Arizona State moves into the top spot with 120.56 points and is followed by Florida State with 111.76 points. Tennessee is third following a two-week run on top of the rankings after the Vols used their only off weekend of the indoor season last week. LSU moves to fourth with 84.27 points and BYU?rounds out the top five with 83.56.
Florida is the next SEC team, ranking eighth with 70.01 points. The Gators are followed by Arkansas in 13th with 62.17 points, Kentucky in 14th with 59.22, Georgia in 19th with 51.11 and Auburn in 24th with 48.02 points. The SEC’s seven ranked teams ties the conference with the Big 12 for the most ranked teams out of the nine conferences represented in this week’s rankings.
The rankings use an updated scoring system based on athletes’ season-best marks to determine a team’s overall chances of making an impact at the national championship meet. The scoring system for the teams, compiled by Tom Lewis of Missouri, is the sum of its individuals’ place on the descending order list and a weighed value of those performances based on the field. The scoring method is based on the latest NCAA performance list.
Tennessee’s team score consists of one relay and nine individual performances. Twelve-time All-America Rubin Williams leads the Vols with his top standing in the 200-meter dash and fifth-place spot in the 60. Team captain Jangy Addy remained first in the 60 hurdles and also scores in 31st in the long jump rankings. Three-time All-America Evander Wells is ranked fifth in both the 200 and the 60. Williams’ season-best clocking of 20.66 currently ranks second in the world in the 200, and Wells is 10th on the world list with his 21.00 time in the event.
Team captain Michael Hogue is 14th in the pole vault. Senior Andrew Dawson is 21st in the 800, and sophomore De’Lon Isom remained steady at 23rd in the 60 hurdles. Tennessee’s 4x400 relay team of Samdi Fraser, Kyle Stevenson, Williams and Wells scores in 16th place. Each of Tennessee’s scoring performances is an NCAA-qualifying mark.
Tennessee is the only team in the nation to be ranked in the top three for the entire indoor season, including
the preseason poll. The complete rankings can be found at USTFCCCA.org.
The Vols return to competition at the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va., this weekend.