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

NEW ORLEANS –The NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Preseason National Team Rankings show that Arkansas is the team to beat out of the gate, announced the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.

The Razorbacks find itself in first place for the first time in the preseason rankings in program history thanks to a loaded roster. Taliyah Brooks (heptathlon), Payton Chadwick (heptathlon), Lexi Jacobus (pole vault), Tori Hoggard (pole vault), Nikki Hiltz (1500) and Devin Clark (steeplechase) lead a plethora of talented athletes from Fayetteville into the outdoor season.

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While Arkansas sits on the throne this week, it will face stiff competition week in and week out from other teams in the top-five.

The defending champion Oregon Ducks are in second place in the preseason rankings. Coming off an indoor season that saw the Ducks place fifth, the program will be looking for its second outdoor title in three seasons with a roster that features with the likes of Ariana Washington (100 and 200), Mackenzie Dunmore (400), Katie Rainsberger (1500) and Alaysha Johnson (100 hurdles).

Georgia finds itself right behind the Ducks in third place in the rankings. After winning its first indoor title two weekends ago, the Bulldogs’ outdoor roster will be led by jumpers Keturah Orji, Kate Hall and Tatiana Gusin. After finishing just 1.8 points behind Oregon a season ago during the outdoor campaign, the Bulldogs will look to sweep both the indoor and outdoor championships.

Southern California sits in fourth in the rankings, giving it the highest preseason ranking since coming in at fourth two seasons ago. Leading the way for the Woman of Troy will be sprinters Kendall Ellis, Deanna Hill and Ky Westbrook, as well as hurdlers Dior Hall and Anna Cockrell.

Rounding out the top-five was Texas, which found itself in fifth for its seventh-straight top-10 preseason ranking. The Longhorns stable of hurdlers that features Rushelle Burton ad Ariel Jones will join forces with sprinters like Teahna Daniels that should wreak havoc on the outdoor circuit.

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Three conferences are represented in spots six through 10 in the preseason rankings.

Texas A&M (sixth), Florida (eighth) and LSU (ninth) give the SEC a total of five programs in the top-10. All three programs finished in the top-10 during the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and should figure heavily into the outdoor picture.

Kansas State comes in at seventh for the program’s highest preseason ranking ever. With discus thrower Shadae Lawrence, triple jumper Shardia Lawrence, long jumper Wurrie Njadoe, hammer thrower Janee’ Kassanavoid and hepthatlete Nina Schultz on its roster, the Big 12 program will look to finish in the top-10 of the outdoor campaign for the fourth-consecutive season.

Stanford comes in at 10th with its second-consecutive top-10 preseason ranking. The Pac-12 squad placed 13th at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships a year ago, and hope to build on that with the likes of Elise Cranny (1500), Valarie Allman (discus) ad Mackenzie Little (javelin) returning this year.

The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon, at Historic Hayward Field on June 6-9.

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Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Rankings

2018 Preseason - March 20th

RANK TEAM & INFOPTS2017
FINAL
1 arkansas ARKANSAS
South Central Region
SEC
Lance Harter (28th)
289.37 6
2 oregon OREGON
West Region
Pac-12
Robert Johnson (6th)
234.08 1
3 georgia GEORGIA
South Region
SEC
Petros Kyprianou (3rd)
213.09 2
4 southern-california SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
West Region
Pac-12 (1)
Caryl Smith Gilbert (5th)
207.33 3
5 texas TEXAS
South Central Region
Big 12
Tonja Buford-Bailey (1st)
199.58 7
6 texas-am TEXAS A&M
South Central Region
SEC
Pat Henry (14th)
191.69 13
7 kansas-state KANSAS STATE
Midwest Region
Big 12 (1)
Cliff Rovelto (26th)
186.30 9
8 florida FLORIDA
South Region
SEC (1)
Mike Holloway (11th)
170.69 5
9 lsu LSU
South Central Region
SEC
Dennis Shaver (14th)
169.44 7
10 stanford STANFORD
West Region
Pac-12
Chris Miltenberg (6th)
144.49 13
11 minnesota MINNESOTA
Midwest Region
Big Ten (1)
Matt Bingle (12th)
139.82 ---
12 kentucky KENTUCKY
Southeast Region
SEC
Edrick Floreal (6th)
138.18 4
13 purdue PURDUE
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Lonnie Greene (6th)
126.59 21
14 arizona-state ARIZONA STATE
West Region
Pac-12
Greg Kraft (22nd)
120.09 10
15 colorado COLORADO
Mountain Region
Pac-12
Mark Wetmore (23rd)
113.35 12
16 nebraska NEBRASKA
Midwest Region
Big Ten
Gary Pepin (38th)
103.16 ---
17 oklahoma OKLAHOMA
Midwest Region
Big 12
Jim VanHootegem (5th)
100.25 72
18 michigan MICHIGAN
Great Lakes Region
Big Ten
Jerry Clayton/James Henry
90.73 21
19 florida-state FLORIDA STATE
South Region
ACC
Bob Braman (15th)
88.74 19
20 virginia-tech VIRGINIA TECH
Southeast Region
ACC
Dave Cianelli (17th)
81.07 11
21 san-diego-state SAN DIEGO STATE
West Region
Mountain West (1)
Shelia Burrell (9th)
78.79 32
22 ole-miss OLE MISS
South Region
SEC
Connie Price-Smith (3rd)
76.80 29
23 tennessee TENNESSEE
South Region
SEC
Beth Alford-Sullivan (4th)
76.15 62
24 notre-dame NOTRE DAME
Great Lakes Region
ACC
Alan Turner (4th)
75.75 ---
25 alabama ALABAMA
South Region
SEC
Dan Waters (7th)
73.03 28

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Women's Conference Index Top 10
RankConferencePointsTop 25 Teams
1SEC1655.809
2Pac-121030.255
3Big Ten731.734
4Big 12724.373
5ACC477.783
6Mountain West361.811
7American149.00
8Mid-American97.77
9Ivy94.57
10West Coast91.83

 

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Midwest(returns April 2)
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Northeast(returns April 2)
South(returns April 2)
South Central(returns April 2)
Southeast(returns April 2)
West(returns April 2)
 

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2018 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National RankingsRegional Rankings KEY DATES
PreseasonTue 3/20
MEN | WOMEN
Mar. 1: First Qualifying Date
Week 1Mon 4/2
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/2
March 28-31: Texas/Florida Relays, Stanford Invite
Week 2Mon 4/9
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/9
Week 3Mon 4/16
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/16
April 18-21: Kansas/Mt. SAC Relays
Week 4Mon 4/23
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/23
April 25-28: Penn/Drake/Arkansas Relays
Week 5Mon 4/30
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/30
May 3-6: Conference Championships Weekend I
Week 6Mon 5/7
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/7
May 9-13: Conference Championships Weekend II
Week 7Mon 5/14
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/14
Week 8Mon 5/21
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/21
May 24-26: NCAA Prelims (Sacramento & Tampa)
Week 9Tue 5/29
MEN | WOMEN
Tue 5/29
FINAL ResultsSat 6/9
June 6-9: NCAA Finals (Eugene)
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