With the NCAA Indoor Championships just around the corner, the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the final men’s and women’s rankings before the meet begins on March 14.
The Florida Gators sit atop both the men’s and women’s rankings, although in the latter there’s only a point differential of 3.62 between the Gators and the No. 2 — and four-time defending national champion — Oregon Ducks. The Gators enjoy a slightly larger lead on the men’s side, but the No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks are the defending national champions — the Razorbacks, in fact, are the only other team besides the Gators to win a national title in the past four years — and should provide formidable competition.
Since they were first released in 2008, the USTFCCCA rankings tend to be very accurate at predicting NCAA champions, at least on the men’s side. Only one men’s team, the 2008 Florida State Seminoles, has failed to win the men’s title after entering the championship meet with the top ranking. The women’s championship has seen more parity over the years, with a four-seed (Oregon in 2013) and two two-seeds (Arizona State in 2008 and Tennessee in 2009) having captured national titles.
You can check out the complete rankings at the USTFCCCA’s website.