USC, Oregon Lead Pac-12 in USTFCCCA Polls
SAN FRANCISCO -- USC women and OREGON men’s track and field teams lead the Pac-12 in the national rankings this week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released today. Both are ranked No. 2 in the country in their respective polls as four men’s Conference squads and three women’s appear in the top-25 this week.
The Trojan women moved up two spots from the preseason poll, boosted by senior Tera Novy’s school-record breaking discus throw over the weekend at the California Collegiate, leading the country with a 196-6/59.90m, and senior Jaide Stepter’s fastest 400-meter time in the country, at 59.90 which she ran two weeks ago.
OREGON dropped four spots but still remains in the top-10 in the nation at No. 6, while STANFORD stayed at No. 13.
On the men’s side, the Ducks started the outdoor season ranked No. 1 but slide to No. 2 this week. The two-time defending NCAA Champion are led by redshirt-sophomore Devon Allen, the top 110-meter hurdler in the country after posting a 13.40 finish in mid-March.
The Pac-12 has the second-most teams in the top 25, tying with the Big 12 with four each. Joining UO in the polling is No. 13 USC, No. 16 Stanford and No. 18 COLORADO.
The National Team Computer Rankings are complied by a mathematical formula based on national descending order lists. 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. Preseason marks will be included through week three of the rankings.
The next USTFCCCA ranking will be released on April 11. For more information, visit www.ustfccca.org.