Big Weekend in DI Shifts Teams Upward, But Top Three Remain Unchanged

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

January 31, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – After a fantastic weekend in collegiate track & field to close out January, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Rankings for the Division I indoor season had some shifts from the previous week. New teams leapt into the top five or ten, but on both men’s and women’s sides, the nation’s top three remain the same.  

National Ranking PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
Regional Index PDFs:Top 15 by Region | Full by Team | Event-by-Event
Previous Rankings

On the men’s side, No. 1 Arkansas gained more distance from No. 2 Florida and No. 3 LSU in the national rankings after an impressive weekend. Freshman Gunnar Nixon became the collegiate leader in scoring 6,022 points in the heptathlon. Having just recently turned 19-years-old, Nixon claimed a new World Junior Record, topping a standard set by Germany’s Michael Kohnle in 1989. For the Hogs, that’s two consecutive weekends in which a freshman has claimed an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Pole vaulter Andrew Irwin bettered the bar at 18-½ (5.50m) last weekend.

Texas moved up to No. 4 from No. 5 with the help of freshman Ryan Crouser who opened the season in the shot put with a mark of 66-7 (20.29m) which currently ranks second among collegians this season.

Arizona surged into the top five for the first time this year after adding the Mile performance turned in by sophomore Lawi Lalang this weekend. Lalang won the Razorback Invitational race by over five seconds, clocking 3:55.09 – just seven hundredths of a second off the collegiate record.

Minnesota notched up ten spots to No. 8 with a pair of 800-meter performances from Harun Abda and David Pachuta. Both went sub-1:47 at the Bill Bergen Invitational at Iowa State.

For the nation’s women, No. 1 Oregon widened their lead thanks to 2011 Bowerman Semifinalist Brianne Theisen. The senior notched the third collegiate record of career in the pentathlon by scoring 4,555 points at this weekend’s Texas A&M Mondo Challenge. Theisen was able to top her own previous record with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m) in the high jump portion of the event. The high jump mark ranks second among all collegians this year as well.

No. 2 LSU gained enough points to shake off No. 3 Arkansas for the time being as a result of Charlene Lipsey’s collegiate leading 2:03.79 in the 800 meters.

No. 12 Iowa State climbed into the top 25 with a 16-spot bump after recording a pair of automatic qualifying marks in the 3000 meters at home with Betsy Saina and Dani Stack.

Among conferences, the SEC remains the highest-scoring league on both the men’s and women’s side when combining all ranking scores among institutions.

In the men’s rankings, the SEC has now climbed over 700 ranking points, far superior to the Big Ten’s (451.57). The SEC now has seven teams in the national top 25 with the addition this week of Auburn. The Big Ten retains six in the men’s top 25 while the Big 12 has four.   

The Big 12 has six women’s squads in the top 25 to lead the category, followed by the Pac-12 and the points-leading SEC with four.

The next round of computer rankings will be released on February 7. The 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Nampa, Idaho, on March 9-10.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2012 Week #2 — January 31

next ranking: February 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 202.19 SEC Chris Bucknam (4th) 1
2 Florida 173.43 SEC Mike Holloway (10th) 2
3 LSU 120.26 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 3
4 Texas 101.46 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th) 5
5 Arizona 95.82 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 10
6 Florida State 90.63 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 4
7 Stanford 87.32 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 7
8 Minnesota 78.57 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (4th) 18
9 Texas A&M 69.92 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 9
10 Indiana 64.41 Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th) 6
11 Nebraska 62.67 Big Ten Gary Pepin (29th) 8
12 Oklahoma 61.21 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 13
13 Virginia Tech 60.70 ACC Dave Cianelli (11th) 12
14 BYU 60.58 West Coast Mark Robison (12th) 16
15 Ohio State 59.56 Big Ten Robert Gary (6th) 11
16 Kansas State 59.08 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (20th) 14
17 Mississippi 54.72 SEC Joe Walker (28th) 21
18 Mississippi State 52.69 SEC Steve Dudley (2nd) 20
19 Iowa 51.04 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek (16th) 17
20 Oregon 46.46 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 19
21 Wisconsin 42.89 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (28th) 15
22 Georgia 37.80 SEC Wayne Norton (13th) 23
23 Iona 32.54 Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (4th) 22
24 Northern Arizona 31.44 Big Sky Eric Heins (5th) 25
25 Auburn 31.23 SEC Ralph Spry (15th) 26
Dropped out: No. 24 NC State

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 704.44 7
2 Big Ten 451.57 6
3 Big 12 383.04 4
4 Pac-12 309.68 3
5 ACC 243.60 2
6 Big East 102.73
7 West Coast 60.58 1
8 Summit League 55.08
9 Missouri Valley 50.78
10 Mountain West 35.44

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2012 Week #2 — January 31

next ranking: February 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Oregon 202.99 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 1
2 LSU 154.21 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 2
3 Arkansas 135.86 SEC Lance Harter (22nd) 3
4 Clemson 121.46 ACC Lawrence Johnson (4th) 4
5 UCF 107.90 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (5th) 6
6 Texas 107.72 Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th) 5
7 BYU 76.71 West Coast Patrick Shane (2nd) 7
8 Texas Tech 76.60 Big 12 Wes Kittley (13th) 8
9 Florida State 58.41 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 9
10 Arizona 58.14 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 12
11 Texas A&M 56.05 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 11
12 Iowa State 55.73 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th) 28
13 Southern Miss 54.00 Conference USA Kevin Stephen (5th) 10
14 Baylor 50.04 Big 12 Todd Harbour (7th) 16
15 Ohio State 48.57 Big Ten Karen Dennis (6th) 14
16 Southern Illinois 48.46 Missouri Valley Connie Price-Smith (11th) 15
17 Arizona State 46.82 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th) 21
18 Tennessee 45.78 SEC J.J. Clark (11th) 17
19 Georgia 45.23 SEC Wayne Norton (13th) 13
20 Oklahoma 44.36 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 19
21 Stanford 43.35 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 24
22 Stony Brook 41.40 America East Andy Ronan (12th) 18
23 Michigan 40.61 Big Ten James Henry (27th) 20
24 Connecticut 39.70 Big East Bill Morgan (9th) 22
25 Villanova 36.43 Big East Gina Procaccio (12th) 23
Dropped out: No. 25 Georgetown

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 470.42 4
2 Big 12 449.98 6
3 Pac-12 424.39 4
4 ACC 266.29 2
5 Conference USA 228.62 2
6 Big Ten 204.84 2
7 Big East 154.90 2
8 Missouri Valley 123.89 1
9 West Coast 82.49 1
10 America East 64.01 1

 

 

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.