2018 NCAA DIII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rankings – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – Don’t look now, but there is less than one month remaining until the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The most recent National Team Rankings, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), reveal that it’s still anybody’s guess as to which team is going to win the women’s team title, but Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has a leg up on the rest.
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A strong effort this past weekend vaulted the Athenas to the front of the pack over former No. 1 George Fox. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps recorded top-10 marks nationally in the 100, 200, 100 hurdles and 4×100 relay. Tyra Abraham was the biggest factor for the Athenas as she clocked a wind-aided time of 11.59 in the 100 to take over the top spot nationally in that event and move up to third on the NCAA DIII all-time chart. Abraham also served as anchor leg on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ 4×100 relay team that is ranked first nationally.
UMass Boston settled right behind third-ranked Williams at No. 4. The Beacons added a sixth top-5 mark nationally this past weekend as their 4×400 relay team got the baton around in 3:50.95 with Wadeline Jonathas on the anchor leg.
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Oberlin comes in at No. 6, up two spots from Week 4. The Yeowomen watched Monique Newton record the fifth best mark this season in the hammer (53.90m/176-10) to help them continue to rise in the rankings.
Washington (Mo.) is ranked seventh, up five spots from last week. The Bears had a handful of strong efforts this past weekend, including a national top-5 mark from Alison Lindsay in the steeplechase (No. 4, 10:42.71) and a top-10 listing from Julia Dannenbaum in the pole vault.
Settling right outside the top-10 is Ithaca at No. 11. The Bombers soared seven spots between Week 4 and Week 5 after Taryn Cordani and Katherine Pitman turned in all-time efforts. Pitman improved her NCAA DIII record in the pole vault to 4.31m (14-1¾), while Cordani is third all-time in the 10000 at 33:44.06.
There will be three more sets of rankings between now and May 24-26 when the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships get underway in La Crosse, Wisconsin.