New No. 1 Chomps Its Way To Top Of Women’s NCAA DI Rankings

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

February 15, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — It’s incredibly close at the top of the National Team Computer Rankings in NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Florida 2)Texas 3)Oregon 4)Texas A&M 5)Texas
Florida Oregon Georgia Arkansas Texas
155.67 pts 155.00 pts 154.52 pts 146.27 pts 95.94 pts
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In the newest rankings, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, just 1.15 points separate top-ranked Florida (155.67), second-ranked Oregon (155.00) and third-ranked Georgia (154.52) after marks from the previous campaign were thrown out and the 2016 season stands on its own.

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Defending national champion Arkansas, which had been No. 1 since the rankings debuted, fell to No. 4.

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Even though the Gators and Ducks had taken residence in the top-5 the entire season, big performances this past weekend shot them ahead of the Razorbacks and Bulldogs. Florida ran the gauntlet at the Tyson Invitational, while Oregon tried its hand at the Don Kirby Elite and the Husky Classic.

For the Gators, it was Yanis David, Robin Reynolds and Claudia Francis, who made the biggest impact. David, a freshman, soared 13.50m (44-3.5) in the triple jump and is now No. 2 in the event behind Georgia’s Kenturah Orji. Both Reynolds (52.27) and Francis (52.39) joined teammate and Bowerman Watch List member Kyra Jefferson in the top-5 of the 400.

The Ducks split their squad and found success in both New Mexico and Washington.

At the Don Kirby Elite, Hannah Cunliffe moved into the top-3 of the 60 with a time of 7.20. Sasha Wallace (7.96) and Alaysha Johnson (8.12) fared well in the 60 hurdles as they placed first and third, but more importantly are second and fifth nationally.

On the oversized track in Seattle, Oregon’s Annie Leblanc (2:03.84) and Brooke Feldmeier (2:03.99) went 1-2 in the 800. They are now sixth and seventh nationally, respectively, and will most likely be joined in the top-10 by teammate and Bowerman Watch List member Raevyn Rogers following her run at the Millrose Games this weekend.

Despite falling from first to fourth in the National Team Computer Rankings, Arkansas had quite the weekend. Freshman Alexis Weeks became just the fifth member of the 15-foot club in the pole vault — cementing her spot atop the list in the event — and senior Taylor Ellis-Watson is now second nationally in the 400 (52.18).

Elsewhere in the top-10, Tennessee jumped seven spots from No. 14 to No. 7 and earned its best ranking since 2012. Felicia Brown (No. 2 in the 200) and Chelsea Blaase (No. 3 in the 5000) both starred this past weekend to aid that leap.

Speaking of big improvements, Oklahoma State landed at No. 12 — up 10 spots from the previous week. That is the Cowgirls’ top billing in program history, edging their 13th rank from Week 1 last season.

Washington, Boise State and Auburn all vaulted into the top-25 this week. Coincidentally, vaulters Dimara Planell Cruz and Elizabeth Quick helped the Huskies move from No. 33 to No. 14. The Broncos continue to see freshman phenom Allie Ostrander impress (first in 3000, 5000) and the Tigers clawed their way up 24 spots (No. 49 to No. 25).

Conference championships start this weekend and the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, held this year at the Birmingham CrossPlex, are just 24 days away.

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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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