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Tuesday April 23, 2013Gator Men Reach No. 1 in USTFCCCA Rankings

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida menís track and field team is back atop the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings following the removal of 2012 marks from the rankings formula.

 

The Gators spent six weeks of the 2012 season on top of the rankings en route to a national title, but this marks the first appearance at the apex of the rankings this outdoor season. With a number of Gators already having recorded nationally-ranked marks this season, Florida was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the removal of preseason data, gaining 57.75 net points for a total of 352.67.

 

18 Gator men and two relays have scored in the top 50 of the NCAA individual event standings compiled by TFRRS, including four No. 1 rankings. Sophomore Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) leads the NCAA in the menís 200 meters with a wind-aided 20.38 (+3.5). Dukes ran the opening leg on the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Champion menís 4x400-meter relay a year ago and is now the anchor for this yearís NCAA-leading menís 4x400-meter relay.

 

Joining Dukes on the relay squad is last weekís SEC Menís Freshman of the Week Najee Glass (Woodbridge, N.J.), fellow SEC and NCAA 4x4 Champion Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.) and freshman NCAA Indoor All-American Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). The Gator foursome ran a nationís-best 3:02.65 at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays to lead the collegiate ranks in the event.

 

A dynamic duo in the pit, 2013 NCAA Indoor Champion Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) and 2012 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) lead the NCAA in their respective events. Dendy leapt a nation-leading 8.17m/26-9.75 (+2.8) to claim the menís long jump title at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, while Craddock jumped a seasonís best of 16.43m/53-11 to take home the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays menís triple jump title in front of his family and friends.

 

Including preseason polls, the Gators have spent 19 weeks at the pinnacle of the USTFCCCA rankings during the outdoor season since 2010. In those three seasons, UF has finished in the top three every season and captured the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the final event of the meet to clinch the first NCAA title outdoors in program history.

 

Next up for the Orange and Blue is the final weekend of the regular season, as the Gators travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Arkansas Spring Invitational, April 26-27, and the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 28.

 

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USTFCCCA MENíS RANKINGS – APRIL 23 – WEEK 4

1

Florida

352.67

SEC

2

Texas A&M

309.58

SEC

3

Arkansas

281.86

SEC

4

Oregon

259.78

Pac-12

5

Florida State

234.61

ACC

6

Texas

187.47

Big 12

7

Georgia

185.97

SEC

8

Virginia Tech

158.13

ACC

9

Southern California

155.07

Pac-12

10

LSU

154.59

SEC

11

Penn State

136.81

Big Ten

12

Iowa

124.42

Big Ten

13

UCLA

116.31

Pac-12

14

Clemson

108.76

ACC

15

Nebraska

108.36

Big Ten

16

Mississippi

104.32

SEC

17

BYU

100.70

Independent

18

Texas Tech

96.76

Big 12

19

Alabama

93.33

SEC

20

Tennessee

91.58

SEC

21

Indiana

85.81

Big Ten

22

Oklahoma

84.03

Big 12

23

Ohio State

82.52

Big Ten

24

Kansas State

81.00

Big 12

25

UTEP

79.50

Conference USA

 

USTFCCCA WOMENíS RANKINGS – APRIL 23 – WEEK 4

1

Texas A&M

304.95

SEC

2

Kansas

290.49

Big 12

3

Arizona

260.80

Pac-12

4

LSU

257.58

SEC

5

Arkansas

222.31

SEC

6

Florida

218.76

SEC

7

Oregon

217.22

Pac-12

8

Arizona State

214.58

Pac-12

9

Georgia

187.24

SEC

10

Texas

185.74

Big 12

11

Clemson

178.28

ACC

12

UCF

163.19

Conference USA

13

UCLA

136.10

Pac-12

14

Stanford

133.72

Pac-12

15

Texas Tech

119.72

Big 12

16

Florida State

112.84

ACC

17

Illinois

104.75

Big Ten

18

Baylor

103.54

Big 12

19

Washington

100.24

Pac-12

20

Iowa State

93.90

Big 12

21

San Diego State

92.84

Mountain West

22

Oklahoma

83.86

Big 12

23

Southern California

80.66

Pac-12

24

Kentucky

78.92

SEC

25

South Carolina

78.74

SEC

 

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