Kendell Williams & Georgia Women Leap to No. 1 in NCAA Division I Indoor T&F National Rankings

Kendell Williams & Georgia Women Leap to No. 1 in NCAA Division I Indoor T&F National Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – Georgia’s Kendell Williams is used to being No. 1. Just a sophomore, she’s already the defending NCAA pentathlon and heptathlon champion, the collegiate record holder in the pentathlon, an IAAF World Junior Champion, and the 2015 collegiate leader in both the pentathlon and the long jump.

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As of Monday afternoon, she’s now also the leader of the No. 1 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field team in the country, as her Georgia Bulldogs earned their first No. 1 rank in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings.

In what was otherwise a quiet week atop the national rankings, Georgia deposed formerly top-ranked Florida down to No. 2 behind Williams’ collegiate-leading long jump of 21-5½ (6.54m) and Keturah Orji‘s No. 6 long jump of 21-2 (6.45m) at Virginia Tech.

Rounding out the women’s top five were No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 Texas A&M and defending national champion No. 5 Oregon.

The entirety of the men’s top five remained static: defending national champion No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 5 Penn State.

NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Men

1)Oregon 2)Florida 3)Arkansas 4)Texas A&M 5)Iowa State
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NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Poll Top 5 – Women

1)Iowa State 2)Florida 3)Arkansas 4)Oregon 5)Oregon
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Both genders saw the ascent of new No. 6 teams in the LSU men and the Texas women, who are virtually tied with former No. 6 Kentucky.

Things will shake up this weekend, however. This weekend is the indoor track & field equivalent of cross country’s Pre-Nationals/Wisconsin weekend with big meets at Arkansas, Washington, Iowa State, the Millrose Games and elsewhere. Beyond that, this week is the final edition of the rankings that will take into account marks from the 2014 indoor track & field season.

For the Georgia women, the aforementioned Williams is a significant points contributor to the Bulldogs’ 174.75-point team total, which is just three points superior to Florida’s 171.80 (the rankings system is detailed in full here, and does not mirror the points system used at the NCAA Championships).

Williams accounts for 70 of Georgia’s 174-point total between No. 1 ranks in the pentathlon and the long jump, a No. 2 standing in the high jump, and a No. 14 rank in the 60-meter hurdles. It is important to note that it is highly unlikely Williams will contest all four events at the NCAA Championships.

(For reference, the high jump and long jump are on the first day of the NCAA Championships, and the pentathlon and 60-meter hurdles are both on the second day.)

Williams joined the USTFCCCA’s QA2 Max podcast earlier this season and was asked about the possibility of competing in multiple events:

"I don’t know. That’s something I have to talk to [coach] Petros [Kyprianou] about. I don’t think he’s a fan of me doing an event before my main event [the pentathlon]. Since the schedule does work out where I would have a day break, I’d maybe go back to talk to the trainers and get what I need to get to compete the next day, so we’ll see."

With a national team title now very much a real possibility for the Bulldogs, and with multiple single events in which Williams could take the title or score big points, that outlook might just change as the season progresses. Could it even go as far as Williams bypassing the combined events as she did at the IAAF World Junior Championships this past summer to focus on winning the 100-meter hurdles? Stay tuned.

Beyond the Georgia women, the biggest gainers in either the men’s or women’s top 25 were the Tennessee men. Behind No. 5 60-meter sprinter Christian Coleman, the Volunteers jumped up 12 spots to No. 13 in the country.

The next-biggest moves were six-spot jumps by the No. 12 Texas Tech women behind Cierra White and the No. 23 Michigan State men.

