The University of Kentucky women’s track and field team will begin its third consecutive season ranked in the top 10.
The Wildcats were No. 8 in the nation in the preseason computer rankings announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.
Kentucky began the previous two years ranked No. 6.
The USTFCCCA computer rankings are based on an algorithm, which was developed to serve as a close-to-comprehensive predictor of NCAA Championship finishes.
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The Wildcats open their fourth season under head coach Edrick Floreal this weekend, when UK hosts the Kentucky Invitational indoor meet at Nutter Field House. The following weekend, UK hosts the Rod McCravy Memoral meet.
Kentucky lost NCAA champions Kendra Harrison and Dezerea Bryant from last year’s squad but still boasts an abundance of talent, led by long jumper Sha’keela Saunders and weight thrower Rebecca Famurewa.