Badgers climb in polls on eve of Big Ten meet

The Wisconsin men's track and field team rose in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's rankings for the third week in a row with the release of the latest rankings on Tuesday, moving up to No. 15 in the country.

Ranked No. 17 in last week's poll, UW moved up two spots in the rankings and has now climbed six spots over the last three weeks.

UW continues to exceed its No. 19 preseason ranking and has yet to be ranked lower than No. 25 nationally this season.

Wisconsin also increased its lead atop the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region rankings, holding a score of 954.74 points this week, while No. 2-ranked Indiana has 781.29 points in the regional index.

So far this season, the Badgers have held the top spot in the Great Lakes for four of the six possible weeks.

Wisconsin hosts this weekend's 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships this weekend and welcomes four other conference teams ranked in the USTFCCCA top 25.

Indiana remained the highest ranked Big Ten team at No. 8, while Nebraska sits at No. 17, Iowa ranks No. 21 and Minnesota rounds out the list at No. 25.

Including those ranked in the top 25, a total of eight Big Ten teams rank in the top 50 of the USTFCCCA national rankings.
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