Heading to Des Moines: Texas A&M’s Men, Oregon’s Women Are Number Ones

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 31, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released week nine national computer rankings for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field on Tuesday. The "final 24" for the NCAA Division I Championships has been set in each event as a result of preliminary rounds contested over the Memorial Day weekend, and new computer rankings are calculated based on the those who advanced through the rounds and that will compete next week in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.

Oregon’s women, the two-time NCAA indoor team champions, took the top spot in the outdoor rankings for the first time this year as they advanced a tied-overall best 16 entries to Des Moines for the final rounds of the championships. No. 2 Texas A&M trails slightly in the latest rankings, but advanced 15 from the preliminary rounds, including a meet-best nine entries from sprint and hurdle events. LSU was moved to No. 3, their lowest position since the preseason, but also are not too far behind the Ducks and Aggies in ranking points as the Lady Tigers will also have 15 entries at Drake, eight of which are in sprint and hurdle events.

The top seven positions on the men’s side remained unchanged as No. 1 Texas A&M and No. 2 Florida seem to be the clear frontrunners heading into the final rounds. The Aggies have 19 entries that will compete in Des Moines, including a meet-best eight in sprint and hurdle events and six in the jumps. Florida will challenge with 17 entries, five in sprint/hurdles and jumps, apiece. No. 8 Virginia Tech may float up the leaderboard with a third-best 14 entries in Des Moines, including a meet-best seven in jumping events — three of which are in the pole vault. No. 3 Florida State has 13 entries into the meet, tied with No. 4 LSU, but are banking on the doubling potential of Ngoni Makusha (100m-long jump), Maurice Mitchell (100m-200m), Ciaran O’Lionaird (5000m-10k), and Michael Putman (shot put-discus).

The Stanford men qualified four in the 10,000 meters and LSU’s women qualified four for the 100 meters to co-lead the category of most entries per event. April Sinkler of No. 6 Clemson will be the only individual to compete in three events, having qualified in the women’s high jump, long jump, and triple jump.

Live television coverage of the meet can be found on cable’s CBS Sports Network on Friday, June 10, and to a national audience on Saturday, June 11, on CBS.

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Previous Rankings | Rankings Guidelines & Rationale

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Championships Record Book: MEN | WOMEN
Program of the Year Standings: MEN | WOMEN

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #9 – May 31, pre-NCAA finals

next ranking: FINAL, NCAA Championship Results
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Texas A&M 372.60 1
2 Florida 350.16 2
3 Florida State 269.36 3
4 LSU 232.42 4
5 Texas Tech 221.14 5
6 Southern California 192.74 6
7 Arkansas 174.59 7
8 Virginia Tech 169.23 13
9 Texas 161.89 8
10 BYU 149.04 16
11 Stanford 145.19 11
12 Arizona 144.53 9
13 Oregon 143.59 14
14 Washington 124.51 19
15 Baylor 120.18 12
16 Georgia 99.06 20
17 Nebraska 98.49 10
18 New Mexico 90.27 25
19 Mississippi 89.70 18
20 Kansas 85.59 15
21 UCLA 83.06 22
22 Auburn 81.26 29
23 Illinois 74.44 35
24 UT Arlington 73.61 31
25 Kansas State 72.45 26
dropped out: No. 17 Oklahoma, No. 21 Iowa, No. 23 Arizona State, No. 24 Washington State
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12 1348.16 7
2 SEC 1292.40 6
3 Pac-10 1011.54 6
4 ACC 688.73 2
5 Big Ten 392.26 1
6 Mountain West 294.01 2
7 BIG EAST 168.74
8 Southland 148.90 1
9 Ivy League 137.77
10 Big Sky 115.51

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #9 – May 31, pre-NCAA finals

next ranking: FINAL, NCAA Championship Results
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Oregon 311.97 3
2 Texas A&M 308.49 1
3 LSU 289.40 2
4 Arkansas 215.06 8
5 Oklahoma 199.64 6
6 Clemson 187.34 4
7 Southern California 184.34 7
8 Texas 165.27 11
9 Arizona 160.84 5
10 Baylor 158.72 9
11 Arizona State 151.97 10
12 Nebraska 141.79 13
13 Auburn 140.88 12
14 Stanford 130.88 20
15 Tennessee 130.50 15
16 Kansas 113.12 16
17 Florida 95.81 19
18 Washington State 91.16 14
19 Kansas State 84.83 17
20 Southern Miss 83.65 33
21 Indiana 82.12 29
22 Ohio State 81.90 27
23 Southern Illinois 80.40 21
24 UCF 80.06 23
25 Wichita State 77.07 36
dropped out: No. 18 Texas Tech, No. 22 Georgia, No. 24 Colorado, No. 25 Florida State
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12
1392.55
7
2 Pac-10
1166.98
6
3 SEC
1126.82
5
4 ACC
582.54
1
5 Big Ten
461.82
2
6 BIG EAST
357.95
7 Conference USA
351.28
2
8 Mountain West
236.81
9 Missouri Valley
196.29
2
10 Mid-American
98.50

 

 

 

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.