National Rankings Come Full Circle in D-I as Florida Men, Texas A&M Women Regain Top Posts

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 17, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released week seven national computer rankings for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field on Tuesday. After their respective conference championships, Florida’s men and Texas A&M’s women regained their top positions in the national rankings, a place held by both in the preseason.

Florida’s men finished second to Arkansas at the SEC Championships while Texas A&M captured their fourth-straight women’s team title in the Big 12 last weekend. Iowa’s men moved to the top 25 for the first time this season as they won their first Big Ten Conference crown since 1967. Florida’s women moved to the top 25 for the first time this season as they finished second to former-No. 1, now-No. 2 LSU.

PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
Previous Rankings | Rankings Guidelines & Rationale
Regional Index Top 15 (FINAL)

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #7 – May 17 (includes all final NCAA POP data)

next ranking: May 24 (will include only NCAA Championship participants)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Florida 373.17 2
2 Texas A&M 365.91 1
3 LSU 268.75 3
4 Florida State 246.71 4
5 Texas Tech 223.53 5
6 Southern California 187.97 7
7 Arkansas 176.19 11
8 Texas 175.76 6
9 Nebraska 150.88 8
10 Baylor 136.85 13
11 Arizona 133.66 10
12 Virginia Tech 126.76 9
13 Oregon 126.49 20
14 Stanford 126.19 12
15 Kansas 119.89 17
16 Oklahoma 118.04 16
17 BYU 116.27 15
18 Mississippi 103.35 18
19 Georgia 103.07 14
20 Washington 96.83 23
21 Iowa 88.30 36
22 UCLA 79.52 21
23 Arizona State 73.70 30
24 Penn State 73.68 19
25 New Mexico 73.26 27
dropped out: No. 22 Mississippi State, No. 24 Auburn, No. 25 Kansas State
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12 1516.09 7
2 SEC 1353.15 5
3 Pac-10 953.28 7
4 ACC 616.64 2
5 Big Ten 421.56 2
6 Mountain West 290.73 2
7 Southland 144.93
8 BIG EAST 140.17
9 Big West 126.41
10 Ivy League 116.87

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #7 – May 17 (includes all final NCAA POP data)

next ranking: May 24 (will include only NCAA Championship participants)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Texas A&M 316.65 2
2 LSU 308.66 1
3 Oregon 264.66 5
4 Clemson 241.62 3
5 Southern California 205.30 4
6 Oklahoma 199.76 6
7 Arkansas 175.57 7
8 Arizona 175.50 8
9 Baylor 171.10 9
10 Arizona State 165.28 12
11 Texas 154.76 10
12 Auburn 150.78 13
13 Nebraska 136.45 14
14 Tennessee 124.52 21
15 Texas Tech 121.61 11
16 Washington State 116.66 23
17 Colorado 115.89 15
18 Kansas 112.39 25
19 Kansas State 108.93 16
20 Southern Illinois 104.84 20
21 Georgia 101.33 18
22 Stanford 100.51 26
23 Florida 98.99 33
24 UCF 95.19 17
25 SMU 81.92 24
dropped out: No. 19 West Virginia, No. 22 North Carolina
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12
1532.28
9
2 Pac-10
1184.99
6
3 SEC
1128.24
6
4 ACC
594.76
1
5 Conference USA
400.10
2
6 Big Ten
382.06
7 BIG EAST
363.36
8 Mountain West
266.09
9 Missouri Valley
186.75
1
10 Mid-American
90.13

 

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.