DI Men’s National Rankings Set For NCAA Preliminary Action

DI Men’s National Rankings Set For NCAA Preliminary Action

NEW ORLEANS – Very few major surprises came to light in last week’s declarations for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Rounds, and consequently very little changed in the national team race.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Texas 2)Florida 3)Texas A&M 4)Florida 5)Florida
Texas A&M LSU Florida Oregon Arkansas
348.27 pts 261.50 pts 241.09 pts 239.46 pts 225.08 pts
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Texas A&M continued to hold steady atop the Pre-NCAA Preliminaries edition of the National Team Computer Rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), but the chase pack is starting to creep up.

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Each of the next five teams in line behind the Aggies (348.27 ranking points) remained in place – that would be No. 2 LSU (261.50), No. 3 Florida (241.09), No. 4 Oregon (239.46), No. 5 Arkansas (225.08) and No. 6 Georgia (167.88) – and each of them gained at least about 10 points on the 2016 standard-bearer.

These rankings only take into account the entries into the East and West Preliminary sites, to be held in Jacksonville, Florida and Lawrence, Kansas, respectively, on May 26-28.

Ranking points do not equate to NCAA Championship points, but do reflect the relative projected strength of each team at the NCAA Championships on June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.

Among the top-12 teams in the nation, only No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Alabama swapped spots from a week ago.

The race for the men’s national team title may culminate next month in Eugene, but teams must first successfully navigate the road through either Jacksonville or Lawrence with as many Championships qualifiers as possible.

As a refresher, the top-12 finishers in each event from both the East and West region – 24 athletes/relay teams total — will make it to Hayward Field. Decathlon and heptathlon qualifiers have already been announced.

While Texas A&M may currently lead the race for the team title, it won’t be the Aggies with the biggest Prelims contingent looking for safe passage to Oregon.

That would be the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks, who will bring a whopping 41 entries to the West competition. That’s six more than the Aggies will field in Lawrence, and significantly more than No. 2 LSU’s 24 entrants to top the East Prelims.

No. 3 Florida has 21 entries in the East and No. 4 Oregon has 28 in the West.

But qualifying big numbers to either Lawrence or Jacksonville is only part of the battle. They still have to make it to TrackTown USA.

Arkansas still looks to have the edge in that department, as well. The well-rounded SEC Champion Razorbacks have 23 entries seeded top 16 in the West Region –12 qualifiers and four on the bubble of qualifying, based on seeds – while Oregon has 20 and Texas A&M has 17.

Out East, the trio of LSU, Florida and Alabama all have 14 entrants seeded 16th or better.

The final piece of the battle is actually scoring points at the NCAA Championships in mid-June. That’s where the Aggies’ biggest advantage finally comes into play.

Texas A&M’s roster currently features 11 entries seeded in position to score points – by finishing top eight – compared to eight each for the No. 2 Bayou Bengals and No. 3 Gators, seven for the double-defending champ Ducks, and only four for the No. 5 Razorbacks.

Of those 11 potential scorers for Texas A&M, three are their respective events’ favorites, two are seeded second, and three more are seeded third.

As for whether those numbers hold up through this weekend’s NCAA Prelim competitions?

Stay tuned.

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.

A full description of the rankings can be found here.

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

2016 Week #8 — May 23 (pre-NCAA preliminaries)

next ranking: May 31 (pre-NCAA finals)
Rank Institution Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 348.27 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 1
2 LSU 261.50 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 2
3 Florida 241.09 SEC Mike Holloway (14th) 3
4 Oregon 239.46 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th) 4
5 Arkansas 225.08 SEC Chris Bucknam (8th) 5
6 Georgia 167.88 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 6
7 Texas 147.23 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 8
8 Alabama 138.10 SEC Dan Waters (5th) 7
9 Houston 133.65 American Leroy Burrell (18th) 9
10 Texas Tech 129.82 Big 12 Wes Kittley (17th) 10
11 Virginia 128.77 ACC Bryan Fetzer (5th) 11
12 Tennessee 127.62 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 12
13 Virginia Tech 117.96 ACC Dave Cianelli (15th) 15
14 Stanford 113.08 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th) 14
15 Purdue 108.48 Big Ten Rolando Greene (4th) 16
16 Minnesota 106.30 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (8th) 13
17 Syracuse 100.58 ACC Chris Fox (11th) 18
18 Missouri 99.33 SEC Brett Halter (6th) 19
19 Florida State 97.01 ACC Bob Braman (13th) 21
20 Northern Arizona 95.22 Big Sky Eric Heins (9th) 23
21 Mississippi State 93.08 SEC Steve Dudley (6th) 22
22 Washington 91.37 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th) 17
23 Nebraska 90.59 Big Ten Gary Pepin (33rd) 20
24 UCLA 88.78 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (7th) 24
25 Kansas 86.41 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (16th) 25
dropped out: (none)
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Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1921.58 9
2 ACC 754.04 4
3 Pac-12 751.75 4
4 Big Ten 722.55 3
5 Big 12 650.32 3
6 American 255.38 1
7 Conference USA 245.13
8 Ivy 184.88
9 Missouri Valley 141.93
10 Mountain West 130.77

 

Men’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Indiana 660.38 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 886.33 1
Midwest Nebraska 720.40 1
Mountain BYU 973.66 1
Northeast Cornell 827.08 1
South Florida 671.54 1
South Central Arkansas 1054.91 1
Southeast Virginia Tech 582.61 4
West Oregon 833.16 1
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