Florida Men Take Over Top Spot in Division I Outdoor T&F National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 8, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – With its men taking over the top spot and its women moving to No. 2, Florida was the biggest mover and shaker of the week one edition of the Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Defending men’s co-national champion Florida has move to the top of the men’s rankings and recent indoor men’s national champion Oregon jumped to No. 2, while preseason favorite Arkansas dropped to No. 3.

On the women’s side, Texas A&M remained on top but the Florida women are charging hard, jumping up two positions to No. 2 – a program-best since the USTFCCCA rankings began in 2008. Five-time defending indoor national champion Oregon, meanwhile, fell two spots to No. 4.

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.

Preseason marks will be included in the rankings calculations through the week three edition.

Following a big weekend at their home Florida Relays, the Florida men and women both posted the biggest improvements to their team rankings scores with 45-point and 95-point gains, respectively.

Leading the way for the Florida men (345.46 team rankings score) was National Athlete of the Week Dedric Dukes, who posted a world-leading 19.97 at 200 meters.

Men’s Top Five

1)Florida 2)Oregon 3)Arkansas 4)Texas AM 5)Florida State
Florida
345.46 pts
Oregon
311.73 pts
Arkansas
289.47
Texas A&M
287.67 pts
Florida State
201.32 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

A pair of top-10 800 meter runs – including preseason marks – from No. 3 Sean Obinwa and  No. 9 Andres Arroyo and ninth-ranked throwers Stipe Zunic (shot put) and Kyle Strawn (hammer throw) were also driving forces behind the jump.

This marks the sixth consecutive season during which the Gators have been ranked No. 1 at least once during the regular season.

The No. 2 Gator women (364.13) made up a lot of ground on No. 1 Texas A&M (387.95), which two weeks ago enjoyed a 110-point preseason advantage over the field.

Women’s Top Five

1)Texas AM 2)Florida 3)Texas 4)Oregon 5)Kentucky
Texas A&M
387.95 pts
Florida
364.13 pts
Texas
310.68 pts
Oregon
267.17 pts
Kentucky
237.23 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

Florida turned in eight different performances ranked in the top 10 of the USTFCCCA event rankings, which still include preseason marks, headlined by No. 3 Robin Reynolds at 400 meters and No. 4 Kyra Jefferson at 200 meters.

Following the Florida men in the rankings were No. 2 Oregon (311.73), No. 3 Arkansas (289.47), No. 4 Texas A&M (287.67) and No. 5 Florida State (201.32).

The back half of the men’s top 10 was just as active as the front. Wisconsin (198.01) held steady at No. 6, while No. 7 LSU (169.45) and No. 8 Georgia (163.35) swapped spots from the preseason. No. 9 Alabama (160.77) improved one position, while No. 10 Texas Tech (154.11) jumped four positions to join the top 10.

Behind Texas A&M and Florida in the women’s top five were No. 3 Texas (310.68), No. 4 Oregon (267.17) and No. 5 Kentucky (237.23).

LSU (190.79) moved up two positions to No. 6, swapping spots from the preseason with No. 8 Georgia (158.80). No. 7 Southern California (168.79) remained stationary between the Lady Tigers and Lady Bulldogs.

No. 9 Arkansas (158.18) made the biggest move of any top-10 team in terms of position with a five-slot jump from two weeks ago, while defending outdoor national champion Kansas (138.30) held steady at No. 10.

Making the biggest leap in this week’s rankings were the UTSA men, who improved 21 positions to No. 22. This is just the second top-25 appearance for the program, the other coming in week six of 2008.

The largest top-25 improvement on the women’s side came courtesy of No. 17 Baylor, which climbed eight positions from the preseason.

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

2014 Week #1 — April 8

next ranking: April 15
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 345.51 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 2
2 Oregon 311.77 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 4
3 Arkansas 289.47 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 1
4 Texas A&M 288.18 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 3
5 Florida State 201.32 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 5
6 Wisconsin 198.04 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 6
7 LSU 169.96 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 8
8 Georgia 164.87 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 7
9 Alabama 160.83 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 10
10 Texas Tech 154.11 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 14
11 Baylor 153.36 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 17
12 Southern California 151.13 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 13
13 Mississippi 146.19 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 12
14 Nebraska 145.82 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 11
15 UCLA 139.57 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th) 9
16 Texas 109.72 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 18
17 Arizona 108.77 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (12th) 16
18 Tennessee 107.25 SEC J.J. Clark (5th) 15
19 BYU 102.18 Independent (DI) Ed Eyestone (1st) 20
20 Penn State 98.11 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 19
21 Cornell 94.19 Ivy Nathan Taylor (15th) 21
22 UTSA 86.93 Conference USA Aaron Fox (11th) 43
23 California 86.19 Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (22nd) 24
24 Kentucky 78.08 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 37
25 Kansas 74.54 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (14th) 26
dropped out: No. 22 Arizona State, No. 23 Stanford, No. 25 Illinois
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1903.31 9
2 Pac-12 1018.78 5
3 Big 12 731.07 4
4 Big Ten 711.73 3
5 ACC 637.38 1
6 Conference USA 287.80 1
7 Ivy 181.92 1
8 Mountain West 155.21
9 American 134.54
10 Missouri Valley 124.68

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2014 Week #1 — April 8

next ranking: April 15
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 387.98 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 1
2 Florida 364.16 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 4
3 Texas 310.68 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 3
4 Oregon 267.18 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 2
5 Kentucky 237.24 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 5
6 LSU 190.79 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 8
7 Southern California 168.85 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 7
8 Georgia 158.80 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 6
9 Arkansas 158.21 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 14
10 Kansas 138.30 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (14th) 10
11 Arizona 130.79 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (12th) 9
12 UCLA 124.78 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (2nd) 13
13 San Diego State 123.04 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (5th) 11
14 Penn State 121.66 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 17
15 Florida State 118.57 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 12
16 Washington 118.32 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th) 19
17 Baylor 114.57 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 25
18 Stanford 110.76 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 15
19 Texas Tech 110.29 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 16
20 Providence 90.82 Big East Ray Treacy (30th) 22
21 Arizona State 90.41 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (18th) 21
22 Notre Dame 87.19 ACC Joe Piane (39th) 18
23 South Carolina 85.98 SEC Curtis Frye (18th) 20
24 Maryland 83.69 ACC Andrew Valmon (11th) 29
25 UCF 79.62 American Jeanette Bolden (1st) 23
droppped out: No. 24 Connecticut
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1816.65 7
2 Pac-12 1104.41 7
3 Big 12 930.26 4
4 ACC 628.61 3
5 Big Ten 427.80 1
6 American 228.92 1
7 Mountain West 202.91 1
8 Mid-American 181.59
9 Big East 176.59 1
10 Conference USA 167.18