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Oregon Men, Women Both Move to No. 3 in DI Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA 

May 14, 2013   

 

NEW ORLEANS – Conference championships performances have tightened the packs atop both the men’s and women’s Division I U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, released Tuesday.

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The Florida men and Kansas women both remain atop their respective rankings, but the chase pack is beginning to reel them in as the collegiate track & field season enters its homestretch. The No. 2 Texas A&M men lost some ground on the Florida men, but Oregon and Arkansas were propelled by conference championships to the No. 3 and 4 spots, respectively.

The No. 2 Texas A&M women won the SEC crown in their first season of membership in the conference to draw closer to their former Big 12 rivals at No. 1, while the Oregon women made a big jump with their conference title to No. 3.

The National Team Computer Rankings are a projection of how teams could fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. An explanation of the rankings system can be found here.

Oregon, Arkansas Men Ride Conference Title Momentum Toward the Top

What was a two-horse race for the No. 1 spot last week has gained a pair of competitors, with No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Arkansas climbing the rankings to join No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Texas A&M. The Gators and Aggies lost out to NCAA indoor champ Arkansas for the SEC outdoor title, while Oregon’s Pac-12 crown put them within striking distance of the top two.

Florida, which finished runner-up to Arkansas for the SEC title, dropped 4.67 net points for a team score of 314.46, while third-place Texas A&M fell 13.28 to 300.07. The Razorbacks turned in six top-10 marks to jump 27.02 points to No. 4 with a team score of 246.83.

At the Pac-12 Championships Oregon posted four top-10 performances for a 38.38 net point gain to 275.51 — fewer than 25 points back of Texas A&M at No. 2 and within 40 of the top-ranked Gators.

Oregon’s drive was powered by strong performances revolving around the 400. Defending outdoor 400 champ Mike Berry moving from 11th to fourth in the 2013 event rankings with a 45.14, though he didn’t claim the 400 Pac-12 title in losing to collegiate leader Bryshon Nellum of USC. Top ranked 110 hurdler Jonathan Cabral also ran the 400 hurdles for the first time this season, checking in at No. 8 in the national rankings with a 50.50. Berry later ran a leg of the 4×400 relay that moved from 15 to 10 with a 3:05.63. Hammer thrower Greg Skipper also contributed with his 222-6 (67.81m) effort that moved him from No. 10 to No. 6.

The quarter mile was also a big factor in Arkansas’ jump in the rankings. Akheem Gauntlett moved from No. 17 to No. 8 in the open 400 with a 45.53, while hurdler Caleb Cross jumped from 13th to seventh in the 400 hurdles with a title-winning 50.42. Gauntlett anchored the 4×400 relay that moved from No. 21 to No. 7 with a 3:04.68. Leoman Momoh’s 1:47.74 en route to an individual 800 title moved him from unranked to No. 9.

Florida State rounded out the top five, dropping two spots after being displaced by Oregon and Arkansas with a 224.45 team score.

The biggest conference championships boost came from California, which jumped 26 spots to No. 18.

Oregon Women Pull Back into the Race for No. 1

Just as No. 1 Kansas pulled out to a big lead in the rankings after a Big 12 title last week, No. 2 Texas A&M and new No. 3 Oregon jumped back toward the top with SEC and Pac-12 titles, respectively, this week. A handful of Jayhawks were able to improve upon some top-five marks, but ultimately Kansas dropped 21.59 net points for a team score of 330.02.

Texas A&M, despite the SEC crown, slid 5.04 net points to 302.40. The Aggies’ weekend was highlighted by Kamaria Brown’s season’s best of 52.10 at 400 meters, along with Jennifer Madu jumping from No. 44 to No. 14 in the triple jump with a mark of 42-9½ (13.04m). Ashton Purvis moving from No. 17 to No. 14 at 200 meters with a season’s best 23.07 (+1.3m/s) also helped the Aggies stay relatively stable in the rankings.

