Tennessee’s 95.85 points puts the Vols four points ahead of second-ranked Florida, which has 91.32 points. Arkansas gives the SEC a clean sweep of the top-three spots with its 88.82 points. UCLA and BYU round out the top five with 87.18 and 85.43 points, respectively. Kentucky is the next SEC team, ranking 10th with 65.05 points. The Wildcats are followed by LSU in 12th with 62.75 and Auburn in 14th with 59.31 points. The SEC’s six members in the top 25 are more than any of the 12 conferences represented in this week’s rankings.
The rankings use an updated scoring system based on athletes’ season-best marks to determine a team’s overall chances of making an impact at the national championship meet. The scoring system for the teams, compiled by Tom Lewis of Missouri, is the sum of its individuals’ place on the descending order list and a weighed value of those performances based on the field. The scoring method is based on the latest NCAA performance list.
Tennessee’s team score consists of one relay and seven individual performances. Twelve-time All-America Rubin Williams leads the Vols with his top standing in the 200-meter dash and fifth-place spot in the 60. Three-time All-America Evander Wells is ranked right behind Williams in second in the 200 and also scores 17th in the 60. Williams currently holds the fastest time in the world this year in the 200, with Wells ranking fourth on the world list.
Team captain Jangy Addy ranks third in the 60 hurdles, and fellow captain Michael Hogue is 11th in the pole vault. Senior Andrew Dawson is 10th in the 800, while Tennessee’s 4x400 relay of Samdi Fraser, Kyle Stevenson, Williams and Wells also scores in 10th place. Each of Tennessee’s scoring performances is an NCAA-qualifying mark.
The complete rankings can be found at USTFCCCA.org.
Tennessee puts its top ranking on the line this weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information
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