Florida Favored In NCAA DI Women’s Pre-Championships National Team Rankings

NOTE: A previous version of this article mistakenly included the rankings table for the week six edition at the bottom of the post. The correct information has been added.

NEW ORLEANS — By this time next week, a new champion will have been crowned 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
155.54 pts 149.51 pts 143.16 pts 119.50 pts 99.33 pts
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That’s not to discount 2015 titlist Arkansas‘ chances at repeating, but history doesn’t smile favorably upon the Razorbacks.

In four of the past six years, the top-ranked team in the pre-NCAA Indoor Championships edition of the National Team Computer Rankings won the national title. Coincidentally, Arkansas continued that trend last year.

The most recent rankings, which were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and are based off actual entries to the national meet, projected Florida as this year’s favorite. If the Gators do capture national glory, it would be the team’s first crown since 1992.

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Based off the quantity of entries, it would appear as if second-ranked Oregon should be the clubhouse leader. The Ducks garnered 16 bids, compared to Florida’s 10 (tied with third-ranked Georgia for third most). Even the fourth-ranked Razorbacks (12) have more entries than the Gators.

Quality, however, matters more than quantity in these rankings.

Florida has eight — count them, eight — top-5 seeds at NCAAs. Shayla Sanders (1st, 60), Kyra Jefferson (2nd, 200; 4th, 400), Darrielle McQueen (2nd, TJ; 5th, LJ), Yanis David (3rd, TJ), Robin Reynolds (5th, 400) and the 4×400 team (3rd) will all be relied upon to score big points for the Gators.

The second most top-5 seeds in the meet belong to the Bulldogs, who have six. Those entries come from three talented athletes — Kenturah Orji (1st, TJ; 5th, LJ), Chanice Porter (2nd, LJ; 3rd, HJ) and Kendell Williams (2nd, pentathlon; 3rd HJ).

Eighth-ranked Michigan is next with five, while Arkansas, Oregon and fifth-ranked Texas tallied four.

Florida’s best chance at scoring major points will come in the sprints as they have five top-5 seeds there. And while the Gators have three top-5 seeds in the horizontal jumps, Georgia has two there as well as three in the high jump.

The Ducks must hope their standout sprinters — Jasmine Todd (3rd, 60) and Hannah Cunliffe (4th, 60) — can counter Florida’s legion and then Raevyn Rogers (1st, 800) does what she is known to do in the mid-distance.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the Wolverines moved up one spot from last week behind their five top-5 entries. Michigan has a top-5 entrant in the mile (Shannon Osika), 3000/5000 (Erin Finn is in both), 60 Hurdles (Cindy Ofili) and DMR.

Seventh-ranked Notre Dame also jumped one spot thanks to what’s expected out of 2015 NCAA XC champ Molly Seidel. The senior is first in the 5000 and second in the 3000 and will be going head to head with Boise State freshman phenom Allie Ostrander in each race.

The biggest move by any team, in any direction, was that of NC State. The Wolfpack fell seven spots from last week’s poll, down to No. 20. That allowed Southern California, Wisconsin, Duke, Purdue and Texas A&M to all trend upward.

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

2016 Week #7 — March 7 (pre-championship)

next ranking: FINAL, NCAA Championships, March 11-12, Birmingham, Ala.
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 155.54 SEC Mike Holloway (9th) 2
2 Oregon 149.51 MPSF Robert Johnson (4th) 1
3 Georgia 143.16 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 3
4 Arkansas 119.50 SEC Lance Harter (26th) 4
5 Texas 99.33 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 5
6 Kansas State 94.51 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 6
7 Notre Dame 91.98 ACC Alan Turner (2nd) 8
8 Michigan 89.49 Big Ten James Henry (31st) 9
9 Tennessee 89.28 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 7
10 LSU 76.15 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 10
11 Georgetown 68.16 Big East Michael Smith (1st) 11
12 Southern California 64.11 MPSF Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 14
13 Oklahoma State 61.62 Big 12 Dave Smith (7th) 12
14 Wisconsin 57.50 Big Ten Mick Byrne (3rd) 15
15 Duke 56.12 ACC Norm Ogilvie (13th) 16
16 Purdue 50.47 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 17
17 Texas A&M 47.78 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 20
18 Kentucky 47.27 SEC Edrick Floreal (4th) 18
19 Boise State 46.69 Mountain West Corey Ihmels (3rd) 19
20 NC State 45.75 ACC Rollie Geiger (32nd) 13
21 Miami (Fla.) 43.15 ACC Amy Deem (26th) 21
22 Baylor 42.32 Big 12 Todd Harbour (11th) 23
23 Iowa State 39.96 Big 12 Martin Smith (3rd) 24
24 Akron 39.40 Mid-American Dennis Mitchell (21st) 22
25 Stanford 37.55 MPSF Chris Miltenberg (4th) 25
Dropped out: (none)
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 781.81 7
2 Big 12 388.69 5
3 ACC 383.50 4
4 MPSF 314.37 3
5 Big Ten 299.85 3
6 Big East 101.83 1
7 Mountain West 85.22 1
8 American 52.17
9 Ivy 41.72
10 Mid-American 40.97 1

 

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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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