Kansas Women Join Arkansas Men On Top of DI Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 5, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - The Kansas Jayhawks women’s team has flown past the Clemson Tigers into the No. 1 position for the first time in program history in Tuesday’s latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, while the Arkansas men remain on top for the fourth straight week.

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Behind strong performances at the Armory Collegiate Invitational from National Athlete of the Week senior jumper Andrea Geubelle (No. 1 in the long jump at 21-11½/6.69m), senior thrower Alena Krechyk (No. 2 in the weight throw at 71-4¾/21.76m) and junior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya (No. 3 at 14-1¼/4.30m), the Jayhawks surged into the top spot with a net gain of 20.67 team points for a total of 173.37. After finishing runner-up at last season’s NCAA Indoor Championships, Kansas had spent three weeks at the second spot in this season’s computer rankings.

Though many of Clemson’s top student-athletes turned in strong performances, including another sub-8.00 60 hurdles performance from standout Brianna Rollins, the Tigers gained less than a point for a total of 158.21.

The LSU women jumped two spots to No. 3 with 152.31 team points on the strength of reigning The Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan’s nation-leading 60 meters performance at 7.16 and the sixth-best weight throw performer in the nation in junior Denise Hinton (69-9¾/21.28m).

Arkansas remains at No. 4 with 147.26, while three-time defending champion Oregon falls two spots to No. 5 with 135.84 points.

The Arkansas men do not appear to be in danger of befalling the same fate as the Clemson women in the near future, as they still hold a commanding 221.74 point total, compared to No. 2 three-time defending champion Florida’s 121.53.

No. 3 Texas A&M (118.03), No. 4 Oregon (95.89) and No. 5 Arizona State (89.56) comprise the top five for the second straight week. The only shift in the top 10 was a switch between Indiana and Minnesota to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

The National Computer Team Rankings project how a team will finish in a National Championship Meet setting, rather than a triangular or dual. The rankings are compiled from meet data in the 2012-13 season, but also from returners from the 2011-12 to take into account what a roster might look like should all student-athletes perform at their top level. This is the final edition of the rankings in which preseason data will be factored into team scores.

The next round of computer rankings will be released February 12. The 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., March 8-9.

Biggest Jump (Men): 13 – Nebraska
Biggest Jump (Women): 12 – Wichita State

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #3 — February 5

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 221.74 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 1
2 Florida 121.53 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 2
3 Texas A&M 118.03 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 3
4 Oregon 95.89 MPSF Robert Johnson (1st) 4
5 Arizona State 89.56 MPSF Greg Kraft (17th) 5
6 LSU 77.35 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 6
7 Indiana 72.21 Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th) 8
8 Minnesota 67.79 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (5th) 7
9 Auburn 66.61 SEC Ralph Spry (16th) 9
10 Arizona 62.06 MPSF Fred Harvey (11th) 10
11 Texas 60.16 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 11
12 Mississippi State 59.68 SEC Steve Dudley (3rd) 15
13 Penn State 56.01 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 12
14 Nebraska 53.89 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 28
15 Wisconsin 53.34 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (29th) 14
16 Florida State 52.46 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 13
17 Mississippi 49.19 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 17
18 Stanford 46.85 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (1st) 20
19 Virginia Tech 46.39 ACC Dave Cianelli (12th) 16
20 BYU 45.19 MPSF Mark Robison (13th) 19
21 Kansas State 44.53 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (21st) 18
22 Oklahoma 43.02 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 22
23 Oklahoma State 42.45 Big 12 Dave Smith (5th) 21
24 Northern Arizona 41.90 Big Sky Eric Heins (6th) 24
25 UT Arlington 41.48 WAC John Sauerhage (17th) 25
Dropped out: No. 23 UCLA

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 769.89 7
2 MPSF 444.09 5
3 Big Ten 390.74 5
4 Big 12 257.03 4
5 ACC 201.70 2
6 Big East 90.85
7 Conference USA 76.53
8 Mountain West 72.66
9 WAC 62.04 1
10 Missouri Valley 49.66

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #3 — February 5

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Kansas 173.37 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 2
2 Clemson 158.21 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 1
3 LSU 152.31 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 5
4 Arkansas 147.26 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 4
5 Oregon 135.84 MPSF Robert Johnson (1st) 3
6 Texas A&M 108.76 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 6
7 Florida 102.79 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 7
8 Washington 79.27 MPSF Greg Metcalf (11th) 8
9 UCF 74.96 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 9
10 Georgia 72.07 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 11
11 Iowa State 69.78 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 10
12 California 62.14 MPSF Tony Sandoval (21st) 12
13 Arizona 59.02 MPSF Fred Harvey (11th) 13
14 Texas 53.74 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 14
15 Dartmouth 47.86 Ivy Sandra Ford-Centonze (21st) 15
16 Stanford 45.43 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (1st) 16
17 Arizona State 44.38 MPSF Greg Kraft (17th) 20
18 Indiana State 43.83 Missouri Valley Angie Martin (3rd) 17
19 Baylor 40.85 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 18
20 South Carolina 39.42 SEC Curtis Frye (17th) 21
21 Florida State 38.20 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 19
22 San Diego State 34.08 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 23
23 Wichita State 33.95 Missouri Valley (0th) 35
24 Michigan State 33.92 Big Ten Walt Drenth (7th) 22
25 Auburn 32.10 SEC Ralph Spry (16th) 24
Dropped out: No. 25 Connecticut

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 733.75 7
2 MPSF 468.53 6
3 Big 12 436.78 4
4 ACC 265.59 2
5 Big Ten 164.01 1
6 Big East 149.59
7 Conference USA 128.22 1
8 Missouri Valley 111.87 2
9 Ivy 71.15 1
10 Mountain West 46.31 1