Arkansas Women Fortify Top Spot in DI Rankings

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

January 25, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — It has been 10 days since the last National Team Computer Rankings for NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field came out and a cursory glance shows not much changed when the first rankings of the regular season were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each team in the preseason top-10 held its ground and No. 1 Arkansas, the defending national champion, strengthened its position at the top of the mountain thanks to the emergence of a freshman pole vaulter.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Florida 2)Texas 3)Oregon 4)Texas A&M 5)Texas
Arkansas Georgia Texas Kansas State Oregon
190.11 pts 158.81 pts 123.53 pts 115.12 pts 107.31 pts
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The National Team Computer Rankings are complied by a mathematical formula based on national descending order lists. 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.

High marks from the previous season are counted until the third poll of the regular season, which is scheduled to be released on February 8. After that date, only marks from the current season are included in the National Team Computer Rankings.

It should also be mentioned that the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referred to as a “poll,” as no voting occurs during the process.

The top-ranked Razorbacks put some distance between themselves and No. 2 Georgia thanks to Alexis Weeks. The freshman from Cabot, Arkansas, took over the national lead in the pole vault at the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 15. Weeks cleared 4.50m (14-9) and is 5.5 inches better than her closest competitor on the National Descending Order List.

No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Kansas State were both buoyed by strong performances in the 10-day interim.

The Longhorns added depth in the sprints with freshman Teahna Daniels, who clocked a 7.26 in the 60 at the Texas A&M Team Invitational, tying teammate Morolake Akinosun.

Then there are the Wildcats, who saw Akela Jones break a school record and meet record in the pentathlon this past weekend. Jones narrowly missed a collegiate record as well, but had to settle for second all-time behind Georgia’s Kendell Williams.

Rounding out the top-10 are still No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Southern California, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 9 Wisconsin (led by Kelsey Card, who is currently second nationally in the shot put) and No. 10 Georgetown.

Two teams that made the biggest jumps from the preseason were Tennessee (No. 32 to No. 12) and Alabama (No. 40 to No. 15). This is the Crimson Tide’s best ranking in school history and the Volunteers’ loftiest mark in the past four years.

Tennessee’s leap was aided by senior sprinter Felicia Brown, who scorched the field at the Conference Clash: Power 5 Invitational this past weekend. Brown registered a national-leading 22.88 in the 200, edging teammate Kali Davis-White in the process (Davis-White ran 23.23).

And what about Bowerman Watch List candidate Quanesha Burks of Alabama? Her leap of 6.71m (22-1/4) put her on top of the NDOL in the long jump, broke a school record and has her just outside of the all-time top-10 in the event.

Outside of the Crimson Tide and Volunteers, there weren’t many new additions to the top-25 other than Akron. The Zips went from No. 34 to No. 25, allowing them to get back into the mix for the third consecutive year.

We should start to see some more movement in these rankings in the next few weeks as the indoor track & field season heats up.

The NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 11-12 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.


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

2016 Week #1 — January 25

next ranking: February 1
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 190.11 SEC Lance Harter (26th) 1
2 Georgia 158.81 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 2
3 Texas 123.53 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 3
4 Kansas State 115.12 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 4
5 Oregon 107.31 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 5
6 Florida 97.11 SEC Mike Holloway (9th) 6
7 Southern California 87.09 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 7
8 Kentucky 83.39 SEC Edrick Floreal (4th) 8
9 Wisconsin 76.67 Big Ten Mick Byrne (3rd) 9
10 Georgetown 70.39 Big East Michael Smith (1st) 10
11 Baylor 68.48 Big 12 Todd Harbour (11th) 11
12 Tennessee 65.75 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 32
13 Michigan 63.54 Big Ten James Henry (31st) 14
14 Stanford 63.25 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (4th) 13
15 Alabama 59.70 SEC Dan Waters (5th) 40
16 Miami (Fla.) 54.63 ACC Amy Deem (26th) 17
17 Duke 54.23 ACC Norm Ogilvie (13th) 16
18 LSU 50.30 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 12
19 NC State 49.40 ACC Rollie Geiger (32nd) 15
20 Texas A&M 43.11 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 21
21 Michigan State 42.84 Big Ten Walt Drenth (10th) 19
22 Notre Dame 41.74 ACC Alan Turner (2nd) 20
23 Boston College 39.34 ACC Randy Thomas (21st) 24
24 Washington 37.06 MPSF Greg Metcalf (14th) 18
25 Akron 35.96 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (21st) 34
Dropped out: No. 22 Clemson, No. 23 Kent State, No. 25 Mississippi
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 850.23 8
2 Big 12 387.79 3
3 ACC 368.29 5
4 MPSF 334.52 4
5 Big Ten 276.56 3
6 Big East 111.04 1
7 Mid-American 74.81 1
8 American 49.36
9 Summit League 36.21
10 MEAC 35.56


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Region Institution Points
Great Lakes Michigan 424.07
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 468.43
Midwest Kansas State 331.80
Mountain Colorado State 447.98
Northeast Harvard 269.63
South Auburn 265.18
South Central Texas 383.46
Southeast Kentucky 443.91
West Southern California 363.76
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