Defending national champion Florida earns top rank for first time this season
The Gators spent much of the 2012 season on top of the rankings en route to a national title, but this marks their first appearance at the apex of the rankings this outdoor season. With a number of its top student-athletes 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.
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No. 2 Texas A&M suffered a 17.99 net point loss to 309.58, while indoor champion Arkansas dropped 20.77 points to 281.86.
Oregon remained at No. 4, but made significant gains toward jumping into the race for the top three spots. Combined with the performances at their close 82-81 dual meet loss to Arkansas, the Ducks jumped up 52.71 net points to a team total of 259.78.
Florida State likewise stayed stationary at No. 5, but gained 30.88 net points to 234.61.
The biggest and most significant beneficiary of the shake-up — in addition to strong performances at the ACC Championships — was Virginia Tech, which more than doubled its team score to jump up 20 spots to No. 8 (158.13 team points).