Race for DI Women’s National Team Title Heating Up

Race for DI Women’s National Team Title Heating Up

NEW ORLEANS – As the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships get ever closer – the Countdown to Tracktown is down to just over seven weeks (June 10-13 in Eugene, Oregon) – so too does the race for the women’s national team title.

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)Oregon 4)Iowa State 5)Iowa State
Texas A&M Florida Texas Southern Cal Arkansas
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Eight women’s teams in the week three edition of the National Team Computer Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) continued to jockey for position in what should be a wild chase for the national title and the three remaining podium spots.

The top three of defending national champion No. 1 Texas A&M (307.18 team rankings points), No. 2 Florida (287.68) and No. 3 Texas (284.71) remained firmly at the head of that octet, with the remaining five in that group – and, in fact, all but one team in the top 25 – checking in at a different position from a week ago.

That group of five is separated by just 22 points in the rankings (for a full explanation of the rankings system – which does not equate to the scoring system used at NCAAs – click here). No. 4 Southern California (267.35) was the week’s biggest top-ten mover, gaining three spots behind the 100-meter duo of No. 11 Ky Westbrook and No. 13 Alexis Faulknor, and No. 6 100-meter hurdler Dior Hall.

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Those individual ranks (and subsequent ranks throughout this article) take into account both the top performances of this 2015 season and, for the final time this outdoor season, the top marks by returners from the 2014 campaign.

Dropping down a spot for the second week in a row was indoor champion Arkansas (264.98) to No. 5.

Up two spots to No. 6 was Oregon (258.49). The Ducks got a few points from Jenna Prandini’s 10.92 performance at 100 meters – the second fastest in collegiate history – and her 22.42 at 200 meters, but she was already ranked high in those events to begin with. Jasmine Todd’s No. 5 time at 100 meters, up from No. 15, provided a bigger boost.

Georgia (254.36) dropped two spots to No. 7, as did Kentucky (245.59) to No. 8. Baylor and Kansas swapped spots at No. 9 and No. 10 to round out the top 10.

Led by 2013 co-champion No. 1 Texas A&M, the men’s rankings remained static through the top six: 2013 co-champion No. 2 Florida, defending champion No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Southern California and No. 6 Texas.

The top three teams have separated themselves so far this season as prime contenders for the title, while the next seven teams in the rankings are all solid contenders for the final podium spot.

The only movements in the top 10 were a pair of swaps between No. 7 Arkansas and No. 8 Florida State, and No. 9 Alabama and No. 10 Texas Tech.

 

Where to Watch the Top 10 Teams This Weekend

Of those top 10 men’s teams, five will be heading to Philadelphia this weekend for the Penn Relays (No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Texas, No. 8 Florida State), as well as three from the women’s top 10 (Texas A&M, No. 3 Texas, No. 6 Oregon).

The other mainstay on this particular weekend in the spring is the Drake Relays, which will feature three top-10 women’s teams in No. 5 Arkansas, No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 Baylor. No. 7 Arkansas and No. 10 Texas Tech headline that men’s competition.

More top-10 action could be had at the Florida Tom Jones Memorial Classic (Women: No. 2 Florida, No. 8 Kentucky; Men: No. 2 Florida, No. 8 Florida State), but both of the Gators’ opponents will be splitting their squads to UC San Diego and the Penn Relays, respectively.

 

Elsewhere in the Rankings

No team in either set of rankings moved up farther than the No. 25 men of Syracuse, who improved 14 spots from a week ago. A pair of teams at No. 20 and 21 in BYU and UTEP combined to match that total with seven-spot gains apiece.

For the women, No. 20 Iona was the biggest gainer of the week with an 11-spot improvement. No. 24 Notre Dame moved up six spots, No. 16 Virginia Tech jumped up five and 2014 cross country champion Michigan State improved four spots to No. 14.

At the regional level, new men’s teams took over at No. 1 in four of the nine regions, as did new women’s teams in three.

For the men, Princeton (Mid-Atlantic Region), Texas Tech (Mountain), Buffalo (Northeast) and Virginia (Southeast) all ascended into the top spot, as did the women of Michigan State (Great Lakes), Alabama (South) and Oregon (West).

