Kansas reclaims top spot in USTFCCCA coaches' poll after Big 12 win
NEW ORLEANS -- Kansas regained its spot atop the national rankings after the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Coaches Association released the latest top-25 list Tuesday. The Jayhawks moved back to No. 1 for the fifth week in the 2013 outdoor season after winning the program's first outdoor conference championship last weekend.
The sprints and jumps were instrumental in the Jayhawks jumping back to the top of the rankings, flying past Texas A&M, which fell to No. 2. The combined efforts of sprinters Paris Daniels -- the National Athlete of the Week -- and Diamond Dixon drove the surge to No. 1. Dixon's NCAA-leading 51.73 in the 400-meter dash boosted her from 45th in the rankings to No. 1, while Daniels' 11.34 in the 100 meters moved her from 21st to 13th. Both sprinters were members of the 4×100 relay, which moved from 22nd to No. 8.
In addition to the sprinters, the NCAA's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Andrea Geubelle, moved up from 13th to No. 3 in the long jump en route to a runner-up finish in the event at the league championships. Junior Jessica Maroszek's school-record mark in the discus boosted her in the national rankings. The Big 12 champion now sits at fifth in the NCAA standings.
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