(Week 1)

(compiled by Jesse Squire)

Indoor champ Arkansas starts on top

The first Track & Field News men’s dual meet rankings of the season predicts ongoing success for some familiar faces. Chris Bucknam’s Razorbacks, winner at last month’s undercover national, sit atop the duals ratings as the real season kicks off.

Arch-rival Texas A&M is ranked #2 and the Aggies have a showdown on Saturday against 3 other teams all ranked in the top 13.



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The full national rankings, with seasonal records:
1. Arkansas (2-1)
2. Texas A&M (2-0)
3. Arizona State (0-0)
4. Oregon (0-0)
5. Florida (0-0)
6. Nebraska (2-0)
7. LSU (0-2)
8. Texas (0-1)
9. Ohio State (0-0)
10. Washington (0-0)
11. UCLA (0-0)
12. Cal (0-0)
13. Washington State (2-0)
14. UConn (0-0)
15. Michigan (1-0)
16. USC (0-0)
17. Kansas State (3-0)
18. Indiana (1-0)
19. Arizona (0-0)
20. Long Beach State (0-0)
21. Purdue (1-1)
22. Northern Arizona (0-0)
23. Sac State (0-0)
24. Michigan State (3-1)
25. Notre Dame (2-1)


Despite an indoor loss to Texas A&M, the Razorbacks open the outdoor season at #1 due to a tough and extensive dual meet schedule, as they meet six of the top ten teams listed above.

To be eligible for listing, a team must compete in at least one dual meet (using T&FN’s definition of a dual, which is a scored meet of 4 or fewer teams). Rankings are compiled for a combined indoor and outdoor season, with outdoor competition given more weight. Teams are also rewarded for an extensive and/or challenging dual meet schedule.

A significant amount of top-level dual meet action is on tap for Saturday. Here are the meets involving one or more ranked teams (links go to host institutions):

#2 Texas A&M, #10 Washington, and #13 Washington State at #4 Oregon

#7 LSU and TCU at #11 UCLA

#15 Michigan and Virginia at #12 California

Albany at #14 UConn

Women’s rankings will be released every Tuesday evening, and men’s rankings will be released every Wednesday, with final rankings released on April 30 and May 1.

These rankings are a revival of rankings originally compiled from 1970 to 1993. A complete archive of past rankings is available at the compiler’s website.

April 3, 2013