2021 NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – It’s time to check out the first installment of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Remember: We are not using preseason marks this year, which means the National TFRI is only constructed using performances turned in during the current season. That means it will evolve more than years past and give a true glimpse of what teams are doing the best at the moment.

NCAA Division I — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
LSU
Texas A&M
Notre Dame
Texas
Southern California
1
LSU
2
Texas A&M
3
Notre Dame
4
Texas
5
Southern California
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LSU is ranked No. 1 for the first time since 2008. The Tigers have been stout so far in the 2021 outdoor campaign, especially so at the Texas Relays this past weekend. You can’t start anywhere but at the top and that’s where Terrance Laird and Damion Thomas sit in the 200 and the 110H, respectively. Laird clocked a blistering 19.81 (+0.8) to become the third-fastest collegian all-time, while Thomas went 13.22 to match the 10th-best performer in collegiate history. Those are two of seven national top-5 marks for LSU, which also sees Jake Norris sitting second in the hammer at 69.21m (227-1) and both relays in the same spot.

Texas A&M begins the season in the passenger seat, the same place it started three of the past four outdoor campaigns as well (2016, 2018, 2019). The Aggies own seven national top-10 marks in the early going, including a national leader from Bryce Deadmon in the 400 (44.62). Texas A&M continues to show its strength in the 400H with two of the top-3 marks: James Smith (No. 2, 49.95) and Moitalel Mpoke (No. 3, 50.01). Deadmon and Smith are both part of the eighth-ranked 4×400 relay that went 3:06.33 back on March 19.

Notre Dame carried the momentum from its program-shaping, runner-up effort at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships into the outdoor season. The third-ranked Irish starred at the Raleigh Relays this past weekend, putting up six national top-5 marks in distance events with three of them coming in the 5000 – Yared Nuguse (No. 1, 13:40.62), Matthew Carmody (No. 3, 13:44.55) and Kenny Vasbinder (No. 5, 13:45.95) – and two others in the steeplechase – William Daly (No. 1, 8:52.44) and Colin Daly (No. 3, 8:53.99).

Texas opens the 2021 outdoor season at No. 4, its best billing this early since 2016. While the Longhorns only hold five national top-10 marks, three of them are national leaders: Charles Brockman III in the 400H (49.78), Steffin McCarter in the long jump (8.27m/27-1¾) and O’Brien Wasome in the triple jump (17.06m/55-11¾). The other top-10 marks for Texas are the third-ranked 4×400 relay (3:01.28) and eighth-ranked Cruz Gomez in the 1500.

Southern California and Houston aren’t separated by much at No. 5 and No. 6, but the Trojans have the edge and round out the top-5. Matthew Katnik, Cameron Samuel and Jordan Scott pace Southern California this early in the season with top-5 marks in their respective events: Scott is No. 2 in the triple jump (16.65m/54-7½); Samuel is No. 4 in the 400H (50.20); Katnik is No. 5 in the shot put (19.80m/64-11½).

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Houston, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Kansas and No. 10 Oregon.

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

2021 Week #1 - March 29th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegionCHANGE
1lsuLSU290.83SECSouth CentralNR
2texas-amTEXAS A&M249.02SECSouth CentralNR
3notre-dameNOTRE DAME207.76ACCGreat LakesNR
4texasTEXAS193.27Big 12 (1)South CentralNR
5southern-californiaSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA155.96Pac-12WestNR
6houstonHOUSTON152.14American (1)South CentralNR
7washingtonWASHINGTON146.29Pac-12WestNR
8arizonaARIZONA145.00Pac-12WestNR
9kansasKANSAS140.05Big 12MidwestNR
10oregonOREGON135.79Pac-12 (1)WestNR
11baylorBAYLOR128.99Big 12South CentralNR
12byuBYU128.08IndependentMountainNR
13oklahomaOKLAHOMA124.97Big 12MidwestNR
14mississippi-stateMISSISSIPPI STATE120.78SECSouthNR
15villanovaVILLANOVA120.66Big EastMid-AtlanticNR
16north-carolina-atNORTH CAROLINA A&T120.29MEAC (1)SoutheastNR
17tennesseeTENNESSEE119.99SECSouthNR
18clemsonCLEMSON119.87ACCSoutheastNR
19butlerBUTLER116.30Big EastGreat LakesNR
20virginiaVIRGINIA112.32ACCSoutheastNR
21floridaFLORIDA110.08SECSouthNR
22auburnAUBURN108.69SECSouthNR
23missouriMISSOURI105.16SECMidwestNR
24texas-techTEXAS TECH104.79Big 12MountainNR
25south-dakotaSOUTH DAKOTA103.39Summit LeagueMidwestNR


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8Week #9Week #10FINAL
LSU12111111111
Oregon105663332222
North Carolina A&T16271415191191516123
Florida2133348887144
Southern California54425443435
Texas46776664546
Texas A&M27858101012976
Georgia42491511131616715138
Arizona State292022182024262018239
Florida State3817299105566610
Tennessee1726101311131418171611
Iowa4518252830212116141512
Alabama28105899111011813
Stephen F. Austin3923334241454738383213
Kentucky31911101415181112915
Mississippi State1413182021252826261715
BYU1212422253517
Houston611172426301213101118
Auburn2212122222313130343618
Clemson1815201923273027272220
Minnesota12796103119127613333322920
Northern Arizona85123888935171717243720
Kansas914161617141519212423
Michigan14740574548322323192024
Georgetown4670402927293244423124
Tulsa85849074767366605324
Oklahoma1319192316181922222127
Arkansas4560361212131481828
Virginia2021271718232424232828
Arizona824131215192021201930
Ole Miss4081323125202732312530
Iowa State6889147779131033
Notre Dame33136821041064836363434
TCU3029212628262928282736
Virginia Tech7751624739575625252637
South Dakota2525242724282529353537
Stanford13136432533565452536142
Washington722263529374034293946
Texas Tech24283034312222353040
Missouri23343539364242434347
Baylor11162330323837424558
Butler19587421474751594760
Villanova15334448547187916482

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field

2021 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Mon 3/29
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Feb. 1: DI Season Opens
Week 2Mon 4/5
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May 16: Final Qualifying Day
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Week 9Tue 5/25
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Week 10Tue 6/1
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May 27-29 NCAA DI First Rounds
FINAL ResultsSat 6/12
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June 9-12: NCAA DI Championships Final Site (Eugene, Ore.)