Oregon was the biggest gainer of the weekend, soaring four spots to No. 3 with a 62.59 net gain to 270.21. Sticking with the 400-meter theme, Phyllis Francis claimed the national lead at 51.57 to improve from No. 12 last week, while Chizoba Okodogbe went from unranked to No. 9 with a 52.22. English Gardner jumped from No. 30 to No. 5 at 200 with a winning 22.62 (+1.1m/s). Also key in the move up the rankings was hammer thrower Jillian Weir improved from No. 33 to No. 13 with a 212-3 (64.70m).

LSU stayed pat at No. 4, gaining a marginal 3.53 net points for a 240.94 team score following a close runner-up finish to the Aggies at the SEC meet. Florida, which finished fourth at the SEC Championships, slid two spots to No. 5 following a 26.66 net loss for a team score of 228.78.

Illinois State saw the biggest improvement in their ranking of any top-25 team, leaping 14 spots to No. 25.

 

USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION I

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

2013 Week #7– May 14

next ranking: May 21
 
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 314.46 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 1
2 Texas A&M 300.07 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 2
3 Oregon 275.51 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 4
4 Arkansas 246.83 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 5
5 Florida State 224.45 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 3
6 Southern California 188.57 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 8
7 LSU 155.21 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 12
8 Texas 153.76 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 6
9 Wisconsin 148.05 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (29th) 10
10 Nebraska 132.41 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 13
11 Georgia 132.04 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 7
12 Virginia Tech 123.31 ACC Dave Cianelli (12th) 9
13 Penn State 114.07 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 11
14 Mississippi 111.66 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 16
15 UCLA 108.59 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th) 15
16 Texas Tech 103.51 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 14
17 Alabama 95.97 SEC Dan Waters (2nd) 20
18 California 90.77 Pac-12 Tony Sandoval (21st) 44
19 TCU 82.08 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (9th) 17
20 Ohio State 78.36 Big Ten Ed Beathea (2nd) 23
21 Kansas 76.90 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 22
22 Oklahoma State 76.87 Big 12 Dave Smith (5th) 27
23 Cornell 76.16 Ivy Nathan Taylor (14th) 19
24 Iowa 75.68 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek (17th) 18
25 Arizona State 75.58 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 30
dropped out: No. 21 Oklahoma, No. 24 Baylor, No. 25 Clemson

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1627.57 7
2 Pac-12 1087.67 5
3 Big Ten 834.77 4
4 Big 12 730.18 5
5 ACC 569.20 2
6 Big East 247.70  
7 Ivy 145.78  
8 Mountain West 137.83  
9 Big Sky 135.98  
10 Missouri Valley 133.22  

 

USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION I

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

2013 Week #7– May 14

next ranking: May 21
 
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Kansas 330.02 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 1
2 Texas A&M 302.40 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 2
3 Oregon 270.21 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 7
4 LSU 240.94 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 4
5 Florida 228.78 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 3
6 Arkansas 213.38 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 6
7 Arizona 211.50 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 5
8 Georgia 206.53 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 10
9 UCF 195.36 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 12
10 Arizona State 186.23 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 9
11 Texas 155.83 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 8
12 UCLA 150.20 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (1st) 13
13 Stanford 147.70 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st) 14
14 Clemson 142.29 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 11
15 San Diego State 114.92 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 22
16 Florida State 113.16 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 16
17 Iowa State 106.96 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 15
18 Illinois 92.89 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (5th) 20
19 Southern California 87.82 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 21
20 Texas Tech 84.62 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 17
21 Washington 78.23 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th) 24
22 Oklahoma 77.42 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 23
23 Baylor 76.26 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 19
24 Michigan State 75.61 Big Ten Walt Drenth (7th) 29
25 Illinois State 75.29 Missouri Valley Elvis Forde (10th) 39
dropped out: No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 25 Wichita State

 

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1572.80 5
2 Pac-12 1277.93 7
3 Big 12 945.27 6
4 ACC 475.45 2
5 Big Ten 471.02 2
6 Big East 324.02  
7 Conference USA 316.02 1
8 Missouri Valley 255.67 1
9 Mountain West 179.06 1
10 Ivy 164.13


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