A Quiet Weekend Yields Little Change to D1 National Rankings, Teams Gear for Big Conference Weekend

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 23, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. As a result of a relatively quiet weekend around the nation, the men’s top 10 remained unchanged and the women’s top 10 moved slightly. A large majority of the nation’s conferences will host conference championships this weekend which will make this upcoming weekend a must-see for many in the track & field world.

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This week’s national team rankings are compiled using only data from the 2010 indoor season. The only exception is combined event marks from 2009 which will factor in this week’s rankings but not the next.

Texas A&M’s men (182.08) remains on top of the national leaderboard for the fourth-consecutive week. The Aggies travel to Ames, Iowa, this weekend for the Big 12 Indoor Championships to be held Friday and Saturday. The Big 12, as always, will prove to be a hefty battleground as defending champ Texas, who despite not being in the national top 25 all season, is fourth in the South Central regional index this week, the second-best among conference foes. No. 8 Nebraska is the top-ranked team in the Midwest region and No. 9 Texas Tech is the highest-ranked team in the Mountain region. And, No. 10 Baylor and No. 12 Oklahoma also bring a lot to the Big 12 party.

No. 1 Oregon (198.11) on the women’s side travels to Seattle, Wash., for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships this weekend. No. 16 Arizona will join the Ducks in Seattle and sits behind UO in the West region index. The No. 2 Oregon men will be challenged by No. 5 Arizona State, No. 14 Stanford, and No. 18 Arizona for top spots in the MPSF. Regionally, Oregon is followed by Arizona State, Arizona, Stanford, and UCLA in the West.

The SEC Indoor Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., beginning Friday. The men’s conference title will be battled amongst seven nationally ranked teams including No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Florida and No. 6 Arkansas. However, No. 25 Georgia could be in the mix as well as they are the top-ranked team in South region ahead of Florida and Tennessee.

On the women’s side, five of the nation’s top 10 reside in the SEC with No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Arkansas, and No. 9 Auburn taking shots at the league crown. Auburn, followed by Florida and Tennessee hold the top three spots in the South region index while Arkansas and LSU are 2-3 in the South Central.

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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

2010 Week #5 – February 23

Rank
School
Points Last Week
1 Texas A&M 182.08 1
2 Oregon 135.07 2
3 LSU 107.40 3
4 Florida 93.03 4
5 Arizona State 83.61 5
6 Arkansas 80.38 6
7 Indiana 79.80 7
8 Nebraska 77.84 8
9 Texas Tech 73.95 9
10 Baylor 70.94 10
11 Penn State 69.66 11
12 Oklahoma 61.36 16
13 Florida State 55.45 12
14 Stanford 55.13 13
15 Virginia Tech 54.34 15
16 Auburn 52.12 14
17 Minnesota 51.48 17
18 Arizona 50.95 18
19 Northern Arizona 49.69
20 Ohio State 46.10 24
21 Alabama 45.45 20
22 New Mexico 44.90 19
23 Kentucky 44.03 21
24 California 42.96 22
25 Georgia 41.32 23

 

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

2010 Week #5 – February 23

Rank School Points Last Week
1 Oregon 198.11 1
2 Texas A&M 158.38 2
3 Florida 117.39 3
4 Tennessee 106.73 4
5 LSU 99.82 7
6 Arkansas 98.64 5
7 Clemson 89.55 6
8 Villanova 89.04 9
9 Auburn 83.40 8
10 Penn State 81.59 10
11 BYU 73.78 12
12 Southern Illinois 72.79 11
13 Louisville 66.39 15
14 Nebraska 65.55 14
15 Oklahoma 62.25 13
16 Arizona 61.10 16
17 UTEP 54.79 17
18 Indiana State 53.73 19
19 Indiana 50.39 18
20 Florida State 44.87 21
21 Virginia Tech 43.95 20
22 West Virginia 43.10
23 Middle Tennessee 39.25 22
24 Georgetown 38.55 24
25 San Diego State 34.40 25