Can’t Get Much Closer In Women’s NCAA DI Team Rankings
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
March 1, 2016
NEW ORLEANS — There seems to be a corollary between the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and the women’s teams in the National Team Computer Rankings.
The closer it gets to NCAAs — which will be held March 11-12 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama — the slimmer the distance there is between the top two spots.
Case in point: We turn to the latest National Team Computer Rankings, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Top-ranked Oregon, fresh off its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title since 2013, holds a microscopic edge over second-ranked Florida. Following a thrilling conference championship weekend, the Ducks lead the Gators by 0.11 points (144.68 to 144.57).
Points in the National Team Computer Rankings are compiled using descending order lists. The higher an athlete is ranked in her event, the more points she provides her team.
Only marks from this season have been counted since the fourth week of the rankings.
Note: This should not be referred to as a poll since no voting occurred.
Want to know why Oregon and Florida are so close? Take a look at that descending order list.
The Ducks currently have athletes in the top-5 of three events (60, 800, 60 hurdles). This past weekend in Seattle, Washington, Oregon’s Hannah Cunliffe roared to an individual title in the 60 with a time of 7.21 and moved right behind teammate Jasmine Todd into fourth.
Not to be outdone, the Gators own the best mark in the nation in the 60 (Shayla Sanders), the second-best in the 200 (Kyra Jefferson), have two in the top-5 of the 400 (Jefferson and Robin Reynolds) and triple jump (Yanis David and Darrielle McQueen), in addition to having one of the best 4×400 teams.
Behind Oregon and Florida sit the usual suspects of Georgia (134.83), SEC champion Arkansas (117.86) and Texas (103.24).
One of the most notable movers in the rankings this week was that of Notre Dame — and the Irish can thank Molly Seidel for it. Seidel blistered the track this past weekend at the ACC Championships, winning both distance races (3000 and 5000) and took over the top time in the nation in the latter (15:19.64). Behind Seidel’s run — as well as her pulling along freshman Anna Rohrer to the nation’s third best time — Notre Dame jumped from No. 13 to No. 8.
Another team that hit an upward trajectory was Purdue, narrowly missing the top-15. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 17 (up from No. 25 last week) after an impressive showing at the Big 10 Championships. Devynne Charlton tied for the national lead in the 60 hurdles, while the 4×400 team worked its way into the top-10 and secured a trip to Birmingham.
A pair of teams bounced back into the top-25 — Iowa State (No. 24) and Stanford (No. 25) — while two others bowed out —Washington and New Mexico.
We’ll find out soon enough how many of these teams had athletes who punched tickets to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in the next few days.
Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2016 Week #6 — February 29
|next ranking: March 7 (pre-championship)|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||Oregon||144.68||MPSF||Robert Johnson (4th)||1|
|2||Florida||144.57||SEC||Mike Holloway (9th)||3|
|3||Georgia||134.83||SEC||Petros Kyprianou (1st)||2|
|4||Arkansas||117.86||SEC||Lance Harter (26th)||4|
|5||Texas||103.24||Big 12||Mario Sategna (3rd)||5|
|6||Kansas State||97.01||Big 12||Cliff Rovelto (24th)||7|
|7||Tennessee||85.51||SEC||Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd)||8|
|8||Notre Dame||85.43||ACC||Alan Turner (2nd)||13|
|9||Michigan||84.98||Big Ten||James Henry (32nd)||6|
|10||LSU||72.31||SEC||Dennis Shaver (12th)||12|
|11||Georgetown||70.69||Big East||Michael Smith (1st)||14|
|12||Oklahoma State||66.68||Big 12||Dave Smith (7th)||11|
|13||NC State||63.38||ACC||Rollie Geiger (32nd)||9|
|14||Southern California||62.26||MPSF||Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd)||10|
|15||Wisconsin||53.66||Big Ten||Mick Byrne (3rd)||22|
|16||Duke||53.10||ACC||Norm Ogilvie (13th)||16|
|17||Purdue||52.45||Big Ten||Rolando Greene (4th)||25|
|18||Kentucky||48.72||SEC||Edrick Floreal (4th)||15|
|19||Boise State||45.43||Mountain West||Corey Ihmels (3rd)||19|
|20||Texas A&M||43.88||SEC||Pat Henry (12th)||20|
|21||Miami (Fla.)||42.26||ACC||Amy Deem (26th)||18|
|22||Akron||39.78||Mid-American||Dennis Mitchell (21st)||21|
|23||Baylor||39.00||Big 12||Todd Harbour (11th)||24|
|24||Iowa State||38.16||Big 12||Martin Smith (3rd)||31|
|25||Stanford||34.95||MPSF||Chris Miltenberg (4th)||26|
|Dropped out: No. 17 Washington, No. 23 New Mexico|
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