Teams Continue to Play “Hot Potato” With No. 1 Ranking in NCAA DI Women’s ITF

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

February 22, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — One performance can impact the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings in a big way.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Florida 2)Texas 3)Oregon 4)Texas A&M 5)Texas
Oregon Georgia Florida Arkansas Texas
156.38 pts 153.20 pts 152.14 pts 138.16 pts 95.07 pts
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Just ask the Oregon Ducks what Raevyn Rogershistoric run this past weekend at the Millrose Games did for them.

Rogers, the 2015 NCAA 800-meter champ outdoors, blistered The Armory track over the same distance. The sophomore clocked the second fastest time in collegiate history (2:00.90), falling just shy of the collegiate record (2:00.75).

Thanks to Rogers’ incredible effort, Oregon leapfrogged Florida and is the No. 1 team in the nation with less than three weeks remaining until the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. This is also the final week of the regular season, which means athletes have until Sunday to qualify for a spot in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Georgia, last week’s No. 3 team, also jumped the Gators. That pushes Florida, last week’s No. 1 team, down to No. 3.

The race for No. 1 is incredibly close, too. The Ducks (156.38), the Bulldogs (153.20) and the Gators (152.14) are all separated by a total of 4.14 points.

Points in the National Team Computer Rankings are tabulated by a formula based on the descending order list. The higher ranked an athlete is, the more points she provides her team. Rankings points, however, don’t equate with NCAA championship team points — they just serve as a predictor for those teams that could do well at the championship level.

If you want to learn more about the National Team Computer Rankings, a full description can be found here.

The National Team Computer Rankings shouldn’t be referred to as a “poll,” as no voting occurs during the process.

This is the first time since Week 5 in 2014 that Oregon has been ranked No. 1. That same year the Ducks won their fifth national title in a row, matching the streak LSU put together from 1993 until 1997.

For Oregon to win its sixth national championship, it will have to fend off a bevy of contenders, namely Georgia, Florida and Arkansas — the three teams, along with the Ducks, with more than 100 points in the National Team Computer Rankings.

Another team making headway this week was Michigan, which moved up three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. The Wolverines are just 2.97 points from the top-5. This is Michigan’s first time in the top-6 since 2009.

This past weekend was a big one for the Wolverines, as their distance medley relay team of Maya Long, Shannon Osika, Danielle Pfeifer and Jaimie Phelan ran the nation’s third fastest time of the season at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational (10:58.25).

LSU took advantage of its home meet this past weekend and climbed 10 spots (No. 22 to No. 12). The Tigers saw Mikiah Brisco and Daeshon Gordon nab the fourth and sixth fastest times of the season in the 60 hurdles.

There were two new additions to the top-25 this week — No. 23 New Mexico (up from No. 33 last week) and No. 24 Baylor (up from No. 30). This is the best ranking for the Lobos in program history, while the Bears have a little bit to go to get theirs (No. 7 in 2008).


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

2016 Week #5 — February 22

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Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Oregon 156.38 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 2
2 Georgia 153.20 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 3
3 Florida 152.14 SEC Mike Holloway (9th) 1
4 Arkansas 138.16 SEC Lance Harter (26th) 4
5 Texas 95.07 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 5
6 Michigan 92.11 Big Ten James Henry (31st) 9
7 Kansas State 86.79 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 6
8 Tennessee 83.85 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 7
9 NC State 74.14 ACC Rollie Geiger (32nd) 8
10 Southern California 72.19 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 10
11 Oklahoma State 69.41 Big 12 Dave Smith (7th) 12
12 LSU 67.18 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 22
13 Notre Dame 65.66 ACC Alan Turner (2nd) 15
14 Georgetown 65.13 Big East Michael Smith (1st) 11
15 Kentucky 58.49 SEC Edrick Floreal (4th) 13
16 Duke 54.09 ACC Norm Ogilvie (13th) 17
17 Washington 51.34 MPSF Greg Metcalf (14th) 14
18 Miami (Fla.) 47.79 ACC Amy Deem (26th) 16
19 Boise State 46.67 Mountain West Corey Ihmels (3rd) 18
20 Texas A&M 44.12 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 19
21 Akron 42.74 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (21st) 23
22 Wisconsin 37.50 Big Ten Mick Byrne (3rd) 24
23 New Mexico 36.37 Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th) 33
24 Baylor 36.04 Big 12 Todd Harbour (11th) 30
25 Purdue 35.85 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 21
Dropped out: No. 20 Stanford, No. 25 Auburn
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 814.22 7
2 ACC 373.41 4
3 Big 12 362.00 4
4 MPSF 348.55 3
5 Big Ten 261.24 3
6 Big East 100.41 1
7 Mountain West 90.14 2
8 Mid-American 46.18 1
9 Ivy 44.44
10 Summit League 39.31


Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Michigan 393.52 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 581.90 1
Midwest Kansas State 305.61 1
Mountain Texas Tech 396.50 1
Northeast Harvard 306.62 1
South Florida 325.45 1
South Central Arkansas 639.08 1
Southeast Kentucky 413.87 1
West Oregon 557.54 1
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