NEW ORLEANS — The Colorado women's track and field program begins the 2019 outdoor track and field season ranked ninth in the nation, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday afternoon.
The top-10 ranking is thanks to 16 performances ranging from April 2017 to the present date from 10 Buffs women. The men, who finished 16th indoors, are ranked 82nd with four outdoor performances from three individuals. Three of the performances come from April 2017.
The USTFCCCA uses a track rating index that takes into account the fastest times run in the country on a scoring system with points for the location and place among others. Colorado scored 168.26 points in the opening index with the most points being earned by Makena Morley and Dani Jones. Morley, who is ranked in the 1,500 meters, 5,000 and 10,000 accumulated a team-high 38.2 points thanks to being ranked ninth in the 5,000 and sixth in the 10,000. Jones has the fastest 1,500 in the rating that gave her 33.02 of her 37.5 points. She is also top-20 in the 800.
The largest point earning event for Colorado was the women's steeplechase with Madison Boreman earning 28.29 with the third-best mark and Val Constien earning 24.05 points for the fifth-best mark. Sage Hurta is also in the steeple rankings with the 13th-best mark as well as in the 800 with the 19th-best mark.
Other women included are Elissa Mann in the 800, Kaitlyn Benner in the 5,000 and 10,000, Gabby Scott in the 400 hurdles, and Maja Wichhart-Donzo and Michaela Wenning in the heptathlon.
For the men, Joe Klecker warrants the 17th-best mark in the 1,500 and 19th in the 5,000, both marks he ran in April in 2017. His outdoor 5,000 is nearly six seconds slower than the indoor race he had this season. John Dressel is also ranked in the 5,000 with a mark that is three seconds slower than what he ran indoors this season, while Ryan Forsyth has the final 5,000 mark for CU from an April 2018 mark.
USC tops the women's rankings with 355.35 points and 23 marks including the top-ranked 4x100 this season. Texas Tech is the men's leaders with 336.13 points with the top discus mark this season and 17 past marks. The SEC marked eight programs in the top-25, followed by the Pac-12 with six on the women's side. The men have four Pac-12 teams in the top-25, while the SEC boasts 10.