Florida men's track team rises to No. 1
The Florida men’s track and field team has regained the No. 1 spot in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings.
The Gators spent six weeks of the 2012 season on top of the rankings en route to a national title, but this marks the first appearance atat No. 1 this outdoor season.
The USTFCCCA decided to remove preseason 2012 marks from the rankings formula, and with a number of Gators already having recorded nationally-ranked marks this season, Florida was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new formula, gaining 57.75 net points for a total of 352.67.
Eighteen Gator men and two relays have scored in the top 50 of the NCAA individual event standings compiled by TFRRS, including four No. 1 rankings. Sophomore Dedric Dukes leads the NCAA in the men’s 200 meters with a wind-aided 20.38 (+3.5). Dukes ran the opening leg on the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Champion men’s 4x400-meter relay a year ago and is now the anchor for this year’s NCAA-leading men’s 4x400-meter relay.
Including preseason polls, the Gators have spent 19 weeks at No. 1 in the USTFCCCA rankings during the outdoor season since 2010. In those three seasons, UF has finished in the top three every season and won the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship.
The Gators will conclude the regular season with a meet at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, April 26-27, and the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 28.