2019 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – With teams across the country gearing up for the upcoming conference championship weekend there wasn’t much change to the top of the rankings in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index released by the U.S. Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
Only one team in the top-five of both the men’s and women’s ratings experienced any change as the top four program stayed put in both national ratings indexes.
TFRI scored by USTFCCCA region
TFRI scored by USTFCCCA region
That means for the second consecutive week that the men’s and women’s programs from Adams State held in the No. 1 spot in the country.
Keep checking back as more movement is expected by all teams with the running of conference championships this weekend as programs gear up for the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 9-10 in Pittsburg, Kansas.
For the third week in a row, Adams State leads the country, this time with 198.74 points.
The Grizzlies had groups of athletes all over the place as they competed at the Western Colorado Alumni Open, the Air Force Open and the Last Chance College Elite meet. While no new times from the weekend made it over past performances, the weekend served as one final run before the championship season.
Remaining in the No. 2 spot was Ashland with 154.75 points.
The Eagles also didn’t add any new times to their rating but spent the weekend at the Kent State Tune-Up and the Ohio State University Tune-Up. It is the third straight week that Ashland has held in the No. 2 spot.
Staying at No. 3 was Grand Valley State after in recorded 121.61 points.
The Lakers hosted their GVSU Tune-Up this past weekend and saw top contributions come from Hunter Weeks (now eighth in the nation in the high jump) and Justin Scavarda (16th overall in the weight throw). It is the second straight week that the program has been ranked third overall.
Slotting in at No. 4 was Tiffin with 106.89 points.
The Dragons had athletes competing at the Kent State Tune-Up and the Ohio State University Tune-Up over the weekend, with the standout performance from the meets going to Nikolas Curtiss who is now third in the nation in the shot put. It is also the second consecutive week that Tiffin has remained at No. 4.
Moving back into the top-five for the second time this season was No. 5 Colo. School of Mines after the program had an outstanding weekend at the Mines vs. CSU-Pueblo & MSU-Denver meet. The program picked up 92.47 points in this edition of the index.
The Orediggers added 11 performances from the weekend to the rating index with top marks going to Josh Evans (sixth in the country in the mile), Connor McLean (eighth in the pole vault) and Luke Julian (ninth in the 3000).
The rest of the top-10 was completed by Angelo State (91.82 points), Central Missouri (88.84), West Texas A&M (83.03), Texas A&M-Commerce (79.83) and Western Colorado (77.57). It was a new program-best mark by Angelo State.
The biggest gain in the rankings belonged to No. 65 Northwest Nazarene who jumped 38 spots from their previous rating. Five new teams joined the rankings this week led by No. 83 Tarleton State.
For the second straight week Adams State was selected as the top team in the nation after it earned 227.57 points.
The Grizzlies were using the past weekend as a final tune-up as they had athletes spread across three meets; the Western Colorado Alumni Open, the Air Force Open and the Last Change College Elite meet. No new performances from the weekend overtook old showing from earlier in the season.
It is the first time in program history that Adams State has held in the No. 1 position in consecutive rankings.
Coming in at No. 2 was Grand Valley State with 200.17 points.
The Lakers hosted their GVSU Tune-Up this past weekend as the prepared for the championship season. No performances cracked what has been a very strong index for Grand Valley State this season.
It is the second straight week the Lakers have held at second overall.
Coming in after them was No. 3 Lincoln (Mo.) with 112.92 points.
The Blue Tigers are fresh off competition at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge where Diana Cauldwell posted the 11th-best mark in the long jump this year. It is also the second consecutive index that Lincoln (Mo.) has came in at third overall.
Coming in next at No. 4 was SF State after it recorded 105.84 points.
The Gators were off from competition this past weekend as they gear up for the East Bay Dual Meet on February 22 and the Boston University Last Chance Meet on February 24.
Advancing three spots to move into the top-five for the second time this year was West Texas A&M with 91.60 points.
The Buffaloes spent the weekend at the Lone Star Conference meet in which they recorded eight new performances that were added to the rating index to go with picking up their sixth straight conference indoor championship. Standouts from the meet went to Valda Kabia (sixth in the nation in both the 60 and 200), Tianna McKinney (11th in the 400 and 20th in the 200) and Zada Swoopes (eighth in the shot put).
The rest of the top-10 was rounded out by Alaska Anchorage (82.54 points), Lewis (74.26), UC-Colorado Springs (70.96), Missouri Southern (69.11) and Ashland (63.35).
The largest leap of the poll went to Seattle Pacific who jumped from No. 74 to No. 16 in this week’s ratings. It was the best mark recorded by the school since 2016.
Five new programs joined the ratings this week after being previously unranked, with the highest being Coker at No. 86.