PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State track and field men’s team was ranked the seventh-best and the Cougars’ women’s team was ranked eighth-best in the 2014 final dual meet rankings published by Track & Field News.
Rankings reflect a combined indoor/outdoor season, but with a heavier emphasis on outdoor competition. To be ranked, a team must compete in one or more dual meets (defined as a scored meet between four or fewer teams). Teams are ranked on wins and losses, marks, and strength and depth of dual meet schedule. Teams are rewarded for taking dual meet competition seriously.
During the 2014 outdoor season, the Cougar men’s team defeated UCLA and lost to Washington while the WSU women’s team defeated both UCLA and No. 21 Washington.
The 2014 men’s top ten teams were led by California with a 9-0 record followed by Texas A&M (2-0), Arkansas (3-0), Oregon (1-0), Arizona State (2-0), Washington (1-0), WSU (1-1), UCLA (2-1), Long Beach State (9-0) and BYU (1-1). In the women’s rankings, Oregon led with a 1-0 record followed by Texas A&M (2-0), Arkansas (3-0), Arizona (2-1), LSU (1-1), USC (1-0), Arizona State (1-1), WSU (2-0), UCLA (2-2), and Purdue (4-1).
T&FN’s dual meet rankings printed annual dual meet rankings in the magazine from 1970 through 1995. The lists were revived in 2013 by Jesse Squire of tracksuperfan.com. A full compilation of past dual meet rankings can be found on the www.tracksuperfan.com site.