Kentucky, Arkansas Lead Way In NCAA DI Women’s Rankings Ahead Of NCAA Prelims

Kentucky, Arkansas Lead Way In NCAA DI Women’s Rankings Ahead Of NCAA Prelims

NEW ORLEANS — Just when you thought the National Team Computer Rankings in NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field would settle down ahead of the NCAA Prelims, you got another thing coming.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women

1)Texas 2)Texas 3)Texas A&M 4)Texas 5)Texas
Kentucky Arkansas Oregon Texas Texas A&M
360.74 pts 357.11 pts 273.67 pts 226.34 pts 208.83 pts
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It’s clear through the most recent rankings that were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) that Arkansas and Kentucky are the favorites based on entries to the NCAA postseason — but not necessarily in that order.

After being upended last week following a two-week stay atop the rankings, the Wildcats are back on top behind a 19.8-point swing. The Razorbacks, who had been up by an incredibly small amount in Week 7, fell to No. 2 (a spot they have no occupied four times this season).

Kentucky and Arkansas are the only teams in the National Team Computer Rankings with more than 300 points. Actually, the Wildcats and Razorbacks are upwards of 350.

Comparatively, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M — the next three teams listed in the rankings — tallied 273.67, 226.34 and 208.83 points, respectively.

That top-5 is actually quite fitting, considering those five programs own the five most postseason entries — but not necessarily in the order they’re ranked. Arkansas leads the way with 33, followed by Oregon and Texas A&M (both with 32), Kentucky (31) and Texas (29).

With 23 entries, Stanford moved up three spots from the previous week (No. 10 to No. 7). That marks the best ranking in team history for the Cardinal as it tops the previous record of No. 8 set in Weeks 5 and 6 this season.

A team going in the opposite direction is Kansas State. The other Wildcats (not the top-ranked version) fell seven spots from No. 5 to No. 12 after standout Akela Jones didn’t declare in the high jump, long jump or 100 hurdles and instead elected to focus on the heptathlon and a showdown with Georgia’s Kendell Williams.

Outside of Stanford and Texas A&M, three other teams improved by three or more ranks: Mississippi State, Alabama and Michigan. The Bulldogs went from No. 16 to No. 13, the Crimson Tide rolled from No. 25 to No. 22 and the Wolverines joined the top-25 after jumping from No. 29 to No. 25.

NCAA Prelims are this weekend with action taking place in Lawrence, Kansas (West) and Jacksonville, Florida (East). Those athletes who shine the brightest will then head to Eugene, Oregon for the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for June 8-11 at Hayward Field.

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Women’s Indoor 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 Kentucky 360.74 SEC Edrick Floreal (4th) 2
2 Arkansas 357.11 SEC Lance Harter (26th) 1
3 Oregon 273.67 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (4th) 3
4 Texas 226.34 Big 12 Mario Sategna (3rd) 6
5 Texas A&M 208.83 SEC Pat Henry (12th) 9
6 Southern California 199.38 Pac-12 Caryl Smith Gilbert (3rd) 4
7 Stanford 195.67 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (4th) 10
8 LSU 195.03 SEC Dennis Shaver (12th) 8
9 Florida 181.81 SEC Mike Holloway (9th) 7
10 Georgia 171.54 SEC Petros Kyprianou (1st) 11
11 Tennessee 170.62 SEC Beth Alford-Sullivan (2nd) 12
12 Kansas State 150.11 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (24th) 5
13 Mississippi State 139.93 SEC Steve Dudley (6th) 16
14 Oklahoma 136.54 Big 12 Jim VanHootegem (3rd) 13
15 Miami (Fla.) 132.77 ACC Amy Deem (26th) 15
16 New Mexico 121.73 Mountain West Joe Franklin (9th) 14
17 Harvard 111.57 Ivy Jason Saretsky (10th) 17
18 Wisconsin 103.87 Big Ten Mick Byrne (3rd) 18
19 Texas Tech 101.87 Big 12 Wes Kittley (17th) 19
20 Florida State 95.83 ACC Bob Braman (13th) 21
21 Washington 94.29 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (14th) 22
22 Alabama 93.21 SEC Dan Waters (5th) 25
23 Nebraska 82.94 Big Ten Gary Pepin (36th) 24
24 Auburn 78.73 SEC Ralph Spry (19th) 26
25 Michigan 78.63 Big Ten James Henry (31st) 29
dropped out: No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 23 Baylor
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Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 2146.87 10
2 Pac-12 1037.84 4
3 Big 12 862.70 4
4 ACC 705.84 2
5 Big Ten 605.55 3
6 Mountain West 362.51 1
7 Ivy 157.76 1
8 American 118.39
9 Sun Belt 69.73
10 Big East 67.59

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Purdue 658.54 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 882.08 1
Midwest Kansas State 600.07 1
Mountain Colorado 811.58 2
Northeast Harvard 833.95 1
South Florida 658.70 1
South Central Arkansas 1178.26 1
Southeast Kentucky 987.51 1
West Oregon 765.84 1
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