Top-Five In NCAA DI Women’s ITF Rankings Remain Intact
By Curtis Akey, USTFCCCA
February 6, 2017
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NEW ORLEANS — Not much changed amongst the elite Division I women’s indoor track and field squads, as the top five programs – Oregon, Arkansas, Georgia, Southern California and Florida – remained in place in Monday’s rankings that were released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
With that being said, each team did lose a little ground in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings based off the NCAA Division I Descending Order Lists with just five weeks remaining until the start of the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Oregon weighs in at a whopping 220.86 points, but lost almost 15 over the week. Arkansas (181.50), Georgia (169.36), Southern California (125.08) and Florida (95.70) each lost single-digit points on the week.
Making a slight jump in points was Kentucky, which resulted in a two-spot move in the polls for the Wildcats. Kentucky moved from eighth to sixth after picking up a shade over 17 points in the Computer Rankings over the week.
Fifth-year head coach Edrick Floreal can thank the likes of Kianna Gray, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Jacklyn Howell for their performances at last weekend’s 42nd Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational for the rankings boost. Gray ran a 7.26 in the 60 meters in Lincoln, Nebraska, while Howell posted a time of 8.15 in the 60 hurdles. Camacho-Quinn was outstanding for the Wildcats over the weekend, as the sophomore notched a 23.44 in the 200 meters and a 8.03 in the 60 hurdles.
Michigan made its debut in the top-10 on the season, as the Wolverines saw a slight increase in the Computer Rankings to jump from 12th to 10th. A pair of upperclassmen in Gina Sereno and Jamie Morrissey can be attributed with the rise for the Wolverines, as they both notched increases in the mile run at the Meyo Invitational.
Ole Miss made a huge jump in the rankings on the week, moving up four spots to 11th place. The throws department of the squad came through big time at the New Mexico Classic over the weekend, as juniors Janeah Stewart (21.86 meters) and Raven Saunders (21.67 meters) posted stellar weight throw marks. Additionally, Stewart posted a shot put toss of 16.81 meters at the meet.
The most significant jump in the polls on the week belonged to Kansas State. Cliff Rovelto’s squad saw a five-spot jump thanks in part to Nina Schultz, as the rookie scored 4,271 points in the pentathlon at the 42nd Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Shultz’s mark is good for third in all of Division I.
Rounding out the top-10 on the week are LSU (seventh, 87.14 points), Texas (eighth, 83.43 points) and Notre Dame (10th, 65.44 points).
There was quite a bit of shakeup in the mid-section of the polls, as Baylor fell two spots to 12th, Boise State dropped three spots to 14th, Miami (Fla.) fell one spot to 15th and Purdue plummeted three spots to 16th.
Alabama saw a three-spot increase to 17th for that program’s highest mark since placing 15th during the second week of the 2016 season. North Carolina State and Oklahoma State both dropped two spots to 18th and 19th, respectively, while Penn State fell one spot to 20th.
Wrapping up the top-25 were Tennessee, Washington, Georgetown, Harvard and Oklahoma.
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.
USTFCCCA NCAA Division I
Women’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||Oregon||220.86||MPSF||Robert Johnson (5th)||1|
|2||Arkansas||181.50||SEC||Lance Harter (27th)||2|
|3||Georgia||169.36||SEC||Petros Kyprianou (2nd)||3|
|4||Southern California||125.08||MPSF||Caryl Smith Gilbert (4th)||4|
|5||Florida||95.70||SEC||Mike Holloway (10th)||5|
|6||Kentucky||90.86||SEC||Edrick Floreal (5th)||8|
|7||LSU||87.14||SEC||Dennis Shaver (13th)||7|
|8||Texas||83.43||Big 12||Mario Sategna (4th)||6|
|9||Notre Dame||65.44||ACC||Alan Turner (3rd)||9|
|10||Michigan||57.91||Big Ten||James Henry (32nd)||12|
|11||Ole Miss||56.88||SEC||Connie Price-Smith (2nd)||15|
|12||Baylor||55.24||Big 12||Todd Harbour (12th)||10|
|13||Kansas State||53.89||Big 12||Cliff Rovelto (25th)||18|
|14||Boise State||52.20||Mountain West||Corey Ihmels (4th)||11|
|15||Miami (Fla.)||50.58||ACC||Amy Deem (27th)||14|
|16||Purdue||49.21||Big Ten||Rolando Greene (5th)||13|
|17||Alabama||49.00||SEC||Dan Waters (6th)||20|
|18||NC State||48.37||ACC||Rollie Geiger (33rd)||16|
|19||Oklahoma State||45.48||Big 12||Dave Smith (8th)||17|
|20||Penn State||38.53||Big Ten||John Gondak (3rd)||19|
|21||Tennessee||36.69||SEC||Beth Alford-Sullivan (3rd)||21|
|22||Washington||35.52||MPSF||Greg Metcalf (15th)||23|
|23||Georgetown||35.10||Big East||Julie Culley (1st)||22|
|24||Harvard||35.03||Ivy||Jason Saretsky (11th)||24|
|25||Oklahoma||33.70||Big 12||Jim VanHootegem (4th)||27|
|dropped out: No. 25 New Mexico|
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Men’s #EventSquad Leaders (Best Foursome in the Country By Event)
|Event||Institution||Squad Average||Squad Total|
|400 Meters||Southern California||52.86||3:31.42|
|5000 Meters||NC State||16:16.23||1:5:04.93|
|60 Meter Hurdles||LSU||8.29||33.15|
|Shot Put||Miami (Ohio)||15.23m||49-11½||60.91m||199-10|
|Weight Throw||North Dakota State||19.47m||63-10½||77.87m||255-5|