The latest USTFCCA rankings have the Gators men team ranked 14th prior to the opening of the outdoor championships on June the 9th, 2021. LSU remains a comfortable favorite followed by Oregon and USC. FSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Kentucky, BYU, Iowa St., Houston, NC A&T, and Georgia are all ranked ahead of us. The DQ of our 4x100 team is part of the problem, but doesn’t account totally for the drastic change from the Form Charts of the previous week (we fell 7 places). The USTFCCA charts predict only Fahnbulleh and Mardal scoring points. We’ll know the first day how accurate the charts are. Personally I think we finish anywhere from from 7th to 10th. I also think North Carolina A&T is vastly underscored at 11th. Watch Wednesday’s semi’s in the 100, 200, 400 flat and hurdles, and the 4x400 along with the HT and SP finals to see if the charts hold true. If only Fahnbulleh advances and Mardal scores, it could be our worst performance at the National meet in years. If Willie(400), Villaman (400 hurdles), Tyler Davis (200), and the 4x4 team advance and Connor Bandel scores in the SP it will be almost certain that the prognosticators were off base. It then will fall to the finals and Clayton Brown’s performance in the TJ and HJ to determine how far off they were. I’ll try to preview the women’s meet tomorrow.