Tennessee moved from 10th to fifth with 200.97 points in this week???s US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings following impressive performances at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
LSU occupies the top spot with 260.84 points. Florida State is second with 249.45 points, with Texas A&M???s 233.87 points ranking third. Florida ranks just ahead of the Vols with 201.67 points.
Auburn is the next SEC team, ranking seventh with 184.14 points. The Tigers are followed by Arkansas in 10th with 162.06 points, Kentucky in 14th with 142.73, South Carolina in 24th with 92.75 and Mississippi State in 25th with 89.42 points. The SEC???s eight ranked schools ties the conference with the Pac-10 for the most schools 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 the 11 individual performances and one relay accepted into next week???s NCAA Outdoor Championships. Three-time All-America Jangy Addy leads the nation in the decathlon after becoming the fifth UT athlete and just the 62nd American to break the 8,000-point barrier with his 8,010-point performance while winning his fourth straight SEC multi-events title. Four-time All-America Evander Wells is third in the 100 with his wind-aided time of 10.01 from the preliminaries of the Mideast Regional and fourth in the 200 after running a 20.25 time in the finals of the regional meet. Fourteen-time All-America Rubin Williams, the indoor 200 national champion, is ranked eighth in the event with his 20.41 clocking and seventh in the 100 with his personal-best time of 10.12 from the regional final.
Freshman Joseph Berry is seventh in the pole vault after his personal-best clearance of 17-9 that won the Mideast Regional. 2007 All-America Matthew Maloney is 13th in the javelin with his season-best throw of 228-2. Tennessee has two athletes in the 110 hurdles, with freshman Charlton Rolle???s 13.68 time leading the way in 15th place, followed by sophomore De???Lon Isom in 20th at 13.73.
Freshman Michael Ayers is 20th in the decathlon with his personal-best score of 7,360 from the SEC Outdoor Championships. 2007 All-America Yarrick Kincaid enters the national championship meet 25th in the 800 with his season-best time of 1:48.62, which was recorded at the Mideast Regional.
Tennessee???s All-America 4x100 relay team of Pritchett, Wells, Kyle Stevenson and Williams is second with a season-best time of 38.82, the third-fastest time in school history. Senior Blake Jones joined Wells, Stevenson and Williams to win the relay at the Mideast Regional in a time of 38.92.
Tennessee is one of nine teams to have 12 performances entered in this week???s rankings, which include 140 teams.