Arizona State stays in the top spot with 110.84 points, but the Vols closed the gap to make this week’s rankings the closest 1-2 race of the season. Florida State fell to third with 105.65 points. SEC foes LSU and Florida round out the top five with 104.87 and 93.03 points, respectively.
Arkansas is the next SEC team, ranking eighth with 73.67 points. The Razorbacks are followed by Georgia in 19th with 48.12 points. The SEC is the only conference in the nation to have three teams ranked in the top five in the same week, an accomplishment also achieved four weeks ago when Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas were ranked first, second and third, respectively.
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 13 individual performances. Twelve-time All-America Rubin Williams leads the Vols with his top standing in the 200-meter dash and seventh-place spot in the 60. Team captain Jangy Addy remains first in the 60 hurdles and debuts third in the heptathlon after his SEC championship performance last weekend. Three-time All-America Evander Wells moves up to fourth in the 200 and stands seventh in the 60. Williams’ season-best clocking of 20.55 currently ranks second in the world in the 200, and Wells is fifth on the world list with his 20.78 time in the event.
Team captain Michael Hogue moved to 13th in the pole vault after his third consecutive SEC indoor title. Fellow team captain Matthieu Pritchett ranks 22nd in the 60 and debuts this week in 27th in the 200. Senior Yarrick Kincaid leads a trio of Vols ranked in the 800 with his 20th-place standing. Fellow senior Andrew Dawson is 29th in the event, and freshman Axel Mostrag is 35th. Sophomore De’Lon Isom is 25th in the 60 hurdles. Tennessee’s 4x400 relay team of Samdi Fraser, Kyle Stevenson, Williams and Wells scores in 13th 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.
Select Vols will travel to last-chance meets this weekend looking to solidify their position in the NCAA Indoor Championships.