Texas A&M Men, Kansas Women No. 1 in DI Rankings Amid Top-Five Shake-Up

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 16, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Some minor shuffling took place within the top five of both the men’s and women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, one week ahead of the removal of preseason data and the potential for a much larger shake-up.

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The Texas A&M men and Kansas women remained No. 1 as they have been for the previous three editions of the rankings, but a handful of teams swapped places within the top five. The Texas A&M women moved up to No. 2, swapping places with indoor champion Oregon, while LSU and Florida switched spots to No. 4 and 5, respectively.

The Florida State men bumped up one spot to No. 5, displacing Texas to No. 6.

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.

Women’s Top Five Shuffled

Four of the top five teams in the women’s rankings sustained a net loss to their team scores, resulting in four teams swapping spots within the top five. Kansas remained No. 1 at 329.21 team points despite a 5.49 point net loss.

Texas A&M remained relatively stationary in terms of team score, dropping just 0.39 net points to 279.45, but moved up to No. 2 as the beneficiary of No. 3 Oregon falling 6.78 net points to a team score of 275.78. The Aggies’ were buoyed by their sprinting corps, including sophomore Olivia Ekpone giving the team a fourth sprinter in the top 15 of the 100 meter event rankings — which for the final time this week include the top 2012 marks of returning student-athletes — with an 11.27w (+4.0m/s), ranked No. 11. She joins No. 3 Ashley Collier, No. 6 Ashton Purvis and No. 10 Jennifer Madu.

Oregon did not compete at a major meet this weekend and did not have any student-athletes improve upon their positions in the event rankings.

LSU was the only team in the top five to increase its team score, rising 3.73 net points to 261.72. Sophomore Tori Bliss was the driving force behind the improvement, moving up from No. 47 to No. 13 in the shot put event rankings with a 55-11 (17.04m).

Displaced by LSU was SEC rival Florida, which suffered the biggest hit of the top five in falling 11.36 net points to 246.69. The Gators did not compete this past weekend.

Texas A&M Men Still on Top

Each of the top eight teams in the men’s rankings sustained net losses from their team scores, including top-ranked Texas A&M. The Aggies slipped 4.47 net points to 327.57, but were able to maintain a lead over indoor champ No. 2 Arkansas, which dropped 3.8 points to 302.63.

By virtue of losing fewer points than the top two teams, defending champion Florida inched closer to the top of the rankings. The idle Gators lost just 1.51 net points for a team score of 294.92.

No. 4 Oregon did not record any marks or times that bettered their existing entries in the event rankings — which for the last time include the top 2012 marks of returning student-athletes — resulting in a slight 5.89 net point drop to 207.08.

Like its rival from Gainesville, No. 5 Florida State jumped past No. 6 Texas by losing fewer points. The Seminoles dropped 1.92 to 203.72, while Texas fell to 201.53 with a net loss of 7.78.

Biggest Jump (Men): 13 – Georgia
Biggest Jump (Women): 6 – Georgia

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #3 — April 16

next ranking: April 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 327.57 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 1
2 Arkansas 302.63 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 2
3 Florida 294.92 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 3
4 Oregon 207.08 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 4
5 Florida State 203.72 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 6
6 Texas 201.53 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 5
7 Auburn 197.07 SEC Ralph Spry (16th) 7
8 Southern California 183.01 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 8
9 Wisconsin 166.92 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (29th) 9
10 LSU 163.76 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 10
11 Mississippi 153.59 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 11
12 Georgia 140.00 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 25
13 UCLA 130.50 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th) 12
14 Mississippi State 129.49 SEC Steve Dudley (3rd) 13
15 Penn State 120.15 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 19
16 Texas Tech 115.38 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 14
17 Oklahoma 111.13 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 15
18 Arizona State 105.57 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 17
19 Indiana 104.86 Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th) 18
20 Nebraska 102.23 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 16
21 Kansas State 90.16 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (21st) 20
22 Arizona 89.11 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 21
23 Oklahoma State 83.42 Big 12 Dave Smith (5th) 27
24 Minnesota 82.88 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (5th) 22
25 Baylor 80.57 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 24
dropped out: No. 23 Ohio State

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1952.26 8
2 Pac-12 912.07 5
3 Big 12 870.04 6
4 Big Ten 830.58 5
5 ACC 513.34 1
6 Big East 184.05
7 Mountain West 175.33
8 Missouri Valley 113.81
9 Southland 98.29
10 WAC 94.26

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #3 — April 16

next ranking: April 23
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Kansas 329.21 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 1
2 Texas A&M 279.45 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 3
3 Oregon 275.78 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 2
4 LSU 261.72 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 5
5 Florida 246.69 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 4
6 Arizona 240.50 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 6
7 Texas 217.02 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 7
8 Arizona State 210.41 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 8
9 Stanford 190.03 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st) 9
10 Arkansas 185.14 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 12
11 Clemson 176.85 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 10
12 Georgia 151.76 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 18
13 UCF 150.78 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 11
14 Washington 121.00 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th) 13
15 Texas Tech 116.52 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 14
16 Iowa State 116.22 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 15
17 Baylor 105.65 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 19
18 Illinois 105.23 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (5th) 16
19 Auburn 103.40 SEC Ralph Spry (16th) 17
20 UCLA 96.03 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (1st) 21
21 San Diego State 88.23 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 20
22 Nebraska 87.07 Big Ten Gary Pepin (33rd) 22
23 Colorado 82.75 Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (18th) 23
24 Oklahoma 79.54 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 24
25 Penn State 74.92 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (14th) 26
dropped out: No. 25 Southern California

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1570.04 6
2 Pac-12 1397.17 7
3 Big 12 1111.83 6
4 Big Ten 503.09 3
5 ACC 432.95 1
6 Big East 243.77
7 Conference USA 238.73 1
8 Missouri Valley 209.09
9 Ivy 146.97
10 Mountain West 111.02 1