Track Cats Open Season With Top-10 Rankings

The Wildcats welcome back nine indoor and outdoor conference champions from last season's roster.
Jan. 11, 2012
Senior Stephen Sambu
Senior Stephen Sambu

The preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association rankings were released this week, and the University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field programs both hold spots in the top 10.

Head coach Fred Harvey and his staff welcome 15 new men and 15 new women for the 2012 season.

On the women's side, Oregon is No. 1, LSU is No. 2 and Arkansas is No. 3. Among the Pac-12 schools, Arizona is No. 10, Arizona State sits at No. 16 and Stanford is ranked No. 23.

The Wildcats are led by two-time NCAA Shot Put Champion junior Julie Labonte, two-time NCAA High Jump Champion sophomore Brigetta Barrett, senior Georganne Moline, a member of the school-record setting 4x400-meter relays, and junior Jen Bergman, a 10,000-meter All-American in 2011.

On the men's side, Florida is No. 1, Arkansas is No. 2 and LSU is No. 3. Among the Pac-12 schools, Stanford is No. 6, Arizona is ranked No. 9 and Oregon is No. 17.

The Wildcats are led by NCAA Cross Country Champion sophomore Lawi Lalang, two-time All-American and 2011 Pac-12 Champion senior Stephen Sambu, 2011 MPSF two-time champion senior Chris McSwain, shot put All-American sophomore Bozidar Antunovic and 2011 Pac-10 High Jump Champion and All-American Nick Ross.

The Wildcats will officially open the 2012 season on Jan. 14 at the Lumberjack Invitational.