LSU is Latest Women’s No. 1 in Division I; Arkansas Men Still No. 1

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 11, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – For the third week in a row a new women’s team graces the top spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings, as LSU pounces into the top spot in the first edition of the polls to not include preseason data in its projections. The Arkansas men remain in the top spot.

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As was the case when marks, times and scores from last season were removed from consideration in the Division II rankings, the order of teams underwent a thorough jostling. Only six of the 50 teams in both the men’s and women’s rankings, only six held steady in their positions from a week ago.

The Tigers of LSU jumped two spots to No. 1, gaining 10.13 net points for a team score of 162.45 primarily behind strong efforts by fifth-ranked triple jumper Lynnika Pitts (43-1/13.13m) and the fourth-ranked 4×400 relay team (3:33.91) at Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational. This marks the Tigers’ first time atop the rankings since the final week of the 2008 season, when they were the top-ranked team throughout the duration of the regular season until a runner-up showing at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Speaking of Arkansas, its women’s team moved up two spots to No. 2 with 149.24 team points, capitalizing on slides by former No. 1 and No. 2 teams Kansas and Clemson, respectively. After claiming its first-ever top ranking last week, the Jayhawks of Kansas lost 30.34 net points and dropped three spots to No. 4 with 143.03 points, while preseason No. 1 Clemson lost 12 net points to slide to No. 3 with 146.21 points. Three-time defending indoor champion Oregon remains at No. 5 (136.64 points).

Arkansas’ top-ranked men, despite losing 11.53 net points for a total of 210.20, remain comfortably ahead of second-ranked three-time defending indoor champion Florida, which gained 10.24 points for a team score of 131.78.

Oklahoma State was the biggest beneficiary of the removal of preseason data on the men’s side, as the Cowboys wrangled the No. 3 ranking with a net increase of 51.58 points for a team score of 94.03 – up 20 spots from a week ago. The OSU distance crew – NCAA champions during the cross country season – racked up five top-15 distance performances at the Husky Classic, including the nation’s second-fastest 5000 by Shadrack Kipchirchir (13:38.57 OT) and the fourth-best mile by Raul Botezan (3:57.79 OT).

Texas A&M dropped one spot and 30.41 net points to No. 4 with a team score of 87.62, while the Nittany Lions of Penn State jumped eight spots and 25.7 net points to 81.70 to round out the top five.

In total, five men’s teams made double-digit gains in the rankings due to the combination of strong performances and the removal of preseason data, headlined by Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, which leapt 28 spots from outside the top 30 to No. 6. Three women’s teams similarly launched up the rankings, most notably Illinois 21 spots to No. 15.

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.

The next round of computer rankings will be released February 19. The 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., March 8-9.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #4 — February 11

next ranking: February 19
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 210.20 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 1
2 Florida 131.78 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 2
3 Oklahoma State 94.03 Big 12 Dave Smith (5th) 23
4 Texas A&M 87.62 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 3
5 Penn State 81.70 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 13
6 Texas Tech 81.46 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 34
7 Nebraska 76.37 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 14
8 Oregon 72.63 MPSF Robert Johnson (1st) 4
9 Texas 69.85 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 11
10 Indiana 67.25 Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th) 7
11 Wisconsin 61.39 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (29th) 15
12 Florida State 59.52 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 16
13 Arizona State 56.42 MPSF Greg Kraft (17th) 5
14 LSU 52.80 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 6
15 Oklahoma 51.42 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 22
16 Mississippi 48.73 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 17
17 Virginia Tech 41.29 ACC Dave Cianelli (12th) 19
18 Clemson 40.17 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 29
19 UT Arlington 40.00 WAC John Sauerhage (17th) 25
20 Indiana State 38.87 Missouri Valley John McNichols (30th) 30
21 Pittsburgh 38.27 Big East Alonzo Webb (11th) 28
22 George Mason 37.84 Colonial Andrew Gerard (8th) 44
23 Minnesota 37.08 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (5th) 8
24 Kansas State 36.56 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (21st) 21
25 Michigan 36.26 Big Ten Fred LaPlante (5th) 45
Dropped out: No. 9 Auburn, No. 10 Arizona, No. 12 Mississippi State, No. 18 Stanford, No. 20 BYU, No. 24 Northern Arizona

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 684.69 5
2 Big Ten 455.78 6
3 Big 12 394.05 5
4 MPSF 329.46 2
5 ACC 201.40 3
6 Conference USA 87.30
7 Big East 75.03 1
8 Colonial 66.48 1
9 WAC 65.62 1
10 Missouri Valley 57.12 1

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #4 — February 12

next ranking: February 19
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 LSU 162.45 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 3
2 Arkansas 149.24 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 4
3 Clemson 146.21 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 2
4 Kansas 143.03 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 1
5 Oregon 136.64 MPSF Robert Johnson (1st) 5
6 Florida 118.25 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 7
7 Georgia 88.95 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 10
8 Texas A&M 85.06 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 6
9 UCF 83.47 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 9
10 Iowa State 81.28 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 11
11 Arizona 80.55 MPSF Fred Harvey (11th) 13
12 Arizona State 79.48 MPSF Greg Kraft (17th) 17
13 Texas 75.52 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 14
14 South Carolina 70.05 SEC Curtis Frye (17th) 20
15 Illinois 60.67 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (5th) 36
16 Stanford 48.30 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (1st) 16
17 Michigan 46.33 Big Ten James Henry (28th) 31
18 Indiana State 45.81 Missouri Valley Angie Martin (3rd) 18
19 Dartmouth 45.45 Ivy Sandra Ford-Centonze (21st) 15
20 Wichita State 40.45 Missouri Valley Steve Rainbolt (13th) 23
21 Georgetown 35.50 Big East Patrick Henner (6th) 39
22 Baylor 33.74 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 19
23 San Diego State 33.12 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 22
24 Connecticut 31.36 Big East Bill Morgan (10th) 29
25 Mississippi State 30.21 SEC Steve Dudley (3rd) 30
Dropped out: No. 8 Washington, No. 12 California, No. 21 Florida State, No. 24 Michigan State, No. 25 Auburn

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 799.68 7
2 Big 12 423.06 4
3 MPSF 402.21 4
4 ACC 254.44 1
5 Big Ten 176.56 2
6 Big East 149.86 2
7 Conference USA 136.00 1
8 Missouri Valley 121.02 2
9 Ivy 69.92 1
10 Mountain West 48.77 1