2019 NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – Less than one month from now, athlete will compete at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Rounds with hopes of qualifying for the biggest meet of the season two weeks later.
Who does the Track & Field Rating Index (TFRI) expect to contend for the national title when the best of the best converge on Austin, Texas, from June 5-8? Let’s find out in the most recent installment of the Men’s National Rating Index, which was released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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Just like last week, it appears to be a two-horse race between top-ranked Texas Tech and second-ranked LSU – but it got a lot closer between the Red Raiders and the Tigers.
Texas Tech received a pair of strong marks this past weekend from Eric Kicinski and Odaine Lewis, who improved their season bests in the discus and long jump, respectively. Kicinski heaved the disc 63.45m (208-2), while Lewis soared 8.10m (26-7) and is now ranked second nationally in that event. The Red Raiders also saw Drew McMichael vault his way inside the top-10 with a clearance of 5.53m (18-1¾).
LSU gained a little bit of ground on Texas Tech thanks to the efforts of freshman phenom Mondo Duplantis. The collegiate record holder in the indoor pole vault became the second best performer in collegiate history in the outdoor version of the event with his clearance of 5.94m (19-5¾) at the LSU Invitational. Duplantis wasn’t the only LSU athlete getting after it as Kary Vincent Jr. moved up to sixth nationally in the 100 at 10.07.
Florida jumped four spots between Week 4 and Week 5 to come in at No. 3 this week. The Gators took advantage of some gorgeous weather at the Tom Jones Memorial this past weekend and recorded four national top-5 marks, including a national leader in the 110H from none other than Grant Holloway (13.25). The super talented junior also had his hand in the nation’s third-ranked 4×100 relay – as did Hakim Sani Brown, who is also ranked fourth nationally in the 100 – while Thomas Mardal is billed fifth nationally in the hammer throw.
Texas A&M might have fallen one spot to No. 4, but saw a standout effort from Ilolo Izu this past weekend. Izu took over the national lead in the 400H with his time of 49.68. That gives the Aggies the No. 1 and No. 3 men in the event right now (Infinite Tucker is ranked third).
Houston held steady at No. 5 and added a national-leading mark to its ledger in the process. The Cougars, who became just the sixth program in Penn Relays history to sweep the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays, stormed into the No. 1 spot in the 4×400 at 3:02.61.
The rest of the top-10 included No. 6 BYU, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Southern California, No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Stanford, in that order. The Ducks made the biggest jump into the top-10 as they flew nine spots between Week 4 and Week 5.
Kansas joined the top-25 for the first time this season thanks to Bryce Hoppel’s winning time at the Arkansas National Relay Championships. Hoppel, who won the NCAA indoor title in the 800, crossed the finish line in 1:45.87, which is the nation’s second best time in that event.
The biggest move of the week belonged to UTEP as it climbed 44 spots from No. 121 to No. 77. Other sizable jumps belonged to Pittsburgh (up 35), Tennessee State (up 25) and Oklahoma State (up 24).
Be sure to check back throughout the season as the rankings will shift ahead of the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are set to take place June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.