Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
UA track opens No. 1
Arkansas jumper Andrew Irwin clears the bar on one of his attempts in the pole vault during the Arkansas Invitational indoor track meet Friday afternoon at the Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville. Irwin finished in first place with a jump of 5.05m.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' men are ranked No. 1 in the first indoor track & field rankings of the 2014 season.
The Razorbacks, who won the NCAA indoor championship last year, came in well ahead of No. 2 Florida for the top spot in this year's preseason poll released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Oregon, Wisconsin and Texas A&M round out the top five.
Arkansas opened the 2014 season last Friday and hosts No. 15 Texas in a men's and women's dual meet Friday at Randal Tyson Track Center. In addition to defending their national title, the men are looking to add to their eight straight conference championships won in track & field and cross country.
The Razorbacks' women are ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll coming off an SEC championship indoors a year ago. Texas is ranked No. 1 in the preseason women's rankings.
Friday's dual meet begins at 6 p.m.