Texas Women Reclaim Top Spot in Division I National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 11, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – After a two-week demotion to the No. 2 spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings, preseason women’s favorite Texas is back on top.

Women’s Top Five

1)Johns Hopkins 2)Middlebury 3)Williams 4)Calvin 5)Wartburg
Texas
171.39 pts
Oregon
170.27 pts
Texas A&M
165.97 pts
Florida
139.34 pts
Georgia
130.18 pts
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The Longhorns reclaimed the No. 1 position from four-time defending NCAA indoor champion Oregon by the narrowest of margins, edging ahead of the idle Ducks by just over one point in the team rankings scores.

Little changed in the men’s top 10, with each of the top nine teams remaining stationary from a week ago.

Change, however, is all but certain for next week’s edition of the rankings as the preseason marks from 2013 used in determining team scores through this week will be removed from consideration. Beginning next week, only marks from the current season will be considered.

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For Texas’ women (171.39 team rankings score), a trio of top-10 performances at New Mexico were the catalysts behind the move back to No. 1. Pole vaulter Kaitlin Petrillose took over the collegiate lead in her signature event, while sprinters Morolake Akinosun and Courtney Okolo improved to No. 4 at 60 meters and No. 2 at 400 meters, respectively.

Oregon (170.24) was idle this past weekend.

Texas’ in-state rival, Texas A&M, remained steady at No. 3 but improved its team score by 14 points to 165.97 to jump into the conversation atop the rankings. Thrower Brea Garrett, who took the collegiate lead in the weight throw, was the main factor in driving up the Aggies’ team score.

No. 4 Florida (139.34), No. 5 Georgia (130.18) and No. 6 Arkansas (119.03) held firm in their positions from a week ago.

Led by National Athlete of the Week Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky (95.45) moved up a spot to No. 7, while No. 8 Providence (90.48) joined the top 10 with a four-spot improvement behind the nation’s top two runners at 3000 meters in Emily Sisson and Laura Nagel.

No. 9 Stanford (89.35) dropped two spots and No. 10 LSU (61.55) fell one to round out the top 10.

No. 20 Akron and No. 23 Arizona both made eight-slot improvements from a week ago to headline the biggest movers in the women’s rankings.

Men’s Top Five

1)North Central 2)St. Olaf 3)Washington (Mo.) 4)Williams 5)Middlebury
Arkansas
210.08 pts
Florida
171.91 pts
Oregon
161.64 pts
Texas A&M
119.11 pts
Wisconsin
106.25 pts
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Very little changed in the men’s top 10 with No. 1 Arkansas (210.08), No. 2 Florida (171.91) and No. 3 Oregon (161.64) remaining atop an unchanged top nine teams.

The only change in the top 10 was Oklahoma State (50.15) reclaiming the No. 10 spot it has held for much of the season.

No. 4 Texas A&M (119.11), No. 5 Wisconsin (106.25), No. 6 Florida State (91.12), No. 7 Penn State (79.62), No. 8 Arizona (63.39) and No. 9 Nebraska (58.98) all stayed pat ahead of the Cowboys.

As with the women, Akron was again the biggest gainer in the men’s rankings this week with an 11-position improvement to No. 21. No. 18 LSU and No. 24 Southern California also made impressive gains of 10 spots and nine spots, respectively.

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 #3 — February 11

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 210.08 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 1
2 Florida 171.91 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 2
3 Oregon 161.64 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 3
4 Texas A&M 119.11 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 4
5 Wisconsin 106.25 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 5
6 Florida State 91.12 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 6
7 Penn State 79.62 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 7
8 Arizona 63.39 MPSF Fred Harvey (12th) 8
9 Nebraska 58.98 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 9
10 Oklahoma State 50.15 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 11
11 Alabama 45.68 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 10
12 UTEP 42.41 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (5th) 13
13 Texas 41.15 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 18
14 Arizona State 40.02 MPSF Greg Kraft (18th) 12
15 Minnesota 39.60 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (6th) 16
16 Cornell 39.18 Ivy Nathan Taylor (15th) 14
17 Mississippi State 38.30 Independent (DI) Steve Dudley (4th) 15
18 LSU 37.88 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 28
19 Notre Dame 36.58 ACC Joe Piane (39th) 19
20 Stanford 36.05 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 17
21 Akron 34.87 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (19th) 32
22 Georgia 33.21 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 20
23 Illinois 32.36 Big Ten Mike Turk (5th) 22
24 Southern California 31.73 Independent (DI) Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 33
25 Mississippi 31.42 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 21
Dropped out: No. 23 Houston, No. 24 Baylor, No. 25 BYU
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 696.16 7
2 Big Ten 408.56 5
3 MPSF 388.24 4
4 ACC 240.12 2
5 Big 12 217.64 2
6 Ivy 103.97 1
7 Conference USA 102.78 1
8 Independent (DI) 70.03 2
9 Mid-American 61.46 1
10 Missouri Valley 55.28

 

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

2014 Week #3 — February 11

next ranking: February 12
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas 171.39 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 2
2 Oregon 170.27 MPSF Robert Johnson (2nd) 1
3 Texas A&M 165.97 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 3
4 Florida 139.34 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 4
5 Georgia 130.18 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 5
6 Arkansas 119.03 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 6
7 Kentucky 95.45 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 8
8 Providence 90.48 Big East Ray Treacy (30th) 12
9 Stanford 89.35 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 7
10 LSU 61.55 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 9
11 Kansas 53.95 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (14th) 11
12 Dartmouth 51.90 Ivy Sandra Ford-Centonze (22nd) 13
13 UCLA 48.12 MPSF Mike Maynard (2nd) 10
14 South Carolina 47.38 SEC Curtis Frye (18th) 15
15 Purdue 44.75 Big Ten Rolando Greene (2nd) 14
16 Kent State 43.06 Mid-American Bill Lawson (9th) 16
17 Mississippi State 42.67 SEC Steve Dudley (4th) 17
18 Michigan 40.04 Big Ten James Henry (29th) 18
19 Penn State 38.63 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 20
20 Akron 38.17 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (19th) 28
21 Arizona State 37.14 MPSF Greg Kraft (18th) 22
22 Washington 36.13 MPSF Greg Metcalf (12th) 19
23 Arizona 35.14 MPSF Fred Harvey (12th) 31
24 Oklahoma State 33.80 Big 12 Dave Smith (5th) 24
25 Baylor 32.54 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 21
Dropped out: No. 23 Florida State, No. 25 Georgetown
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 853.44 8
2 MPSF 445.52 6
3 Big 12 395.05 4
4 Big Ten 198.03 3
5 ACC 188.07
6 Big East 149.04 1
7 Ivy 84.32 1
8 Mid-American 82.07 2
9 Mountain West 44.97
10 Conference USA 39.68