LSU Leads Women's Pre-season Dual Meet Rankings - TrackSuperfan.com
LSU Leads Women's Pre-season Dual Meet Rankings
by Jesse Squire/TrackSuperfan.com
LSU stands atop the preseason rankings in Track and Field News magazine's women's indoor collegiate dual-meet rankings, ahead of SEC rivals Texas A&M.
Collegiate dual meets, once the backbone of the collegiate track & field season, nearly disappeared in the ’90s and ’00s but are now enjoying a bit of a renaissance, and with that growth in interest, the rankings have returned to Track & Field News.
The full top ten ranking:
2. Texas A&M
6. Michigan State
7. Indiana State
Three SEC teams dominate the top end of the rankings, but the Big Ten claims the largest share with four of the top ten teams. The other three rankings come from the Big Twelve, Missouri Valley, and Heptagonal conferences.
Those three SEC teams—LSU, Texas A&M and Arkansas—will face off at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Saturday, January 19, in a meet likely to determine the women's indoor dual meet champions.
To be considered for the indoor rankings, a team must compete in at least one dual meet during the indoor season, using Track and Field News' definition of a "dual meet" as a scored meet between four or fewer teams. During the outdoor season, rankings will be kept for a combined indoor/outdoor season.
Men's preseason indoor rankings will be released on Wednesday, January 8. The next women's rankings will be released on Wednesday, January 15, and will recognize the top twenty teams.
For more, go to trackandfieldnews.com.
Here is a list of meets involving one or more ranked women's teams scheduled to take place before the next women's ranking release:
Navy at #10 Princeton
St. John's , St. Joseph 's & Rutgers at #10 Princeton
Oklahoma State at #5 Arkansas
Illinois State at #7 Indiana State
Purdue at #9 Indiana
TFN's dual meet rankings, compiled by Jesse Squire of tracksuperfan.com, are a revival of annual rankings compiled from 1970 to 1995. Dual meets, once the backbone of the collegiate track and field season, nearly disappeared in the 1990s and 2000s but have made a return, and with them have come the rankings. Last year's women's champions for the combined indoor/outdoor season were the Oregon Ducks.
A full compilation of past collegiate dual meet rankings can be found at tracksuperfan.com.