Florida State moves into the top spot with 126.15 points. LSU is third with 92.53 points, while Arizona State falls to fourth with 87.54 points. Arkansas rounds out the top five with 86.88 points.
Florida is the next SEC team, ranking sixth with 83.86 points. The Gators are followed by Georgia in 17th with 47.35 points, Auburn in 18th with 46.59 and Kentucky in 19th with 45.79 points. The SEC has seven schools ranked this week, more than any of the nine conferences represented, and is the only conference in the nation to have three teams ranked in the top five in the same week. That accomplishment also was achieved four weeks ago when Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas were ranked first, second and third, respectively, and again last week when the Vols, LSU and Florida were second, fourth and fifth.
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 its eight individual performances accepted into this weekend’s NCAA championship meet. 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 third in the heptathlon. Williams and Addy picked up SEC?titles in the 200 and heptathlon, respectively, two weekends ago. Three-time All-America Evander Wells ranks 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 enters the NCAA Indoor Championships ranked 14th in the pole vault after his third consecutive SEC indoor title. Fellow team captain Matthieu Pritchett is 16th in the 60 following his personal-best clocking of 6.68 at last week’s Virginia Tech Last Chance.
Tennessee is the only team in the nation to be ranked in the top three for the entire indoor season, including the preseason poll, and its five weeks spent in the top two is tops in the country. The complete rankings can be found at USTFCCCA.org.
The NCAA Indoor Championships take place Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.