Calm Week in Division I National Team Rankings Ahead of Conference Championships Storm

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Between the slim schedule on the opening weekend of conference championships season and the majority of teams biding their time before this coming weekend’s league meets, little changed atop the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)St. Olaf 3)Williams 4)Middlebury 5)Washington (Mo.)
Arkansas
176.04 pts
Florida
128.21 pts
Texas A&M
127.23 pts
Wisconsin
116.78 pts
Oregon
99.54 pts
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The defending champions for both genders maintained their positions atop their respective rankings in the Arkansas men and the four-time defending champion Oregon women, while a majority of the top ten teams also remained in a holding pattern.

A top-three showdown is set for this weekend at the SEC Championships as behind Arkansas (176.04 team rankings points) in the men’s rankings were No. 2 Florida (128.21) and No. 3 Texas A&M (127.23).

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That same order is exactly how these three teams entered the 2013 SEC Championships, and it was exactly the order in which they finished at both SECs and NCAA indoors (champion, runner-up and fourth, respectively).

The SEC meet is shaping up to be perhaps the top league meet in the nation this weekend with seven top-25 men’s teams, followed by four in the Big Ten and three in both the MPSF and the ACC.

One of those Big Ten teams, No. 4 Wisconsin (116.78), moved up one spot behind Michael Lihrman’s NCAA Division I record weight throw of 79-7½ (24.27m), while No. 5 Oregon (99.54) of the MPSF slid one spot for the second consecutive week.

No. 6 Florida State (79.52) and No. 7 Penn State (75.16) swapped spots for the second consecutive week, while No. 8 Southern California (66.66) and No. 9 Arizona (65.62) remained stationary.

Behind a fifth-ranked performance at 400 meters by Christopher Giesting in 45.89 and the sixth-ranked distance medley relay team in the nation in 9:29.43, Notre Dame jumped up 10 spots from last week to round out the top 10.

The biggest beneficiary of the opening weekend of conference championships season was No. 18 Kennesaw State, which soared 20 spots upward from last week behind National Athlete of the Week Andre Dorsey for its first top-25 appearance since the beginning of the USTFCCCA rankings in 2008.

Dorsey is the only man in Division I ranked in the top 10 in three different jumps events (No. 3 triple jump, No. 6 high jump, No. 7 long jump).

Women’s Top Five

1)Middlebury 2)Calvin 3)Williams 4)North Central 5)Johns Hopkins
Oregon
201.28 pts
Florida
145.89 pts
Texas A&M
142.86 pts
Arkansas
126.51 pts
Texas
122.02 pts
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The women’s top 10 teams were largely idle this past weekend, which translated into each of the first nine holding steady from last week.

Behind No. 1 Oregon (201.28 team rankings score) – which is looking to match LSU from 1993-1997 as the only five-time-defending champions in women’s Division I indoor history –remained No. 2 Florida (145.89), No. 3 Texas A&M (142.86), No. 4 Arkansas (126.51) and preseason favorite No. 5 Texas (122.02).

As with the men, this upcoming weekend’s SEC women’s indoor championships is sure to produce fireworks. In addition to No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas A&M and defending indoor SEC Champion No. 4 Arkansas are top-10 teams in No. 6 Kentucky (100.83) and No. 7 Georgia (98.31) among eight total top-25 teams from the conference.

The Big 12 and MPSF are a distant second, both with three nationally ranked teams set to contend at their championships.

Providence (90.41) remained No. 8 after its third-place finish at the Big East Championships, while No. 9 Stanford (76.35) held firm ahead of this weekend’s MPSF Championships against No. 1 Oregon.

Dartmouth (58.59) rounded out the top 10 after a 13-point jump with the inclusion of Abbey D’Agostino’s top-ranked performance at 3000 meters.

The two biggest improvements in the women’s rankings came from the Big East Championships, as runner-up Georgetown improved 19 positions to No. 15 and champion Villanova jumped 33 to No. 18 behind National Athlete of the Week Emily Lipari.

The national team rankings are complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points. A full description of the rankings can be found here.

The USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referred to as a “poll” as no voting occurs during the process.

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

2014 Week #5 — February 25

next ranking: March 4
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 176.04 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 1
2 Florida 128.21 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 2
3 Texas A&M 127.23 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 3
4 Wisconsin 116.78 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 5
5 Oregon 99.54 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 4
6 Florida State 79.52 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 7
7 Penn State 75.16 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 6
8 Southern California 66.66 Independent (DI) Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 8
9 Arizona 65.62 MPSF Fred Harvey (12th) 9
10 Notre Dame 52.73 ACC Joe Piane (39th) 20
11 Mississippi State 49.85 Independent (DI) Steve Dudley (4th) 13
12 Alabama 46.62 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 11
13 Cornell 45.17 Ivy Nathan Taylor (15th) 24
14 Villanova 44.29 Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (14th) 10
15 LSU 41.72 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 16
16 UTEP 41.47 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (5th) 12
17 Texas 40.61 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 14
18 Kennesaw State 39.41 Atlantic Sun Andy Eggerth (4th) 38
19 Pittsburgh 39.14 ACC Alonzo Webb (12th) 15
20 Mississippi 36.87 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 19
21 Nebraska 35.56 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 21
22 Texas Tech 35.25 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 17
23 Stanford 34.81 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 18
24 Georgia 33.47 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 22
25 Ohio State 33.31 Big Ten Ed Beathea (3rd) 23
Dropped out: No. 25 Northern Arizona
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 651.16 7
2 Big Ten 376.29 4
3 MPSF 315.22 3
4 ACC 249.31 3
5 Big 12 202.81 2
6 Independent (DI) 116.51 2
7 Ivy 100.01 1
8 Conference USA 88.64 1
9 American 84.54
10 Mid-American 71.66

 

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

2014 Week #5 — February 25

next ranking: March 4
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Oregon 201.28 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 1
2 Florida 145.89 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 2
3 Texas A&M 142.86 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 3
4 Arkansas 126.51 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 4
5 Texas 122.02 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 5
6 Kentucky 100.83 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 6
7 Georgia 98.31 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 7
8 Providence 90.41 Big East Ray Treacy (30th) 8
9 Stanford 76.35 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 9
10 Dartmouth 58.59 Ivy Sandra Ford-Centonze (22nd) 23
11 Penn State 58.25 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 10
12 Texas Tech 52.75 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 17
13 North Carolina 51.95 ACC Harlis Meaders (2nd) 12
14 LSU 51.80 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 11
15 Georgetown 50.95 Big East Patrick Henner (7th) 34
16 South Dakota 45.52 Summit League Lucky Huber (20th) 14
17 Purdue 44.97 Big Ten Rolando Greene (2nd) 15
18 Villanova 43.95 Big East Gina Procaccio (14th) 51
19 UCLA 42.56 MPSF Mike Maynard (2nd) 13
20 Iowa State 41.90 Big 12 Martin Smith (1st) 18
21 Akron 40.86 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (19th) 20
22 Kent State 40.39 Mid-American Bill Lawson (9th) 30
23 Mississippi State 39.36 SEC Steve Dudley (4th) 22
24 Duke 38.33 ACC Norm Ogilvie (11th) 19
25 Missouri 37.62 SEC Brett Halter (4th) 24
Dropped out: No. 16 Florida State, No. 21 Maryland, No. 25 Michigan
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 823.04 8
2 MPSF 413.53 3
3 Big 12 336.21 3
4 ACC 234.87 2
5 Big Ten 218.41 2
6 Big East 191.80 3
7 Mid-American 83.73 2
8 Ivy 81.26 1
9 Conference USA 57.82
10 Summit League 51.50 1