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Thursday March 22, 2012Men's Track & Field Opens 2012 Outdoor Season as USTFCCCA Preseason No. 1, Women Ranked No. 11

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The Gator men begin the 2012 outdoor track & field season as the top team in the country according to the National Team Computer Rankings posted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday. Both the Gator men and the Oregon women, the womenís preseason No. 1, are coming off the indoor season where they claimed respective NCAA Championships for the third-straight year.

 

Florida is the preseason menís outdoor favorite for the third-consecutive year while Oregon is the outdoor preseason favorite for the first time in the five years in which preseason computer rankings have been used. The 273.50 points calculated for the men are the highest in program history since the computer rankings began in 2008.

 

Floridaís men finished third at the 2011 outdoor championships with 53 points, just two behind Texas A&M (55) and one behind runner-up and Florida State (54). The Gators lost jumping duo Christian Taylor and Will Claye to the professional ranks, but return several national scorers including quartermiler Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.), decathlete Gray Horn (Waynesfield, Ohio), and national indoor triple jump champ Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas). Overall, the Orange and Blue return 14 men in 15 events and two relays who rank nationally.

 

The Gator women are ranked preseason No. 11 after three weeks in the USTFCCCA Outdoor poll in 2011 (May 17-31). Floridaís women are coming off capturing the 2012 SEC Championship and turning in a ninth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Orange and Blue return 11 women in 14 events and two relays who rank nationally.

 

Texas A&M is the three-time defending championship team outdoors on both the menís and womenís sides. The Aggies open at No. 6 and No. 7 in the menís and womenís rankings, respectively.

 

Preseason national team rankings are calculated using data from previous seasons as a base of evaluation. Marks gained in the early part of this season will supersede previous-year marks if they are superior. The next rankings will be released on April 3.

 

Among conferences, the SEC leads all leagues with 1287.71 ranking points and seven teams in the nationís top 25 to start the season. The Big 12 is currently the top womenís conference with 1261.75 ranking points and also seven teams in the top 25.

 

The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa, and hosted by Drake University. Preliminary rounds will be conducted May 24-26 in Austin, Texas (West site) and Jacksonville, Fla. (East site).

 

The Gators begin competition outdoors this weekend at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. Heat sheets are available here and the schedule for the two-day event can be found here.

 

For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, please log on to www.GatorZone.com/trackfield or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida track and field on Twitter at @GZTrackField or www.twitter.com/GZTrackField. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

 

2012 USTFCCCA MENíS OUTDOOR PRESEASON NATIONAL POLL

Rank

School

Points

1

FLORIDA

273.50

2

Florida State

261.88

3

LSU

232.63

4

Texas Tech

225.30

5

Arkansas

222.28

6

Texas A&M

204.01

7

Texas

183.06

8

Indiana

162.12

9

Georgia

157.89

10

Virginia Tech

157.60

11

Arizona

156.80

12

Baylor

143.09

13

Southern California

138.04

14

Mississippi State

136.67

15

Nebraska

135.59

16

Oregon

134.63

17

Stanford

124.11

18

Iowa

119.62

19

Wisconsin

107.79

20

Arizona State

107.50

21

Mississippi

98.75

22

Princeton

97.99

23

Oklahoma

93.90

24

Auburn

92.77

25

Ohio State

83.22

 

2012 USTFCCCA WOMENíS OUTDOOR

PRESEASON NATIONAL POLL

Rank

School

Points

1

Oregon

354.70

2

LSU

291.71

3

Southern California

279.91

4

Clemson

264.83

5

Arkansas

221.81

6

Oklahoma

201.41

7

Texas A&M

197.31

8

Texas

186.89

9

Texas Tech

167.80

10

Kansas

159.21

11

FLORIDA

155.72

12

UCF

134.46

13

Baylor

131.66

14

Tennessee

127.20

15

Auburn

117.66

16

Georgia

115.82

17

Arizona State

115.50

18

Arizona

111.74

19

Kansas State

110.72

20

Nebraska

100.74

21

Stanford

99.72

22

Southern Miss

83.57

23

UTEP

80.32

24

West Virginia

78.38

25

Florida State

78.09

 

INDIVIDUAL GATORS IN THE PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKINGS

MEN

 

EVENT

RANK

ATHLETE

YR

SCORED MARK

DATE

PTS.

