DI Rankings: Florida, Clemson Up Top With Regular Season Ending Soon

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 8, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – One week remains in the regular season of outdoor track & field for those in NCAA Division I and several conferences will conduct their championships in the coming days. As we roll towards the end of the season, Florida’s men retained their No. 1 status in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings for the second-straight week. The Gators will be looking for the SEC title this weekend where No. 6 Arkansas is the defending champ. On the women’s side, the top spot has switched for the third-straight week as Clemson climbed back to the top — a week removed from Texas’ takeover in the last update. Clemson gained their third-straight ACC crown back in April.

National Ranking PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
Regional Index: Top 15 | By Team | By Event
More Info: All-Time Collegiate Top Ten | Updated Football-Player Marks
Previous Rankings

In the men’s rankings, Texas A&M is holding on to the No. 2 spot and will be trying for their second-straight Big 12 outdoor crown before leaving the league for the SEC next season. Texas Tech is up seven spots this week to No. 3 while Florida State moved up a spot to No. 4. Arizona State dropped two spots to No. 5.

On the women’s side, LSU moved up two spots to No. 2 and, will hosting this weekend, they will be looking for their third-straight SEC crown. Texas slipped two spots to No. 3 while Florida went a notch down to No. 4. Kansas is at No. 5 for the second-straight week.

Division I Conference Championship Recap — 2011-12 Champions

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Conference Cross Country Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field
ACC NC State Florida State Virginia Tech
America East Albany Albany Albany
Atlantic 10 La Salle Rhode Island Charlotte
Atlantic Sun USC Upstate Kennesaw State East Tennessee State
Big 12 Oklahoma State Texas A&M (May 11-13)
Big East Villanova Notre Dame Notre Dame
Big Sky Northern Arizona Northern Arizona (May 9-12)
Big South Liberty Liberty Liberty
Big Ten Wisconsin Indiana (May 11-13)
Big West Cal Poly (conc. May 11-12)
Colonial William and Mary George Mason
Conference USA Tulsa Tulsa (May 11-13)
Great West Utah Valley Utah Valley (May 10-12)
Horizon Butler Milwaukee Milwaukee
Ivy Princeton Princeton Princeton
MEAC Norfolk State Norfolk State Norfolk State
Metro Atlantic Iona Manhattan Manhattan
Mid-American Eastern Michigan Akron (May 10-12)
Missouri Valley Indiana State Southern Illinois (May 11-13)
Mountain West New Mexico Air Force (May 9-12)
MPSF Arizona State
Northeast Central Connecticut State Monmouth Monmouth
Ohio Valley Eastern Kentucky Eastern Illinois Eastern Illinois
Pac-12 Colorado (conc. May 12-13)
Patriot Navy Bucknell Bucknell
SEC Arkansas Arkansas (May 10-13)
Southern UNCG Western Carolina Appalachian State
Southland Lamar UTSA (May 11-13)
Summit League Southern Utah Southern Utah (May 10-12)
Sun Belt Western Kentucky Western Kentucky (May 11-13)
SWAC Grambling State Grambling State Grambling State
WAC Utah State Idaho (May 8-11)
West Coast BYU

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Conference Cross Country Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field
ACC Florida State Clemson Clemson
America East Stony Brook Boston University Albany
Atlantic 10 La Salle Charlotte Charlotte
Atlantic Sun Lipscomb Jacksonville Jacksonville
Big 12 Iowa State Texas A&M (May 11-13)
Big East Villanova Georgetown Louisville
Big Sky Weber State Weber State (May 9-12)
Big South High Point Liberty Coastal Carolina
Big Ten Michigan State Nebraska (May 11-13)
Big West UC Davis (conc. May 11-12)
Colonial James Madison James Madison
Conference USA SMU East Carolina (May 11-13)
Great West Utah Valley Utah Valley (May 10-12)
Horizon Butler Milwaukee Youngstown State
Ivy Cornell Columbia Cornell
MEAC Hampton Hampton Hampton
Metro Atlantic Iona St. Peter’s St. Peter’s
Mid-American Toledo Kent State (May 10-12)
Missouri Valley Illinois State Missouri State (May 11-13)
Mountain West New Mexico TCU (May 9-12)
MPSF Stanford
Northeast Quinnipiac Monmouth Monmouth
Ohio Valley Eastern Illinois Eastern Illinois Eastern Illinois
Pac-12 Colorado (conc. May 12-13)
Patriot Navy Bucknell Navy
SEC Vanderbilt Florida (May 10-13)
Southern UNCG Appalachian State Appalachian State
Southland Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Stephen F. Austin (May 11-13)
Summit League North Dakota State North Dakota State (May 10-12)
Sun Belt Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee (May 11-13)
SWAC Alabama State Alabama State Alabama State
WAC Idaho Utah State (May 8-11)
West Coast San Francisco

