Arkansas Men Overtake Topsy-Turvy NCAA DI National Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 15, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Which NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field men’s teams have been the best so far in 2015-16?

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Florida 2)Oregon 3)Oregon 4)Oregon 5)Texas
Florida Tennessee Texas A&M LSU Texas
114.53 pts 107.14 pts 101.36 pts 92.86 pts 90.20 pts
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With the regular season largely in the books, the answer to that question came into much sharper focus as previous-season marks were finally removed from the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s National Team Computer Rankings announced Monday morning.

Arkansas, which last won a national team title during the 2013 campaign, stood tallest on the merits of this year’s performances to move up seven spots to No. 1. With 114.53 ranking points the Razorbacks checked in just ahead of SEC rivals No. 2 Tennessee (107.14), No. 3 Texas A&M (101.36) and No. 4 LSU (92.86).

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The Volunteers climbed five spots from last week to its highest rank since the 2008 season. Texas A&M fell one spot while LSU remained stationary.

Needless to say, the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on February 26 & 27 are going to be electric. (It should be noted, however, that these rankings aren’t intended to predict how teams will finish at meets with smaller fields like conference championships, but rather at the NCAA Championships with dozens of teams represented).

It wasn’t all good news for the SEC, however. Preseason potential hasn’t translated to regular-season success as previous No. 1 Florida (62.93) fell all the way to No. 10, giving up more than half of last week’s point total. That’s the farthest a top-ranked team has fallen with the removal of preseason data in the nine-year history of the computer rankings.

Texas (90.20) held steady at No. 5, as did two-time defending national champion Oregon (88.66) at No. 6.

The bottom half of the top-10 was similarly shaken up as No. 7 Texas Tech (77.63) jumped up seven spots, No. 8 Georgia (67.43) climbed two, and No. 9 Southern California (65.84) leapt up eight.

For the newly top-ranked Razorbacks, who occupy that spot for the first time since late in the 2014 season, it’s been depth across the board that have propelled them to the top. No team in the country has more performers ranked in the top-10 nationally in their respective events than Arkansas’ 10 – led by long jump co-leader Jarrion Lawson.

Arkansas has athletes ranked in the top-10 national at 60 meters, 200 meters, 800 meters, and 5000 meters; in the 4×400 and distance medley relays; and in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Texas A&M and Oregon are next on that list with seven apiece. Those teams are similarly well-balanced with top-10 entries in seven and six events, respectively.

Tennessee climbed up the leaderboards with a different strategy: power at the top. The Volunteers are matched only by LSU in terms of performers ranked top-three in the nation with four. Sprinter Christian Coleman has been exceptionally strong this season as the collegiate 60-meter leader and the No. 4 man at 200 meters.

It was a historic day for many programs beyond the top-10, as well.

Cross country champion Syracuse moved up 10 spots to a program-best No. 11; No. 13 Southeastern Louisiana jumped up 17 spots to an all-time best; and No. 15 Georgetown climbed 13 positions to a new team-best.

Following Florida in the other direction were former top-10 squads No. 12 Virginia Tech (down nine), No. 19 Washington (down seven) and No. 20 TCU (down 11).

 

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

2016 Week #4 — February 15

next ranking: February 22
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 114.53 SEC Chris Bucknam (8th) 8
2 Tennessee 107.14 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 7
3 Texas A&M 101.36 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 2
4 LSU 92.86 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 4
5 Texas 90.20 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 5
6 Oregon 88.66 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 6
7 Texas Tech 77.63 Big 12 Wes Kittley (17th) 14
8 Georgia 67.43 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 10
9 Southern California 65.84 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 17
10 Florida 62.93 SEC Mike Holloway (14th) 1
11 Syracuse 58.82 ACC Chris Fox (11th) 21
12 Virginia Tech 56.52 ACC Dave Cianelli (15th) 3
13 Southeastern Louisiana 52.87 Southland Sean Brady (14th) 30
14 Penn State 51.63 Big Ten John Gondak (2nd) 20
15 Georgetown 51.45 Big East Michael Smith (1st) 28
16 Stanford 49.95 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (4th) 11
17 Mississippi 44.60 SEC Connie Price-Smith (1st) 60
18 NC State 42.60 ACC Rollie Geiger (32nd) 19
19 Washington 41.62 MPSF Greg Metcalf (14th) 12
20 TCU 40.11 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (12th) 9
21 Tulsa 39.99 American Steve Gulley (14th) 26
22 Purdue 38.80 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 23
23 Air Force 37.54 Mountain West Ralph Lindeman (27th) 40
24 Oklahoma State 36.72 Big 12 Dave Smith (8th) 24
25 Houston 36.39 American Leroy Burrell (18th) 33
Dropped out: No. 13 Colorado, No. 15 Alabama, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 18 Virginia, No. 22 Portland, No. 25 Kansas State
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 687.96 7
2 Big 12 361.93 4
3 MPSF 347.02 4
4 Big Ten 271.45 2
5 ACC 235.77 3
6 American 114.05 2
7 Big East 87.50 1
8 Mountain West 84.21 1
9 Mid-American 80.49
10 Conference USA 64.96

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Akron 324.29 2
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 444.15 1
Midwest Nebraska 304.04 1
Mountain Texas Tech 376.01 2
Northeast Cornell 401.80 1
South Mississippi 378.15 2
South Central Arkansas 424.31 2
Southeast Virginia 273.33 1
West Oregon 415.59 1
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2016 Week #4 — February 15

next ranking: February 22
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 155.67 SEC Mike Holloway (9th) 4
2 Oregon 155.00 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 3
3 Georgia 154.52 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 2
4 Arkansas 146.27 SEC Lance Harter (26th) 1
5 Texas 95.94 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 5
6 Kansas State 88.05 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 6
7 Tennessee 85.00 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 14
8 NC State 76.62 ACC Rollie Geiger (32nd) 9
9 Michigan 75.66 Big Ten James Henry (31st) 11
10 Southern California 72.35 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 7
11 Georgetown 65.46 Big East Michael Smith (1st) 8
12 Oklahoma State 64.59 Big 12 Dave Smith (7th) 22
13 Kentucky 61.66 SEC Edrick Floreal (4th) 12
14 Washington 57.66 MPSF Greg Metcalf (14th) 33
15 Notre Dame 55.09 ACC Alan Turner (2nd) 16
16 Miami (Fla.) 53.78 ACC Amy Deem (26th) 15
17 Duke 53.36 ACC Norm Ogilvie (13th) 20
18 Boise State 46.67 Mountain West Corey Ihmels (3rd) 31
19 Texas A&M 45.63 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 18
20 Stanford 44.72 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (4th) 13
21 Purdue 43.25 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 29
22 LSU 41.68 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 21
23 Akron 40.43 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (21st) 19
24 Wisconsin 38.71 Big Ten Mick Byrne (3rd) 10
25 Auburn 34.79 SEC Ralph Spry (19th) 49
Dropped out: No. 17 Baylor, No. 23 Mississippi, No. 24 Villanova, No. 25 Clemson
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 813.50 8
2 ACC 375.26 4
3 MPSF 365.55 4
4 Big 12 358.42 3
5 Big Ten 253.40 3
6 Big East 106.07 1
7 Mountain West 80.88 1
8 Summit League 47.94
9 Mid-American 46.12 1
10 American 36.48

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Michigan 375.15 2
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 587.31 1
Midwest Kansas State 306.44 1
Mountain Texas Tech 407.98 1
Northeast Harvard 322.07 1
South Florida 325.51 1
South Central Arkansas 648.07 1
Southeast Kentucky 427.59 1
West Oregon 543.89 1
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