Top-ranked defending champion Arkansas saw its rankings score advantage over No. 2 Florida shrink ever so slightly since the preseason rankings in early January, but the Razorbacks still remained nearly 46 points clear of the Gators with a score of 219.84.This week marked the 15th time in the past 18 editions of the rankings in which Arkansas has been the top-ranked team, and the 10th time in a row.
Florida, national champions in the three years prior to Arkansas’ most recent 2013 title, held steady at No. 2 with 174.08 rankings points.
Marking time at No. 3 was Oregon with 155.55 points.
Separated by only a point in the preseason, both No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Texas A&M improved their rankings scores by approximately 15 points to 113.88 and 113.74, respectively.
The Badgers were boosted by Michael Lihrman’s jump to No. 2 in the weight throw, while the Aggies’ former National Athlete of the Week Prezel Hardy, Jr., powered Texas A&M with the nation’s top raw performances at 60 and 200 meters.
No. 6 Florida State moved up one spot from the preseason, swapping places with now-No.7 Penn State. Arizona jumped nine spots to No. 8, dropping Nebraska back one spot to No. 9. Oklahoma State held steady at No. 10 to complete the top 10.
The appearance in the top 10 is the first for the Arizona men since the beginning of the USTFCCCA rankings in 2008.
Just beyond the top 10 was No. 11 Arizona State, which improved 10 spots. But it wasn’t the Sun Devils, or even No. 16 Cornell which improved 12 spots, that claimed the honor of biggest top-25 gainer. That honor went to No. 24 Houston, up 19 spots from early January.
No. 13 UTEP improved nine spots for its highest ranking since the inception of the USTFCCCA rankings. The Miners were joined in that category by No. 16 Cornell, No. 17 Alabama (tied its best), and No. 24 Houston.