Jan. 16, 2002
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia men's track and field squad debuted tied for 15th in the season-opening Trackwire 25 poll. The Bulldogs are one of nine SEC schools in the men's poll led by top-ranked Tennessee, last year's NCAA outdoor champions.
The Georgia women were not ranked in the initial women's poll. Five SEC schools are ranked among the women's top 25 led by top-ranked South Carolina.
The Trackwire 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Division I track & field teams. The ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the NCAA Division I track & field championships. The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on formcharts for each NCAA event.
"It's rewarding to see that the men's team is ranked," Georgia head coach Wayne Norton said. "That means people outside recognize the talent we have in the program. That's gratifying, but at the same time, the team and coaching staff know we have to perform to live up to the ranking and improve on it. If we stay healthy and continue to progress, we'll have a very successful season this year."
"As far as the women, they were not ranked, but we have some good individuals in that group," Norton said. "If we develop like I anticipate, the women will have a successful season as well."
The Georgia men and women open the 2002 season Friday, Jan. 18, at the Tar Heel Elite in Chapel Hill, N.C.