Big Jump Highlights NCAA DI Men’s Week 3 Indoor T&F Rankings
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
February 6, 2017
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NEW ORLEANS — Five weeks remain until the start of the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and we had our first major jump in the Men’s National Team Computer Rankings.
In the most recent rankings, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Florida, Oregon and LSU are still the top-3 teams — as they have been since the debut of the rankings in early January.
The biggest change occurred at No. 4, where Virginia is now situated after soaring from No. 12 last week. This is the best ranking in program history for the Cavaliers, topping its previous best of 9th set in Week 1.
Arkansas rounded out the top-5 after falling from No. 4. The Razorbacks have been a mainstay in the top-5, having been ranked there in 44 of the past 48 weeks.
The story of the rankings this week is Virginia’s rise from 12th to 4th. The Cavaliers were buoyed by the efforts of Zach Herriott and Jordan Scott this past weekend. Herriott ran 13:45.37 over 5000 meters and moved up to 5th in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings. Scott bounded 16.36m (53-8¼) in the triple jump and is now 6th in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings.
Texas Tech moved up from No. 14 to No. 12 after Charles Brown added the vertical jump to his arsenal that already included horizontal jumps. Brown is ranked 10th in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings in the high jump with a clearance of 2.20m (7-2½) and is already in the top-15 in the long jump.
Colorado broke into the top-20 for the first time since Week 3 of 2016 and did so after three of its milers blistered the track this past weekend. Ben Saarel, Joe Klecker and Zach Perrin are now ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the Individual Rankings.
UTEP came in at No. 19 as its half-mile duo of Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni moved up the pack this past weekend. Korir is No. 1 in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings, while Saruni — also a freshman — is 4th.
This was the final week that marks from the past seasons were used to make up the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings. Starting next week, those past marks will be dropped and the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings will match up with the NCAA Division I Men’s National Descending Order Lists.
Remember: The 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 10-11 in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M.
Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2017 Week #3 — February 6
|next ranking: February 13|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||Florida||181.92||SEC||Mike Holloway (15th)||1|
|2||Oregon||134.77||MPSF||Robert Johnson (5th)||2|
|3||LSU||108.02||SEC||Dennis Shaver (13th)||3|
|4||Virginia||85.64||ACC||Bryan Fetzer (6th)||12|
|5||Arkansas||84.36||SEC||Chris Bucknam (9th)||4|
|6||Texas A&M||81.91||SEC||Pat Henry (13th)||5|
|7||Georgia||78.96||SEC||Petros Kyprianou (2nd)||6|
|8||Southern California||78.31||MPSF||Caryl Smith Gilbert (4th)||8|
|9||Syracuse||67.09||ACC||Chris Fox (12th)||7|
|10||Colorado State||66.91||Mountain West||Brian Bedard (11th)||10|
|11||Alabama||65.40||SEC||Dan Waters (6th)||9|
|12||Texas Tech||65.26||Big 12||Wes Kittley (18th)||14|
|13||Stanford||59.04||MPSF||Chris Miltenberg (5th)||13|
|14||Tennessee||57.66||SEC||Beth Alford-Sullivan (3rd)||15|
|15||Texas||55.68||Big 12||Mario Sategna (4th)||16|
|16||Kansas||55.28||Big 12||Stanley Redwine (17th)||11|
|17||Colorado||54.46||MPSF||Mark Wetmore (22nd)||85|
|18||Virginia Tech||47.28||ACC||Dave Cianelli (16th)||17|
|19||UTEP||45.11||Conference USA||Mika Laaksonen (8th)||32|
|20||Oklahoma State||42.55||Big 12||Dave Smith (9th)||18|
|21||Washington||40.24||MPSF||Greg Metcalf (15th)||20|
|22||Michigan||37.91||Big Ten||Jerry Clayton (4th)||19|
|23||Southern Illinois||37.61||Missouri Valley||Kathleen Raske (2nd)||23|
|24||Penn State||36.20||Big Ten||John Gondak (3rd)||21|
|25||South Carolina||35.45||SEC||Curtis Frye (21st)||24|
|dropped out: No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 25 Houston|
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|Men’s Conference Index Top 10|
|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||47.18||3:08.70|
|60 Meter Hurdles||North Carolina A&T||7.90||31.58|
|Shot Put||North Dakota State||18.08m||59-4||72.32m||237-3|
|Weight Throw||North Dakota State||20.45m||67-1||81.78m||268-3|