>Realizing that what makes for a good team in a one-on-one meet is often times much different than in a championship meet, Track and Field News for many years used to have a special ranking for college teams by their dual-meet competitiveness. They abandoned this in the 1990s, because dual meets declined in popularity to the piont that they pretty much only existed in the Pac-10. Things have reversed course these days, so I have brought back the dual meet rankings.
Back in December I posted some pre-season rankings, which bear some resemblance to these but not a lot. The rankings below are based only on this season’s efforts, so many teams who will rank highly in the future are absent from this ranking because they haven’t yet gotten up to full gear. Notables of that type include LSU, Georgia, and the entirety of the Pac-10.
For this reason, I’m only listing a top ten right now. By the end of the season it will expand to the top 25.
Remember the rules for ranking:
a) only teams with a (scored!) dual, tri or quad on their schedules are eligible for ranking,
b) outdoor competition counts for more than indoor competition,
c) real meet results take precedence over theoretical meet results,
d) quality of defeated opponent(s) plays a role but a minor one
Men’s Dual-Meet Rankings, January 18:
1. Texas A&M (meets LSU on Saturday)
2. Arkansas (1-0, beat #5 Texas)
3. Ohio State (1-0, beat Michigan)
4. Indiana (1-0, beat Purdue)
5. Texas (0-1, lost to #2 Arkansas)
6. Iowa (1-0, beat Illinois)
7. Akron (2-0, beat Temple and #10 Kent State)
10. Kent State (0-1, lost to #7 Akron)
Track on TV
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