Jumbled NCAA DI Women’s Rankings Find Arkansas On Top After First Month

Jumbled NCAA DI Women’s Rankings Find Arkansas On Top After First Month

NEW ORLEANS — The first month of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season wreaked havoc on the National Team Computer Rankings, at least on the women’s side.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Florida 2)Texas 3)Texas A&M 4)Texas A&M 5)Texas
Arkansas Southern Cal LSU Texas Texas A&M
299.42 pts 258.23 pts 247.98 pts 242.91 pts 240.18 pts
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Only four teams from the preseason edition of the rankings remained in place when the newest version was released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

What about the 21 other teams that comprise the top-25? Well, the computers decided to play a game of "Boggle" with them and when the pieces settled, Arkansas settled into the top spot.

The Razorbacks, ranked third in the preseason, gained 45.54 points and own a healthy lead over second-ranked Southern California (299.42-258.23). This is the fourth time in program history that Arkansas is ranked No. 1, adding to the string of three consecutive top billings from Week 5 to Week 7 last year.

Previous No. 1 LSU fell two spots to No. 3, while Texas jumped three spots to No. 4. Rounding out the top-5, staying in place from the preseason, is Texas A&M.

Three big performances from this past weekend allowed the Razorbacks to knock their SEC rival from the throne.

Taliyah Brooks and Payton Stumbaugh got it going early as they competed in the heptathlon at the legendary Texas Relays. Brooks and Stumbaugh led a 1-2-3 sweep by Arkansas (Alex Gochenour finished third) and are now ranked sixth (5991) and seventh (5985), respectively, on the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings (IR).

Out west, Dominique Scott ran an NCAA-leading time in the 5000 (15:25.10) at the Stanford Invitational and is ranked second behind Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe on the IR. Scott is also ranked second at 1500 meters and third at 10,000 meters.

The USTFCCCA Individual Rankings are a combination of yearly bests and are only used until there is enough data from the current season to comb through.

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.

Jaide Stepter had a major hand in propeling the Women of Troy up two spots from the preseason. Stepter’s 400-meter time of 50.91 that she ran two weeks ago has her ranked second behind Texas’ Courtney Okolo.

Let’s not discount what Tera Novy‘s discus throw of 59.90m (196-6) this past weekend did for Southern Cal either.

Neither LSU or Texas made serious headway on the IR yet, but the Longhorns’ 4×400 team ran a blistering time at the Texas Relays. The quartet of Chrisann Gordon, Ariel Jones, Morolake Akinosun and Okolo crossed the finish line in 3:26.54, beating runner-up Arkansas to the tape by nearly six seconds.

The biggest mover in a team sense this week was Harvard. The Crimson surged 25 spots to 12th — their loftiest ranking in program history (previous best was 37th) — behind Courtney Smith‘s incredible 10,000 run (32:08.32) that put her first in the rankings and Paige Kouba‘s effort in the steeplechase (4th, 9:50.21).

Harvard is one of three new additions to the top-25. Joining the Crimson are 17th-ranked Tennessee and 21st-ranked Auburn.

And in case you’re wondering, the four teams that stayed in place were the aforementioned Aggies, No. 9 Kentucky, No. 11 Mississippi State and No. 13 Stanford.

The 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon. A lot can change between now and then, so be sure to check back throughout the season to see how the rankings evolve.

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

2016 Week #1 — April 4

next ranking: April 11
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Arkansas 299.42 SEC Lance Harter (26th) 3
2 Southern California 258.23 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 4
3 LSU 247.98 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 1
4 Texas 242.91 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 7
5 Texas A&M 240.19 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 5
6 Oregon 227.12 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th) 2
7 Georgia 225.56 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 6
8 Florida 217.71 SEC Mike Holloway (9th) 10
9 Kentucky 216.50 SEC Edrick Floreal (4th) 9
10 Kansas State 192.45 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 8
11 Mississippi State 168.01 SEC Steve Dudley (6th) 11
12 Harvard 138.19 Ivy Jason Saretsky (10th) 37
13 Stanford 133.43 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th) 13
14 Oklahoma 119.79 Big 12 Jim VanHootegem (3rd) 12
15 Miami (Fla.) 117.47 ACC Amy Deem (26th) 21
16 Baylor 104.18 Big 12 Todd Harbour (11th) 19
17 Tennessee 99.40 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 27
18 New Mexico 98.18 Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th) 17
19 Notre Dame 94.89 ACC Alan Turner (2nd) 15
20 Virginia Tech 92.98 ACC Dave Cianelli (15th) 18
21 Auburn 90.62 SEC Ralph Spry (19th) 26
22 Florida State 90.07 ACC Bob Braman (13th) 14
23 Oklahoma State 88.38 Big 12 Dave Smith (7th) 24
24 Michigan 81.47 Big Ten James Henry (31st) 22
25 Michigan State 80.96 Big Ten Walt Drenth (10th) 20
dropped out: No. 16 Ohio State, No. 23 Alabama, No. 25 Wisconsin
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 2022.60 9
2 Big 12 950.26 5
3 Pac-12 830.55 3
4 ACC 721.46 4
5 Big Ten 580.43 2
6 Ivy 241.19 1
7 Mountain West 184.79 1
8 American 176.25
9 Mid-American 132.77
10 Missouri Valley 108.23

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Purdue 641.58
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 661.07
Midwest Oklahoma 623.92
Mountain Texas Tech 937.37
Northeast Harvard 764.30
South Florida 667.55
South Central Arkansas 1000.07
Southeast Kentucky 986.47
West Southern California 625.01
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2016 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConfernce TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 3/22
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Week 1Mon 4/4
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Mon 4/4
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Week 2Mon 4/11
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Mon 4/11
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Week 3Sat 4/16
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Sat 4/16
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Week 4Mon 4/25
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Mon 4/25
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Week 5Mon 5/2
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Mon 5/2
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Week 6Mon 5/9
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Week 7Mon 5/16
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Mon 5/16
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Week 8Mon 5/23
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Week 9Tue 5/31
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FINAL ResultsSat 6/11
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