Indoor Champion Arkansas Moving Up Outdoor National Rankings

Indoor Champion Arkansas Moving Up Outdoor National Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – The month of March saw the Arkansas women win their first national team title in track & field with an NCAA Division I Indoor crown. With one April weekend of outdoor competition in the books – and the Countdown to Tracktown approaching nine weeks – the Razorbacks are again working their way toward the top.

Led by a trio of collegiate leaders over the past two weekends, Arkansas moved up four spots to an all-time program best No. 3 rank in the first regular-season edition of the National Team Computer Rankings – well within striking range of SEC rivals No. 1 defending national champion Texas A&M and No. 2 Florida.

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The updated rankings were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The rankings are designed to project how teams might finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Oregon, June 10-13, and broadcast via ESPN’s multimedia platforms.

In her first-ever 10,000-meter race this past weekend, Dominique Scott ran 32:11.60 at the Stanford Invitational to move to the No. 6 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list. She was fifth overall as the first collegian, and was 17 seconds faster than No. 2 collegian Chelsea Blaase of Tennessee.

She was joined atop the collegiate leaderboards the weekend prior by indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris and heptathlete Alex Gochenour.

Powered by that trio, Arkansas improved their team rankings score to 301.32 – just 25 points behind Texas A&M and 11 behind Florida. The Razorbacks will be back in action this weekend, hosting the John McDonnell Invitational against No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 17 Missouri. On the men’s side, No. 7 Arkansas and No. 15 Oklahoma State will battle.

Team rankings points are determined by assigning higher point totals to athletes ranked higher in the national descending order lists for their event(s), and then adding up all the athletes’ totals for each teams. This system does not equate to the scoring system used at the NCAA Championships. A full breakdown can be found here.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Texas A&M 2)Florida 3)Oregon 4)LSU 5)Iowa State
Texas A&M Florida Oregon LSU Southern Cal
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NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Arkansas 2)Florida 3)Iowa State 4)Oregon 5)Oregon
Texas A&M Florida Arkansas Texas Kentucky
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Checking in behind Texas A&M, Florida and Arkansas were No. 4 Texas (down a spot from the preseason) and stationary No. 5 Kentucky. Dropping out of the top five was Oregon, which fell two spots to No. 6.

Oregon will host Kentucky this weekend for the Pepsi Team Invitational. The meet will likely pit Oregon standout jumper and sprinter Jenna Prandini against Kentucky sprint star Dezerea Bryant and/or jumpers Sha’Keela Saunders and Kenyattia Hackworth.

Each of the top four men’s teams remained constant from the preseason in No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 Florida, defending champion No. 3 Oregon and No 4 LSU. Moving up two spots to No. 5 was Southern California. On only three occasions have the Trojans been ranked higher in the history of the rankings, which date back to 2008: No. 4 ranks in 2012 and 2010.

The Trojans finished fourth at NCAAs a year ago in head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert’s first season at the helm in Los Angeles after having not been ranked in the top-10 throughout the season.

Propelling the Trojans’ podium push will be the dynamic sprinting duo of BeeJay Lee and Andre De Grasse. Including the top returning marks of the 2014 season (which will remain a part of the formula through the week three rankings), De Grasse is ranked No. 3 both at 100 and 200 meters, and Lee is No. 5 in those respective events.

The Trojans also got a boost from frosh high jumper Randall Cunningham – son of the former NFL quarterback of the same name – checking in at No. 6 after a runner-up finish at Florida this past weekend.

The Trojans and No. 4 LSU will square off this weekend at Arizona’s Jim Click Shootout.

Meanwhile at the top of the men’s rankings, Texas A&M got a boost from long jumpers Olabanji Asekun and Latario Collie, who checked in on the USTFCCCA lists (which, again, include preseason marks) at No. 2 and No. 10, respectively.

The No. 1 Aggie men and women will take on perhaps the nation’s deepest field this weekend at the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic. The men will square off with No. 20 Arizona State and No. 23 Northern Arizona, while the women will tango with No. 12 Kansas State and No. 24 Boise State.

At No. 3, the defending champion Oregon men (310.24 points) lost some ground on the Aggies (414.59) and No. 2 Gators 372.32), but looks can be deceiving. Defending 10k champion Edward Cheserek and reigning indoor 3000/5000-meter champion Eric Jenkins ran the 10k at Stanford in an attempt to simply get qualifying times for the West Prelims, with no regard for actual placement in the race or highly ranked performances.

Because the 2014 marks are included, Cheserek still checked in at No. 3 based on his 2014 NCAAs performance, but Jenkins didn’t run the 10,000 a year ago. Consequently, he’s ranked 30th and contributes less than a point to the team total. Expect much more from him at NCAAs.

Further down the rankings, the biggest top-25 gainers were the No. 16 South Carolina men, who leapt 14 spots from a week ago. Also making big strides were the No. 18 Mississippi State men (up 10) and Alabama women (up 11); the No. 21 Virginia Tech women (up 10) and the No. 23 Northern Arizona men (up 11).

