2019 NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Preseason

NEW ORLEANS – There won’t be a changing of the guard – at least for now – atop the NCAA Division I Men’s Track & Field Rating Index now that we remove the roof and add a few events to the ledger.

That’s because Texas Tech – the team that was ranked No. 1 throughout the indoor season – begins the outdoor season in the same spot. The Red Raiders received their first outdoor No. 1 billing in program history when the Preseason TFRI was released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field NATIONAL TFRI Top 5 – Men

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Texas Tech Texas A&M Alabama Florida BYU

NATIONAL TFRI

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A trio of SEC programs sit No. 2 through No. 4 – Texas A&M, Alabama and Florida, in that order – and BYU rounds out the top-5.

Texas Tech finds itself at the top thanks to six marks that are ranked in the top-5 of the TFRI Individual Rankings, which combine previous outdoor bests and the current Descending Order List. Norman Grimes enters the season ranked No. 2 in the 400H at 49.38, while Charles Brown and Odaine Lewis own the No. 2 spots in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Jah-Nhai Perinchief is ranked third in the high jump, while Lewis and Divine Oduduru are listed fourth in the long jump and 200, respectively.

Robert Grant, Tahar Triki and Devin Dixon lead the Aggies into the season. Grant and Triki are ranked No. 1 in the 400H and triple jump, respectively, while Dixon is No. 2 in the 800. Grant and Triki recorded both of their top marks at the SEC Championships last year. Texas A&M has been ranked No. 2 in the Preseason TFRI in three of the past four years.

The Crimson Tide is looking for big things from Alfred Chelanga, Gilbert Kigen and Vincent Kiprop, as well as Kord Ferguson. Chelanga, Kigen and Kiprop all have spots in the top-5 of the TFRI Individual Rankings in the 10,000 (Kiprop is also listed in the 5000), while Ferguson is in the top-10 of both the shot put and discus throw. You can’t forget about Shelby McEwen either, who just captured the indoor title in the high jump. This is the highest that Alabama has been ranked in the preseason in program history.

Grant Holloway is expected to lead the Gators during the outdoor season, just as he did indoors. Holloway, who scored 27.5 points at the indoor meet two weeks ago, is ranked No. 1 in both the 110H and long jump. Other top-5 marks for Florida include Anders Eriksson in the hammer throw and Clayton Brown in the triple jump. The Gators started the 2018 season ranked No. 4 and quickly moved to No. 1, where they stayed the remainder of the campaign.

The Cougars have never been ranked in the top-5 until now. BYU is hoping for big points in Austin, Texas, from Rory Linkletter, Connor McMillan and Clayton Young. Each of those three men is listed in the top-10 of the 5000 and 10,000. Clayson Shumway is also a scoring threat in the steeplechase.

No. 6 Houston, No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 Texas, No. 9 LSU and No. 10 Georgia round out the top-10.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as the TFRI will shift ahead of the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships set to begin June 5 in Austin, Texas.

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

2019 Preseason - March 18th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2018
FINAL
1texas-techTEXAS TECH336.13Big 12 (1)Mountain5
2texas-amTEXAS A&M270.41SEC (4)South Central7
3alabamaALABAMA227.03SEC (5)South5
4floridaFLORIDA221.08SEC (2)South2
5byuBYU205.15Independent (DI)Mountain40
6houstonHOUSTON173.09American (1)South Central3
7oregonOREGON170.23Pac-12 (1)West35
8texasTEXAS166.21Big 12 (3)South Central25
9lsuLSU162.05SEC (1)South Central8
10georgiaGEORGIA159.14SECSouth1
11florida-stateFLORIDA STATE155.39ACC (3)South11
12mississippi-stateMISSISSIPPI STATE152.19SECSouth10
13baylorBAYLOR122.46Big 12South Central55
14wisconsinWISCONSIN115.47Big TenGreat Lakes27
15arizonaARIZONA112.53Pac-12 (3)West43
16stanfordSTANFORD99.05Pac-12West8
17uclaUCLA90.94Pac-12 (2)West66
18kentuckyKENTUCKY90.92SECSoutheast16
19indianaINDIANA84.76Big Ten (2)Great Lakes70
20tennesseeTENNESSEE80.71SECSouth55
21michiganMICHIGAN78.70Big TenGreat Lakes20
22iowaIOWA78.57Big Ten (1)Midwest31
23arkansasARKANSAS77.51SEC (3)South Central12
24north-carolina-atNORTH CAROLINA A&T75.99MEAC (1)Southeast49
25south-carolinaSOUTH CAROLINA75.92SECSoutheast35

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field

2019 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConfernce TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
PreseasonMon 3/18
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Mar. 1: DI Season Opens
Week 1Mon 4/1
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Week 2Mon 4/8
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Week 6Mon 5/6
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May 12: Final Qualifying Day
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Week 8Mon 5/20
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May 23-25 NCAA DI First Rounds
Week 9Tue 5/28
June 5-8: NCAA DI Championships Final Site (Austin, Texas)
FINAL ResultsSat 6/8
Sat 6/8
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