NEW ORLEANS -- Texas A&M is the preseason favorite to win the national team titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released on Tuesday.
Based on the top marks from the current outdoor season in combination with the top 2013 outdoor marks by returning student-athletes, the USTFCCCA computers project the Aggies women as the significant favorites above five-time defending indoor champion Oregon.With 390.30 team rankings points, the Texas A&M advantage versus No. 2 Oregon is more than 100 points (278.91).
Top-ranked Kamaria Brown (200 meters) of The Bowerman Watch List and the nation’s No. 1 4×100 relay headline a corps of 10 Texas A&M athletes/relay teams ranked among the top five in their respective events.
The computers favor the Aggies so overwhelmingly that only four other teams are within 200 points of them.
That group includes No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Texas (272.81), No. 4 Florida (268.84) and No. 5 Kentucky (207.44). Despite winning the indoor title in each of the past five seasons, the Ducks have yet to sweep the indoor/outdoor national team titles, having finished third last year and second in each of the three years prior.
Defending outdoor national team champion Kansas will start the spring of 2014 at No. 10.