Florida Men Overtake Oregon Atop NCAA DI  National Rankings

Florida Men Overtake Oregon Atop NCAA DI National Rankings

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NEW ORLEANS – Two-time defending national men’s champion Oregon may have kicked off the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field campaign two weeks ago as relatively strong preseason favorites, but a lot can happen in the span of 12 days.

Based on both the strength of returners from a year ago and impressive breakthrough performances at this weekend’s Florida Relays, the Florida Gators have assumed an early and narrow lead over the Ducks in the first regular-season edition of the National Team Computer Rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Texas A&M 2)Texas 3)Texas 4)Florida 5)Florida
Florida Oregon Texas A&M Texas LSU
270.84 pts 263.69 pts 231.69 pts 226.34 pts 202.71 pts
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The Gators, who last stood atop the NCAA track & field world in 2013, checked in with 270.84 points, just narrowly ahead of No. 2 Oregon at 263.69. Florida moved up two spots, displacing both Oregon and No. 3 Texas A&M (231.69) by one spot each.

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Texas (226.34) also benefitted from a home relay meet – the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays – to jump three spots to No. 4, while LSU (202.71) dropped one to No. 5.

The Florida Relays proved quite successful for the Gators, with three men jumping into or improving their standing inside the top 10 of the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings in their respective events. These lists take into account both the best marks of the current 2016 campaign and the top marks from previous seasons by returning athletes.

Andres Arroyo bounced back from a disappointing 15th-place effort in the 800-meter semifinals at the NCAA Indoor Championships to run a career-best 1:45.78 (good for the 2016 college lead and No. 3 on the USTFCCCA list), while freshman quarter-miler Kunle Fasasi raced to a 45.43 for the 2016 college lead and the No. 4 spot on the USTFCCCA list.

Fasasi gives Florida three of the top four 400-meter runners on the USTFCCCA list, joining No. 1 Najee Glass and No. 3 Hugh Graham, Jr. The health and fitness of Arman Hall, a multiple-time All-American over 400 meters, is another significant x-factor for the Gators.

Keandre Bates also moved up to No. 10 in the triple jump on the USTFCCCA lists.

Since the previous edition of the rankings, junior 400-meter hurdler Eric Futch confirmed his No. 2 preseason ranking. He tied his career best two weekends ago at 49.45.

Oregon’s weekend was quiet but for a handful of distance runners at the Stanford Invitational.

Explaining the Points

The National Team Computer Rankings are complied by a mathematical formula based on national descending order lists. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race.

Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points.

Preseason marks will be included through week three of the rankings.

A full description of the rankings can be found here.

Texas A&M may have fallen a spot in the rankings, but the Aggies actually boosted their team score by way of sophomores in the field events. Ioannis Kyriazis moved to No. 1 in the javelin at 81.87m (268-7), while Audie Wyatt cleared 5.65m (18-6½) in the pole vault to move up to No. 3.

Relays provided the big boost for Texas as the Longhorns earned significant points for their 4×400 relay (3:02.18) and 4×100 relay (39.18) squads, which checked in at No. 3 and No. 8 on the USTFCCCA lists, respectively. Byron Robinson also moved up to No. 3 in the 400-meter hurdles to power the Longhorns’ three-spot improvement.

Beyond the top five, Henry Wynne led No. 6 Virginia to a two-spot improvement and its highest-ever showing in the USTFCCCA rankings. Wynne checked in at No. 2 at 1500 meters on the USTFCCCA list at 3:38.35 – proving he’s got the speed to go along with the tactics that won him the indoor mile national title.

The biggest mover of the weekend among top-25 teams was No. 21 Oklahoma State, which improved 15 spots from the preseason.

No. 24 Mississippi State was next on that list with a 10-position leap.

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

2016 Week #1 — April 4

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Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 270.84 SEC Mike Holloway (14th) 3
2 Oregon 263.69 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th) 1
3 Texas A&M 231.69 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 2
4 Texas 226.34 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 7
5 LSU 202.71 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 4
6 Virginia 190.79 ACC Bryan Fetzer (5th) 8
7 Arkansas 187.75 SEC Chris Bucknam (8th) 5
8 Alabama 171.78 SEC Dan Waters (5th) 6
9 South Carolina 137.64 SEC Curtis Frye (20th) 10
10 Illinois 132.17 Big Ten Mike Turk (7th) 9
11 Georgia 130.56 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 11
12 Texas Tech 127.11 Big 12 Wes Kittley (17th) 18
13 Southern California 117.78 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 16
14 Tulsa 117.62 American Steve Gulley (14th) 15
15 Ohio State 110.67 Big Ten Karen Dennis (2nd) 13
16 Stanford 108.68 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th) 12
17 Penn State 108.01 Big Ten John Gondak (2nd) 19
18 Colorado 103.02 Pac-12 Mark Wetmore (21st) 22
19 Virginia Tech 101.29 ACC Dave Cianelli (15th) 14
20 North Carolina 100.82 ACC Harlis Meaders (4th) 17
21 Oklahoma State 99.22 Big 12 Dave Smith (8th) 36
22 Middle Tennessee 88.30 Conference USA Dean Hayes (52nd) 21
23 Penn 80.41 Ivy Steve Dolan (4th) 27
24 Mississippi State 78.82 SEC Steve Dudley (6th) 34
25 TCU 78.73 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (12th) 29
dropped out: No. 20 BYU, No. 23 Arizona, No. 24 Louisville, No. 25 Kansas State
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1656.37 8
2 Pac-12 908.47 4
3 Big 12 778.10 4
4 ACC 777.13 3
5 Big Ten 725.87 3
6 American 300.85 1
7 Conference USA 272.78 1
8 Missouri Valley 134.91
9 Sun Belt 116.38
10 Mid-American 116.18

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Akron 664.56
Mid-Atlantic Navy 946.90
Midwest Minnesota 597.38
Mountain BYU 1114.84
Northeast Cornell 536.78
South Florida 701.72
South Central Texas A&M 765.02
Southeast South Carolina 562.02
West UCLA 591.97
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