2018 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rankings – Preseason

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NEW ORLEANSFlorida isn’t a stranger to winning national titles.

After all, the Gators won the past two outdoor crowns.

Then again, it has been a while since Florida hoisted the indoor trophy above its head – five years to be exact. But if the Preseason National Team Computer Rankings hold their weight, the Gators will be chomping on top of the podium come March in College Station, Texas.

NCAA Division I National Team Rankings Top 5 – Men

1)Florida 2)Georgia 3)Arkansas 4)USC 5)Colorado
Florida Georgia Arkansas Southern California Colorado
161.95 pts 94.66 pts 86.84 pts 73.32 pts 70.33 pts
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Florida is the heavy favorite in the first index of the 2018 season, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the sixth time in the past eight years that the Gators have been ranked No. 1 to begin the season.

Georgia, Arkansas, Southern California and Colorado round out the top-5 behind Florida, a team that has a 67-point lead on the field.

The Gators will depend on a talented quartet to take them back to the NCAA mountaintop: KeAndre Bates, Clayton Brown, Kunle Fasasi and Grant Holloway. Both Bates and Holloway are threats to score 20 points at NCAAs as the former won the long jump title and placed second in the triple jump in 2017, while the latter cruised to the NCAA title in the 60 hurdles and is a blossoming long jumper. Brown and Fasasi add needed depth to the team in the field and one-lap circuit, respectively.

The Bulldogs cemented their status as the next-best team thanks to an early-season effort by Keenon Laine in the high jump. Laine soared to the top of the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings with his mark of 2.27m (7-5¼). If Laine continues to grow as a high jumper, it will be a welcomed addition to the likes of Kendal Williams (top returner at 60 meters), Karl Saluri (No. 2 in the heptathlon), Denzel Comenentia (No. 4 in the shot put) and Darius Carbin (No. 6 in the high jump). This is the highest preseason ranking in program history for Georgia, as it had never been seeded better than sixth before.

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Collegiate All-Time Indoor Bests 

This Season Collegiate Bests

Kenzo Cotton is the major reason why the Razorbacks come in at third. Cotton is the No. 2 returner at 200 meters and No. 3 at 60 meters, which could mean major points for Arkansas. Don’t forget about Obi Igbokwe (No. 5 at 400) or Trayvonn White (No. 4 at long jump).

For the Trojans to be successful, they’ll rely on Rai Benjamin, Randall Cunningham, Michael Norman and the resurgence of Eric Sloan. Benjamin and Norman are heavy hitters at 200 meters, while Cunningham is ranked No. 1 in the high jump and Sloan isn’t too far removed from a dynamite sophomore year in the horizontal jumps.

The Buffaloes had never been ranked higher than 12th to begin the season. Well, this isn’t your granddad’s Colorado team. Maybe it is with the depth it has in the distance events, but still. The Buffs feature three men who are ranked in the top-3 of their respective events: Joe Klecker (No. 2 in the mile), Zach Perrin (No. 3 in the mile) and John Dressel (No. 3 in the 5000).

Colorado State came in at a program-best No. 6, followed by No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 Virginia Tech, No. 9 Alabama and No. 10 Texas Tech.

Texas A&M, last year’s national champion, starts the season in 17th place.

There is a lot of time for things to change between now and March 9-10 when the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in College Station, Texas.

NCAA Division I
Men's Indoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2018 Preseason - January 10th

