BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A nation-leading 15 Southeastern Conference men’s and women’s track and field teams are ranked among the nation’s top-25 teams, according to the 2014 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Preseason Division I National Team Computer Rankings, which were released Monday by the New Orleans-based organization.
Defending NCAA Indoor Champion Arkansas is the nation’s top-ranked team on the men’s side. Seven SEC men’s teams are ranked among the nation’s top-25, including three in the top-five. National runner-up Florida checks in at No. 2, while fourth-place Texas A&M is No. 5. Also included in the rankings are No. 13 Georgia, No. 16 Ole Miss, No. 24 Alabama and No. 25 LSU. Mississippi State is ranked No. 11, but the Bulldogs do not compete in the SEC Championship indoors.
Eight SEC women’s teams are ranked among the nation’s top-25, including six in the top-10. Texas A&M is the SEC’s highest-ranked women’s team, checking in at No. 2, while Florida is No. 3 and Georgia is No. 5. Kentucky (No. 6), Arkansas (No. 7) and LSU (No. 8) also are ranked among the top-10. Other ranked SEC teams include No. 11 South Carolina and No. 15 Mississippi State.
The national team rankings will be complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. For the preseason ranking and early-season rankings, data will be taken from previous seasons as well as the current season.
The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points.
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USTFCCCA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Team Computer Rankings (Preseason – January 13)
5. Texas A&M
6. Penn State
7. Florida State
10. Oklahoma State
11. Mississippi State
16. Ole Miss
19. Virginia Tech
21. Arizona State
USTFCCCA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team Computer Rankings (Preseason – January 13)
2. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
15. Mississippi State
16. Kent State
19. Florida State
23. Arizona State
Men’s Ranked Teams By Conference
Big Ten 5
Big 12 3
Women’s Ranked Teams By Conference
BIG EAST 3
Big 12 2
Big Ten 2