Badgers climb to top of Great Lakes Region rankings

A week's work out west was enough to boost the Badgers in the Great Lakes.

After a number of athletes turned in personal-best performances at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend, the Wisconsin men's track and field team has ascended to the No. 1 spot in the Great Lakes Region, according to the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Regional Index.

In addition to holding down their spot atop the region, the Badgers held steady at No. 24 in the USTFCCCA national rankings.

Wisconsin is one of four Big Ten teams in the current Top 25, trailing No. 9 Indiana, No. 15 Nebraska and No. 17 Iowa.

After earning a No. 17 preseason ranking, the Badgers opened the season at No. 24 last week. UW's performance in its second competition of the outdoor season was enough to hold down the spot for a second-consecutive week.

The Badgers are back in action this week, making their second trip to the state of Mississippi in four weeks. UW competes in the Mississippi Open -- hosted by No. 12 Ole Miss in Oxford -- Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

USTFCCCA Men's National Rankings - Week 2
Team Score  Last Week
1. Florida 268.56 1
2. Florida State 246.64 3
3. LSU 230.58 2
4. Texas A&M 223.97 6
5. Arkansas 216.70 4
6. Texas 216.56 5
7. Arizona State 186.60 10
8. Texas Tech 185.98 7
9. Indiana 181.96 11
10. Mississippi State 180.55 9
11. USC 178.02 8
12. Mississippi 153.70 14
13. Oregon 148.11 16
14. Arizona 146.26 12
15. Nebraska 143.75 15
16. Stanford 135.52 19
17. Iowa 132.58 20
18. Georgia 127.79 18
19. Baylor 125.41 13
20. Virginia Tech 120.16 17
21. Oklahoma 113.92 23
22. Auburn 99.56 21
23. Princeton 87.20 22
24. Wisconsin 83.68 24
25. Kansas 83.37 25
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