2019 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championships Weekend shook up the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index between Week 5 and Week 6.
There were numerous changes scattered throughout the top-25, including several in the top-5, where three of those teams reside in the Lone Star State.
Texas Tech remained No. 1 for the seventh week in a row, counting the preseason. This is the only the third time in the past eight years that one program has been ranked atop the TFRI for that long (Florida did so in 2017; Arkansas accomplished the feat in 2013 on their way to a national title that same year).
Divine Oduduru and Andrew Hudson continue to pace the Red Raiders, who broke the team scoring record this past weekend at the Big 12 Championships. Oduduru clocked a nation- and world-leading time of 20.08 in the 200, which is the second quickest mark in NCAA history. He also now sits No. 2 nationally in the 60 with his mark of 6.52. Hudson sits second nationally in the 200 at 20.33 and sixth nationally in the 60 at 6.56. Jah-Nhai Perinchief also posted a big mark this past weekend in the triple jump of 16.75m (54-11½) to rank fifth nationally.
Florida jumped to No. 2 after winning the SEC title. The Gators were led once again by Grant Holloway, who broke the single meet scoring record of 22½ points with 28 of his own. But the most meaningful mark turned in this past weekend for Florida in terms of the TFRI was AJ McFarland’s heave of 23.35m (76-7¼) that improved his national standing to No. 4.
Texas A&M comes in at No. 3 and received a strong mark from junior Tahar Triki at the SEC Championships in the triple jump. His bound of 17.12m (56-2) cemented his spot atop the Descending Order List and gave the Aggies breathing room over the rest of the top-5.
LSU showed out at the SEC Championships behind the efforts of Mondo Duplantis and JuVaughn Harrison. Duplantis broke the near four-year-old collegiate record in the pole vault with his clearance of 5.92m (19-5) and set an indoor PR in the process. Harrison soared over 2.28m (7-5¾) in the high jump and locked himself in at No.2 on the Descending Order List.
Houston rounds out the top-5 after a strong weekend. No performance stood out for the Cougars more than Kahmari Montgomery’s 45.04 clocking in the 400 at the American Athletic Conference Championships. That mark made Montgomery the ninth fastest performer with the 12th fastest performance in collegiate history.
No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Texas and No. 10 Florida State round out the top-10 in Week 6.
The biggest gainers between Week 5 and Week 6 were No. 74 Air Force (up 62 spots), No. 52 Western Kentucky (up 50 spots) and No. 90 Liberty (up 47 spots).
Be sure to check back throughout the remainder of the season as the National Rating Index will continue to shift ahead of the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held from March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama.