Softball rises to No. 1 alongside baseball, men’s track

ASU is making a statement nationally in athletics circles, with three teams ranked No. 1 nationally, and another at No. 2.<br /><br />The No. 1s include Sun Devil softball, baseball, and men’s track and field. The women’s track and field team is currently ranked No. 2.<br /><br />The softball team made program history March 4 with its first No. 1 ranking in school history in the NFCA and USA Softball/ polls.<br /><br />“The honor is amazing and outstanding – something we strive for every practice, game and outing as a team,” says head coach Clint Myers. “We believe we are good enough to be No. 1, but also realize the work we have in front of us. We now have a target on our back. And while it’s a wonderful thing to have your program ranked and rated so highly, we also realize that is isn’t where you start or how high you’re ranked throughout the season, it’s where you finish that matters.”<br /><br />The improvement to No. 1 vaulted the team into a neighborhood already occupied by the ASU baseball team. The team reached a 9-0 record as of March 5 and has been ranked No. 1 in polls from, Collegiate Baseball, the USA Today coaches poll and the NCBWA throughout the young season.<br /><br />While it is the first time softball and baseball both enjoyed the No. 1 spots, ASU’s national rankings don’t end on the diamond. Both of ASU’s track and field programs are attracting their share of recognition, too.<br /><br />The men’s track team is ranked No. 1 by the United States Track &amp; Field’s Cross Country Coaches Association. The ranking is created through a formula based on individual and team performances throughout the season.<br /><br />The women’s track and field team, the indoor and outdoor defending national champion, sits at second in the women’s rankings.<br /><br />Both teams are gearing up for the NCAA Indoor Track &amp; Field Championships March 14-15.<br /><br />While the rankings serve only as a snapshot in time for a given week of a season and do not guarantee any postseason success, they certainly point to ASU’s impact on the national field in a variety of sports.<br /></p>