Chase for No. 1 in Division I National Team Rankings is Heating Up

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 4, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Four-time defending NCAA Division I women’s indoor champion Oregon and defending men’s champion Arkansas remained atop the second regular-season edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday, but both are beginning to come back to the pack.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)St. Olaf 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)Williams 5)Middlebury
Arkansas
218.59 pts
Florida
184.31 pts
Oregon
170.81 pts
Texas A&M
117.88 pts
Wisconsin
112.92 pts
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The decisive favorite in the preseason with a 53-point margin over No. 2 Florida in terms of team rankings score, Arkansas’ (218.59) advantage over the Gators (184.31) has shrunk to less than 35 points with No. 3 Oregon (170.81) also within 50 points.

Despite finishing only third at the Arkansas Razorback Team Invitational, the Florida men’s rankings score improved more than 10 points from a week ago thanks largely to a pair of 800-meter runners in sophomore No. 2 Ryan Schnulle and first-year man No. 6 Andres Arroyo.

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Oregon’s distance medley relay teams were the only Ducks in action this past weekend, but its squad – featuring defending outdoor 1500 meters champ Mac Fleet, 800-meters preseason No. 2 Boru Guyota, Jack Galpin, and first-year cross country champ/The Bowerman Watch List member Edward Cheserek – posted the second-fastest time of the season to boost Oregon’s team score by 15 points.

Led by National Athlete of the Week Deon Lendore, Texas A&M (117.88) moved up a spot to No. 4, displacing Wisconsin (112.92) to No. 5.

No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Arizona and No. 9 Nebraska all remained stationary, joined in the top 10 by new addition Alabama. The Crimson Tide jumped seven positions from a week ago behind seventh-ranked 60-meter sprinter Diondre Batson and eighth-ranked weight thrower Charodd Richardson.

Meanwhile on the women’s side Oregon (176.23) retained the top spot it seized last week, though the inactive Ducks lost some of their advantage over preseason favorite No. 2 Texas (161.17) and No. 3 Texas A&M (151.97).

Women’s Top Five

1)Middlebury 2)Johns Hopkins 3)Williams 4)Calvin 5)Wartburg
Oregon
176.23 pts
Texas
161.17 pts
Texas A&M
151.97 pts
Florida
140.93 pts
Georgia
124.31 pts
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No. 4 Florida (140.93) was the only team in the top five to improve upon its rankings team score, albeit a slim 0.22 increase. Georgia (124.31) remained steady at No. 5 to round out the top five.

A win at its home Razorback Team Invitational over No. 3 Texas A&M boosted Arkansas (117.16) up one spot to No. 6, largely due to third-ranked Regine Williams at 200 meters, the mile duo of No. 2 Grace Heymsfield and No. 3 Dominique Scott, and No. 8 pentathlete Alex Gochenour.

Behind the fourth-fastest indoor distance medley relay team in collegiate history – anchored by Justine Fedronic, who is No. 2 nationally at 800 meters – Stanford’s women (97.23) jumped two spots to No. 7.

No. 8 Kentucky fell two spots form a week ago to make room for Arkansas and Stanford, while No. 9 LSU checked in one spot lower than last week.

Rounding out the top-10 was UCLA, which improved 24 positions from a week ago. Led by top-ranked long jumper Kylie Price and 3000-meter runner Kelsey Smith, and No. 7 weight thrower Ida Storm, the Bruins improved their team rankings score by more than 35 points for their first appearance in the top-10 since the USTFCCCA rankings began in 2008.

Other big gainers this week included the No. 20 Penn State women, up 27 positions from a week ago, and a 20-position increase for the No. 19 Notre Dame men.

The national team rankings will be complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. For the preseason ranking and early-season rankings, data will be taken from previous seasons as well as the current season.

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 #2 — February 4

next ranking: February 11
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 218.59 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 1
2 Florida 184.31 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 2
3 Oregon 170.81 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 3
4 Texas A&M 117.88 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 5
5 Wisconsin 112.92 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 4
6 Florida State 97.45 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 6
7 Penn State 70.39 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 7
8 Arizona 64.96 MPSF Fred Harvey (12th) 8
9 Nebraska 63.78 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 9
10 Alabama 52.83 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 17
11 Oklahoma State 51.29 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 10
12 Arizona State 46.59 MPSF Greg Kraft (18th) 11
13 UTEP 46.54 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (5th) 13
14 Cornell 41.76 Ivy Nathan Taylor (15th) 16
15 Mississippi State 41.71 Independent (DI) Steve Dudley (4th) 12
16 Minnesota 41.59 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (6th) 15
17 Stanford 37.38 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 20
18 Texas 36.32 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 19
19 Notre Dame 36.13 ACC Joe Piane (39th) 39
20 Georgia 34.13 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 21
21 Mississippi 33.77 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 22
22 Illinois 33.70 Big Ten Mike Turk (5th) 18
23 Houston 32.70 American Leroy Burrell (16th) 24
24 Baylor 32.34 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 23
25 BYU 31.61 MPSF Ed Eyestone (1st) 33
Dropped out: No. 14 Colorado, No. 25 Virginia Tech
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 724.38 6
2 Big Ten 411.07 5
3 MPSF 406.95 5
4 ACC 239.86 2
5 Big 12 222.41 3
6 Conference USA 105.36 1
7 Ivy 89.66 1
8 Independent (DI) 68.83 1
9 Mid-American 56.56
10 Missouri Valley 51.03

 

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

2014 Week #2 — February 4

next ranking: February 11
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Oregon 176.23 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 1
2 Texas 161.17 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 2
3 Texas A&M 151.97 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 3
4 Florida 140.93 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 4
5 Georgia 124.31 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 5
6 Arkansas 117.16 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 7
7 Stanford 97.23 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 9
8 Kentucky 96.82 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 6
9 LSU 65.63 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 8
10 UCLA 59.11 MPSF Mike Maynard (2nd) 34
11 Kansas 58.11 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (14th) 10
12 Providence 57.27 Big East Ray Treacy (30th) 11
13 Dartmouth 52.30 Ivy Sandra Ford-Centonze (22nd) 13
14 Purdue 47.74 Big Ten Rolando Greene (2nd) 14
15 South Carolina 47.00 SEC Curtis Frye (18th) 15
16 Kent State 46.91 Mid-American Bill Lawson (9th) 21
17 Mississippi State 44.98 SEC Steve Dudley (4th) 16
18 Michigan 41.91 Big Ten James Henry (29th) 12
19 Washington 40.06 MPSF Greg Metcalf (12th) 18
20 Penn State 38.99 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 47
21 Baylor 36.85 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 19
22 Arizona State 36.75 MPSF Greg Kraft (18th) 22
23 Florida State 35.51 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 17
24 Oklahoma State 34.35 Big 12 Dave Smith (5th) 33
25 Georgetown 32.60 Big East Patrick Henner (7th) 20
Dropped out: No. 23 Villanova, No. 24 Iowa State, No. 25 Harvard
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 849.35 8
2 MPSF 459.87 5
3 Big 12 387.04 4
4 Big Ten 192.24 3
5 ACC 191.97 1
6 Big East 128.21 2
7 Ivy 88.42 1
8 Mid-American 76.98 1
9 Conference USA 51.53
10 Mountain West 46.75