is ranked 15th in the country in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) outdoor preseason poll. The USTFCCCA preseason poll, which was announced yesterday, is largely based on the top returners from each school and early performances from the season so far.

The Aztecs have 114.32 points in the computer poll, 0.86 points more than 16th-ranked Illinois (113.46). The lone team in the top 25 from the Mountain West, SDSU is also ahead of No. 17 Texas Tech (103.79), No. 18 Washington (103.07), No. 19 Nebraska (98.81), No. 20 Penn State (96.03), No. 21 Auburn (93.80), No. 22 Colorado (92.27), No. 23 USC (88.02), No. 24 UCLA (85.28) and No. 25 Michigan State (84.12). Kansas (307.29) is the top team in the outdoor preseason poll, followed by Oregon (295.04) and Arizona (262.22).

SDSU is coming off a successful indoor season where it tied for 25th in the country at the NCAA Indoor Championships, thanks to Shanieka Thomas' runner-up finish in the triple jump, and won the Mountain West Indoor Championships for the first time in school history. Thomas ended up being named the USTFCCCA Women's West Region Field Athlete of the Year, the Mountain West Women's Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year and most outstanding performer of the MW meet en route to earning all-conference in three events.

San Diego State returns four athletes who competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships a year ago, where it tied for ninth, its best finish in program history. Thomas (runner-up in the triple jump), Allison Reaser (sixth in the heptathlon), Kelsy Hintz (ninth in the pole vault) and Alex Evans (14th in the triple jump) all look to better their performance this year.

Although it's early, the Aztecs have already posted top-10 marks nationally by Kristen Brown (third, pole vault), Jasmine Burrell (fourth, discus throw), Hintz (sixth, pole vault), Nicole Oudenaarden (first, heptathlon), Reaser (second, heptathlon) and Deyna Roberson (ninth, 400-meter hurdles).

SDSU will look to win the Cal/Nevada Championships for a third consecutive year on March 29-30 on the campus of UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif.