Nebraska Has Most Entries, But Florida and Oregon Still Atop DI’s Entering Early NCAA Rounds
NEW ORLEANS – The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Division I begins this Thursday in Austin, Texas and Greensboro, N.C. The national championships have taken on a new look for this season and this upcoming weekend is the first step in that process. Entering the preliminary-round weekend, the men of Florida and the women of Oregon enter as the nation’s top ranked teams as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday morning. Rankings this week only use data of those accepted and declared into the NCAA Championships.
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A total of 96 athletes in each event (except the combined events and relays) will compete in the opening rounds in each of the individual events contested at a national championship this weekend. Events from the 100 meters to the 1500 meters will consist of four rounds total, two of which will be contested this weekend in the opening rounds. In the 100 to 800, fields will be cut from 96 total (48 in a region) to 48 total (24 to a region) in the first round and from that 48 total (24 region) to 24 total (12 in a region) in the quarterfinals to form the Eugene “24”, those who will advance to Eugene, Ore., to finish competition and find a national champion.
All the other events are similar, but will have unique compositions of rounds and advancement formulas. For example, the 10,000 meters will consist of two rounds total, a semifinal held at each prelim site and a final held in Eugene. The 10k will be the only event in which all 48 contestants in a region will compete at the same time; all vying for those 12 spots that will advance to Eugene. The field events are of a similar animal with the bottom line of being in the top 12 in the region necessary to advance. Relays will have a total of 48 teams (24 to a region) and will compete in one round this weekend, with the top three in each heat, plus the next three fastest times (in a region) advancing to Eugene where a total of 24 relays will be on display at the final site.
The Nebraska men and women both lead their respective fields with 32 and 31 entries into these opening rounds. The Husker men are ranked 19th nationally. The No. 2 Texas A&M women equal Nebraska with 31 entries, 14 of which are in the sprint and hurdle races. No. 16 BYU and No. 6 Clemson add 28 entries to the fold. On the men’s side, after Nebraska, No. 2 Oregon has 29 entries in the field followed by No. 5 LSU’s 28 and No. 11 BYU and No. 14 Oklahoma’s 27.
The Big 12 Conference leads all leagues with 208 men’s entries and 194 women’s entries. The SEC has 186 men’s and 181 women’s entries as the next conferences.
Against the Grain
During the outdoor season, national team rankings did not give full credit to an athlete who had marks in more than one track event that was 200 meters or more. The rationale was that not many athletes would “double” at the national championships because of the workload involved. Alas, eight athletes have broken the mold as we enter the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships as having top-22 entries in more than one of those events. (“Top 22” is used because that is the cut-off used in determining which athletes’ points are docked during the season).
(national seeds are noted)
Darius Law, Charlotte: 200m (20.70, 14th), 400m (46.00, 18th)
A.J. Acosta, Oregon: 1500m (3:39.44, 3rd), 5000m (9:46.87, 10th)
Andrew Wheating, Oregon: 800m (1:47.71, 10th), 1500m (3:37.83, 1st)
Jake Riley, Stanford: 5000m (9:48.65, 13th), 10k (18th, 28:54.69)
Lisa Koll, Iowa State: 5000m (1st, 15:17.76), 10k (1st, 31:18.07)
Nicole Blood, Oregon: 5000m (15th, 16:06.74), 10k (6th, 33:28.38)
Alex Kosinski, Oregon: 5000m (7th, 15:56.83), 1500m (16th, 4:18.98)
Ruth Senior, New Mexico: 3000m Steeplechase (10th, 10:09.14), 5000m Run (6th, 15:57.32)
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NCAA Division I
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #8 – May 25, Pre-NCAA Week I
|Dropped Out: Arkansas (25)|
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings
2010 Week #8 – May 25, Pre-NCAA Week I
|Dropped Out: Indiana State (16), Southern Illinois (24)|