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

NEW ORLEANS – The road to the NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team title goes through Eugene, Oregon – in more ways than one.

Not only are the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held at Historic Hayward Field once again, the Preseason National Team Rankings predict the hometown team to stand atop the podium following the conclusion of the meet.

Oregon is ranked No. 1 in the first index of the 2018 season – but not by much. The Ducks tallied 197.97 points, just 0.22 more than second-ranked Texas A&M (197.75) and 1.43 more than third-ranked Houston (196.54). This is the slimmest margin between the top-3 teams in the history of the National Team Rankings for outdoor track & field.

NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings – Men

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If Oregon wins the national title – its first outdoor crown since 2015 – it would have done it thanks to its depth in the 1500 and two sprinters. The Ducks have four men who are ranked in the top-10 of the 1500 using preseason data: James West, Matthew Maton, Sam Prakel and Blake Haney. Combine that quartet with the possibility of Damarcus Simpson and Cravon Gillespie scoring big in the 100 and 200, respectively, and that means Oregon could be a difficult match for any team in the nation.

The Aggies, who were also ranked second in three other preseason lists (2010, 2011 and 2016) will look to diversify their point total across four event areas. Texas A&M has the top-ranked javelin thrower according to preseason data (John Kyriazis), the second-ranked 800-meter contender (Devin Dixon), the second-ranked pole vaulter (Audie Wyatt), the third-ranked long jumper (Will Williams) and the fifth-ranked 400-meter hurdler (Robert Grant).

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There is a trio of top-ranked athletes for the Cougars as they’re paced by Cameron Burrell and Elijah Hall in the 100 and 200, respectively, and Brian Barraza in the steeplechase. Burrell clocked a time of 9.93 in the 100 last year and Hall will likely use a standout indoor season – which saw him win NCAA titles in the 60 and 200 – as a springboard. This is the best ranking in program history for Houston.

Two-time defending national champion Florida comes in at No. 4, the first time it has been ranked outside of the top-3 in the preseason since 2009. The Gators have a number of athletes who are ranked in the top-5, including KeAndre Bates and Grant Holloway, who scored in multiple events last year to guide their team to yet another national title.

Georgia rounds out the top-5 as the third team from the Southeastern Conference in the mix. This is the Bulldogs’ best preseason ranking in program history and they’ll toward Denzel Comententia (shot put, hammer), Keenon Laine (high jump) and Karl Saluri (decathlon) for big points in their respective events.

Alabama comes in at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Southern California, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 10 Kansas. It has been a steady climb for the Huskers, who posted their best ranking since the 2013 season.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as we’ll see these rankings evolve ahead of NCAAs, which are set to take place June 6-9 at Historic Hayward Field.

NCAA Division I
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USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2018 Preseason - March 20th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2017
FINAL
1oregonOREGON197.97Pac-12West9
2texas-amTEXAS A&M197.75SECSouth Central2
3houstonHOUSTON196.54AmericanSouth Central12
4floridaFLORIDA184.72SECSouth1
5georgiaGEORGIA182.27SECSouth6
6alabamaALABAMA179.75SECSouth10
7southern-californiaSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA178.28Pac-12West20
8texas-techTEXAS TECH172.46Big 12Mountain17
9nebraskaNEBRASKA156.22Big TenMidwest69
10kansasKANSAS139.18Big 12Midwest11
11arkansasARKANSAS131.63SECSouth Central4
12virginia-techVIRGINIA TECH124.63ACCSoutheast32
13south-carolinaSOUTH CAROLINA124.41SECSoutheast49
14mississippi-stateMISSISSIPPI STATE124.01SECSouth26
15colorado-stateCOLORADO STATE119.38Mountain WestMountain33
16penn-statePENN STATE107.68Big TenMid-Atlantic20
17stanfordSTANFORD105.48Pac-12West26
18auburnAUBURN103.81SECSouth5
19texasTEXAS102.38Big 12South Central26
20virginiaVIRGINIA102.06ACCSoutheast3
21uclaUCLA98.80Pac-12West33
22kentuckyKENTUCKY79.35SECSoutheast59
23byuBYU76.45Independent (DI)Mountain33
24michiganMICHIGAN73.55Big TenGreat Lakes41
25baylorBAYLOR72.80Big 12South Central74

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2018 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConfernce TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 3/20
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Mar. 1: First Qualifying Date
Week 1Mon 4/2
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Mon 4/2
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March 28-31: Texas/Florida Relays, Stanford Invite
Week 2Mon 4/9
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Mon 4/9
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Mon 4/9
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Week 3Mon 4/16
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April 18-21: Kansas/Mt. SAC Relays
Week 4Mon 4/23
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Mon 4/23
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Mon 4/23
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April 25-28: Penn/Drake/Arkansas Relays
Week 5Mon 4/30
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May 3-6: Conference Championships Weekend I
Week 6Mon 5/7
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May 9-13: Conference Championships Weekend II
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Week 8Mon 5/21
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May 24-26: NCAA Prelims (Sacramento & Tampa)
Week 9Tue 5/29
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Tue 5/29
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FINAL ResultsSat 6/9
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June 6-9: NCAA Finals (Eugene)
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