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Oregon Track & Field: Ducks fall in latest outdoor rankings

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It wasn't pretty for the Oregon track & field team this week in the rankings as both the men and women dropped in their respective polls.

In the latest USTFCCCA outdoor Division I rankings, the Oregon men fell four spots from No. 3 to No. 7 while the women fell two spots from No. 1 to No. 3.

The result of the fall comes from the removal of preseason times, which until this week, counted for points in the rankings. Below is an explanation from USTFCCA:

Preseason marks in the 5000 and 10,000 stayed on the board so long as an athlete has competed in that event this season. Cheserek has competed at 5000, and therefore keeps his No. 1 rank in that event. But since he has not yet contested the 10K, his No. 1 performance there comes off the board – for now. He also lost his No. 1 standing at 1500 meters, but will contest that event this weekend at Payton Jordan.

Other areas the Ducks are missing points on the men's side are in the 400 from Marcus Chambers and the 1500 from Blake Haney.

For the women, Arkansas took over the top spot after a strong weekend performance. Oregon, previously ranked No. 1 last week, had the weekend off and will be back at it next weekend as the team splits between the Penn Relays and the OSU High Performance Meet.

Here's how the top five in the country look for the men and women through four weeks:

Men's Outdoor DI Rankings

Rank Team Change
1 Texas A&M N/A
2 Florida N/A
3 LSU +3
4 Arkansas +3
5 Georgia +3

Women's Outdoor D1 Rankings

Rank Team Change
1 Arkansas +1
2 Kentucky +6
3 Oregon -2
4 Texas +3
5 Florida +4