May 30, 2012
PULLMAN -- The Washington State men's track and field team is ranked the eighth-best collegiate dual meet team in the nation for 2012 in a rating compiled by Jesse Squire and published by Track & Field News.
The Cougar men's team was 3-0 in dual meets this spring, defeating Tennessee (92-66) and UCLA (85.5-77.5) in Los Angeles March 31, and then defeated Washington 87-76 in Pullman April 28. During the indoor season, the WSU men were also 3-0 after defeating UCLA (90-32), Idaho (95-27), Montana (103-19) and Utah State (94-27) Jan. 28 at the Cougar Indoor meet in Pullman.
Squire, the publisher of the website called Track & Field Superfan (tracksuperfan.com), saw an increase in dual meet competition between collegiate teams and chose to revive the annual ratings that Track & Field News had consistently provided until dual meets began declining in the 1990s. He used the T&FN definition of a "dual" as a scored meet between four or fewer teams. Teams are ranked on their record and marks achieved during the regular season. Bonuses can be earned through a tough and/or extensive dual-meet schedule. Rankings and records reflect a combined indoor/outdoor season. The Oregon men's team was ranked first with Texas A&M second and Arkansas third. A total of eight Pac-12 member men's teams were ranked with Arizona State seventh, UCLA ninth, Washington 11th, Arizona 14th, Stanford 20th and USC 21st.
The WSU women's team was ranked 15th after tallying indoor wins over UCLA (68-51), Idaho (78-40), Montana (86-35) and Utah State (75-44) before falling in the outdoor season to Tennessee (99-63), UCLA (82-81) and Washington (89-74). The Oregon women's team was the top rated dual team with Stanford second, and Arizona State third. Other Pac-12 schools included Washington seventh, California 12th, USC 14th, and UCLA 16th.
In the past month Squires also selected other categories for his College Dual Meet Hall of Fame. Former Cougar mentor John Chaplin was selected for the Dual Meet Coach honor after compiling a 202-15 record in 21 years which is a .931 winning percentage. Among the five athletes honored was former Cougar distance great Henry Rono (1977-81) who holds dual meet records in the 5000m (13:08.4 - also a world record) and steeplechase (8:14.75). Rono was joined in the Hall of Fame by Gail Devers (UCLA sprints/hurdles/jumps, 1985-88), George Horine (Stanford high jump, 1910-13), Mel Patton (USC sprints, 1947-49), and Meg Ritchie (Arizona throws, 1980-83). Squires chose USC versus UCLA as the top dual meet rivalry and Oregon's Hayward Field as the top dual meet venue.