TEMPE, Ariz.—The Arizona State track and field teams will both open the 2014 schedule in the USTFCCCA rankings, with the men’s team at No. 21 and the women’s team at No. 23.
A season ago, the men’s team opened the season ranked at No. 6, while the women’s team was unranked. The last time the women opened the preseason in the USTFCCCA rankings was prior to the 2012 season at No. 16.
In 2013, the women’s squad finished the indoor campaign in seventh, while the men’s team finished in 16th.
Returning to the Sun Devil squad is indoor shot put All-American Anna Jelmini, who finished fifth at last year’s NCAA meet, and Shelby Houlihan, who took 12th in the 800m. On the men’s side, Derick Hinch took sixth in the pole vault, while Bryan McBride took ninth in the high jump.
The Sun Devils open the indoor slate on Friday, traveling to Flagstaff for NAU’s Lumberjack Team Challenge, which is set to start at 4 p.m. MT.