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Florida Men, Texas A&M Women Take Command of DI Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar 

April 23, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The defending champion Florida men and the Texas A&M women have moved to the top of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings following the removal of 2012 marks from the rankings formula.

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The computers have determined that the Gators have been the strongest men’s team so far this season, jumping two spots to No. 1 with the removal of 2012 marks from the equation and leapfrogging No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 3 Arkansas — both down a spot from a week ago.

While the Texas A&M men fell from No. 1 to No. 2, their female teammates did just the opposite, trading spots with Kansas to claim the top spot in the rankings.

The National Team Computer Rankings are a projection of how teams could fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This is the first week that does not feature marks from 2012, except for combined events. An explanation of the rankings system can be found here.

Defending Champs Florida Back on Top

The Gators spent much of the 2012 season on top of the rankings en route to a national title, but this marks their first appearance at the apex of the rankings this outdoor season. With a number of its top student-athletes already having recorded nationally-ranked marks this season, Florida was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the removal of preseason data, gaining 57.75 net points for a total of 352.67.

No. 2 Texas A&M suffered a 17.99 net point loss  to 309.58, while indoor champion Arkansas dropped 20.77 points to 281.86.

Oregon remained at No. 4, but made significant gains toward jumping into the race for the top three spots. Combined with the performances at their close 86-77 dual meet loss to Arkansas, the Ducks jumped up 52.71 net points to a team total of 259.78.

Florida State likewise stayed stationary at No. 5, but gained 30.88 net points to 234.61.

The biggest and most significant beneficiary of the shake-up — in addition to strong performances at the ACC Championships — was Virginia Tech, which more than doubled its team score to jump up 20 spots to No. 8 (158.13 team points).

Other big gainers were No. 12 Iowa (+18 spots), No. 14 Clemson (+24), No. 17 BYU (+20), No. 20 Tennessee (+15) and No. 25 UTEP (+17).

Texas A&M Claims the Top Spot in the Women’s Rankings

The Aggies are back atop the rankings for the first time since Week eight of the 2011 season — right before they won their last national championship. No. 1 is nothing new for the Aggies, who have been the top-ranked team 22 other times prior to this week since 2008. If Texas A&M appears at the top of the rankings again next week, it would mark the fourth season in which it has held the No. 1 spot for consecutive weeks — with the other three resulting in national championships.

Texas A&M jumped 25.5 net points for a 304.95 team score to leap past Kansas, which slid 38.72 team points to 290.49 but is still very much in the hunt for No. 1.

Arizona made a modest 20.3 net point gain, but jumped three spots to No. 3 as a result, just edging out LSU. The Lady Tigers slipped just 4.13 net points to 257.58.

Arkansas is back in the top ten for the first time since this week a season ago, leaping 37.17 net points and five spots with a team score of 222.31.

Indoor champion Oregon took the biggest hit from the removal of preseason marks of any ranked team, sliding four spots after a net loss of 58.55, resulting in a team score of 217.22.

Rankings gains were more modest on the women’s side than on the men’s, with No. 16 Florida State (+14 spots) and No. 24 Kentucky (+17) the only squads to make double-digits jumps in positioning.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION I

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD NATIONAL TEAM COMPUTER RANKINGS (TOP 25)

2013 Week #4 — April 23

next ranking: April 30
 
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 352.67 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 3
2 Texas A&M 309.58 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 1
3 Arkansas 281.86 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 2
4 Oregon 259.78 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 4
5 Florida State 234.61 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 5
6 Texas 187.47 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 6
7 Georgia 185.97 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 12
8 Virginia Tech 158.13 ACC Dave Cianelli (12th) 28
9 Southern California 155.07 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 8
10 LSU 154.59 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 10
11 Penn State 136.81 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 15
12 Iowa 124.42 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek (17th) 30
13 UCLA 116.31 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th) 13
14 Clemson 108.76 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 38
15 Nebraska 108.36 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 20
16 Mississippi 104.32 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 11
17 BYU 100.70 Independent Mark Robison (13th) 37
18 Texas Tech 96.76 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 16
19 Alabama 93.33 SEC Dan Waters (2nd) 29
20 Tennessee 91.58 SEC J.J. Clark (4th) 35
21 Indiana 85.81 Big Ten Ron Helmer (6th) 19
22 Oklahoma 84.03 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 17
23 Ohio State 82.52 Big Ten Ed Beathea (2nd) 26
24 Kansas State 81.00 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto (21st) 21
25 UTEP 79.50 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen (4th) 42
dropped out: No. 7 Auburn, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 14 Mississippi State, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 22 Arizona, No. 23 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Minnesota, No. 25 Baylor

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1784.00 8
2 Big Ten 834.18 5
3 Pac-12 774.51 3
4 Big 12 727.88 4
5 ACC 654.35 3
6 Big East 244.03  
7 Ivy 154.67  
8 Southland 137.93  
9 Big Sky 129.18  
10 Sun Belt 120.77  

 

USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION I

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD NATIONAL TEAM COMPUTER RANKINGS (TOP 25)

2013 Week #4 — April 23

next ranking: April 30
 
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 304.95 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 2
2 Kansas 290.49 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 1
3 Arizona 260.80 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 6
4 LSU 257.58 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 4
5 Arkansas 222.31 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 10
6 Florida 218.76 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 5
7 Oregon 217.22 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 3
8 Arizona State 214.58 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 8
9 Georgia 187.24 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 12
10 Texas 185.74 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 7
11 Clemson 178.28 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 11
12 UCF 163.19 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 13
13 UCLA 136.10 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (1st) 20
14 Stanford 133.72 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st) 9
15 Texas Tech 119.72 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 15
16 Florida State 112.84 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 30
17 Illinois 104.75 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (5th) 18
18 Baylor 103.54 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 17
19 Washington 100.24 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th) 14
20 Iowa State 93.90 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 16
21 San Diego State 92.84 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 21
22 Oklahoma 83.86 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 24
23 Southern California 80.66 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 27
24 Kentucky 78.92 SEC Edrick Floreal (1st) 41
25 South Carolina 78.74 SEC Curtis Frye (17th) 33
dropped out: No. 19 Auburn, No. 22 Nebraska, No. 23 Colorado, No. 25 Penn State

 

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1566.90 7
2 Pac-12 1253.50 7
3 Big 12 953.17 6
4 ACC 558.97 2
5 Big Ten 381.17 1
6 Conference USA 351.03 1
7 Big East 273.78  
8 Missouri Valley 200.64  
9 Mountain West 155.33 1
10 Summit League 141.80


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