DI Rankings Tighten Ahead of Big Conference Championships Weekend

DI Rankings Tighten Ahead of Big Conference Championships Weekend

NEW ORLEANS – Though many top teams were dormant this weekend in preparation for the coming madness of Conference Championships Weekend – the finale of the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field regular season – the few teams that did compete continued to draw the team title races ever closer.

The top-ranked Texas A&M men and defending indoor champion Arkansas women remained on top of the National Team Computer Rankings – released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) – for another week despite idling ahead of the hyper-competitive SEC Championships, but both squads lost ground to their respective chase packs.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

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

1)Iowa State 2)Iowa State 3)Florida 3)Florida 4)Arkansas
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The team races projected by the rankings throughout the season will come to a head at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on June 10-13 – all of which will be broadcast live on ESPN’s television and web platforms.

Of those two No. 1 teams, Arkansas faces the most pressing danger of losing its top spot. The Razorbacks checked in with 304.20 team rankings points (see the full explanation of the rankings system here), down 10 from a week ago, while No. 2 Southern California gained a point to end up within seven of the Razorbacks at 297.23.

Both find themselves in heavy pursuit from an SEC squad that didn’t rest this past weekend ahead of the conference meet: No. 3 Georgia. The Bulldogs (270.89) climbed three spots from a week ago behind stellar jumps action at their home Georgia Invitational.

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Already the collegiate leader in the triple jump, frosh phenom Keturah Orji added to her credentials by taking a share of the national lead in the long jump at 21-9 (6.63m), as teammate Kendell Williams – competing for the first time since a disappointing DNF in the Drake Relays heptathlon – moved to No. 4 on the national list at 21-2½ (6.46m).

Along with No. 5 Chanice Porter, the Bulldogs how have three of the nation’s five best long jumpers of 2015. Porter also moved to No. 11 on the high jump list this weekend, the last before facing the gauntlet of the SEC.

That SEC meet – to be held this Thursday through Saturday in Starkville, Mississippi – will feature six of the top nine women’s teams in the country.

The Bulldogs’ ascent dropped No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Texas and No. 6 Kentucky all down one spot from a week ago.

Beyond those top six teams, only No. 7 Oregon checked in north of the 200-point line that has historically produced national podium contenders. No. 8 LSU and defending national champion No. 9 Texas A&M fell just shy of that mark this week, but have the hyper-competitive SEC meet on the horizon.

Not to be overlooked in favor of the SEC are the Pac-12 Championships (No. 2 Southern California, No. 7 Oregon and No. 13 Stanford) and the Big 12 Championships (No. 5 Texas, No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 11 Kansas State and No. 12 Baylor).

The men’s top five – while not as dynamic as the women’s this week – was not without some movement of its own.

No. 1 Texas A&M (318.60), No. 2 LSU (273.25) and No. 3 Florida (262.12) remained in place ahead of their showdown in Starkville this weekend – which will also feature two additional top-nine teams in No. 8 Arkansas and No. 9 Georgia – while defending national outdoor champ/two-time reigning indoor champ No. 4 Oregon (247.98) swapped spots with No. 5 Southern California (239.94).

Those two will go head-to-head at the Pac-12 Championships this Saturday and Sunday at UCLA.

Beyond that swap, only a No. 9-No. 10 swap between Georgia and Baylor caused further stir in the top 10.

The Big 12 meet will also be one of national intrigue on the men’s side, as No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 10 Baylor will all square off with one another.

The biggest moves in the rankings came from a pair of newcomers to the men’s top 25 in No. 25 Arkansas State (up 16 positions) and No. 21 Tulsa (up eight). Making the biggest move of the week for the women was No. 10 Texas Tech (up five).

