Texas A&M Women Build Upon D1 Rankings Lead, While Men’s Race Tightens

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 30, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Both the Texas A&M men and women made gains in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings, with the women extending their lead at the top of the list and the men moving closer to regaining the No. 1 spot.

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The Aggies used strong performances at the Penn Relays to bolster their respective positions in the rankings, while their closest competitors both lost ground. The No. 1 defending champion Florida men are still No. 1, but their lead over Texas A&M has slipped from nearly 40 team points to less than 20, while the Aggie women were able to grow their lead to nearly 50 team points.

The National Team Computer Rankings are a projection of how teams could fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This is the first week that does not feature marks from 2012, except for combined events. An explanation of the rankings system can be found here.

Texas A&M Men Gaining on Defending Champion Florida

After finding themselves No. 2 by more than 40 team points last week following the removal of preseason data from the rankings system, the No. 2 Aggies are back in the hunt for the No. 1 ranking after a weekend at the Penn Relays and Bobcat Classic that resulted in a 13.4 net increase in their team score to 322.98.

Meanwhile the No. 1 Gators were only able to record two performances that improved event rankings positioning, causing the defending champs to slide 10.83 points to 341.84 — reducing the gap between the SEC foes to fewer than 20 points.

Florida State was the biggest mover in this week’s top five, gaining 14.86 net points for a 249.47 team score and moving up two spots to No. 3 behind freshman Zak Seddon’s No. 2 steeplechase performance at the Payton Jordan (8:34.42) and senior Michael Fout’s No. 5 10,000 meters race (28:52.77).

Indoor champion Arkansas and Oregon were both jumped by Florida State, resulting in the Razorbacks (246.96) dropping to No. 4 and the Ducks (232.59) to No. 5.

Texas A&M Women Build On Lead at No. 1

The Texas A&M women claimed the No. 1 spot from Kansas last week, and they started to pull away from the Jayhawks this week. Behind the fourth-best long jump in the country from freshman LaQue Moen-Davis with a 21-1½w (6.46m, 3.3m/s) at the Penn Relays, the Aggies increased their team score 15.99 team points to 320.94.

The Jayhawks, who were not fully in competition this past weekend, slid 16.36 net points to 274.14.

Making the biggest move in the women’s top five this week were the Florida women, who turned in a number of great showings at the Arkansas Spring and Stanford Payton Jordan invitationals to jump three spots to No. 2 with a 45.07 net gain for a 263.83 team score. The distance crew provided the biggest push, with junior 1500 runners Cory McGee and Agata Strausa moving to No. 2 (4:10.55) and No. 4 (4:11.27), respectively.

LSU remained steady at No. 4 after not recording a time or mark that improved on any of its student-athlete’s top-ranked performances, resulting in a 14.14 net loss for a 243.44 team score.

Arizona rounded out the top five after slipping two spots and falling 22.52 net points to 238.28.

Biggest Jump (Men): 18 – No. 11 Wisconsin
Biggest Jump (Women): 4 – No. 16 Iowa State, No. 19 Southern California

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #5 — April 30

next ranking: May 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 341.24 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 1
2 Texas A&M 322.98 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 2
3 Florida State 249.47 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 5
4 Arkansas 246.96 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 3
5 Oregon 232.59 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 4
6 Georgia 176.93 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 7
7 Southern California 158.61 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 9
8 Texas 149.72 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 6
9 Virginia Tech 149.09 ACC Dave Cianelli (12th) 8
10 Nebraska 146.27 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 15
11 Wisconsin 143.93 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (29th) 29
12 LSU 142.75 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 10
13 Penn State 119.19 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 11
14 UCLA 112.46 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th) 13
15 Mississippi 107.41 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 16
16 Iowa 106.59 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek (17th) 12
17 Alabama 101.73 SEC Dan Waters (2nd) 19
18 Texas Tech 93.44 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 18
19 Cornell 92.97 Ivy Nathan Taylor (14th) 27
20 Clemson 91.85 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 14
21 Ohio State 86.15 Big Ten Ed Beathea (2nd) 23
22 Illinois 85.23 Big Ten Mike Turk (4th) 38
23 BYU 81.44 Independent Mark Robison (13th) 17
24 Arizona State 81.21 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 28
25 UTEP 78.48 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (4th) 25
dropped out: No. 20 Tennessee, No. 21 Indiana, No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 24 Kansas State

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1713.43 7
2 Big Ten 898.76 6
3 Pac-12 889.14 4
4 ACC 660.45 3
5 Big 12 640.00 2
6 Big East 213.97
7 Ivy 157.94 1
8 Sun Belt 131.28
9 Mountain West 127.35
10 Southland 115.80

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2013 Week #5 — April 30

next ranking: May 7
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 320.94 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 1
2 Kansas 274.14 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 2
3 Florida 263.83 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 6
4 LSU 243.44 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 4
5 Arizona 238.28 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 3
6 Arkansas 226.80 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 5
7 Oregon 207.74 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 7
8 Georgia 203.31 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 9
9 Arizona State 201.88 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 8
10 Texas 176.48 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 10
11 Clemson 168.74 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 11
12 UCLA 156.81 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (1st) 13
13 UCF 156.23 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 12
14 Stanford 142.38 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st) 14
15 Florida State 121.83 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 16
16 Iowa State 116.97 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 20
17 Texas Tech 111.09 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 15
18 Illinois 102.94 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (5th) 17
19 Southern California 92.90 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 23
20 San Diego State 90.68 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 21
21 Baylor 89.32 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 18
22 Washington 86.67 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th) 19
23 Oklahoma 80.70 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 22
24 Wichita State 79.80 Missouri Valley Steve Rainbolt (13th) 26
25 South Carolina 69.83 SEC Curtis Frye (17th) 25
dropped out: No. 24 Kentucky

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1642.57 6
2 Pac-12 1253.25 7
3 Big 12 916.53 6
4 ACC 513.33 2
5 Big Ten 460.00 1
6 Conference USA 296.72 1
7 Big East 228.94
8 Missouri Valley 193.03 1
9 Mountain West 151.85 1
10 Summit League 134.89