No. 3 Florida Men Make Big Jump in DI Rankings, Kansas Women Steady at No. 1

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 9, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – After a strong weekend at its home Pepsi Florida Relays, the defending champion Florida men have sprinted their way into the race for the No. 1 ranking in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday, while the Kansas women remained at No. 1.

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Last week it was indoor champion Arkansas gaining on No. 1 Texas A&M; this week it’s defending outdoor champ Florida. On the women’s side Kansas continues to widen the gap between itself and indoor champ Oregon.

Preseason national team rankings are calculated using data from previous seasons as a base of evaluation. Marks gained in the early part of this season will supersede previous-year marks if they are superior. Read more about the process here. The “event rankings” referenced in this article include this season’s marks in addition to returners’ marks from 2012.

Florida Men In the Hunt for No. 1

Behind five performances from the Florida Relays within the top 15 of their respective event rankings — which for one more week will take into account the top 2012 performances of returning student-athletes — the Gators jumped 52.9 net points to a team total of 296.43, just 10 points behind No. 2 Arkansas and fewer than 40 points behind top-ranked Texas A&M. Both sophomore Dedric Dukes and junior Sean Obinwa recorded 2013 collegiate-leading marks; Dukes at 200 meters in 20.38w and Obinwa at 800 in 1:47.66.

At No. 1 Texas A&M made moderate gains despite falling to No. 4 Oregon at the Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational, 194.5-180.5. Senior Henry Lelei is the top-ranked steeplechaser in the country after his 8:32.94 performance at historic Hayward Field, which added 3.88 net points to the Aggies’ team score for a total of 332.05.

Indoor champion Arkansas did not post any individual or relay performances this weekend that improved upon their existing marks from this year or last year’s top marks, resulting in a 9.41 net point drop to 306.43.

Even after taking down top-ranked Texas A&M this weekend in Eugene, the Oregon Ducks slipped 7.8 net points to 212.96. Texas rounded out the top five with 209.31 team points after a 7.58 net point drop.

Kansas Women hold steady at No. 1

The Jayhawk women are flying steady at No. 1 with a slight 4.77 net point gain, bringing their top-ranked team score to 334.70. A pair of top-10-ranked field event student-athletes contributed to the improvement with their performances at the Sun Angel Classic in junior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya and junior thrower Jessica Maroszek. Bartnovskaya moved up to No. 4 in the event rankings — which for the purposes of the rankings take into account the top 2012 marks of returning student-athletes — with a 14-5½ (4.41m), while Maroszek improved to No. 8 in the discus with a mark of 182-5 (55.60m).

No. 2 Oregon, which finished runner-up at its home Oregon Pepsi Invitational to No. 3 Texas A&M, 201-181, fell 8.42 net points to 282.55. Texas A&M overcame the Ducks in competition this past weekend, and came close to duplicating the feat in the rankings, sitting at 279.84 team points after just a 0.62 net loss.

No. 4 Florida climbed upward in the rankings with a 8.54 net gain to 258.05, behind freshman javelin thrower Marija Vucenovic moving into the top spot in the event rankings with a mark of 181-10 (55.43m). Senior hurdler Ugonna Ndu also contributed with the 17th-best 400 hurdles time in the event rankings at 57.44 and the 18th-fastest 100 hurdles performance at 13.20.

Following dual-meet victories over both then-No. 15 UCLA and TCU this weekend, LSU jumped two spots to No. 5 with a 32.91 net point gain for a 257.99 team total. Junior Natoya Goule’s top-ranked 2:01.18 was the biggest factor in the Tigers’ boost in the rankings.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #2 — April 9

next ranking: April 16
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 332.05 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 1
2 Arkansas 306.43 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 2
3 Florida 296.43 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 3
4 Oregon 212.96 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 4
5 Texas 209.31 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 5
6 Florida State 205.64 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 6
7 Auburn 201.97 SEC Ralph Spry (16th) 7
8 Southern California 189.86 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 8
9 Wisconsin 166.09 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (29th) 9
10 LSU 163.19 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 10
11 Mississippi 156.02 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 11
12 UCLA 137.86 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th) 12
13 Mississippi State 128.93 SEC Steve Dudley (3rd) 13
14 Texas Tech 116.09 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 14
15 Oklahoma 111.54 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 15
16 Nebraska 107.39 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 16
17 Arizona State 106.21 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 18
18 Indiana 105.21 Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th) 17
19 Penn State 102.69 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 22
20 Kansas State 93.03 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (21st) 20
21 Arizona 89.84 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 21
22 Minnesota 87.69 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (5th) 19
23 Ohio State 83.78 Big Ten Ed Beathea (2nd) 24
24 Baylor 82.46 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 23
25 Georgia 80.13 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 27
dropped out: No. 25 Oklahoma State

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1891.42 8
2 Pac-12 944.45 5
3 Big 12 876.35 5
4 Big Ten 809.65 6
5 ACC 527.25 1
6 Big East 189.57
7 Mountain West 178.87
8 Missouri Valley 120.46
9 Southland 101.03
10 WAC 97.41

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #2 — April 9

next ranking: April 16
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Kansas 334.70 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 1
2 Oregon 282.55 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 2
3 Texas A&M 279.84 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 3
4 Florida 258.05 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 4
5 LSU 257.99 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 7
6 Arizona 251.26 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 5
7 Texas 222.72 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 6
8 Arizona State 209.95 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 8
9 Stanford 193.66 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st) 9
10 Clemson 181.95 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 10
11 UCF 148.62 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 12
12 Arkansas 148.05 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 11
13 Washington 122.00 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th) 15
14 Texas Tech 121.08 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 13
15 Iowa State 117.11 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 17
16 Illinois 111.25 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (5th) 16
17 Auburn 108.51 SEC Ralph Spry (16th) 22
18 Georgia 107.24 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 19
19 Baylor 106.68 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 14
20 San Diego State 100.62 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 20
21 UCLA 96.23 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (1st) 18
22 Nebraska 92.23 Big Ten Gary Pepin (33rd) 21
23 Colorado 85.92 Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th) 24
24 Oklahoma 80.08 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 23
25 Southern California 77.23 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 25
dropped out: none

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1480.55 6
2 Pac-12 1431.81 8
3 Big 12 1140.67 6
4 Big Ten 515.30 2
5 ACC 442.14 1
6 Big East 253.26
7 Conference USA 239.13 1
8 Missouri Valley 195.51
9 Ivy 146.71
10 Mountain West 124.60 1