Top-5 Of NCAA DI Women’s ITF Rankings Sees Movement
By Curtis Akey, USTFCCCA
February 20, 2017
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NEW ORLEANS — A dormant weekend for some meant a rise in the polls for others.
While Oregon continued its stranglehold on the top spot of the Division I Women’s National Team Computer Rankings, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday, the landscape below the Ducks shifted slightly with just two weekends to go before the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas.
Arkansas and LSU traded spots with Georgia and Southern California, respectively, after the latter two squads had quiet weekends.
NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Women
Sophomore Alexis Weeks continued to impress in the pole vault this past weekend for Arkansas, helping the Razorbacks move to 2nd ahead of Georgia after slipping to 3rd just a week ago. Weeks cleared 4.60m (15-1) at the Arkansas Qualifier for the top mark in Division I, while the Razorbacks also saw a solid performance from its distance medley team that finished with the 5th-best time in Division I on the season at 10:57.93.
LSU saw an uptick in its point total in the Computer Rankings, forcing Southern California (5th) to relinquish its 4th-place spot in the polls, thanks in part to its distance medley team that competed this past weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame. The quartet recorded a time of 10:57.66, good for 4th in Division I. The 4th-place ranking for Dennis Shaver’s Tigers is the highest since the team finished 1st in the final poll of the 2013 campaign.
Oregon and Southern California (5th) did not compete this past weekend, instead shifting attention towards the MPSF Indoor Championships. Georgia (3rd) sent just a few athletes to the Tiger Tuneup at Clemson, but, for all intents and purposes, held a majority of the team back from competing in order to train for the SEC Indoor Championships.
Baylor jumped one spot to 7th – tying the program’s best ranking – after its distance medley team ran a time of 11:05.68 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Texas A&M also rose to its highest ranking since the end of the 2015 season, as the Aggies moved to 10th. Junior Emily Gunderson cleared 4.29m (14-0 ¾) in the pole vault at the Texas A&M Aggie Twilight, moving her to 8th on the Division I Descending Order List.
Kentucky (6th) and Alabama (9th) stayed put in the top-10, while Texas (8th) fell one spot.
The remainder of the top-25 did not see the dramatic changes as seen in weeks past, largely due to the fact that many teams trained for their respective conference championships as opposed to competing this past weekend. Kansas State (12th), Penn State (14th) and Indiana (16th) all moved into new season-high spots in the rankings, while Florida (11th), Ole Miss (13th), Miami (Fla.) (15th) and Michigan (18th) all fell.
Ed Eyestone got BYU into the top-25 for the first time during his tenure, as the Cougars came in at 17th after a 12-spot jump. The distance medley team recorded the 3rd best time in Division I at the Alex Wilson Invitational after finishing with a time of 10:56.93.
Furman (19th), Arizona (20th) and Purdue (21st) all moved up in the rankings. Furman’s spot is the highest in program history, and is an overall jump of 120 spots from its preseason ranking of 139. Prior to this season, the Paladins top ranking came during the 2nd week of the 2016 season when they came in at 124th.
The 2017 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships will be held in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11. Be sure to check www.USTFCCCA.org throughout the season to see how the rankings change between now and then.
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Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)
2017 Week #5 — February 20
|next ranking: February 27|
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||Oregon||244.40||MPSF||Robert Johnson (5th)||1|
|2||Arkansas||171.22||SEC||Lance Harter (27th)||3|
|3||Georgia||167.77||SEC||Petros Kyprianou (2nd)||2|
|4||LSU||128.88||SEC||Dennis Shaver (13th)||5|
|5||Southern California||119.70||MPSF||Caryl Smith Gilbert (4th)||4|
|6||Kentucky||100.76||SEC||Edrick Floreal (5th)||6|
|7||Baylor||78.10||Big 12||Todd Harbour (12th)||8|
|8||Texas||77.88||Big 12||Mario Sategna (4th)||7|
|9||Alabama||73.34||SEC||Dan Waters (6th)||9|
|10||Texas A&M||69.97||SEC||Pat Henry (13th)||12|
|11||Florida||67.02||SEC||Mike Holloway (10th)||10|
|12||Kansas State||63.22||Big 12||Cliff Rovelto (25th)||13|
|13||Ole Miss||61.56||SEC||Connie Price-Smith (2nd)||11|
|14||Penn State||54.11||Big Ten||John Gondak (3rd)||15|
|15||Miami (Fla.)||52.17||ACC||Amy Deem (27th)||14|
|16||Indiana||49.24||Big Ten||Ron Helmer (10th)||17|
|17||BYU||43.16||MPSF||Ed Eyestone (4th)||29|
|18||Michigan||39.88||Big Ten||James Henry (32nd)||16|
|19||Furman||37.35||Southern||Robert Gary (6th)||20|
|20||Arizona||33.78||MPSF||Fred Harvey (15th)||21|
|21||Purdue||33.60||Big Ten||Rolando Greene (5th)||23|
|22||Colorado||31.24||MPSF||Mark Wetmore (22nd)||22|
|23||Stanford||30.98||MPSF||Chris Miltenberg (5th)||18|
|24||Illinois||30.88||Big Ten||Ron Garner (4th)||24|
|25||Villanova||30.05||Big East||Gina Procaccio (17th)||19|
|dropped out: No. 25 Mississippi State|
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Women’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)
|Event||Institution||Squad Average||Squad Total|
|400 Meters||Southern California||52.66||3:30.65|
|60 Meter Hurdles||LSU||8.24||32.94|
|Shot Put||Miami (Ohio)||15.26m||50-¾||61.04m||200-3|