BONUS

Total

100M

1

Jeff Demps

SR

9.96w

4/16/11

30

3.29

33.29

200M

15

Leonardo Seymore

JR

20.72w

4/16/11

6

0.50

6.50

400M

1

Tony McQuay

JR

44.87

6/11/11

30

2.76

32.76

800M

12

Sean Obinwa

JR

1:47.73

4/16/11

9

0.65

9.65

H110

13

Eddie Lovett

SO

13.64

5/28/11

8

0.91

8.91

H110

45

William Wynne

JR

14.05w

5/11/11

0.125

0.00

0.13

4X100

2

 

 

38.49

6/11/11

28

3.01

31.01

4X400

9

 

 

3:04.27

5/28/11

14

1.25

15.25

HJ

7

Dwight Barbiasz

JR

2.23m/73.75

3/25/11

18

1.26

19.26

HJ

14

Frankie Hammond

SR

2.20m/72.50

4/16/11

7

0.73

7.73

PV

40

Max Lang

JR

5.15m/1610.75

5/28/11

0.25

0.00

0.25

LJ

30

Gray Horn

SR

7.54mw/249

4/13/11

0.7

0.05

0.75

TJ

1

Omar Craddock

JR

16.46m/540

4/28/11

30

3.61

33.61

DISC

44

Stipe Zunic

JR

53.71m/1762

5/11/11

0.15

0.00

0.15

HT

6

Jeremy Postin

JR

66.69m/2189

5/11/11

20

1.96

21.96

JAV

6

Stipe Zunic

JR

75.01m/2461

6/11/11

20

1.66

21.66

DEC

2

Gray Horn

SR

7,914

6/11/11

28

2.62

30.62

 

WOMEN

 

EVENT

RANK

ATHLETE

YR

SCORED MARK

DATE

PTS.

BONUS

TOTAL

100M

18

Darshay Davis

SO

11.32w

5/11/11

4

0.58

4.58

200M

17

Darshay Davis

SO

23.12w

5/11/11

4.5

0.67

5.17

400M

8

Ebony Eutsey

SO

52.62

5/11/11

16

1.23

17.23

1500M

13

Cory McGee

SO

4:16.39

4/16/11

8

0.88

8.88

H400

28

Ugonna Ndu

JR

58.68

5/11/11

0.8

0.07

0.87

STEEPLE

5

Genevieve LaCaze

SR

9:59.44

6/11/11

22

1.98

23.98

4X100

22

 

 

44.57

5/11/11

2

0.33

†2.33

4X400

7

 

 

3:30.43

6/11/11

18

1.53

9.53

LJ

30

Lorraine Graham

SO

6.17m/203

5/11/11

0.7

0.00

0.70

SP

5

Keely Medeiros

SR

17.26m/567.50

4/27/11

22

1.91

23.91

SP

30

Fidela James

SR

15.67m/515

5/11/11

0.7

0.00

0.70

DISC

6

Keely Medeiros

SR

54.91m/1802

4/27/11

20

1.19

21.19

DISC

34

Ashley Miller

JR

51.33m/1685

3/25/11

0.5

0.00

0.50

DISC

46

Kaitlin Davis

JR

49.70m /1630

4/16/11

0.1

0.00

0.10

JAV

9

Fawn Miller

SO

51.46m/16810

5/11/11

14

1.27

15.27

HEPT

11

Brittany Harrell

SO

5,452

5/11/11

10

0.79

10.79

 

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