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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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

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2017
FINAL
1floridaFLORIDA161.95SECSouth2
2georgiaGEORGIA94.66SECSouth4
3arkansasARKANSAS86.84SECSouth Central5
4southern-californiaSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA73.32MPSFWest21
5coloradoCOLORADO70.33MPSFMountain16
6colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE66.24Mountain WestMountain12
7oregonOREGON66.01MPSFWest3
8virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH65.80ACCSoutheast7
9alabamaALABAMA61.90SECSouth8
10texas-techTEXAS TECH57.67Big 12Mountain14
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
19houstonHOUSTON44.37AmericanSouth Central16
20byuBYU43.59MPSFMountain---
21rutgersRUTGERS43.02Big TenMid-Atlantic56
22penn-statePENN STATE41.28Big TenMid-Atlantic36
23georgetownGEORGETOWN39.07Big EastMid-Atlantic16
24michiganMICHIGAN34.13Big TenGreat Lakes22
25syracuseSYRACUSE33.49ACCNortheast10

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field

2018 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConfernce TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
PreseasonWed 1/10
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Dec. 1: First contest allowed
Week 1Mon 1/22
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Week 2Mon 1/29
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Week 4Mon 2/12
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Feb. 15-17: Conference Championships
Week 5Mon 2/19
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Feb. 23-25: Conference Championships
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Week 7Sun 3/4
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March 9-10: NCAA Championships (College Station, Texas)
FINAL ResultsSat 3/10
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