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Aggie sprinter Shavez Hart earns SEC Runner of the Week honor

March 25, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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BIRMINGHAM – The SEC announced Shavez Hart as its Men’s Runner of the Week for the first outdoor honor of the 2014 season while USTFCCCA preseason outdoor national computer rankings have the Aggie women ranked No. 1 with the men at No. 3.

Hart won a sprint double at the UTSA Texas Challenge Invitational, claiming the 100 in 10.24 seconds and the 200 in 20.50. Both marks lead the collegiate Division I rankings among marks not assisted by wind. Hart was also part of the A&M winning effort in the 4x100 where the Aggies produced a collegiate leading 38.98 that currently ranks third-fastest in the world for 2014.

The preseason outdoor national computer rankings take into account the current outdoor season performances in combination with the top 2013 outdoor marks by returning athletes, but do not include recent indoor performances.

The A&M men shared the 2013 NCAA Outdoor title, claiming their fourth national championship since 2009, while the women placed second at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. Following three consecutive NCAA women’s team titles from 2009 to 2011, the Aggies placed third in 2012.

Texas A&M women are prohibitive favorites in the 2014 preseason rankings with 390.30 team ranking points. Ranked second is Oregon at 278.91 with Texas (272.81) third, Florida (268.84) fourth and Kentucky (207.44) fifth.

The men’s rankings have a trio of SEC schools occupying the top three positions with Arkansas (311.88), Florida (300.11) and the Aggies (296.36). Rounding out the top five are Oregon (294.12) and Florida State (208.46).

In both men’s and women’s national rankings the SEC continues to be the dominate conference. Eight men’s teams from the SEC rank among the top 15 while seven women’s conference teams rank among the top 20.

USTFCCCA Preseason National Team Computer Rankings

Outdoor – March 25

WOMEN                                                 Points

1. Texas A&M                                       390.30

2. Oregon                                               278.91

3. Texas                                                   272.81

4. Florida                                                 268.84

5. Kentucky                                           207.44

6. Georgia                                              170.48

7. Southern California                       160.30

8. LSU                                                       152.06

9. Arizona                                               151.40

10. Kansas                                              151.25

11. San Diego State                            137.19

12. Florida State                                   130.86

13. UCLA                                                 129.00

14. Arkansas                                          128.40

15. Stanford                                          125.40

16. Texas Tech                                      109.48

17. Penn State                                      107.90

18. Notre Dame                                   105.11

19. Washington                                    104.83

20. South Carolina                               102.28

21. Arizona State                                   92.72

22. Providence                                       90.12

23. Central Florida                                 87.37

24. Connecticut                                      78.17

25. Baylor                                                  77.09

MEN                                                       POINTS

1. Arkansas                                            311.88

2. Florida                                                 300.11

3. Texas A&M                                       296.36

4. Oregon                                               294.12

5. Florida State                                     208.46

6. Wisconsin                                          168.62

7. Georgia                                              165.54

8. LSU                                                       164.02

9. UCLA                                                   161.98

10. Alabama                                          158.89

11. Nebraska                                         153.11

12. Mississippi                                      149.74

13. Southern California                     144.63

14. Texas Tech                                      140.92

15. Tennessee                                      123.66

16. Arizona                                             117.42

17. Baylor                                               115.83

18. Texas                                                107.86

19. Penn State                                        98.95

20. Brigham Young                                96.42

21. Cornell                                                87.01

22. Arizona State                                   86.70

23. Stanford                                             84.28

24. California                                           83.37

25. Illinois                                                  77.65

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