Oregon Men Land Atop Latest Outdoor T&F Division I National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

April 22, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time since 2009 the Oregon men have landed atop the Division I National Team Computer Rankings in its week three edition released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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In the final edition of the polls before preseason marks are removed from the calculations in week four, Oregon’s men overtook the reigning national co-champion Florida Gators as part of a top-10 shakeup while the women’s top 10 was, by comparison, largely unchanged.

Behind the year’s second-fastest 5000 meters performance by Trevor Dunbar in 13:32.38, the Duck men saw a nearly 29-point improvement to its team rankings score for a total of 335.91.

Team rankings scores do not mirror the points systems used at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but rather measure team depth in a national championship setting based on their student-athletes’ positioning on the national descending order lists. A more detailed explanation can be found here.

Oregon was last ranked this highly in week six of the 2009 season after occupying the top spot for three of the five preceding weeks. The Ducks would ultimately finish as runners-up at NCAAs.

By contrast, Florida fell to No. 2 after dropping nearly 13 points from its team rankings score. The Gators are still well within striking distance of Oregon with its 319.42 team rankings score.

Men’s Top Five

1)Oregon 2)Florida 3)Texas AM 4)Arkansas 5)Florida State
Oregon
335.91 pts
Florida
319.42 pts
Texas A&M
296.33 pts
Arkansas
275.74 pts
Florida State
195.62 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

Also switching spots from last week were defending national co-champion No. 3 Texas A&M (296.33) and No. 4 Arkansas (275.74).

Newly crowned ACC Champion Florida State (195.62) held firm at No. 5.

In fact, FSU was the only stationary team in the top 10 as No. 6 Georgia (181.05) moved up three spots and No. 8 LSU (157.24) improved two, while No. 7 Wisconsin (181.00) dropped one and No. 9 Alabama (157.13) and No. 10 Texas Tech (153.36) both fell two.

Meanwhile in the women’s rankings, stationary was the name of the game as each of the top six teams held firm from a week ago before the inevitable reshuffling awaiting next week with the removal of preseason marks from the rankings formula.

Women’s Top Five

1)Texas AM 2)Florida 3)Texas 4)Oregon 5)Georgia
Texas A&M
383.21 pts
Florida
342.16 pts
Texas
336.80 pts
Oregon
288.96 pts
Georgia
230.06 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

The top four teams did start to congeal a bit more as No. 1 Texas A&M (383.21) and No. 2 Florida (342.16) both came back to the pack while No. 3 Texas (336.80) improved by nearly 17 points and five-time defending indoor champ No. 4 Oregon (288.96) skyrocketed nearly 40 points.

Rounding out the aforementioned top six were No. 5 Georgia (230.06) and No. 6 Kentucky (205.89).

As impressive as Oregon’s team rankings score improvement was, it wasn’t even the best in the top 10. That distinction went to ACC Champion Florida State at No. 10 (157.11) after a nearly 43-point jump led to a five-position increase.

Not far behind was No. 7 Southern California (196.12), which jumped two spots after a nearly 41-point increase.

Rounding out the top 10 were No. 8 LSU (178.14) and No. 9 Arkansas (169.86), both of which were down a spot to make room for Southern California.

Oklahoma State’s men and women both had impressive weekends, as the Cowboys were the week’s biggest top-25 gainer by position with a 12-slot improvement to No. 22 and the No. 21 Cowgirls made the best jump in the women’s top 25 with a nine spot 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.

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

2014 Week #3 — April 22

next ranking: April 29
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Oregon 335.91 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 2
2 Florida 319.42 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 1
3 Texas A&M 296.33 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 4
4 Arkansas 275.74 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 3
5 Florida State 195.62 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 5
6 Georgia 181.05 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 9
7 Wisconsin 181.00 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 6
8 LSU 157.24 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 10
9 Alabama 157.13 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 7
10 Texas Tech 153.36 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 8
11 Mississippi 152.59 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 11
12 Southern California 151.84 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 14
13 Baylor 144.23 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 13
14 Nebraska 135.54 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 12
15 Texas 126.67 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 16
16 UCLA 122.02 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th) 15
17 BYU 120.63 Independent (DI) Ed Eyestone (1st) 20
18 Tennessee 104.30 SEC J.J. Clark (5th) 17
19 Penn State 103.76 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 18
20 Arizona 97.07 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (12th) 19
21 Mississippi State 92.27 SEC Steve Dudley (4th) 31
22 Oklahoma State 88.21 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 34
23 Cornell 82.30 Ivy Nathan Taylor (15th) 21
24 Kentucky 79.01 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 25
25 California 76.82 Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (22nd) 23
dropped out: No. 22 UTSA, No. 24 Illinois
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1890.52 10
2 Pac-12 969.29 5
3 Big 12 742.43 4
4 Big Ten 689.78 3
5 ACC 596.47 1
6 Conference USA 260.94
7 Ivy 187.81 1
8 Mountain West 158.04
9 American 142.79
10 Missouri Valley 140.21

 

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

2014 Week #3 — April 22

next ranking: April 29
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 383.21 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 1
2 Florida 342.16 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 2
3 Texas 336.80 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 3
4 Oregon 288.96 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 4
5 Georgia 230.06 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 5
6 Kentucky 205.89 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 6
7 Southern California 196.12 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 9
8 LSU 178.14 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 7
9 Arkansas 169.86 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 8
10 Florida State 157.11 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 15
11 Arizona 147.71 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (12th) 10
12 Kansas 131.84 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (14th) 11
13 UCLA 108.90 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (2nd) 14
14 San Diego State 106.50 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (5th) 18
15 Stanford 103.39 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 17
16 Penn State 102.50 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 12
17 Texas Tech 100.71 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 16
18 Baylor 95.15 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 19
19 Washington 90.70 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (12th) 13
20 Arizona State 87.77 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (18th) 21
21 Oklahoma State 84.91 Big 12 Dave Smith (5th) 30
22 Notre Dame 84.00 ACC Joe Piane (39th) 22
23 Missouri 82.99 SEC Brett Halter (4th) 23
24 Maryland 82.41 ACC Andrew Valmon (11th) 24
25 Mississippi State 79.76 SEC Steve Dudley (4th) 32
droppped out: No. 20 Providence, No. 25 South Carolina
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1866.35 8
2 Pac-12 1090.23 7
3 Big 12 936.47 5
4 ACC 704.42 3
5 Big Ten 391.96 1
6 Mountain West 223.44 1
7 Conference USA 198.47
8 American 185.76
9 Mid-American 169.76
10 Ivy 156.57