Defending Champ Oregon Surges in NCAA DI Men’s Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 22, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Spring’s not quite here yet, but the Ducks are starting to migrate north.

Behind a strong showing at the Millrose Games, two-time defending men’s NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field team champion Oregon jumped up four spots to No. 2 in the latest iteration of the National Team Computer Rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Florida 2)Oregon 3)Oregon 4)Oregon 5)Oregon
Arkansas Oregon LSU Tennessee Texas A&M
130.11 pts 112.39 pts 98.55 pts 97.07 pts 84.44 pts
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The Ducks checked in with 112.39 points – a nearly 24-point improvement from a week ago behind collegiate leaders Edward Cheserek and Blake Haney – to move into formation behind top-ranked Arkansas (130.11 points).

LSU moved up one spot to No. 3 (98.55 points), while both Tennessee (97.07) and Texas A&M (84.44) fell two spots to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

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With only conference championships left to go for a majority of teams around the country, this upcoming weekend marks the conclusion of the regular season. Sunday is the last day to record NCAA Championships qualifying marks.

Next week’s rankings will include all regular-season performances, while the pre-NCAA Championships edition on March 7 will only take official meet entries into consideration.

Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M – along with No. 8 Georgia and No. 10 Florida – will all see each other this weekend at the SEC Championships at Arkansas, but don’t expect the results to hew exactly to today’s rankings.

These projections are applicable only to the NCAA Championships, to be held March 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama, and are not meant to predict order of finish in meets where full teams are going head-to-head. Points are determined by athletes’/relay teams’ positions on the TFRRS National Descending Order Lists, and do not correlate with the NCAA Championships scoring system.

Most of Oregon’s points came courtesy of Haney, who ran 3:56.36 in the Wanamaker Mile to take the NCAA lead over that distance.

Due to the rules of the rankings formula, Cheserek’s collegiate-leading 3000 – the second-fastest in NCAA history at 7:40.51 – only garnered several points for the Ducks. He is also ranked No. 1 at 5000 meters and No. 6 in the mile, but the regular-season rankings formula does not give credit for all three events since that triple is only very rarely attempted at the NCAA Championships.

Of course, Cheserek is the exception to most rules in collegiate distance running, meaning a possible triple at NCAAs is the big wild card in this scenario.

He’s not the only wild card for the Ducks, as 2015 NCAA Outdoor 400-meter runner-up Marcus Chambers is ranked only 15th through one race, and former NCAA/USATF Outdoor 110-meter hurdles champ Devon Allen is No. 11 in the 60 hurdles.

On the other end of the spectrum, Oregon’s status as defending national champions in the distance medley relay is in danger, with the Ducks currently ranked No. 13; only 12 squads make it to NCAAs.

It was a strong weekend for the Razorbacks on their home track, as well, as Marqueze Washington posted an NCAA leader at 400 meters to fuel a 15-point improvement from last time.

No. 3 LSU got a small boost from Cyril Grayson moving into qualifying position at 400 meters at No. 10, giving the Bayou Bengals two in the top-10 with second-ranked Michael Cherry.

Beyond the top five, all was steady – save a one-spot drop for No. 6 Texas. No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Southern California and No. 10 Florida all remained constant from a week ago.

No top-25 team made a bigger jump than No. 23 Virginia, which improved 13 spots from a week ago behind the No. 7 DMR.

No. 16 Oklahoma State improved eight spots with the nation’s fastest DMR, while both No. 12 Washington and No. 15 Purdue climbed seven positions from last week.



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

2016 Week #5 — February 22

next ranking: February 29
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 130.11 SEC Chris Bucknam (8th) 1
2 Oregon 112.39 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 6
3 LSU 98.55 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 4
4 Tennessee 97.07 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 2
5 Texas A&M 84.44 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 3
6 Texas 83.28 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 5
7 Texas Tech 73.07 Big 12 Wes Kittley (17th) 7
8 Georgia 66.31 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 8
9 Southern California 63.50 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 9
10 Florida 58.87 SEC Mike Holloway (14th) 10
11 Virginia Tech 56.98 ACC Dave Cianelli (15th) 12
12 Washington 55.20 MPSF Greg Metcalf (14th) 19
13 Southeastern Louisiana 54.69 Southland Sean Brady (14th) 13
14 Syracuse 51.87 ACC Chris Fox (11th) 11
15 Purdue 49.78 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 22
16 Oklahoma State 47.58 Big 12 Dave Smith (8th) 24
17 Penn State 45.05 Big Ten John Gondak (2nd) 14
18 NC State 41.78 ACC Rollie Geiger (32nd) 18
19 Stanford 40.96 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (4th) 16
20 Tulsa 38.83 American Steve Gulley (14th) 21
21 Air Force 36.41 Mountain West Ralph Lindeman (27th) 23
22 TCU 36.31 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (12th) 20
23 Virginia 35.33 ACC Bryan Fetzer (5th) 36
24 Southern Illinois 35.07 Missouri Valley Kathleen Raske (1st) 29
25 Minnesota 34.86 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (8th) 28
Dropped out: No. 15 Georgetown, No. 17 Mississippi, No. 25 Houston
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 659.09 6
2 MPSF 373.95 4
3 Big 12 353.81 4
4 Big Ten 271.29 3
5 ACC 232.94 4
6 American 111.60 1
7 Mid-American 90.26
8 Mountain West 82.99 1
9 Southland 72.18 1
10 Conference USA 57.97


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Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Akron 318.48 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 436.15 1
Midwest Nebraska 298.74 1
Mountain Texas Tech 365.64 1
Northeast Cornell 376.81 1
South Mississippi 365.83 1
South Central Arkansas 471.40 1
Southeast Virginia 279.41 1
West Oregon 430.16 1
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