NEW ORLEANS—With the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship meets for both Division I and II upcoming this weekend, the USTFCCCA released its final pre-championship computer rankings Monday.
The University of Washington men’s team is the only squad from the state of Washington ranked in either Division I or II going into the national championships, as the Huskies maintain their #20 ranking from the previous week. The Dawgs are ranked in the national top 25, primarily on the strength of national leader Colby Gilbert (left/photo by Paul Merca), who is ranked #1 entering the national championships in the 3000, and #2 in the 5000. Gilbert is entered in both events this coming weekend.
The top five men’s teams are Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, Georgia and Texas A&M.
Other men’s teams from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation include #9 Colorado, and #13 USC,
The top five women’s teams are Oregon, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU & Kentucky, with #6 USC, #17 BYU, #20 Colorado, and #22 Stanford the only other teams from the MPSF to earn a national ranking.
In Division II, the top five men’s teams going into the national championships are Ashland, Adams State, Tiffin, Grand Valley State, and Minnesota State. Western Oregon is the lone GNAC men’s team ranked at #15.
The top five D2 women’s squads are Pittsburg State, Grand Valley State, Adams State, West Texas A&M, and Chadron State. The lone GNAC school ranked is #25 Simon Fraser.
NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.