 

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2012 Week #6 — May 8

next ranking: May 15
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 258.80 SEC Mike Holloway (10th) 1
2 Texas A&M 248.81 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 2
3 Texas Tech 238.20 Big 12 Wes Kittley (13th) 10
4 Florida State 201.68 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 5
5 Arizona State 189.74 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th) 3
6 Arkansas 187.11 SEC Chris Bucknam (4th) 11
7 Southern California 183.76 Pac-12 Ron Allice (18th) 4
8 Indiana 180.07 Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th) 7
9 LSU 171.80 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 6
10 Texas 171.17 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th) 12
11 Mississippi 160.21 SEC Joe Walker (28th) 8
12 Mississippi State 159.22 SEC Steve Dudley (2nd) 9
13 Auburn 155.87 SEC Ralph Spry (15th) 13
14 Arizona 151.81 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 14
15 Wisconsin 139.82 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (28th) 17
16 Virginia Tech 136.16 ACC Dave Cianelli (11th) 16
17 Nebraska 126.97 Big Ten Gary Pepin (29th) 15
18 Stanford 124.47 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 19
19 Georgia 123.26 SEC Wayne Norton (13th) 18
20 Oklahoma 113.01 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 20
21 Iowa 112.20 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek (16th) 21
22 Oregon 107.68 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 22
23 Kansas 87.65 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (12th) 23
24 Princeton 83.07 Ivy Fred Samara (35th) 24
25 Minnesota 81.72 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (4th) 25
Dropped out: none

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1328.45 7
2 Big 12 1080.44 5
3 Pac-12 910.72 5
4 Big Ten 871.46 5
5 ACC 650.44 2
6 Big East 203.35
7 Ivy 165.35 1
8 Mountain West 156.73
9 Southland 135.10
10 Sun Belt 123.80

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2012 Week #6 — May 8

next ranking: May 15
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Clemson 283.59 ACC Lawrence Johnson (4th) 2
2 LSU 280.08 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 4
3 Texas 264.98 Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th) 1
4 Florida 246.83 SEC Mike Holloway (5th) 3
5 Kansas 237.27 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (12th) 5
6 Texas Tech 190.61 Big 12 Wes Kittley (13th) 9
7 Oregon 183.99 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 7
8 Texas A&M 180.49 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 6
9 Arizona 171.06 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 8
10 Arizona State 159.83 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th) 11
11 Arkansas 159.80 SEC Lance Harter (22nd) 10
12 Louisville 138.37 Big East Ron Mann (8th) 19
13 Oklahoma 134.20 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 15
14 Stanford 130.74 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 12
15 Illinois State 123.34 Missouri Valley Elvis Forde (9th) 14
16 Southern California 114.55 Pac-12 Ron Allice (18th) 13
17 Florida State 112.60 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 16
18 UCF 106.97 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (5th) 17
19 Tennessee 106.45 SEC J.J. Clark (11th) 18
20 Iowa State 102.31 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th) 20
21 Georgia 96.51 SEC Wayne Norton (13th) 21
22 Southern Illinois 96.21 Missouri Valley Connie Price-Smith (11th) 23
23 Baylor 91.80 Big 12 Todd Harbour (7th) 22
24 Ohio State 85.71 Big Ten Karen Dennis (6th) 24
25 Kansas State 85.43 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (20th) 25
Dropped out: none

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12 1386.57 8
2 SEC 1036.15 5
3 Pac-12 1016.76 5
4 ACC 625.71 2
5 Big East 566.99 1
6 Big Ten 417.79 1
7 Conference USA 282.48 1
8 Missouri Valley 281.73 2
9 Mountain West 229.41
10 Big Sky 95.36

 

 

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.