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JCSU fifth in women's track
Division II ranking is best in school history
 
Published Sunday, January 19, 2014 4:18 pm
by Herbert L White

Big things are expected of Johnson C. Smith women’s indoor track and field.

The Golden Bulls are ranked fifth nationally in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II National Team Computer Preseason Rankings. JCSU, which finished seventh indoors and second outdoors last year, registered 91.12 rankings points and return five national scorers from the 2013 squad.

Lincoln (Mo.) was ranked No. 1 after finishing second in the national meet a year ago. The Tigers, who were last ranked first in 2010 before winning the indoor team title, have won four titles since 2004.

The No. 5 ranking is the highest in JCSU history. Highlighting the returners for JCSU is defending 60-meter hurdles champion and 2012 200-meters champion Danielle Williams (St. Andrew, Jamaica).

Williams earned All-American status in the 60 hurdles, 200 and 60 dash last year. Junior Samantha Elliott (Kingston, Jamaica) also earned All-American honors in multiple events (200 and 60 meters). 

Rankings are compiled by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. For the preseason ranking data was taken from previous seasons as well as the current season. 

The CIAA has two other programs in the top 25 in Livingstone (22) and Saint Augustine’s (24). The NSIC led all conferences with six teams.

Programs deemed No. 1 by the USTFCCCA computers have won three of the past four NCAA indoor titles. Last year’s champion, Academy of Art, was ranked fifth at the beginning of the season.

 

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