National Title Race Tightens in Latest Men’s NCAA DI Team Rankings

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 8, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Just over a month out from the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Texas A&M men continue to relentlessly make up ground in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Florida 2)Oregon 3)Texas A&M 4)Oregon 5)Texas
Florida Texas A&M Virginia Tech LSU Texas
129.26 pts 117.23 pts 96.80 pts 95.79 pts 94.99 pts
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The No. 2 Aggies’ strong early-season surge continued this past weekend as they drew ever closer to No. 1 Florida in the week three edition of the National Team Computer Rankings announced Monday by the USTFCCCA.

The National Team Computer Rankings are designed to forecast how teams might fare at the NCAA Championships, which this year will be contested March 11-12 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Boosted by Devin Jenkins’ 20.58 over 200 meters for the second-fastest time in the USTFCCCA Individual rankings, the Aggies checked in with 117.23 points in the computer rankings – up 13 from a week ago and just 12 shy of the Gators’ 129.26.

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.

It’s important to note that this is the final edition of the National Team Computer Rankings that will utilize previous season data in the rankings formula. Starting next week, only performances logged during the 2015-16 season will count. In that department, Texas A&M has been much stronger than Florida so far.

That combined with the numerous de facto regular-season finale meets around the country this weekend – the Arkansas Tyson Invitational, the Washington Husky Classic, the Iowa State Classic, the New Mexico Don Kirby Elite, and so on – promises a much different looking week four edition of the National Team Computer Rankings next Monday.

In the main four-team chase pack in pursuit of Florida and A&M, No. 3 Virginia Tech (96.80) and No. 4 LSU (95.79) both moved up one spot from a week ago as Texas (94.99) dropped two to No. 5. Two-time defending national champion Oregon (92.56) remained No. 6.

No. 7 Tennessee (73.58) and No. 9 TCU (71.68) swapped spots from a week ago, as No. 8 Arkansas (72.43) and No. 10 Georgia (69.24) held firm to round out the top 10. For the Volunteers, both pole vaulter Jake Blankenship and sprinter Christian Coleman took at least a share of the collegiate lead in their respective events this past weekend.

No current top-25 men’s team in the country made bigger strides over the weekend than No. 19 NC State. Just as Jonathan Addison sailed into a tie atop the collegiate long jump leaderboard, his Wolfpack men sailed six spots upward from a week ago.

 

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

2016 Week #3 — February 8

next ranking: February 15
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 129.26 SEC Mike Holloway (14th) 1
2 Texas A&M 117.23 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 2
3 Virginia Tech 96.80 ACC Dave Cianelli (15th) 4
4 LSU 95.79 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 5
5 Texas 94.99 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 3
6 Oregon 92.56 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 6
7 Tennessee 73.58 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 9
8 Arkansas 72.43 SEC Chris Bucknam (8th) 8
9 TCU 71.68 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (12th) 7
10 Georgia 69.24 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 10
11 Stanford 57.75 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (4th) 12
12 Washington 57.22 MPSF Greg Metcalf (14th) 11
13 Colorado 57.08 MPSF Mark Wetmore (21st) 13
14 Texas Tech 54.78 Big 12 Wes Kittley (17th) 15
15 Alabama 53.39 SEC Dan Waters (5th) 14
16 Nebraska 52.69 Big Ten Gary Pepin (33rd) 16
17 Southern California 45.95 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 17
18 Virginia 45.79 ACC Bryan Fetzer (5th) 18
19 NC State 44.18 ACC Rollie Geiger (32nd) 25
20 Penn State 41.61 Big Ten John Gondak (2nd) 21
21 Syracuse 39.78 ACC Chris Fox (11th) 19
22 Portland 39.55 West Coast Rob Conner (26th) 22
23 Purdue 38.52 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 26
24 Oklahoma State 38.43 Big 12 Dave Smith (8th) 20
25 Kansas State 35.44 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 24
Dropped out: No. 23 Southern Illinois
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 657.34 7
2 MPSF 380.83 5
3 Big 12 351.54 5
4 ACC 314.93 4
5 Big Ten 288.21 3
6 American 105.86
7 Mid-American 77.69
8 Big East 66.60
9 Mountain West 51.76
10 Conference USA 41.83

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana 364.01 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 448.85 1
Midwest Nebraska 317.02 1
Mountain BYU 408.59 1
Northeast Cornell 334.22 1
South Georgia 318.55 1
South Central Texas A&M 492.35 1
Southeast Virginia 283.07 1
West Oregon 344.53 1
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