The first Regional Index of the outdoor season was also released. The regional rankings utilize the same formulas as the national rankings, but applied to each of the nine regions used in cross country. Essentially, it aims to project how a regional championship meet would likely play out in the same way the National Computer Rankings aim to project the NCAA Championships.

These rankings are often more accurate in projecting how conference meets will play out.

The first full regional rankings can be found here.

 

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

2015 Week #1 — April 6

next ranking: April 13
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 414.59 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 1
2 Florida 372.32 SEC Mike Holloway (13th) 2
3 Oregon 310.24 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd) 3
4 LSU 223.87 SEC Dennis Shaver (11th) 4
5 Southern California 219.07 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (2nd) 7
6 Texas 207.47 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 5
7 Arkansas 174.48 SEC Chris Bucknam (7th) 6
8 Alabama 171.83 SEC Dan Waters (4th) 11
9 Florida State 163.81 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 9
10 Texas Tech 162.44 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 10
11 Georgia 153.72 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 8
12 Baylor 119.48 Big 12 Todd Harbour (10th) 13
13 Tennessee 116.80 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (1st) 16
14 Penn State 114.59 Big Ten John Gondak (1st) 15
15 Oklahoma State 111.73 Big 12 Dave Smith (7th) 12
16 South Carolina 102.23 SEC Curtis Frye (19th) 30
17 Stanford 91.57 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 14
18 Mississippi State 90.47 SEC Steve Dudley (5th) 28
19 Nebraska 89.66 Big Ten Gary Pepin (32nd) 17
20 Arizona State 81.54 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (19th) 18
21 Virginia 78.07 ACC Bryan Fetzer (4th) 20
22 UCLA 76.42 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (6th) 19
23 Northern Arizona 72.69 Big Sky Eric Heins (8th) 34
24 Kentucky 71.97 SEC Edrick Floreal (3rd) 22
25 Iowa 71.50 Big Ten Joey Woody (1st) 33
dropped out: No. 21 Washington, No. 23 Houston, No. 24 Michigan, No. 25 Western Kentucky
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1983.61 10
2 Pac-12 932.41 5
3 Big 12 796.14 4
4 Big Ten 608.10 3
5 ACC 538.99 2
6 Conference USA 247.68
7 American 207.88
8 Mid-American 203.00
9 Sun Belt 159.68
10 Ivy 116.21

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points
Great Lakes Indiana 935.91
Mid-Atlantic Navy 712.47
Midwest Nebraska 580.06
Mountain BYU 893.68
Northeast Cornell 547.88
South Florida 678.91
South Central Texas A&M 973.78
Southeast Kentucky 508.35
West Southern California 583.00
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USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2015 Week #1 — April 6

next ranking: April 13
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 326.01 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 1
2 Florida 312.12 SEC Mike Holloway (8th) 2
3 Arkansas 301.33 SEC Lance Harter (25th) 7
4 Texas 292.12 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 3
5 Kentucky 267.23 SEC Edrick Floreal (3rd) 5
6 Oregon 251.25 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd) 4
7 Southern California 249.24 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (2nd) 8
8 Georgia 199.26 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 6
9 Baylor 160.81 Big 12 Todd Harbour (10th) 10
10 Florida State 157.51 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 9
11 Stanford 141.45 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 12
12 Kansas State 140.28 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (23rd) 11
13 Oklahoma State 131.92 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 14
14 Texas Tech 105.70 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 13
15 LSU 105.43 SEC Dennis Shaver (11th) 18
16 Clemson 98.86 ACC Mark Elliott (2nd) 16
17 Missouri 97.01 SEC Brett Halter (5th) 15
18 Alabama 94.46 SEC Dan Waters (4th) 29
19 UCLA 93.09 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (3rd) 23
20 Mississippi State 91.36 SEC Steve Dudley (5th) 27
21 Virginia Tech 86.22 ACC Dave Cianelli (14th) 31
22 NC State 84.39 ACC Rollie Geiger (31st) 24
23 Michigan 82.34 Big Ten James Henry (30th) 17
24 Boise State 81.46 Mountain West Corey Ihmels (2nd) 22
25 Auburn 81.11 SEC Ralph Spry (18th) 21
dropped out: No. 19 Miami (Fla.), No. 20 Michigan State, No. 25 Kansas
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 2010.80 10
2 Big 12 1035.15 5
3 Pac-12 952.94 4
4 ACC 760.11 4
5 Big Ten 492.55 1
6 Mid-American 192.29
7 Mountain West 150.48 1
8 Big East 136.72
9 American 133.83
10 Conference USA 107.00

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points
Great Lakes Purdue 639.72
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 505.14
Midwest North Dakota State 555.61
Mountain BYU 776.61
Northeast Cornell 593.36
South Florida 588.20
South Central Arkansas 876.72
Southeast Kentucky 728.12
West Southern California 833.72
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