2019 NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – The better a team performed at its respective conference championship meet this past weekend, the better the chance it was rewarded kindly in the latest edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index, released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Such was the case for a quartet of teams in the top-10 as Florida, Oregon, Houston and Southern California all moved up one spot from the previous installment.
Those were just some of the moves, though, as we prepare for the true postseason to begin with the dawning of the NCAA Division I Preliminary Rounds in two weeks.
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Texas Tech and LSU remained No. 1 and No. 2 following championship efforts this past weekend at the Big 12 and SEC Championships, respectively. It was the Red Raiders’ second conference title in as many years, while the Tigers won their first since 1990. Norman Grimes led the Red Raiders as he clocked the nation’s second fastest time in the 400 Meter Hurdles (49.11), while the Tigers’ Mondo Duplantis reached rarefied air and broke the collegiate record in the pole vault.
The Gators jumped back into the top-3 after turning in several star-making performances in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Grant Holloway added to his lore when he clocked the second fastest time in collegiate history in the 110 Meter Hurdles (13.07). Hakim Sani Brown became the newest member of the Sub-10 Club in the 100 when he went 9.99, while teammate Raymond Ekevwo ran a season best of 10.02. Elsewhere, Thomas Mardal improved his spot in the hammer on the Descending Order List to fifth with his heave of 73.00m (239-6).
Then we have the Ducks, Cougars and Trojans as they are now No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, right behind No. 4 BYU and No. 5 Texas A&M.
Oregon got a boost from Cravon Gillespie’s incredible effort at the Pac-12 Championships. Gillespie tied the meet record in the 100 with his time of 9.97 – which moved him up to No. 3 on the Descending Order List – and then lowered his season best in the 200 to 20.17. Gillespie was also a member of the Ducks’ now fourth-ranked 4×100 relay team.
Houston received strong outings from Mario Burke and Amere Lattin at the American Athletic Conference Championships. Burke clocked a windy 9.95 in the 100, which has him second on the Descending Order List, while Lattin doubled up with titles in the 100H and 400H, coming in at fifth and sixth on the national chart.
Cameron Samuel and Earnie Sears III helped Southern California climb higher up the TFRI. Samuel took over the national lead in the 400H at 49.09 and Sears tied for the national lead in the high jump when he cleared 2.27m (7-5¼). Both won individual conference titles.
There were three other notable jumps in the top-25 this week: Virginia shot up eight places from No. 23 to No. 15, its best rating since 2017; Florida State soared 17 spots from No. 37 to No. 20; Kentucky hurdled its way back into the top-25 for the first time since Week 2 after Daniel Roberts tied the second fastest mark in collegiate history in the 110H in winning the SEC title – and beating Holloway in the process.
Outside of the top-25, the biggest moves were turned in by No. 81 Utah State (up 54 spots), No. 124 Troy (up 53 spots) and No. 130 UTSA (up 46 spots).
Don’t forget that the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.