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

2015 Week #3 — April 20

next ranking: April 27
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 398.80 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 1
2 Florida 356.51 SEC Mike Holloway (13th) 2
3 Oregon 302.89 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd) 3
4 LSU 243.40 SEC Dennis Shaver (11th) 4
5 Southern California 226.54 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (2nd) 5
6 Texas 184.65 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 6
7 Arkansas 176.88 SEC Chris Bucknam (7th) 8
8 Florida State 172.58 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 7
9 Alabama 166.81 SEC Dan Waters (4th) 10
10 Texas Tech 163.40 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 9
11 Georgia 147.46 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 11
12 Baylor 115.08 Big 12 Todd Harbour (10th) 12
13 Tennessee 111.57 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (1st) 14
14 South Carolina 106.72 SEC Curtis Frye (19th) 13
15 Penn State 103.86 Big Ten John Gondak (1st) 16
16 Virginia 100.91 ACC Bryan Fetzer (4th) 22
17 Oklahoma State 99.38 Big 12 Dave Smith (7th) 15
18 Mississippi State 88.58 SEC Steve Dudley (5th) 17
19 Nebraska 81.50 Big Ten Gary Pepin (32nd) 19
20 BYU 80.61 Independent Ed Eyestone (2nd) 27
21 UTEP 76.27 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (6th) 28
22 Arizona State 75.98 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (19th) 20
23 UCLA 75.10 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (6th) 21
24 Stanford 74.17 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 18
25 Syracuse 68.46 ACC Chris Fox (10th) 39
dropped out: No. 23 Northern Arizona, No. 24 Middle Tennessee, No. 25 Iowa
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1949.12 9
2 Pac-12 930.46 5
3 Big 12 767.42 4
4 ACC 592.54 3
5 Big Ten 559.04 2
6 Conference USA 302.71 1
7 Mid-American 222.78
8 American 179.23
9 Sun Belt 171.96
10 Big Sky 122.14

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana 722.05 1
Mid-Atlantic Princeton 755.12 3
Midwest Nebraska 653.14 1
Mountain Texas Tech 835.54 2
Northeast Buffalo 585.15 2
South Georgia 690.77 1
South Central Texas A&M 954.61 1
Southeast Virginia 595.97 6
West Oregon 924.06 1
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2015 Week #3 — April 20

next ranking: April 27
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 307.18 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 1
2 Florida 287.68 SEC Mike Holloway (8th) 2
3 Texas 284.71 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 3
4 Southern California 267.35 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (2nd) 7
5 Arkansas 264.98 SEC Lance Harter (25th) 4
6 Oregon 258.49 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd) 8
7 Georgia 254.36 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 5
8 Kentucky 245.59 SEC Edrick Floreal (3rd) 6
9 Baylor 172.00 Big 12 Todd Harbour (10th) 10
10 Kansas State 165.88 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (23rd) 9
11 Oklahoma State 138.03 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 13
12 Stanford 131.85 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 12
13 Florida State 130.26 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 11
14 Michigan State 113.16 Big Ten Walt Drenth (9th) 18
15 LSU 112.00 SEC Dennis Shaver (11th) 14
16 Virginia Tech 99.79 ACC Dave Cianelli (14th) 21
17 Alabama 94.04 SEC Dan Waters (4th) 19
18 Texas Tech 93.04 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 15
19 Clemson 93.02 ACC Mark Elliott (2nd) 16
20 Iona 89.20 Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (7th) 31
21 Missouri 87.23 SEC Brett Halter (5th) 17
22 UCLA 85.48 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (3rd) 20
23 North Carolina 84.12 ACC Harlis Meaders (3rd) 22
24 Notre Dame 83.65 ACC Alan Turner (1st) 30
25 Boise State 83.47 Mountain West Corey Ihmels (2nd) 24
dropped out: No. 23 Mississippi State, No. 25 Michigan
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1967.01 8
2 Big 12 1057.76 5
3 Pac-12 944.10 4
4 ACC 780.82 5
5 Big Ten 543.36 1
6 Mid-American 168.72
7 Mountain West 150.90 1
8 American 129.61
9 Missouri Valley 110.53
10 Ivy 108.83

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Michigan State 677.52 3
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 691.50 1
Midwest Kansas 545.77 1
Mountain Texas Tech 786.41 1
Northeast Harvard 642.76 1
South Alabama 567.60 2
South Central Arkansas 986.37 1
Southeast Kentucky 708.45 1
West Oregon 819.16 3
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