 

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

2015 Week #3 — February 9

next ranking: February 16
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Oregon 185.48 MPSF Robert Johnson (3rd) 1
2 Florida 178.47 SEC Mike Holloway (13th) 2
3 Arkansas 128.99 SEC Chris Bucknam (7th) 3
4 Texas A&M 102.03 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 4
5 Penn State 79.98 Big Ten John Gondak (1st) 5
6 LSU 76.83 SEC Dennis Shaver (11th) 8
7 Nebraska 72.46 Big Ten Gary Pepin (32nd) 7
8 Georgia 71.53 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 6
9 Texas 63.43 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 11
10 Stanford 60.67 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 9
11 Villanova 57.30 Big East Marcus O’Sullivan (15th) 13
12 Virginia Tech 56.73 ACC Dave Cianelli (14th) 10
13 Tennessee 54.44 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (1st) 25
14 Texas Tech 54.18 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 14
15 Alabama 49.60 SEC Dan Waters (4th) 12
16 Baylor 48.21 Big 12 Todd Harbour (10th) 15
17 Oklahoma State 46.17 Big 12 Dave Smith (7th) 16
18 Wisconsin 45.23 Big Ten Mick Byrne (2nd) 17
19 Akron 43.62 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (20th) 18
20 Purdue 38.41 Big Ten Rolando Greene (3rd) 20
21 Florida State 38.01 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 19
22 Houston 35.79 American Leroy Burrell (17th) 21
23 Michigan State 33.91 Big Ten Walt Drenth (9th) 29
24 BYU 33.64 MPSF Ed Eyestone (2nd) 24
25 Kennesaw State 33.51 Atlantic Sun Andy Eggerth (5th) 22
dropped out: No. 23 TCU
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 726.22 7
2 Big Ten 358.87 5
3 MPSF 340.76 3
4 Big 12 315.37 4
5 ACC 227.10 2
6 Mid-American 119.56 1
7 Big East 112.13 1
8 American 80.51 1
9 Conference USA 67.47
10 Mountain West 45.47

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana 341.60 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 365.60 1
Midwest Nebraska 333.69 3
Mountain Texas Tech 486.13 1
Northeast Cornell 329.90 1
South Florida 407.88 1
South Central Texas A&M 518.39 2
Southeast South Carolina 257.68 1
West Oregon 514.69 1
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2015 Week #3 — February 9

next ranking: February 16
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Georgia 174.75 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 2
2 Florida 171.80 SEC Mike Holloway (8th) 1
3 Arkansas 157.09 SEC Lance Harter (25th) 3
4 Texas A&M 142.00 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 4
5 Oregon 135.81 MPSF Robert Johnson (3rd) 5
6 Texas 116.75 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 7
7 Kentucky 116.75 SEC Edrick Floreal (3rd) 6
8 Providence 85.23 Big East Stephanie Reilly (1st) 8
9 Stanford 70.49 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 9
10 Kansas State 69.40 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (23rd) 11
11 Georgetown 65.46 Big East Patrick Henner (8th) 10
12 Texas Tech 56.61 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 18
13 Florida State 53.15 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 12
14 Akron 50.49 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (20th) 15
15 Oklahoma State 49.04 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 14
16 Missouri 48.83 SEC Brett Halter (5th) 13
17 Southern California 48.80 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (2nd) 20
18 Wisconsin 42.95 Big Ten Mick Byrne (2nd) 17
19 UCLA 42.29 MPSF Mike Maynard (3rd) 16
20 Michigan 41.34 Big Ten James Henry (30th) 21
21 Maryland 38.90 Big Ten Andrew Valmon (12th) 22
22 Clemson 37.97 ACC Mark Elliott (2nd) 24
23 Auburn 37.92 SEC Ralph Spry (18th) 23
24 Mississippi State 37.89 SEC Steve Dudley (5th) 19
25 Southern Illinois 36.96 Missouri Valley Connie Price-Smith (14th) 28
dropped out: No. 25 Michigan State
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 977.00 8
2 Big 12 353.15 4
3 MPSF 343.14 4
4 ACC 247.15 2
5 Big Ten 238.24 3
6 Big East 172.18 2
7 Mid-American 70.70 1
8 Missouri Valley 45.07 1
9 Summit League 42.48
10 American 38.90

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Purdue 278.13 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 495.68 1
Midwest Kansas State 377.14 1
Mountain Texas Tech 503.16 1
Northeast Harvard 317.25 1
South Florida 368.05 1
South Central Arkansas 593.07 1
Southeast Kentucky 372.90 1
West Southern California 388.78 2
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