Florida Men Move Into Division I Top Spot As NCAA Championship Looms

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 9, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday evening the seventh weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. This week’s rankings include only season bests from the athletes declared and accepted into the competition field for this weekend’s NCAA Championships to be held Friday-Saturday, March 12-13, in Fayetteville, Ark.

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The men of Florida (167.57) jumped to the No. 1 spot in the nation after the final list of qualifiers for the NCAA Championships has been analyzed. The Gators enter the meet with three top-seeded entries, including Jeff Demps in the 60-meter dash, Calvin Smith in the 200 meter, and Christian Taylor in the triple jump.

Oregon’s men (146.21) climbed to No. 2 and clam national leaders Andrew Wheating in the 800 meters, Ashton Eaton in the heptathlon, and the leading distance medley relay team. Oregon is the defending indoor national champions.

Texas A&M slipped to No. 3, but still hold six marks that fall as top five seeds including the nation’s leading – and, world leading – 4×400-meter relay team.

On the women’s side, Oregon (189.58) remains as the nation’s top ranked team for the fourth-straight week. The Ducks lead the women’s field with 16 entries, including four in the sprint/hurdle events, four in the distance, three in the mid-distance events, both relays, two jump entries, and a pentathlete. Oregon has the top seeded DMR team and five other entries that seeded third or better.

No. 2 Texas A&M (150.72) will enter the championships with 12 entries, nine of which come from sprint and hurdle events. Jessica Beard has the top seed  in the 400-meter dash with a 51.15, oversized-track clocking from the Big 12 Championships.

LSU (124.22) surged to the third spot on the rankings as last chance weekend added two more possible high-scoring positions in sprinting events.

About the Rankings
For more on the rankings and links to guideline and rationale information visit …
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NCAA Division I

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

2010 Week #7 – March 8, Pre-NCAA Week

Rank
School
Points Last Week
1 Florida 167.57 2
2 Oregon 146.21 3
3 Texas A&M 141.18 1
4 Arizona State 109.06 5
5 LSU 102.55 4
6 Texas Tech 96.46 7
7 Minnesota 92.97 12
8 Arkansas 81.31 6
9 Florida State 74.39 14
10 Virginia Tech 73.75 8
11 Nebraska 71.90 11
12 Indiana 71.67 10
13 New Mexico 69.12 22
14 Penn State 62.56 13
15 Oklahoma 60.44 9
16 California 50.42 16
17 Auburn 49.03 18
18 Georgia 48.92 24
19 Northern Arizona 48.90 17
20 Stanford 48.73 15
21 Arizona 48.09 21
22 Baylor 45.76 19
23 Kentucky 43.90
24 Texas 41.85 25
25 Mississippi 40.04 23

 

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings

2010 Week #7 – March 8, Pre-NCAA Week

Rank School Points Last Week
1 Oregon 189.58 1
2 Texas A&M 150.72 2
3 LSU 124.22 6
4 Florida 117.75 3
5 Tennessee 107.12 5
6 Clemson 107.04 4
7 Arkansas 95.77 8
8 Penn State 89.16 7
9 Villanova 78.94 9
10 Louisville 72.77 13
11 Florida State 64.50 17
12 Auburn 61.77 11
13 Indiana State 59.23 16
14 Nebraska 59.13 18
15 West Virginia 55.26
16 Southern Illinois 54.63 12
17 Arizona 54.43 14
18 South Carolina 52.03 23
19 Iowa State 51.46 21
20 BYU 49.78 15
21 Oklahoma 49.11 19
22 UTEP 48.04 10
23 Indiana 44.13 20
24 Virginia Tech 41.18 22
25 Kentucky 38.78