At the regional level, only the men’s rankings saw changes at the top. Nebraska took control of the Midwest Region and Texas Tech edged past BYU in the Mountain Region.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2015 Week #6 — May 11

next ranking: May 18
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 318.60 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 1
2 LSU 273.25 SEC Dennis Shaver (11th) 2
3 Florida 262.12 SEC Mike Holloway (13th) 3
4 Oregon 247.98 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd) 5
5 Southern California 239.94 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (2nd) 4
6 Texas 171.87 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 6
7 Texas Tech 170.22 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 7
8 Arkansas 166.32 SEC Chris Bucknam (7th) 8
9 Georgia 159.03 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 10
10 Baylor 136.15 Big 12 Todd Harbour (10th) 9
11 Penn State 131.89 Big Ten John Gondak (1st) 12
12 Alabama 131.57 SEC Dan Waters (4th) 11
13 Virginia 119.94 ACC Bryan Fetzer (4th) 13
14 BYU 115.51 Independent Ed Eyestone (2nd) 14
15 Florida State 104.05 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 15
16 TCU 100.80 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (11th) 16
17 Illinois 96.50 Big Ten Mike Turk (6th) 17
18 Mississippi State 94.24 SEC Steve Dudley (5th) 18
19 Syracuse 94.08 ACC Chris Fox (10th) 19
20 Kansas State 88.64 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (23rd) 20
21 Tulsa 87.21 American Steve Gulley (13th) 29
22 South Carolina 81.91 SEC Curtis Frye (19th) 21
23 Stanford 79.09 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 25
24 Tennessee 78.75 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (1st) 22
25 Arkansas State 75.80 Sun Belt Jim Patchell (4th) 41
dropped out: No. 23 Akron, No. 24 Oklahoma State
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1720.02 9
2 Pac-12 897.56 3
3 Big 12 850.47 5
4 ACC 607.99 3
5 Big Ten 525.84 2
6 Mid-American 227.07
7 Sun Belt 219.30 1
8 American 216.97 1
9 Conference USA 204.16
10 Ivy 120.16

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana 675.73 1
Mid-Atlantic Princeton 833.05 1
Midwest Nebraska 621.88 2
Mountain Texas Tech 905.20 2
Northeast Cornell 671.39 1
South Florida 744.58 1
South Central Texas A&M 891.35 1
Southeast Virginia 589.63 1
West Oregon 923.66 1
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USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2015 Week #6 — May 11

next ranking: May 18
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 304.20 SEC Lance Harter (25th) 1
2 Southern California 297.23 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (2nd) 2
3 Georgia 270.89 SEC Wayne Norton (16th) 6
4 Florida 265.70 SEC Mike Holloway (8th) 3
5 Texas 257.47 Big 12 Mario Sategna (2nd) 4
6 Kentucky 233.16 SEC Edrick Floreal (3rd) 5
7 Oregon 205.60 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (3rd) 7
8 LSU 194.75 SEC Dennis Shaver (11th) 8
9 Texas A&M 186.64 SEC Pat Henry (11th) 9
10 Texas Tech 145.46 Big 12 Wes Kittley (16th) 15
11 Kansas State 140.39 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (23rd) 10
12 Baylor 137.17 Big 12 Todd Harbour (10th) 11
13 Stanford 119.06 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (3rd) 13
14 Michigan State 118.85 Big Ten Walt Drenth (9th) 12
15 Florida State 108.33 ACC Bob Braman (12th) 14
16 Alabama 96.15 SEC Dan Waters (4th) 16
17 Clemson 90.95 ACC Mark Elliott (2nd) 18
18 Oklahoma State 90.18 Big 12 Dave Smith (6th) 17
19 Mississippi State 89.73 SEC Steve Dudley (5th) 19
20 Iona 88.39 Metro Atlantic Ricardo Santos (7th) 22
21 Virginia Tech 87.58 ACC Dave Cianelli (14th) 24
22 Kansas 86.68 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (15th) 21
23 Notre Dame 85.22 ACC Alan Turner (1st) 23
24 North Carolina 81.83 ACC Harlis Meaders (3rd) 20
25 Missouri 76.75 SEC Brett Halter (5th) 25
dropped out: none
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1922.40 9
2 Big 12 952.72 6
3 Pac-12 880.29 3
4 ACC 740.48 5
5 Big Ten 559.64 1
6 Ivy 169.60
7 Mid-American 169.31
8 Missouri Valley 165.61
9 American 140.90
10 Mountain West 133.33

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Michigan State 653.30 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 824.03 1
Midwest Kansas State 564.02 1
Mountain Texas Tech 824.07 1
Northeast Harvard 668.29 1
South Florida 655.61 1
South Central Arkansas 968.34 1
Southeast Kentucky 788.82 1
West Oregon 810.30 1
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