MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – The initial collegiate indoor dual meet team rankings for the 2014 season, compiled by magazine Track & Field News, have the Texas A&M women ranked No. 1 in the country while the Aggie men are ranked No. 3.
Texas A&M will host a triangular meet on January 25 with LSU and Texas Tech. The Tiger women are No. 3 in the dual meet rankings with the LSU men No. 6 while the Texas Tech men are ranked No. 4.
The Aggie men claimed the indoor dual meet team title last season as they defeated Arkansas and LSU in the triangular A&M hosted last January. The Aggies totaled 128.5 points in the victory with Arkansas scoring 99 and LSU posting 82.5.
It marked the fifth consecutive year the A&M men have won either an indoor dual meet or triangular inside the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Previous dual meet victories include the Aggies topping Texas twice, in 2009 (81-77) and 2010 (92-64), as well as LSU a pair of times, in 2011 (84-75) and 2012 (88-68).
Last season the Aggie women opened the dual meet season ranked No. 2 and finished runner-up to LSU. The Tigers claimed a very close triangular meet in College Station with 107.5 points over Texas A&M (103.5) and Arkansas (103).
The Aggie women are 3-3 in its dual meet history at Gilliam. Texas A&M posted dual meet wins over Tennessee (83-69) in 2009 and LSU in 2011 (91-67). Texas slipped past A&M in 2010 (80.5 to 78.5) while LSU topped the Aggies in 2012 (82.5 to 76.5).
The format of the triangular meet includes only two athletes per team scoring along with one relay. The points in the triangular scoring system include 7-5-4-3-2-1 in individual events and 7-5-4 for relay events.
Teams are ranked by Track & Field News according to wins and losses, strength and depth of schedule, as well as strength and breadth of marks. To be ranked, a team must compete in at least one dual, which is defined as a scored meet between four or fewer teams, during the indoor season.
Arkansas tops the men’s dual meet rankings for the 2014 indoor season followed by Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Nebraska in the top five. The rest of the top 10 schools ranked include LSU, Eastern Michigan, Akron, Kent State and Purdue.
Following No. 1 Texas A&M in the women’s dual meet rankings are Texas, LSU, Arkansas and Notre Dame in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 schools are North Carolina, Akron, Purdue, Kent State and Michigan.
TRACK & FIELD NEWS – DUAL MEET RANKINGS
3. Texas A&M
4. Texas Tech
7. Eastern Michigan
9. Kent State
1. Texas A&M
5. Notre Dame
6. North Carolina
9. Kent State