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Tuesday January 8, 2013Florida Men's and Women's Track & Field Ranked in USTFCCCA Preseason Top Five

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The University of Florida menís track and field team, the three-time defending NCAA Indoor Champion and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champion, is ranked No. 2 in the 2013 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll, released Tuesday by the New Orleans-based organization. The 2012 SEC Indoor Champion Gator women enter the season ranked preseason No. 5, continuing to build off a stellar 2012 campaign.

 

The Gator men claimed the 2012 NCAA Indoor team title, becoming just the third different program in NCAA history to win three consecutive NCAA Indoor Menís Championships.

 

The preseason national team computer rankings as calculated by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) projects the preseason rankings based largely on performance bests from returners and early performances from the 2012-13 indoor season.

 

Led by 2012 USTFCCCA National Indoor and Outdoor Head Coach of the Year Mike Holloway, the Gator men return seven 2012 USTFCCCA Indoor All-Americans, while the women welcome back nine 2012 USTFCCCA Indoor All-Americans to the track in 2013.

 

The Southeastern Conference reigns supreme on both the menís and the womenís side of the 2013 conference index, placing seven and six teams in the preseason top-25, respectively.

 

Florida opens the 2013 indoor season at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener in Birmingham, Ala. on January 12th before returning home to host the Gator Invite on January 17th.

 

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2013 USTFCCCA MENíS PRESEASON POLL

Rank

School

Points

1

Arkansas

219.90

2

Florida

119.52

3

Texas

103.66

4

Texas A&M

98.35

5

Oregon

93.44

6

Arizona State

92.26

7

Indiana

77.93

8

Minnesota

76.67

9

Arizona

75.41

10

LSU

72.65

11

Auburn

70.55

12

Wisconsin

64.11

13

BYU

55.68

14

Virginia Tech

51.88

15

Stanford

48.52

16

Florida State

48.50

17

NC State

47.42

18

Penn State

47.21

19

UCLA

47.08

20

Mississippi State

46.30

21

Northern Arizona

42.49

22

Kansas State

41.76

23

Mississippi

41.07

24

Oklahoma

39.16

25

Pittsburgh

38.91

 

Men's Conference Index Top 10

Rank

Conference

Points

Top 25 Teams

1

SEC

717.73

7

2

Pac-12

420.18

5

3

Big Ten

385.09

4

4

Big 12

262.62

3

5

ACC

201.38

3

6

Big East

89.11

1

7

Mountain West

86.91

8

WAC

64.48

9

West Coast

55.68

1

10

Conference USA

53.23

 

2013 USTFCCCA WOMENíS PRESEASON POLL

Rank

School

Points

1

Clemson

150.90

2

Kansas

147.20

3

Oregon

146.75

4

LSU

124.98

5

Florida

114.99

6

Texas A&M

112.36

7

Arkansas

112.17

8

Iowa State

76.31

9

California

70.74

10

Washington

69.48

11

UCF

69.26

12

Arizona

63.32

13

Stanford

56.24

14

Texas

52.75

15

Baylor

47.54

16

Wisconsin

46.44

17

Georgia

46.02

18

Indiana State

44.58

19

Michigan

44.17

20

San Diego State

38.39

21

Nebraska

36.45

22

Illinois

35.25

23

Michigan State

35.11

24

Auburn

34.28

25

Illinois State

32.50

 

Women's Conference Index Top 10

Rank

Conference

Points

Top 25 Teams

1

SEC

672.56

6

2

Pac-12

483.25

5

3

Big 12

442.34

4

4

ACC

247.71

1

5

Big Ten

236.33

5

6

Big East

143.10

7

Missouri Valley

107.35

2

8

Conference USA

103.21

1

9

Sun Belt

53.61

10

Ivy

48.47

 

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