Jan. 28, 2014
National Rankings | Regional Index
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - On the strength of a bevy of performances that rank among the nation's leaders through the first two meets of the indoor season, the University of Alabama men's track & field team jumped seven spots to No. 17 in the first regular-season edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday.
Alabama's rise from its preseason rank of 24th was precipitated by excellent early-season performances in all facets of the sport and has the Crimson Tide pegged as an early-season upstart for the 2014 season, the third year of head coach Dan Waters' rebuilding of the program. Meanwhile, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) continues to show its dominant strength as Arkansas held steady atop the rankings, followed by No. 2 Florida and No. 5 Texas A&M. Other SEC teams in the rankings include No. 12 Mississippi State, No. 21 Georgia and No. 22 Mississippi.
In the USTFCCCA's men's regional rankings, Alabama is No. 3 in the South Region. The Crimson Tide trails only Florida and No. 2 Georgia in the region with Ole Miss at No. 5, Auburn at No. 6 and Tennessee at No. 7.
While unranked in the national rankings, the Crimson Tide women's team ranks a strong No. 4 in the South Region behind No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Florida State.
The national team rankings are complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. For the preseason ranking and early-season rankings, data will be taken from previous seasons as well as the current season. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. Rankings points do not equate with NCAA Championships team points. A full description of the rankings can be found here. The USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referred to as a "poll" as no voting occurs during the process.
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