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Stan Becton | | May 3, 2022

Women's college track and field rankings: Stanford returns to the top 25

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Week 6 of the women's outdoor track and field rankings saw Stanford return to the rankings, while the top-10 remained the same.

Here are takeaways from the national rating index from the USTFCCCA:

Stanford surges

Stanford was the lone new entrant in this week's top-25 teams in the national rating index, rising from unranked to No. 16. The Cardinal returned to the rankings after hosting the Payton Jordan Invitational.

Much of Stanford's rise can be attributed to the 1500 meters. The Cardinal duo of Julia Heymach and Christina Aragon ran top-five times nationally; Heymach's 4:11.00 finish is the fastest collegiate time all season. Aragon's 4:12.83 is the fifth-fastest time.

The Cardinal will now prepare for the upcoming Pac-12 Championships.

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Top 10 stays the same

The top-10 teams remained the same, in the same order, this week. There were many meets across the country, from Penn Relays in the northeast to the LSU Invitational in the south to the Desert Heat Classic out west, but only eight new national top-five marks were set by top-10 teams, many of which surpassed previously established top-five marks.

The top-10 appears to have stabilized as many teams end their regular seasons, preparing for upcoming conference championships.

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Biggest risers

The biggest risers this week in the top 25 are No. 14 Washington and No. 11 Baylor, jumping nine and six spots.

Washington's leap comes after an impressive weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational and Fresno State Invitational. At the Payton Jordan Invitational, Haley Herberg and Allie Schadler ran the 10th and 11th-fastest times in the 5000 meters times nationally. At the Fresno State Invitational, Carley Thomas and Makayla Kelby put up the 20th-best national marks in the 800 meters and discus, respectively.

Baylor used a great showing at the LSU Invitational to rise into the top 25. The freshman duo of Imaobong Nse Uko and Kavia Francis ran 51.66 and 51.87 in the 400 meters, the sixth and eighth-fastest times nationally. Elsewhere, Aaliyah Miller ran the ninth-fastest national time in the 800 meters.

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See the full rankings from May 2, 2022:

Ranking Team Points Previous
1 Texas 386.38 1
2 Texas A&M 358.52 2
3 Florida 348.57 3
4 LSU 316.34 4
5 Texas Tech 263.4 5
6 Arkansas 254.57 6
7 Kentucky 226.35 7
8 BYU 192.52 8
9 Oregon 177.76 9
10 Ohio State 161.29 10
11 Baylor 145.11 17
12 New Mexico 134.86 12
13 North Carolina A&T 122.51 11
14 Washington 110.98 23
15 Arizona State 106.38 15
16 Stanford 105.1 NR
17 South Carolina 104.74 13
18 Oklahoma 100.41 16
19 NC State 99.96 14
20 Ole Miss 98.45 18
21 Southern California 96.26 20
22 Auburn 93.92 21
23 Duke 87.67 19
24 California 86.63 22
25 Colorado 83.6 24

Dropped out: Georgia


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