Big Changes In Week 4 Of NCAA DI Men’s Rankings
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
February 13, 2017
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NEW ORLEANS — We’re less than one month away from the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. They’ll be held March 10-11 deep in the heart of Texas on the campus of Texas A&M.
Between now and then there can be a lot of movement in the National Team Computer Rankings, released weekly by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Such was the case this week as only two teams remained in place from Week 3 as marks from previous seasons have been removed, leaving only the marks from the current campaign to be used.
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Those two holdovers were No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Oregon, the top-ranked teams in the nation. Both the Gators and Ducks lost ground on the field, however, as they dropped 25.43 points and 5.35 points, respectively.
Arkansas is back in the top-3 after a short hiatus. The Razorbacks jumped two spots from No. 5 to No. 3 and were buoyed by senior jumper Clive Pullen and their 4×400 relay. Pullen moved into sole possession of first place in the triple jump rankings (17.19m/56-4¾), while the relay team is now ranked 2nd in the nation (3:04.88).
Texas A&M attained its highest rank of the season as it comes in at No. 4. The Aggies are paced by the dynamic duo of Fred Kerley and Mylik Kerley. The former ran one of the fastest indoor 400 times in recent memory (45.02), while the latter is also a force to be reckon with at that distance (4th in the NCAA, 45.96).
Colorado, a perennial power in cross country, is working its way up the National Team Rankings. The Buffs moved up to No. 7 — their best ranking in program history — after being ranked 86th in the preseason. Colorado has the top-3 milers in the nation right now (Ben Saarel, Joe Klecker and Zach Perrin) as well as the 5th best man at 5000 meters (John Dressel, 13:52.57 OT).
Following suit, Kansas and UTEP notched their best rankings in program history. The Jayhawks come in at No. 8, while the Miners dug their way in at No. 9. Kansas saw Gleb Dudarev move up to 2nd in the NCAA when it comes to the weight throw (23.44m/76-11). UTEP put together a DMR team this past weekend that is now ranked 2nd in the nation behind Oregon (9:31.13 OT).
Further down the rankings, Iowa and Indiana were huge gainers. The Hawkeyes went from No. 32 to a program-best 16th and received a top-5 mark from Aaron Mallett this past weekend in the 60 hurdles (7.64). The Hoosiers soared from No. 30 to No. 18 and have three top-5 athletes, most recently joined by Eric Bethea in the triple jump.
Georgetown is back in the top-25 for the first time since Week 4 of 2016. The Hoyas were pushed by Joseph White’s effort in the 800 (No. 4 NCAA, 1:46.44 OT).
Several conferences will hold their championships this weekend, but the large majority of them will come next week in anticipation of the NCAA meet in College Station, Texas.
Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2017 Week #4 — February 13
|next ranking: February 20|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||Florida||156.49||SEC||Mike Holloway (15th)||1|
|2||Oregon||129.42||MPSF||Robert Johnson (5th)||2|
|3||Arkansas||102.07||SEC||Chris Bucknam (9th)||5|
|4||Texas A&M||88.45||SEC||Pat Henry (13th)||6|
|5||LSU||85.95||SEC||Dennis Shaver (13th)||3|
|6||Georgia||84.15||SEC||Petros Kyprianou (2nd)||7|
|7||Colorado||79.59||MPSF||Mark Wetmore (22nd)||17|
|8||Kansas||75.37||Big 12||Stanley Redwine (17th)||16|
|9||UTEP||74.42||Conference USA||Mika Laaksonen (8th)||19|
|10||Tennessee||67.40||SEC||Beth Alford-Sullivan (3rd)||14|
|11||Texas||66.60||Big 12||Mario Sategna (4th)||15|
|12||Colorado State||66.21||Mountain West||Brian Bedard (11th)||10|
|13||Texas Tech||64.20||Big 12||Wes Kittley (18th)||12|
|14||Virginia||61.57||ACC||Bryan Fetzer (6th)||4|
|15||Southern California||61.19||MPSF||Caryl Smith Gilbert (4th)||8|
|16||Iowa||54.49||Big Ten||Joey Woody (3rd)||32|
|17||Virginia Tech||51.69||ACC||Dave Cianelli (16th)||18|
|18||Indiana||49.95||Big Ten||Ron Helmer (10th)||30|
|19||Houston||49.47||American||Leroy Burrell (19th)||26|
|20||Alabama||48.35||SEC||Dan Waters (6th)||11|
|21||Southern Illinois||46.38||Missouri Valley||Kathleen Raske (2nd)||23|
|22||Oklahoma State||45.46||Big 12||Dave Smith (9th)||20|
|23||Washington||44.69||MPSF||Greg Metcalf (15th)||21|
|24||Syracuse||44.03||ACC||Chris Fox (12th)||9|
|25||Georgetown||43.30||Big East||Julie Culley (1st)||51|
|dropped out: No. 13 Stanford, No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Penn State, No. 25 South Carolina|
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|Rank||Conference||Points||Top 25 Teams|
|Men’s Regional Index Leaders|
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|Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)|
|Event||Institution||Squad Average||Squad Total|
|400 Meters||Texas A&M||46.33||3:05.33|
|800 Meters||Penn State||1:48.60||7:14.40|
|60 Meter Hurdles||North Carolina A&T||7.90||31.58|
|Weight Throw||North Dakota State||20.45m||67-1||81.78m||268-3|