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

1

Oregon

2

Arkansas

3

Georgia

4

LSU

5

Southern California

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.

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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 Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 945.79 8
2 MPSF 552.67 6
3 Big 12 322.54 3
4 Big Ten 277.99 5
5 ACC 184.39 1
6 Mid-American 69.47
7 Mountain West 56.31
8 Big East 52.26 1
9 Southern 42.22 1
10 Ivy 42.06

 

Women’s Regional Index Leaders
Region Institution Points Last Week
Great Lakes Purdue 352.73 1
Mid-Atlantic Penn State 501.57 1
Midwest Kansas State 271.92 1
Mountain Colorado 377.28 2
Northeast Harvard 267.45 1
South Georgia 306.14 1
South Central Arkansas 522.11 1
Southeast Kentucky 438.87 1
West Oregon 564.77 1
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Women’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)

Event Institution Squad Average Squad Total
60 Meters Oregon 7.22 28.89
200 Meters Oregon 22.95 1:31.78
400 Meters Southern California 52.66 3:30.65
800 Meters Stanford 2:06.08 8:24.30
Mile Villanova 4:37.18 18:28.72
3000 Meters Oregon 9:07.58 36:30.33
5000 Meters Wisconsin 16:16.19 1:5:04.74
60 Meter Hurdles LSU 8.24 32.94
High Jump Georgia 1.84m 6-½ 7.37m 24-2
Pole Vault Arkansas 4.32m 14-2 17.27m 56-8
Long Jump Georgia 6.39m 20-11¾ 25.56m 83-10¼
Triple Jump Florida 13.24m 43-5½ 52.97m 173-9
Shot Put Miami (Ohio) 15.26m 50-¾ 61.04m 200-3
Weight Throw Minnesota 19.54m 64-1½ 78.17m 256-5
Pentathlon Wichita State 3,988 15,952