Texas A&M Men Move Up in Active DI National Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

January 25, 2016   

NOTE: The first regional rankings of 2016 were also released this week.

NEW ORLEANS – This past weekend was just the third full slate of NCAA DI indoor track & field competition in the New Year, but already the race for the men’s national team title is tightening up.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Florida 2)Texas 3)Oregon 4)Texas A&M 5)Oregon
Florida Texas Texas A&M Virginia Tech Oregon
138.12 pts 108.64 pts 100.73 pts 94.55 pts 93.85 pts
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Preseason favorite Florida remained atop the first regular-season National Team Computer Rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), but the crowd of teams in hot pursuit runs at least five deep with NCAAs in Birmingham, Alabama, now less than two months away..

No. 2 Texas fell off the pace a bit, but their in-state rival Texas A&M used strong early-season results – particularly a historic, collegiate-leading 800 meters from frosh phenom Donavan Brazier – to catapult six spots to No. 3 in the rankings.

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Virginia Tech, whose latest home meet fell victim to Winter Storm Jonas, remained steady at No. 4, while the two-time defending national champion Oregon Ducks dropped two spots to No. 5. Oregon has yet to debut its full squad in 2016.

Those five teams – along with No. 6 LSU – have all established themselves as early contenders for the national team title and the four spots on the team podium. Florida holds an early advantage at 138.12 team ranking points, while Texas (108.64), Texas A&M (100.73), Va Tech (94.55), Oregon (93.85) and LSU (92.66) are all separated by fewer than 20 points.

The USTFCCCA Rankings’ methodology does not correlate directly with the NCAA Championships scoring system. Points are designated using the USTFCCCA individual rankings, which take into account both the top previous-season marks from top returners and the best performances of 2016. Previous-season data is removed following the third-regular season set of rankings.

A pair of SEC teams followed Texas A&M’s lead and made significant jumps into the top-10. LSU improved eight positions from the preseason behind collegiate leaders Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (200 meters) and Jordan Moore (60 hurdles), while No. 8 Tennessee climbed seven spots behind sprinter Christian Coleman.

No. 7 Georgia, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 TCU rounded out the top 10. Both Georgia and Washington slipped one spot each, while TCU dropped two.

No top-25 team made bigger strides in the early goings of 2016 than No. 18 Southern California, which improved 93 spots from the preseason. The Trojans made the top-25 behind national top-10 efforts from high jumper Randall Cunningham, triple jumper Eric Sloan and shot putter Nicholas Ponzio.

The other big gainer of early January was No. 20 Portland, who followed 3000-meter and 5000-meter collegiate leader William Kincaid to a 24-position jump.

The full rankings can be found below.

 

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Men’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 Florida 138.12 SEC Mike Holloway (14th) 1
2 Texas 108.64 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 2
3 Texas A&M 100.73 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 9
4 Virginia Tech 94.55 ACC Dave Cianelli (15th) 4
5 Oregon 93.85 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 3
6 LSU 92.66 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 14
7 Georgia 74.28 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 6
8 Tennessee 73.77 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 15
9 Washington 67.55 MPSF Greg Metcalf (14th) 8
10 TCU 65.86 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (12th) 7
11 Arkansas 65.66 SEC Chris Bucknam (8th) 10
12 Colorado 62.99 MPSF Mark Wetmore (21st) 12
13 Nebraska 62.28 Big Ten Gary Pepin (33rd) 11
14 Stanford 60.79 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (4th) 13
15 Texas Tech 54.95 Big 12 Wes Kittley (17th) 17
16 Oklahoma State 53.92 Big 12 Dave Smith (8th) 16
17 Alabama 53.51 SEC Dan Waters (5th) 5
18 Southern California 48.02 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 111
19 Virginia 45.69 ACC Bryan Fetzer (5th) 18
20 Portland 45.51 West Coast Rob Conner (26th) 44
21 Penn State 40.57 Big Ten John Gondak (2nd) 21
22 Kent State 37.54 Mid-American Bill Lawson (11th) 28
23 Georgetown 37.50 Big East Michael Smith (1st) 22
24 Kansas State 36.29 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 20
25 Purdue 33.96 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 24
Dropped out: No. 19 South Carolina, No. 23 Tulsa, No. 25 Houston
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 663.13 7
2 MPSF 386.40 5
3 Big 12 377.97 5
4 Big Ten 307.39 3
5 ACC 276.56 2
6 American 113.26
7 Big East 86.37 1
8 Mid-American 68.25 1
9 Mountain West 49.89
10 West Coast 45.51 1

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points
Great Lakes Indiana 428.58
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 371.56
Midwest Nebraska 324.23
Mountain Texas Tech 405.47
Northeast Cornell 355.49
South Tennessee 277.02
South Central Texas A&M 473.04
Southeast Kentucky 302.55
West Southern California 322.20
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