No Changes to Division I’s National Top Four; One Weekend Remains to Post New Marks

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 8, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The top four men’s and women’s team positions in NCAA Division I indoor track & field did not change this week in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national computer rankings. Florida’s men and Oregon’s women enjoy another week atop the field and with “preseason data” falling off the board beginning next week; only one weekend remains to justify those individual positions scored within the national computer rankings.

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Individual and relay scores through this week have been determined using a mixture of bests from the current and previous seasons. Next week, only the bests from the current season will count towards a team’s national computer ranking score (preseason data in combined events will stay “on the board” through and including week five).

Men’s No. 1 Florida (147.81) gained a few improvements to their score from the past weekend. Senior Terrell Wilks clocked 6.64 in the 60 meters to be scored as the national No. 9 in the event. No. 2 LSU (140.25) won the New Balance Collegiate Invitational this past weekend in New York City. When it comes to improvements to their national-championship potential, LSU’s Michael Lauro is now No. 4 on the 2011 college list in the weight throw after posting a personal-best throw of 69-9½ (21.27m).

The biggest mover on the men’s side is No. 13 Texas, who leaped over Big 12 foes Nebraska and Oklahoma this week in their two-spot improvement. Sophomore Keiron Stewart clocked 7.68 in the 60-meter hurdles in New York this weekend and is the new collegiate leader for the season.

In the women’s rankings, No. 1 Oregon (190.39) sat idle last weekend, but No. 2 Texas A&M (153.53) did not and kept adding to their rating. Among their improvements over preseason data, the Aggie 4×400-meter relay team clocked 3:30.70 for a new collegiate best this season. Also, Jeneba Tarmoh moved into the season’s top five with a new personal-best, 7.24 run in the 60.

Nebraska senior Chantae McMillan scored 4,378 points in the heptathlon last weekend to move to No. 2 on the NCAA list this season. Also, Husker freshman Mara Griva posted a national top-five mark in the long jump and added a top-15 performance in the triple jump to help Nebraska gain four spots in moving to No. 14 in the national computer ranking.

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Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #3 – February 8

next ranking: February 15 (Week 4)
Rank School
Points
Last Week
1 Florida
147.81
1
2 LSU
140.25
2
3 Texas A&M
110.98
3
4 Texas Tech
102.09
4
5 Indiana
97.42
6
6 Oregon
95.74
5
7 Stanford
76.48
8
8 Penn State
76.17
9
9 Florida State
74.99
10
10 Virginia Tech
73.47
7
11 Auburn
72.20
12
12 Arkansas
68.97
11
13 Texas
68.53
15
14 Nebraska
63.27
14
15 Oklahoma
58.82
13
16 Ohio State
56.61
16
17 BYU
53.43
18
18 Arizona
50.50
17
19 California
46.95
20
20 Washington
46.50
21
21 Georgia
46.32
19
22 Kansas State
45.69
22
23 North Carolina
40.67
25
24 Oklahoma State
40.47
24
25 Baylor
39.73
26
Dropped out: No. 23 Minnesota

Men’s Conference Index Top 10

Rank Conference
Points
Top 25 Teams
1 SEC
622.19
5
2 Big 12
572.80
8
3 Pac-10
421.67
5
4 Big Ten
372.70
3
5 ACC
276.32
3
6 Mountain West
99.39
1
7 BIG EAST
72.15
8 Mid-American
36.88
9 Big South
35.69
10 Big Sky
34.43

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #3 – February 8

next ranking: February 15 (Week 4)
Rank School
Points
Last Week
1 Oregon
190.39
1
2 Texas A&M
153.53
2
3 LSU
148.34
3
4 Clemson
114.43
4
5 Tennessee
103.57
5
6 Arkansas
94.70
6
7 BYU
79.01
7
8 Texas
72.36
8
9 Auburn
67.90
12
10 Florida State
66.49
11
11 Southern Illinois
66.29
10
12 West Virginia
60.67
9
13 Arizona
60.63
15
14 Nebraska
57.47
18
15 Oklahoma
57.22
16
16 Villanova
57.12
13
17 UCF
53.02
14
18 Texas Tech
45.34
17
19 Penn State
42.83
19
20 Indiana
42.72
20
21 South Carolina
39.62
21
22 TCU
39.35
26
23 Louisville
39.17
23
24 Arizona State
38.48
30
25 Georgetown
38.32
22
Dropped out: No. 24 Stony Brook, No. 25 Ohio State
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference
Points
Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 558.07 5
2 Big 12 485.12 5
3 Pac-10 394.98 3
4 ACC 314.17 2
5 BIG EAST 244.57 4
6 Big Ten 193.97 2
7 Mountain West 152.27 2
8 Conference USA 131.81 1
9 Missouri Valley 105.78 1
10 America East 51.51

About the Rankings
For more on the rankings and links to guideline and rationale information visit …
http://www.ustfccca.org/rankings/division-i-rankings

The purpose and methodology of the national team computer rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-title race – not as a method to compare teams head-to-head.

The Regional Index is determined using a similar method as national rankings, but on a smaller scale, comparing teams versus others within the same region. The result is a ranking that showcases squads with better all-around team potential — a group makeup critical for conference or similar team-scored events. A team may achieve a better regional ranking than a counterpart that has a better national ranking. Historically, some teams are better national-championship teams than conference-championship teams, having a few elite athletes that score very well in a diverse environment where teams do not have entries in more than a few events. Some teams are better at conference championships or similar team-scored events where they enter, and are competitive, in many of the events.

How a team fares in a national championship, conference championship, or scored meet with only a couple or few teams (like a dual or triangular) can be very different, given the number of events, competition, scoring, and makeup of entries — thus the rationale behind each of the ranking systems. Similar arguments about team makeup and rankings can also be found in swimming & diving and wrestling as their sports also have a similar trichotomy when it comes to team theory.