In our men's track and field rankings, we take you beyond wins and losses to reveal what truly makes a college track program great. To come up with our list of the top 10 track and field programs, we consider a variety of factors—not just a team's record, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we'd recommend to any track athlete seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK's rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.
STACK's Top 10 Men's Track Programs
|College||Score||'12 U.S. News Rank||APR [Out of 1,000]||National Ranking '11/'10/'09||STACK Factor|
|2. Texas A&M||82.99||58||944||1/1/1||144|
|6. Florida State||74.90||101||964||2/8/12||132|
|10. Virginia Tech||68.02||71||985||5/10/NR||36|
Inside the Rankings: Texas A&M Men's Track and Field
Texas A&M track & field coach Pat Henry is building a dynasty. This summer, both the Aggies men's and women's outdoor track teams made history by winning the NCAA team championships for the third year in a row under his watch, an NCAA record. Since he came to College Station in 2004, Henry has turned the program into a consistent winner. The school has since opened the state-of-the-art Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Throughout his tenure, Henry has emphasized both athletic and academic excellence. This year, two members of the men's track team were honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America as First-Team Academic All-Americans in the school's six-state region. One of those athletes, Will Barry, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA as a civil engineering major, became one of six Aggies to win the Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the Big 12's highest academic honor.
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