Texas A&M gains ground on defending champion Florida atop USTFCCCA poll
After finding themselves No. 2 by more than 40 team points last week following the removal of preseason data from the rankings system, No. 2 Texas A&M is back in the hunt for the No. 1 ranking after a weekend at the Penn Relays and Bobcat Classic that resulted in a 13.4 net increase in its team score to 322.98.
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Meanwhile, No. 1 Florida was only able to record two performances that improved event rankings positioning, causing the defending champ to slide 10.83 points to 341.84 — reducing the gap between the SEC foes to fewer than 20 points.
Florida State was the biggest mover in this week’s top five, gaining 14.86 net points for a 249.47 team score and moving up two spots to No. 3 behind freshman Zak Seddon’s No. 2 steeplechase performance at the Payton Jordan (8:34.42) and senior Michael Fout’s No. 5 10,000 race (28:52.77).
Indoor champion Arkansas and Oregon were both jumped by Florida State, resulting in the Razorbacks (246.96) dropping to No. 4 and the Ducks (232.59) to No. 5.