Dual Meet Report

Today the “Week 1″ women’s dual meet rankings were released, an update on the pre-season rankings released two weeks ago. You can read the release at Track and Field News.

The men’s and women’s rankings as of right now…

Women’s Rankings Men’s Rankings
Week 1 release
January 16
Preseason release
January 9
1. LSU (0-0) 1. Arkansas (1-0)
2. Texas A&M (0-0) 2. Texas A&M (0-0)
3. Kansas (2-0) 3. Texas (0-1)
4. Nebraska (0-0) 4. Nebraska (0-0)
5. Arkansas (1-0) 5. Michigan (0-0)
6. Michigan State (0-0) 6. North Carolina (0-0)
7. Indiana State (2-0) 7. Akron (1-1)
8. Michigan (0-0) 8. LSU (0-0)
9. Eastern Michigan (2-0) 9. Oklahoma (0-0)
10. Indiana (1-0) 10. Indiana State (2-0)
11. Princeton (3-0)
12. Kent State (0-0)
13. Purdue (0-1)
14. North Dakota State (2-0)
15. Western Michigan (1-0)
16. Illinois State (0-1)
17. Kansas State (0-0)
18. Alabama (0-0)
19. Eastern Illinois (0-1)
20. Dartmouth (0-0)

The men’s first full ranking will be released next Wednesday.

Last Weekend’s Results

MEN

#1 Arkansas 85, #3 Texas 78
Results
This contest was tight right until the end, with the Razorbacks not really sewing it up until a 1-2 finish in the pole vault. Texas showed that they really are one of the elite dual meet teams. Arkansas meets #2 Texas A&M this weekend with the indoor dual meet championship on the line; whoever wins that meet will almost assuredly be the indoor champs, if for no other reason than strength of schedule.

But–and this is important to remember–the indoor title is just a warm-up for the bigger prize, the overall indoor/outdoor dual meet championship. The Longhorns are still very much in the running for that, as they run against Arkansas again in a March quad (along with UCLA and Texas State).

As far as why we should care about dual meets, this meet serves as a very good example. The decidedly non-track-centric “Arkansas Expats” blog at SB Nation covered the meet with the headline #1 Arkansas Track Saws Off Texas’ Horns and the following lead-in:

The Razorback track team is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. Be #1. And beat Texas. Always feels good to beat Texas in anything. It barely matters that they’re #3. At least they were #3. Maybe not anymore.

If we want wider interest in track and field, we need to regularly tap into the intense sports hate that permeates college athletics.

Eastern Michigan 113, #7 Akron 109, Buffalo 77
Results
This was an upset of sorts. Akron looked very good on paper in my pre-season rankings, which were mostly based on last season’s marks, but some EMU athletes have made huge gains. In this meet on Friday, Eagle pole vaulter Max Babits added nearly a foot to his PR, and earlier this year triple jumper Donald Scott broke his PR by nearly two feet. Besides Akron holding back a bit in advance of this week’s dual meet with archrival Kent State, Eastern Michigan was simply underrated.

Akron freshman pole vaulter Shawn Barber, who competes internationally for Canada despite his Texas upbringing, stamped himself as a contender for the NCAA title with a 5.60m (18′ 4.5″) clearance. My research indicates it’s the second-best ever in an indoor dual/tri/quad meet. It’s also the Canadian junior indoor record and only 5cm off the senior indoor record.

#10 Indiana State 98, Illinois State 46
Results
This meet is now in its ninth year, a rivalry that awards the Coughlan-Malloy Cup to the school with the best men’s and women’s combined score. The meet is actually held not at Indiana State but at nearby Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a D-III school that had a concurrent tri-meet with Indiana Wesleyan and Washington University (St. Louis). The Sycamores dominated the meet, winning all but one event.

Indiana 80, Purdue 52
Results
Indiana held back a little bit and still gave the rival Boilermakers a beat-down. Olympic star Derek Drouin skipped the high jump and did the long jump, hurdles and shot put (taking first, second and fifth respectively).

WOMEN

#5 Arkansas 81, Oklahoma State 61
Results
This was very one-sided, especially considering that the meet was scored with the 5-3-2-1 format in which no team can claim more than two places, rather than the traditional 5-3-1 format (where event sweeps are possible). In the space of two hours, Arkansas multi-eventer Makiba Alcide did a full pentathlon plus a 4×400 relay leg.

