Florida Climbs to Top Spot in Men’s Division I USTFCCCA Rankings
By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA
April 29, 2009
NEW ORLEANS – For the past three weeks the Florida Gators have held steady at No. 4 in the Division I Outdoor Track and Field rankings. This week the Gators climbed three spots to overtake Oregon for the top spot in the men’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I rankings, released on Wednesday.
Florida, powered by sprinters Jeremy Hall and Calvin Smith and jumper Christian Taylor, received 290.01 points in this week’s rankings. The Gators capped a successful weekend at the 115th Penn Relays with 24 NCAA regional-qualifying marks including a 53-plus foot effort by Taylor in the triple jump. Taylor’s mark of 53’5” is the second best leap in Florida history.
Following Florida this week No. 2 Oregon, last week’s top ranked team. The Ducks, who earned 287.41 points, will be seeking the NCAA Triple Crown in June after winning both the cross country and indoor track & field titles.
Texas A&M follows Oregon at No. 3, with Arizona State jumping nine spots to No. 4, while Florida State remained unchanged this week at No. 5.
Arizona State, which was previously ranked 13th, is led by thrower Ryan Whiting, who has the second best marks in both the shot put and discus. Arizona State’s Brandon Bethke, a transfer from Wisconsin, had the NCAAs fastest 5,000 meter time this year (13:27.74).
Several other teams climbed up in the rankings this week starting, with Auburn which moved up ten spots to No. 7, followed by California which moved up 11 spots to No. 12. Texas Tech improved four spots this week to enter the top 15, while Virginia Tech (No. 20) and Arizona (No. 22) entered the rankings for the first time this season.
The NCAA Division I outdoor track and field rankings are compiled by Tom Lewis.
The 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Texas A&M is this week’s top ranked women’s team.
USTFCCCA Division I men’s outdoor track and field rankings
April 29, 2009