The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the preseason indoor edition of national track and field team rankings for NCAA's Division I on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Four Big Ten teams, including two men's and two women's squads, were featured in the national coaches' poll entering the 2010 season.
Minnesota led the conference representatives in the men's poll with a No. 10 national ranking. Wisconsin also made an appearance in the top 25, checking in at No. 24. On the other hand, the Penn State women's team also appeared at No. 10, while Illinois rounded out the Big Ten contingent at No. 19.
The men of Florida State have been identified as the No. 1 team in the land entering the season with in-state rival Florida at No. 2 close behind. On the women's side, Texas A&M, the defending outdoor champion enters the season No. 1 in the rankings.
The first regular release of updated rankings for NCAA's Division I will start on Tuesday, January 26, with updates occurring the following seven Tuesdays leading to the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 12-13. In addition, the 2010 preseason watch list for The Bowerman will be announced next Tuesday, January 12.
Look here for the complete 2010 preseason USTFCCCA poll.