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    Nation-Leading 13 SEC Teams Ranked In Preseason

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Arkansas men are ranked the nation’s No. 1 team to start the season, highlighting 13 Southeastern Conference men’s and women’s track and field programs ranked among the nation’s top-25 in the preseason edition of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s preseason computer rankings, which are based largely upon the top returners from each school and early performances from this season.

    On the men’s side, a nation-leading seven SEC programs are ranked among the top-25 nationally, including three in the top-five. Arkansas checks in as the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time since the USTFCCCA preseason projections began in 2008. Florida, which is the three-time defending NCAA Indoor Champion, is ranked second, while Texas A&M – participating in its first season as an SEC member – is No. 4. No. 3 Texas and No. 5 Oregon also comprise the men’s national top-five.

    LSU (No. 10), Auburn (No. 11), Mississippi State (No. 20) and Ole Miss (No. 23) round out the SEC men’s programs ranked among the preseason top-25.

    On the women’s side, the SEC leads the way nationally with six teams ranked among the top-25. LSU is the highest-rated league squad, checking in at No. 4, while Florida ranks No. 5, Texas A&M is No. 6 and Arkansas is No. 7. Clemson is the top-ranked squad in the women’s preseason poll, Kansas is No. 2 and three-time defending NCAA Indoor Champion Oregon is third.

    Georgia (No. 17) and Auburn (No. 24) round out the SEC women’s programs ranked among the preseason top-25.

    The 2013 SEC Indoor Championships are slated for Feb. 22-24 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

    The next USTFCCCA rankings will be released on Jan. 22.

    For all of the latest information on SEC Track and Field, please log on to www.SECDigitalNetwork.com or follow @SEC_Sean on Twitter.

    2013 USTFCCCA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Preseason Rankings
    1. Arkansas
    2. Florida

    3. Texas
    4. Texas A&M
    5. Oregon
    6. Arizona State
    7. Indiana
    8. Minnesota
    9. Arizona
    10. LSU
    11. Auburn

    12. Wisconsin
    13. BYU
    14. Virginia Tech
    15. Stanford
    16. Florida State
    17. N.C. State
    18. Penn State
    19. UCLA
    20. Mississippi State
    21. Northern Arizona
    22. Kansas State
    23. Ole Miss
    24. Oklahoma
    25. Pittsburgh

    2013 USTFCCCA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Preseason Rankings
    1. Clemson
    2. Kansas
    3. Oregon
    4. LSU
    5. Florida
    6. Texas A&M
    7. Arkansas

    8. Iowa State
    9. Cal
    10. Washington
    11. UCF
    12. Arizona
    13. Stanford
    14. Texas
    15. Baylor
    16. Wisconsin
    17. Georgia
    18. Indiana State
    19. Michigan
    20. San Diego State
    21. Nebraska
    22. Illinois
    23. Michigan State
    24. Auburn
    25. Illinois State