National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2017
FINAL
1floridaFLORIDA161.95SECSouth2
2georgiaGEORGIA94.66SECSouth4
3arkansasARKANSAS86.84SECSouth Central5
4southern-californiaSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA73.32MPSF (1)West21
5coloradoCOLORADO70.33MPSFMountain16
6colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE66.24Mountain WestMountain12
7oregonOREGON66.01MPSFWest3
8virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH65.80ACCSoutheast7
9alabamaALABAMA61.90SEC (1)South8
10texas-techTEXAS TECH57.67Big 12 (1)Mountain14
11kansasKANSAS57.47Big 12Midwest27
12stanfordSTANFORD55.15MPSFWest49
13washingtonWASHINGTON55.02MPSFWest42
14indianaINDIANA54.97Big TenGreat Lakes29
15texasTEXAS54.32Big 12South Central9
16virginiaVIRGINIA51.08ACCSoutheast16
17texas-amTEXAS A&M48.37SECSouth Central1
18kentuckyKENTUCKY45.78SECSoutheast22
19houstonHOUSTON44.37American (1)South Central16
20byuBYU43.59MPSFMountain---
21rutgersRUTGERS43.02Big TenMid-Atlantic56
22penn-statePENN STATE41.28Big TenMid-Atlantic36
23georgetownGEORGETOWN39.07Big EastMid-Atlantic16
24michiganMICHIGAN34.13Big TenGreat Lakes22
25syracuseSYRACUSE33.49ACCNortheast10
26tcuTCU33.28Big 12South Central---
27ohio-stateOHIO STATE32.99Big Ten (1)Great Lakes49
28north-carolina-atNORTH CAROLINA A&T32.32MEAC (1)Southeast---
29auburnAUBURN31.19SECSouth---
30wichita-stateWICHITA STATE30.88AmericanMidwest---
31utepUTEP30.51Conference USAMountain22
32iowaIOWA30.46Big TenMidwest36
33southern-illinoisSOUTHERN ILLINOIS29.81Missouri ValleyMidwest14
34south-carolinaSOUTH CAROLINA26.78SECSoutheast36
35akronAKRON26.56Mid-AmericanGreat Lakes27
36florida-stateFLORIDA STATE25.68ACC (1)South58
37tennesseeTENNESSEE25.36SECSouth10
38uclaUCLA25.26MPSFWest---
39illinoisILLINOIS25.14Big TenMidwest30
40air-forceAIR FORCE24.76Mountain West (1)Mountain---
41californiaCALIFORNIA24.30MPSFWest49
42south-dakotaSOUTH DAKOTA23.62Summit LeagueMidwest22
43wisconsinWISCONSIN22.91Big TenGreat Lakes58
44northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA22.47Big Sky (1)Mountain58
45baylorBAYLOR21.86Big 12South Central42
46youngstown-stateYOUNGSTOWN STATE20.16Horizon (1)Great Lakes30
47nebraskaNEBRASKA19.42Big TenMidwest49
48cincinnatiCINCINNATI19.35AmericanGreat Lakes42
49arkansas-stateARKANSAS STATE18.76Sun Belt (1)South Central30
50nc-stateNC STATE17.37ACCSoutheast42
51michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE17.33Big TenGreat Lakes36
52oral-robertsORAL ROBERTS15.24Summit LeagueMidwest---
53south-alabamaSOUTH ALABAMA14.94Sun BeltSouth---
54manhattanMANHATTAN13.64Metro AtlanticNortheast---
55southeastern-louisianaSOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA13.55SouthlandSouth Central---
56louisvilleLOUISVILLE13.14ACCSoutheast---
57princetonPRINCETON12.90Ivy League (1)Mid-Atlantic---
58clemsonCLEMSON12.48ACCSoutheast---
59monmouthMONMOUTH12.12Metro Atlantic (1)Mid-Atlantic---
60utah-stateUTAH STATE11.59Mountain WestMountain---
61kent-stateKENT STATE11.31Mid-AmericanGreat Lakes---
62oklahoma-stateOKLAHOMA STATE11.28Big 12Midwest30
63samfordSAMFORD10.91SouthernSouth58
64wake-forestWAKE FOREST10.43ACCSoutheast42
65ionaIONA10.42Metro AtlanticNortheast56
66arizonaARIZONA9.82MPSFWest54
67georgia-techGEORGIA TECH9.06ACCSouth---
68george-masonGEORGE MASON8.87Atlantic 10Southeast---
69dukeDUKE8.69ACCSoutheast---
70new-mexicoNEW MEXICO7.82Mountain WestMountain22
71kansas-stateKANSAS STATE7.64Big 12Midwest48
72texas-stateTEXAS STATE7.48Sun BeltSouth Central---
