Division I Outdoor T&F National Team Rankings Set Up Exciting Conference Championship Weekend

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 13, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – With the release of the week six edition of the outdoor track & field Division I National Team Computer Rankings Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the stage is set for the final weekend of conference championship action.

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And if the rankings are any indicator, what a weekend it should be.

Florida’s men and women both remained No. 1 in the nation for the second consecutive week, but both will face stiff challenges from a host of national ranked teams beginning Thursday at the SEC Championships at Kentucky.

The defending national co-champion Gator men (328.79 team rankings score) will square off with rival co-champion No. 2 Texas A&M (261.12); No. 4 Arkansas (223.37; No. 7 Georgia (158.03); No. 9 LSU (150.15) and No. 11 Alabama (139.19) among the conference’s nine ranked teams.

Florida’s women (372.15) won’t have any easier a task with No. 4 Texas A&M (281.63); No. 5 Georgia (231.84); No. 6 Kentucky (216.34); No. 7 LSU (210.25) and No. 8 Arkansas (193.24) among eight top-25 squads.

The National Team Computer Rankings are designed to reflect the potential of a given team in a national championship meet setting, and not necessarily at a smaller meet like the conference championships with fewer teams represented.

The SEC isn’t the loaded league meet this weekend by a long shot, with both the Pac-12 Championships and Big 12 Championships featuring multiple top-15 programs. A full breakdown of men’s conference representation can be found here, and the women’s here.

Men’s Top Five

1)Florida 2)Texas AM 3)Oregon 4)Arkansas 5)Texas Tech
Florida
328.79 pts
Texas A&M
261.12 pts
Oregon
230.28 pts
Arkansas
223.37 pts
Oklahoma State
162.58 pts
View Complete Men’s Rankings

This year’s indoor national champion Oregon men and women will both face at least two top-15 squads at Washington State this Saturday and Sunday. The women (293.12) will see No. 10 Stanford (163.42), No. 11 Southern California (154.52) and No. 12 Arizona (129.08) as part of a field with six top-25 teams.

The Duck men (230.28) moved up a spot to No. 3, and will have to contend with the likes of No. 12 UCLA (127.29) and No. 15 Southern California (120.24).

At the Big 12 Championships at Texas Tech this Friday through Sunday, the No. 2 Texas women (361.10) will face off with No. 14 Baylor (101.00) and defending national champion No. 16 Kansas (94.06).

Women’s Top Five

1)Florida 2)Texas 3)Oregon 4)Texas AM 5)Kentucky
Florida
372.15 pts
Texas
361.10 pts
Oregon 293.12 pts Texas A&M
281.63 pts
Georgia
231.84 pts
View Complete Women’s Rankings

The Oklahoma State men moved up to No. 5 as the top-ranked men’s team in the conference, displacing Texas Tech (159.48) to No. 6 with Texas (148.67) and Baylor (126.64) looming at No. 10 and No. 13, respectively.

Other top-10 teams in action at non-conference championship meets include the No. 8 BYU men (150.42), up three spots from last week, and the No. 9 Florida State women (169.08), up two from last week.

The Florida State men made the farthest move of any top-25 team with a 17-position jump to No. 25. FSU had been ranked in the top five earlier this season.

Kent State’s women, also No. 25, made the biggest jump on the women’s side with an 11-spot improvement.

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.

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

2014 Week #6 — May 13

next ranking: May 20
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 328.79 SEC Mike Holloway (12th) 1
2 Texas A&M 261.12 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 2
3 Oregon 230.28 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 4
4 Arkansas 223.37 SEC Chris Bucknam (6th) 3
5 Oklahoma State 162.58 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 7
6 Texas Tech 159.48 Big 12 Wes Kittley (15th) 5
7 Georgia 158.03 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 6
8 BYU 150.42 Independent (DI) Ed Eyestone (1st) 11
9 LSU 150.15 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 9
10 Texas 148.67 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 8
11 Alabama 139.19 SEC Dan Waters (3rd) 10
12 UCLA 127.29 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (5th) 12
13 Baylor 126.64 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 13
14 Wisconsin 122.57 Big Ten Mick Byrne (1st) 15
15 Southern California 120.24 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 14
16 Nebraska 113.60 Big Ten Gary Pepin (31st) 16
17 Penn State 111.10 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (8th) 17
18 Mississippi 109.40 SEC Brian O’Neal (2nd) 19
19 Kentucky 108.48 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 18
20 Illinois 100.41 Big Ten Mike Turk (5th) 20
21 Tennessee 88.70 SEC J.J. Clark (5th) 21
22 Stanford 80.61 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 22
23 New Mexico 80.07 Mountain West Joe Franklin (7th) 23
24 Pittsburgh 80.07 ACC Alonzo Webb (12th) 24
25 Florida State 78.83 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 42
dropped out: No. 25 Arizona
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1699.92 9
2 Pac-12 814.00 4
3 Big 12 755.39 4
4 Big Ten 686.68 4
5 ACC 517.22 2
6 Conference USA 265.34
7 Sun Belt 230.51
8 Mountain West 207.71 1
9 Ivy 206.35
10 American 178.42

 

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

2014 Week #6 — May 13

next ranking: May 20
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 372.15 SEC Mike Holloway (7th) 1
2 Texas 361.10 Big 12 Mario Sategna (1st) 2
3 Oregon 293.12 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (2nd) 3
4 Texas A&M 281.63 SEC Pat Henry (10th) 4
5 Georgia 231.84 SEC Wayne Norton (15th) 6
6 Kentucky 216.34 SEC Edrick Floreal (2nd) 5
7 LSU 210.25 SEC Dennis Shaver (10th) 7
8 Arkansas 193.24 SEC Lance Harter (24th) 8
9 Florida State 169.08 ACC Bob Braman (11th) 11
10 Stanford 163.42 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (2nd) 9
11 Southern California 154.52 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (1st) 10
12 Arizona 129.08 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (12th) 12
13 Missouri 101.47 SEC Brett Halter (4th) 14
14 Baylor 101.00 Big 12 Todd Harbour (9th) 13
15 Penn State 97.08 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th) 19
16 Kansas 94.06 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (14th) 15
17 Arizona State 93.96 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (18th) 16
18 San Diego State 93.83 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (5th) 17
19 Mississippi State 91.31 SEC Steve Dudley (4th) 18
20 Virginia Tech 81.31 ACC Dave Cianelli (13th) 20
21 Kansas State 79.43 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (22nd) 29
22 NC State 79.18 ACC Rollie Geiger (30th) 23
23 Western Kentucky 78.23 Sun Belt Erik Jenkins (7th) 26
24 Colorado 76.01 Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (19th) 22
25 Kent State 73.43 Mid-American Bill Lawson (9th) 36
droppped out: No. 21 Texas Tech, No. 24 Michigan, No. 25 Nebraska
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1837.43 8
2 Pac-12 1054.77 6
3 Big 12 869.99 4
4 ACC 676.46 3
5 Big Ten 415.75 1
6 Mountain West 222.83 1
7 Conference USA 217.53
8 Mid-American 207.74 1
9 Sun Belt 175.07 1
10 American 169.24