Georgia Women on the Rise in the Latest Division I Outdoor T&F National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 15, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – It was a quiet week for nearly every team in the week two 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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For everyone but the Georgia women, that is.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped three spots to No. 5 behind newly minted American Junior Record holder Kendell Williams in the heptathlon, while each of the top four women’s teams and the top six men’s squads held steady.

Williams’ score of 6018 surpassed the former record of 5678 held by Ellannee Richardson of Washington State from 1999 and the all-time US Junior best 5754w from 1981 by UCLA’s  Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Joining Williams as a Division I leader was Leonita Kallenou in the high jump.

Behind those two and a pair of other top-five performances, the Bulldogs improved their team rankings score by 80 points from last week to 238.77. No other team, men or women, improved by more than 22 points.

Women’s Top Five

1)Texas AM 2)Florida 3)Texas 4)Oregon 5)Georgia
Texas A&M
396.89 pts
Florida
349.08 pts
Texas
320.26 pts
Oregon
250.13 pts
Georgia
238.77 pts
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Remaining in line ahead of Georgia was No. 1 Texas A&M (396.89), No. 2 Florida (349.08), No. 3 Texas (320.26) and No. 4 Oregon (250.13). The Aggies were able to extend their advantage over the Gators by 24 points.

On the men’s side, No. 1 Florida (331.99) came back to the pack but retained a lead over No. 2 Oregon (307.27), No. 3 Arkansas (291.61) and No. 4 Texas A&M (283.07). Also holding steady at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, were Florida State (197.05) and Wisconsin (187.26).

Men’s Top Five

1)Florida 2)Oregon 3)Arkansas 4)Texas AM 5)Florida State
Florida
331.99 pts
Oregon
307.27 pts
Arkansas
291.61 pts
Texas A&M
283.07 pts
Florida State
197.05 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

The first movement came with No. 7 Alabama (171.27) and No. 8 Texas Tech (167.47) both moving up two spots to lead a pack of eight teams within 20 points of one another.

By position, the biggest gainers of the week were the No. 23 Missouri women with a five-spot improvement and the No. 24 Illinois men after a six-slot increase.

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.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2014 Week #2 — April 15

next ranking: April 22
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 331.99 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 1
2 Oregon 307.27 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 2
3 Arkansas 291.61 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 3
4 Texas A&M 283.07 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 4
5 Florida State 197.05 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 5
6 Wisconsin 187.26 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 6
7 Alabama 171.27 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 9
8 Texas Tech 167.47 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 10
9 Georgia 166.97 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 8
10 LSU 162.28 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 7
11 Mississippi 151.99 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 13
12 Nebraska 147.33 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 14
13 Baylor 146.68 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 11
14 Southern California 145.33 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 12
15 UCLA 133.81 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th) 15
16 Texas 126.06 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 16
17 Tennessee 113.20 SEC J.J. Clark (5th) 18
18 Penn State 107.82 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 20
19 Arizona 103.89 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (12th) 17
20 BYU 101.47 Independent Ed Eyestone (1st) 19
21 Cornell 93.74 Ivy Nathan Taylor (15th) 21
22 UTSA 85.45 Conference USA Aaron Fox (11th) 22
23 California 83.66 Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (22nd) 23
24 Illinois 75.30 Big Ten Mike Turk (5th) 30
25 Kentucky 74.13 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 24
dropped out: No. 25 Kansas
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1891.99 9
2 Pac-12 978.42 5
3 Big 12 740.68 3
4 Big Ten 714.21 4
5 ACC 623.62 1
6 Conference USA 291.23 1
7 Ivy 191.76 1
8 Mountain West 159.72
9 American 136.40
10 Missouri Valley 125.14

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2014 Week #2 — April 15

next ranking: April 22
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 396.89 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 1
2 Florida 349.08 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 2
3 Texas 320.26 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 3
4 Oregon 250.13 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 4
5 Georgia 238.77 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 8
6 Kentucky 233.80 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 5
7 LSU 189.87 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 6
8 Arkansas 163.63 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 9
9 Southern California 155.18 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 7
10 Arizona 136.80 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (12th) 11
11 Kansas 128.98 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (14th) 10
12 Penn State 118.37 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 14
13 Washington 117.09 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th) 16
14 UCLA 116.85 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (2nd) 12
15 Florida State 114.26 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 15
16 Texas Tech 111.07 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 19
17 Stanford 109.46 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 18
18 San Diego State 108.65 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (5th) 13
19 Baylor 107.24 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 17
20 Providence 90.82 Big East Ray Treacy (30th) 20
21 Arizona State 86.83 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (18th) 21
22 Notre Dame 84.98 ACC Joe Piane (39th) 22
23 Missouri 84.42 SEC Brett Halter (4th) 28
24 Maryland 81.20 ACC Andrew Valmon (11th) 24
25 South Carolina 80.56 SEC Curtis Frye (18th) 23
droppped out: No. 25 UCF
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1934.43 8
2 Pac-12 1060.49 7
3 Big 12 926.14 4
4 ACC 596.05 3
5 Big Ten 409.53 1
6 American 218.89
7 Conference USA 192.87
8 Mid-American 184.39
9 Mountain West 181.88 1
10 Big East 174.54 1