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Jan. 28, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's track team is ranked seventh in the nation in the first official rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). "It's very exciting to receive this ranking," said Director and Head Coach Beth Alford-Sullivan. "We're very proud of our top-10 team ranking and we feel very confident in our squad."
Four other Big Ten programs - Wisconsin (No. 4), Nebraska (No. 9), Minnesota (No. 15), and Illinois (No. 18) - were ranked in the top-25. Ohio State (No. 27), Purdue (No. 32) and Michigan State (No. 46) were all ranked in the top-50.
"Being ranked right with our conference opponents is a very good motivator because it means no one has a stronghold in this conference," added Sullivan.
The rankings were posted three days before the Penn State National at Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. The event will feature six teams currently ranked in the top-50: Stanford (No. 20), Akron (No. 30), Princeton (No. 31), Pittsburgh (No. 36), Iowa State (No. 37) and Villanova (No. 41).