2019 NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – Rankings are a-changing.
This is the first week that only current season marks are used to calculate the structure in the NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index. So, the order you see in the most recent iteration – released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) – is based solely on performances turned in by athletes during the 2019 season (outside of the 5000, 10,000 and decathlon) and are not influenced by subjective means, like a poll would.
The top-5 in Week 4 looks similar to the Week 3 version in one regard: Texas Tech is the No. 1 team. But other than that, very little remained the same. LSU jumped to No. 2, which dropped Texas A&M to No. 3, while Alabama and Houston came in at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
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If you want to know why the Red Raiders are No. 1, look no farther than the fact that they have eight top-5 marks nationally, including four national leaders. Divine Oduduru is responsible for two of those marks after an absolutely incredible weekend. Within the span of an hour, the junior standout became just the 10th man in world history to go sub-10 in the 100 (9.94) and sub-20 in the 200 (19.76) in the same day. Joining Oduduru at the top of the national list is Eric Kicinski in the discus throw and Norman Grimes in the 400H.
Then you have the Tigers, who matched their best mark since the 2016 season. LSU owns six top-5 marks of its own, including three national leaders: JuVaughn Harrison is the long jump and its 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. Harrison is also ranked third nationally in the high jump, while Mondo Duplantis comes in ranked seventh nationally in the pole vault after making his outdoor debut this past weekend.
The Aggies held firm in the top-5 after a strong weekend. Infinite Tucker and Ilolo Izu give Texas A&M a solid 1-2 punch in the 400H as they’re ranked second and fifth nationally, respectively, while Jacob Wooten comes in at No. 2 in the pole vault and Devin Dixon found his way into fifth place nationally in the 800.
The Crimson Tide is seeing big things from its talented distance trio (Alfred Chelanga, Gilbert Kigen and Vincent Kiprop) as well as a strong duo in the field (Kord Ferguson and Shelby McEwen). Chelanga, Kigen and Kiprop are all ranked in the top-7 of the TFRI Individual Rankings in the 10,000, while Ferguson is sixth nationally in the discus and McEwen is billed third nationally in the high jump.
The Cougars round out the top-5 with BYU and Florida hot on their heels (Just three points separates No. 5 through No. 7). Houston has the second ranked 4×100 relay team and has seen Amere Lattin (No. 4 in the 400H, No. 5 in the 100H) and Kahmari Montgomery (No. 6 in the 200) do big things so far this season.
Rounding out the top-10 in Week 4 is No. 8 Southern California, No. 9 Stanford and No. 10 Iowa. The Trojans soared 28 spots between Week 3 and Week 4, while the Hawkeyes obtained their best ranking in program history after an 11-spot improvement.
Other new additions to the top-25 this week included No. 20 Northern Arizona, No. 23 Virginia and No. 25 Clemson.
All told, there were 11 team that jumped 40 or more spots between Week 3 and Week 4, led by No. 102 UT Arlington (up 63 places) as well as No. 40 Nebraska and No. 101 Houston Baptist, who both vaulted 51 places of their own.
Remember to keep checking back in advance of the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are set to begin June 5 in Austin, Texas.