New No. 1 Men’s Ranking Shows LSU Improved National-Championship Potential

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

January 25, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – In the first regular national indoor team computer rankings of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for NCAA Division I teams, the men of LSU moved to No. 1 despite losing to No. 3 Texas A&M in a dual meet between the schools Saturday. On the women’s side, the top three spots remain unchanged as Oregon lost little ground regardless of a light start to the season.

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LSU’s improved their national-championship potential – the basis of the computer rankings – over the last two weeks with the nation’s current top performances in the 60 meters and long jump. Sophomore Horatio Williams is currently No. 1 on the 2011 60-meter list with a 6.61 run from two weeks ago. Williams also has the third-best 200 (20.86) of the current collegiate season. Long jumpers Zedric Thomas and Damar Forbes sit one-two on the national performance list as the only in the country to go over the eight-meter mark (26-3) so far this season.

LSU’s men have never been ranked No. 1 indoors using the current national ranking system. The Tigers were No. 1 during five weeks of the 2008 outdoor season. LSU won national indoor championships in 2001 and 2004.

Oregon, Texas A&M, and LSU remain 1-2-3 in the women’s rankings. Oregon’s lone improvement over preseason data thus far in 2011 has come from freshman English Gardner in the 60. Her time of 7.29 is No. 7 among 2011 performances and 15th in scored data.

Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard is the outright national leader in the 200 and 400 after 22.95 and 52.97 runs last weekend in the dual with LSU. Beard was third in the 400 at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.

The SEC is currently No. 1 among all conferences in cumulative points among both men’s and women’s national rankings. The Big 12 has the most squads in the national top 25 with eight men’s and six women’s teams.

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NCAA Division I

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #1 – January 25

next ranking: February 1 (Week 2)

       

Rank

School

Points

Preseason

1

LSU

158.66

2

2

Florida

128.36

1

3

Texas A&M

120.45

3

4

Texas Tech

108.88

7

5

Oregon

98.95

4

6

Virginia Tech

86.91

5

7

Indiana

86.26

10

8

Stanford

79.53

9

9

Florida State

79.32

6

10

Penn State

77.39

8

11

Nebraska

70.51

12

12

Arkansas

67.76

13

13

Auburn

66.53

11

14

Georgia

59.57

14

15

Minnesota

57.49

16

16

California

56.10

17

17

BYU

55.28

35

18

Texas

50.49

15

19

Oklahoma State

49.56

19

20

Kansas State

46.94

20

21

Ohio State

46.53

31

22

North Carolina

45.81

21

23

Oklahoma

45.34

18

24

Washington

43.06

22

25

Baylor

41.54

24

Dropped out: No. 23 UCLA, No. 25 Arizona State

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10

Rank

Conference

Points

Top 25 Teams

1

SEC

627.27

5

2

Big 12

591.07

8

3

Pac-10

408.81

4

4

Big Ten

354.19

4

5

ACC

295.93

3

6

Mountain West

109.52

1

7

BIG EAST

57.05

8

Big South

47.52

9

Mid-American

35.27

10

Summit League

29.51

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #1 – January 25

next ranking: February 1 (Week 2)

       

Rank

School

Points

Preseason

1

Oregon

183.12

1

2

Texas A&M

154.17

2

3

LSU

126.08

3

4

Clemson

116.72

5

5

Tennessee

103.03

4

6

Arkansas

93.04

6

7

West Virginia

81.25

8

8

Southern Illinois

78.54

9

9

Auburn

72.44

7

10

BYU

72.07

12

11

Villanova

70.10

11

12

Oklahoma

60.89

10

13

Texas Tech

60.61

15

14

Florida State

58.13

13

15

UCF

54.04

34

16

Indiana

52.30

27

17

Nebraska

51.71

17

18

Texas

50.12

16

19

Arizona

49.25

14

20

Penn State

46.29

19

21

Louisville

43.22

18

22

South Carolina

42.88

20

23

Georgetown

42.65

21

24

Ohio State

41.94

23

25

Baylor

38.04

35

Dropped out: No. 22 TCU, No. 24 Washington, No. 25 Miami (Fla.)

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10

Rank

Conference

Points

Top 25 Teams

1

SEC

552.71

5

2

Big 12

498.16

6

3

Pac-10

379.17

2

4

ACC

277.50

2

5

BIG EAST

268.37

4

6

Big Ten

218.73

3

7

Mountain West

149.58

1

8

Conference USA

139.93

1

9

Missouri Valley

119.53

1

10

America East

37.02