Oregon Remains No. 1; Top Five Unchanged in Division I Men’s Outdoor Track

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

April 15, 2009   

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NEW ORLEANS – After opening the preseason as the third ranked team in the country, the Oregon Ducks have moved themselves firmly into the No. 1 position in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Rankings which were announced on Wednesday.

The Ducks, led in the early part of the outdoor season by javelin thrower Cyrus Hostetler, have earned 298.63 points in the week two rankings. Texas A&M follows the Ducks at No. 2 with 285.36 points.

Arkansas, Florida, and Florida State each remained at Nos. 3, 4, and 5 respectively as the top five remained unchanged for the second week-in-a-row.

LSU moves up one spot in the rankings this week to No. 6 following the record-breaking performance in the hammer by sophomore Walter Henning. Henning shattered the school record in the event at last week’s Arizona State Sun Angel Classic throwing 235’5”.

No. 7 South Carolina, down one spot from last week’s rankings, Texas, Baylor, and Kentucky follow LSU to round out the men’s top ten.

Both Stanford (No. 17) and Georgetown (No. 22) entered the rankings for the first time this outdoor season.

The Division I outdoor track and field rankings are compiled by Tom Lewis. The initial rankings combine performances from returning athletes who qualified for the NCAA Championships last season and recent regional qualifiers during the start of the outdoor season. Data from last year’s rankings will carry through the third week of rankings.

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 15, 2009

Rank School Points
Last Week
1 Oregon 298.63
1
2 Texas A&M 285.36
2
3 Arkansas 270.42
3
4 Florida 239.82
4
5 Florida State 214.07
5
6 LSU 197.90
7
7 South Carolina 188.73
6
8 Texas 167.59
8
9 Baylor 166.81
10
10 Kentucky 163.65
9
11 Tennessee 157.26
11
12 Nebraska 146.28
12
13 Arizona State 134.19
16
14 Washington 131.98
14
15 Georgia 129.91
13
16 UCLA 121.30
15
17 Stanford 105.44
NR
18 Southern California 104.43
17
19 California 100.69
22
20 Washington State 99.83
18
21 Northern Iowa 94.02
19
22 Georgetown 93.33
NR
23 Auburn 93.29
20
24 Texas Tech 87.63
21
25 Missouri 84.27
25