Florida Men, Oregon Women Are New Number Ones in Division I
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
May 18, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – With the regular season over, attention turns to the collegiate track & field postseason that gets underway next weekend with the opening rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Using the final list of performances recorded during the regular season, Florida’s men and Oregon’s women take over the top spot in this week’s Division I national team rankings as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
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Rankings this week were compiled with all final data from the 2010 outdoor season as reported to the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). Next week’s rankings will be compiled using only data from those who declared and were accepted into the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The first rounds of the championships will be held on May 27-29 in Austin, Texas (west site) and Greensboro, N.C. (east site).
The list of student-athletes, by event, who have been accepted to compete in the NCAA Championships will be announced on the NCAA Web Site by Friday, May 21, 5 p.m., eastern (http://web1.ncaa.org/track/events.jsp).
MEN: Florida Reclaims National Top Spot as Oregon and Texas A&M Stay within Striking Distance
This past weekend, No. 1 Florida (308.81) claimed their first SEC outdoor team title since the 1987 season. As a result of several nationally-prominent marks, the Gators returned to the top-ranked spot for the first time since April 20, week three of the national team rankings. Florida sophomore Christian Taylor notched a national-leading triple jump of 54-8¾ (16.68m) and the second-best long jump of the 2010 season (26-10½, 8.19m). In addition, sophomore Jeff Demps improved his 100-meter mark to 10.06, the third-seeded mark in the country heading into the NCAA Championship rounds.
No. 2 Oregon (282.91) and No. 3 Texas A&M (282.02) are in a virtual tie as less than one ranking point separates the squads. Oregon claimed the Pac-10 title for the fourth-straight year this past weekend and was kept in the second position because of performances by Ashton Eaton, among others. Eaton, the multi-event superstar, now ranks fifth overall in the collegiate ranks in the 110-meter hurdles (13.54) and 11th in the 100 meters (10.19w) along with his top-ranked decathlon mark of 8,310.
The SEC now garners nine teams in the national top 25 with No. 1 Florida, No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Auburn, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 12 Mississippi State, No. 15 Mississippi, No. 16 Georgia, No. 24 Alabama, and No. 25 Arkansas. The Big 12 has six teams and the Pac-10 claims five in the national top 25 this week.
WOMEN: Oregon Leaps to No. 1 after Pac-10 Performance
No. 1 Oregon (384.26) moves to the national top spot for the first time this season after having accomplished a successful bid for the Pac-10 title this past weekend. Senior Keshia Baker took over the nation’s top spot in the 400 meters with a 50.76 run for the conference title. In addition, junior Jamesha Youngblood claimed national top-five positions in both the long and triple jumps with marks of 21-9 and 43-7¾w, respectively.
No. 2 Texas A&M (336.00) claimed their fourth-straight Big 12 outdor title this past weekend and picked up a national-leading mark by sophomore Jeneba Tarmoh in the 200 meters (22.65). Teammate Porscha Lucas clocked 22.72 for second place in the Big 12 and second-best among collegians this year.
With No. 3 LSU (303.62) also tallying more than 300 rankings points this week, it marks the first time since the ranking formula has been used (since 2008) that three teams have claimed scores of more than 300 national-team ranking points in the same week.
The Big 12 takes over as the conference leader with five teams in the national top 25.
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NCAA Division I
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #7 – May 18
|Dropped Out: Kansas State (18)|
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #7 – May 18
|Dropped Out: UCLA (16), Nebraska (17)|