2018 NCAA DII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rankings – Week 4
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NEW ORLEANS – Complete chaos ensued in the fourth week of the NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings as all but one spot in the top-25 underwent a shift after a hectic week of action, announced the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
Angelo State took over the top spot in the rankings for the first time this season after sitting in second a week ago. Right behind the Rams was Pittsburg State, who also rose one spot, causing former the former top squad, West Texas A&M, to tumble to third.
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The Rams dominated its home meet this past weekend, where three Automatic Qualifying Marks were hit. Daisy Osakue set an NCAA Division II collegiate outdoor record in the discus with a throw of 59.72m (195-11) while also hitting another Automatic Qualifying Mark in the shot put with a toss of 15.74m (51-7¾). Kaitlin Lumpkins also posted the top high jump mark in NCAA Division II this year at 1.81m (5-11¼).
Pittsburg State also had a strong showing at the Angelo State David Noble Relays. The Gorillas posted eight top-10 NCAA Division II Descending Order List marks at the meet, including the top shot put mark in NCAA Division II by Jena Black. The toss of 15.91m (52-2½) by Black is an Automatic Qualifying Mark.
Grand Valley State moved up three spots to fourth for its first top-five ranking of the season. A pair of Laker pole vaulters in Lucy Buckholz and Ellianne Kimes tied for the second-best mark in NCAA Division II this season at the WKU Hilltopper Relays, posting identical leaps of 4.02m (13-2¼).
The lone team in the entire top-25 that remained in the same spot it held a week ago was Alaska Anchorage, which came in fifth. The Seawolves were idle this past weekend.
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Two new teams joined the bottom half of the top-10 in Texas A&M-Commerce and New Mexico Highlands.
Texas A&M-Commerce notched eighth top-10 NCAA Division II Descending Order List marks at the David Noble Relays, all of which were Provisional Qualifying Marks. Jasmine Roberts led the way for the Lions with a triple jump mark of 12.18m (39-11½), god for third on the Descending Order List.
New Mexico Highlands found itself in the top-10 of the rankings for the first time since the final week of the 2015 season when it was ranked second. The Cowgirls competed at the Jim Click Shootout this past weekend where Tashay Hunter recorded a 12.03m (39-5¾) in the triple jump and Taneika Elliston scored 4,811 points in the heptathlon. Both marks sit in the top-10 of the NCAA Division II Descending Order List.
Rounding out the top-10 were three teams that slipped in the rankings: San Francisco State (sixth from fourth), Azusa Pacific (eighth from sixth) and UC-Colorado Springs (10th from eighth).
The NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 24-26.