Virginia Tech makes first appearance of the outdoor season in the Trackwire 25 pollBLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's track & field team ties for the No. 16 spot in the NCAA Division I according to the first edition of the Men's Trackwire 25 poll that was released by Trackwire.com today.
The Trackwire 25 for Men, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:
1. Arkansas, 85 2. Florida, 62 3. Arizona, 42 4. Arizona State, 32 5. Indiana, 31 6. LSU, 30 =7. Oregon, 26 =7. Texas, 26 9. Nebraska, 25 10. Wisconsin, 24 11. Boise State, 23 12. Stanford, 22 13. Michigan, 18 =14. Florida State, 17 =14. Mississippi State, 17 =16. Auburn, 16 =16. Virginia Tech, 16 =18. BYU, 15 =18. Texas Tech, 15 20. Colorado State, 14 =21. Oklahoma, 12 =21. Baylor, 12 =21. North Carolina, 12 =24. South Carolina, 10 =24. Texas A&M, 10 =24. New Mexico, 10Tech's men's team was ranked in the final Men's Trackwire 25 indoor poll tied for 22nd place with a projected 10 team points on March 9. The Hokies proved the pollsters wrong as they scored 14 points at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships, which put them in a tie for 16th place with Tennessee out of the 53 participating teams.
The Trackwire 25 poll has established itself as the most widely respected and reported ranking of Division I collegiate track & field teams.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualfying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.