#7 Indiana State 88, #16 Illinois State 61
Results
Indiana State avenged last year’s loss at the hands of Illinois State. The big showdown here was between Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson and Illinois State’s Brittany Smith, the nation’s top two all-around throwers. Smith won the weight throw and Johnson won the shot, but they’ll see plenty more of each other this year.

#9 Eastern Michigan 119, Akron 92, Buffalo 75
Results
Eastern Michigan is a very deep and balanced team.

#10 Indiana 69, #13 Purdue 67
Results
This was about as good a meet as you could possibly have asked for, a back-and-forth affair that came down to the final attempts of the final event, the high jump. Purdue’s women have never won this meet, but new head coach Lonnie Greene appears to have created a new attitude in the Boilermakers. Blown out in the last three editions of this meet, they never folded in a meet they were not supposed to win, coming back again and again and staying in it right to the end.

Upcoming Meets

Thursday

Sacred Heart, Boston College and UMass at Boston University
5 pm (ET), Boston U. Track and Tennis Center
Host website

Friday

Middlebury at Vermont
Field events at 4 pm, running events at 5:15
atGucciardi Fitness & Recreation Center

Vermont’s men and women already have home wins over Hartford.
Meet preview | Live results

Idaho and Montana at Montana State
Field events at 4:30 pm local time (6:30 pm ET), running events at 5:30
At Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

Montana versus Montana State is one of the older dual meet rivalries in the nation.
Host website

Kent State at Akron
Field events at 6:30, running events at 7:15
At Stiles Athletics Field House

Akron’s men were #7 in the pre-season rankings but have lost to Eastern Michigan since then. All of Akron’s home meets are streamed live. Watch for pole vaulter Shawn Barber, who could break the Canadian indoor record.
Meet preview | Meet schedule

Saturday

Indiana State at Purdue
Field events at 10am, running events at noon
At Lambert Fieldhouse

This is going to be a great matchup, especially the women’s meet. This meet awards the Gene Edmonds Cup to the combined men’s/women’s winner, and Indiana State has never won it in seventeen tries. The Sycamores look to have a great chance this year, as they’ve got one of the best teams they’ve ever had. But Purdue’s women have made a big step up since last year, too, and has even lined up a student cheering section.
Host website | Meet schedule

Temple, Delaware State and McDaniel at Navy (men only)
Field events at 11 am, running events at noon
at Wesley A. Brown Field House

Navy’s win over Princeton two weeks ago showed they’re a good team, even though the Tigers held out their top distance runners. Delaware State and McDaniel (a D-III school located in Westminster, MD) were late additions to this meet.
Host website | Meet schedule

Grambling, UT Arlington and North Texas at Oklahoma
Field events at 11 am local time (noon ET), running event prelims at 12:30, running event finals at 2:00
At Mosier Indoor Track Facility

This meet is known as the J.D. Martin Invitational Duals.
Host website | Meet schedule

Arkansas and LSU at Texas A&M
11 am local time (noon ET), at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium
This is a big one, the biggest of the indoor season. Both the men’s and women’s meets match up #1 and #2, along with another top ten team threatening to upset them both. It’s a must-watch meet, and you will be able to watch it. Flotrack will be on-site as well.
Host website | Meet schedule | Entries
Live webcast link | Flotrack coverage

Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UMKC at Kansas State
Field events at 11 am (noon ET), running events at 3:30 pm
At Ahearn Field House

K-State’s women are #17 in the rankings, and the Wildcat men could make an entry into the top 20 as well. Erik Kynard will open his season here, his first competitive action since winning an Olympic silver medal. The best high jump result ever made in indoor dual meet competition is 2.28 meters. Kynard is aware of this and wants to break that record.
Host website | Meet schedule

Holy Cross, Stonehill and Worcester State at New Hampshire
Noon at Paul Sweet Oval
Host website

Sunday

Dartmouth and Columbia at Yale
Field events at 10:30 am, running events at 1 pm
At Coxe Cage

Dartmouth’s women are ranked #20. Entries are not yeat posted, but expect NCAA champion Abby D’Agostino to be the center of attention.
Meet preview | Meet schedule

Stat Corner

Below are what I believe to be the best marks ever made in indoor dual/tri/quad meet competition. Many of them are likely to be flat-out wrong, so by all means make me aware of any results that are better than those listed below.

The above as a pdf document

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One Response to Dual Meet Report

  1. Maserda says:

    On Sunday, there is the tri-meet of Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia (hosted by Yale).

    In your records, you misspelled the name of the women’s LJ recordholder. It is really Jeomi Maduka, not Joyce Maduaka