73riceRICE6.82Conference USASouth Central---
74central-arkansasCENTRAL ARKANSAS6.56SouthlandSouth Central---
74north-floridaNORTH FLORIDA6.56Atlantic SunSouth---
76illinois-stateILLINOIS STATE5.87Missouri Valley (1)Midwest---
77tulsaTULSA5.51AmericanMidwest13
78louisiana-techLOUISIANA TECH5.43Conference USASouth Central---
79harvardHARVARD4.46Ivy LeagueNortheast---
80new-hampshireNEW HAMPSHIRE4.44America EastNortheast---
81lsuLSU3.94SECSouth Central6
82campbellCAMPBELL3.09Big SouthSoutheast30
83southern-missSOUTHERN MISS3.04Conference USASouth---
84ole-missOLE MISS2.94SECSouth16
85connecticutCONNECTICUT2.66AmericanNortheast---
86middle-tennesseeMIDDLE TENNESSEE2.49Conference USASouth30
87miami-flaMIAMI (FLA.)2.09ACCSouth---
88minnesotaMINNESOTA1.97Big TenMidwest---
89south-carolina-stateSOUTH CAROLINA STATE1.85MEACSoutheast---
90memphisMEMPHIS1.82AmericanSouth---
91albanyALBANY1.50America EastNortheast---
92montana-stateMONTANA STATE1.45Big SkyMountain---
93utsaUTSA1.26Conference USASouth Central---
94buffaloBUFFALO1.17Mid-AmericanNortheast---
95stephen-f-austinSTEPHEN F. AUSTIN1.12SouthlandSouth Central---
96coppin-stateCOPPIN STATE1.11MEACMid-Atlantic---
97north-dakota-stateNORTH DAKOTA STATE1.00Summit League (1)Midwest---
98grand-canyonGRAND CANYON0.97WAC (1)West---
99eastern-michiganEASTERN MICHIGAN0.95Mid-American (1)Great Lakes---
99eastern-kentuckyEASTERN KENTUCKY0.95Ohio Valley (1)Southeast---
101sacred-heartSACRED HEART0.84NortheastNortheast---
102indiana-stateINDIANA STATE0.78Missouri ValleyGreat Lakes---
103wyomingWYOMING0.75Mountain WestMountain---
104western-kentuckyWESTERN KENTUCKY0.72Conference USASoutheast---
105purduePURDUE0.68Big TenGreat Lakes---
106long-beach-stateLONG BEACH STATE0.64MPSFWest---
107marquetteMARQUETTE0.52Big EastGreat Lakes---
108northeasternNORTHEASTERN0.51ColonialNortheast---
109iowa-stateIOWA STATE0.51Big 12Midwest---
110north-carolinaNORTH CAROLINA0.34ACCSoutheast---
111northwestern-stateNORTHWESTERN STATE0.32SouthlandSouth Central---
112washington-stateWASHINGTON STATE0.32MPSFWest---
113furmanFURMAN0.27SoConSoutheast---
114bethune-cookmanBETHUNE-COOKMAN0.24MEACSouth---
115sacramento-stateSACRAMENTO STATE0.21Big SkyWest---
116ut-arlingtonUT ARLINGTON0.20Sun BeltSouth Central---
117sam-houston-stateSAM HOUSTON STATE0.17Southland (1)South Central---
118grambling-stateGRAMBLING STATE0.13SWACSouth Central---
118eastern-illinoisEASTERN ILLINOIS0.13Ohio ValleyMidwest---
120idaho-stateIDAHO STATE0.09Big SkyMountain---
121boston-universityBOSTON UNIVERSITY0.09PatriotNortheast---
122eastern-washingtonEASTERN WASHINGTON0.08Big SkyWest---
123charlotteCHARLOTTE0.06Conference USA (1)Southeast---
124new-orleansNEW ORLEANS0.05SouthlandSouth Central---
124missouriMISSOURI0.05SECMidwest---
126lehighLEHIGH0.04PatriotMid-Atlantic---
126notre-dameNOTRE DAME0.04ACCGreat Lakes54
126oklahomaOKLAHOMA0.04Big 12Midwest36
129southern-utahSOUTHERN UTAH0.03Big SkyMountain---
130louisianaLOUISIANA0.03Sun BeltSouth Central---
130western-illinoisWESTERN ILLINOIS0.03Summit LeagueMidwest---
132portlandPORTLAND0.02MPSFWest---
133brownBROWN0.01Ivy LeagueNortheast---
133umkcUMKC0.01WACMidwest---
133army-west-pointARMY WEST POINT0.01PatriotNortheast---
136hamptonHAMPTON0.00MEACSoutheast---

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field

2018 Rankings Calendar
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PreseasonWed 1/10
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Dec. 1: First contest allowed
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