Four-Time Defending Women’s Champ Oregon Takes Back No. 1 Spot in DI National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 18, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Four-time defending women’s indoor champion Oregon is back atop the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday as the biggest beneficiary of the removal of preseason data from the rankings calculations, while defending men’s champion Arkansas remained atop the men’s rankings.

The Ducks’ reclamation of the top spot it held two weeks ago is the marquee move atop an edition of the rankings that shifted dramatically with the marks of the top returners from the 2013 (except for combined events marks, which will remain through next week) now out of the picture.

Women’s Top Five

1)Middlebury 2)Calvin 3)Williams 4)North Central 5)Johns Hopkins
Oregon
210.20 pts
Florida
146.88 pts
Texas A&M
144.20 pts
Arkansas
138.00 pts
Texas
124.45 pts
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Eight women’s teams and five men’s teams that weren’t ranked among last week’s top 25 moved their way onto the national scene, including a Villanova men’s squad that jumped up 49 positions to No. 10 and a North Carolina women’s team that improved 26 positions to No. 12.

With collegiate leaders Phyllis Francis (400 meters), Laura Roesler (800 meters) and Jasmine Todd (long jump) heading a group of 11 Ducks ranked in the top 10 of their respective events – including both relays – Oregon (210.20 team rankings score) saw its team rankings score improve by nearly 40 points – more than any other top-25 women’s team. This is the third time this season the top spot in the women’s rankings has changed hands.

The Ducks are now back in the driver’s seat for their fifth title in a row, which would match the Division’s longest streak set by LSU from 1993 through 1997.

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The Florida women (146.88) logged a slight improvement to its team rankings score, but climbed two spots in the rankings to No. 2.

Texas A&M (144.20) remained steady at No. 3, but lost ground on the top-ranked Ducks after its team score decreased by more than 20 points.

No. 4 Arkansas (138.00) improved nearly 20 points on the team rankings score front to jump up two notches in the rankings.

The biggest top-five tumble was that of former No. 1 Texas, which dropped four spots to No. 5. Nearly 50 team rankings points came off the board for the Longhorns with the removal of preseason data (124.45).

No. 6 Kentucky (103.66) improved one position from last time around, while No. 7 Georgia (103.18) fell two slots.

No. 8 Providence (99.38) and No. 9 Stanford (81.51) remained stationary, while Penn State (58.91) pounced into the top 10 after a nine-spot increase to No. 10.

While the women’s top five underwent a significant shuffle in terms of positioning, the biggest changes to the men’s top five came via team rankings scores.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)St. Olaf 3)Williams 4)Washington (Mo.) 5)Middlebury
Arkansas
167.28 pts
Florida
128.99 pts
Texas A&M
127.85 pts
Oregon
107.39 pts
Wisconsin
101.66 pts
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Defending men’s champion Arkansas (167.28) and Florida (128.99) checked in as they have all season as the top two teams on the men’s side, but both programs saw their team scores decrease by nearly 43 points to significantly tighten the men’s race.

None of the other top-five teams, however, were in a position to fully capitalize on the Razorbacks’ and Gators’ tumbles.

The Texas A&M Aggies (127.85) were the only top-five men’s team to register an improvement to its team rankings score, with a 10-point improvement enough to jump past Oregon into the No. 3 position but just barely short of vaulting over Florida.

Unlike their female teammates who benefited the most from the removal of preseason data, the Oregon men were the team most hindered by it. The Ducks (107.39) dropped a spot to No. 4 after seeing about a third of its week three score, nearly 55 points, come off the board.

Wisconsin (101.66) remained steady at No. 5.

Rounding out the top 10 were No. 6 Penn State (81.70) and No. 7 Florida State (74.69), which swapped spots from a week ago; No. 16 Southern California (66.84), up 16 spots from last week; No. 9 Arizona (61.58); and No. 10 Villanova (60.98), up 49 spots from last week.

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 #4 — February 18

next ranking: February 25
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 167.28 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 1
2 Florida 128.99 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 2
3 Texas A&M 127.85 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 4
4 Oregon 107.39 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 3
5 Wisconsin 101.66 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 5
6 Penn State 81.70 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 7
7 Florida State 74.69 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 6
8 Southern California 66.84 Independent (DI) Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 24
9 Arizona 61.58 MPSF Fred Harvey (12th) 8
10 Villanova 60.98 Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (14th) 59
11 Alabama 50.04 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 11
12 UTEP 49.83 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (5th) 12
13 Mississippi State 47.33 Independent (DI) Steve Dudley (4th) 17
14 Texas 44.07 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 13
15 Pittsburgh 42.51 ACC Alonzo Webb (12th) 37
16 LSU 42.43 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 18
17 Texas Tech 39.69 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 35
18 Stanford 37.96 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 20
19 Mississippi 37.74 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 25
20 Notre Dame 36.23 ACC Joe Piane (39th) 19
21 Nebraska 35.14 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 9
22 Georgia 34.99 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 22
23 Ohio State 33.82 Big Ten Ed Beathea (3rd) 29
24 Cornell 33.37 Ivy Nathan Taylor (15th) 16
25 Northern Arizona 32.90 Big Sky Eric Heins (7th) 47
Dropped out: No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 21 Akron, No. 23 Illinois
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 654.07 7
2 Big Ten 349.89 4
3 MPSF 335.58 3
4 ACC 236.96 3
5 Big 12 212.33 2
6 Independent (DI) 114.17 2
7 Conference USA 101.59 1
8 Ivy 95.73 1
9 Big East 94.47 1
10 Missouri Valley 70.23

 

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

2014 Week #4 — February 18

next ranking: February 25
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Oregon 210.20 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 2
2 Florida 146.88 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 4
3 Texas A&M 144.20 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 3
4 Arkansas 138.00 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 6
5 Texas 124.45 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 1
6 Kentucky 103.66 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 7
7 Georgia 103.18 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 5
8 Providence 99.38 Big East Ray Treacy (30th) 8
9 Stanford 81.51 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 9
10 Penn State 58.91 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 19
11 LSU 54.18 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 10
12 North Carolina 49.07 ACC Harlis Meaders (2nd) 38
13 UCLA 47.20 MPSF Mike Maynard (2nd) 13
14 South Dakota 46.62 Summit League Lucky Huber (20th) 33
15 Purdue 45.11 Big Ten Rolando Greene (2nd) 15
16 Florida State 44.55 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 27
17 Texas Tech 44.01 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 28
18 Iowa State 42.17 Big 12 Martin Smith (1st) 26
19 Duke 41.78 ACC Norm Ogilvie (11th) 29
20 Akron 40.84 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (19th) 20
21 Maryland 40.25 ACC Andrew Valmon (11th) 31
22 Mississippi State 40.08 SEC Steve Dudley (4th) 17
23 Dartmouth 39.85 Ivy Sandra Ford-Centonze (22nd) 12
24 Missouri 38.86 SEC Brett Halter (4th) 39
25 Michigan 38.43 Big Ten James Henry (29th) 18
Dropped out: No. 11 Kansas, No. 14 South Carolina, No. 16 Kent State, No. 21 Arizona State, No. 22 Washington, No. 23 Arizona, No. 24 Oklahoma State, No. 25 Baylor
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 852.07 8
2 MPSF 443.89 3
3 Big 12 329.31 3
4 ACC 243.93 4
5 Big Ten 238.78 3
6 Big East 147.48 1
7 Mid-American 72.06 1
8 Ivy 64.76 1
9 Conference USA 57.24
10 Summit League 47.63 1