2019 NCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – Despite another weekend jam-packed with national action there wasn’t a ton of change to be had in the latest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index which was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
That held true at the top of the charts as the top three teams in the nation all held firm in their previous rating. In fact four of the top-10 teams didn’t experience any movement from the previous index.
Don’t expect that to be the continuing pattern though as this is the final week that previous season marks will be used in the National TFRI (expect for the 5000, 10000 and combined events) which means that changes galore will hit the charts a week from now.
The change goes perfect as the majority of the NCAA DI track and field world treks out to California for a trio of big meets at Azusa Pacific’s Bryan Clay Invitational, the Mt. Sac Relays and the Long Beach Invitational.
TFRI scored by USTFCCCA region
TFRI scored by conference
For the fourth consecutive week the Southern California program has sat atop the nation as the No. 1 team in the index.
The Trojans are fresh off competition at the Triton Invitational where Karlee Freeman was able to join the individual index ratings as she now ranks 31st in the discus.
The ranking continues what is a program record for most time spent consecutively in the No. 1 spot during an outdoor season.
Holding steady in the No. 2 position was Texas A&M after a weekend hosting its A&M Invitational.
The Aggies saw two athletes join the index ratings as individuals as Clynamon Stevenson is now 20th in the triple jump and Celine Markert is 42nd in the javelin.
Remaining at No. 3 was Arkansas after hosting its John McDonnell Invitational.
The lone Razorback to join the individual index this week was Rylee Robinson who is now rated 32nd in the pole vault.
Jumping up one spot to No. 4 was LSU after coming off a solid performance at the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational.
The standouts from the meet were the program’s 4×100 and 4×400 units which now rank third and tenth in the index ratings overall, respectively.
Flip-flopping with the Tigers to No. 5 was Oregon after an off-week from competition.
The Ducks will return to action this weekend with the three California meets in the Mt. Sac Relays, Beach Invitational and Bryan Clay Invitational.
The rest of the top-10 was completed in the following order; Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Miami (Fla.).
When looking at it as a whole, the top-25 did move around a little bit as 20 of the top-25 programs experienced some kind of movement. Even with the changes it wasn’t like a single team really rose or fell by any crazy margin as the top gain was shared by No. 6 Kentucky and No. 21 Iowa after a three-spot improvement.
The largest rise overall was taken by No. 122 UCF after a 53-spot improvement from the previous edition of the index. Other big gains were seen by No. 103 UC Irvine (up 42 spots) and No. 52 Incarnate Word (up 21).
Just one lone previously unranked team joined the index this week in No. 128 UTRGV.
The next NCAA DI Women’s National Track & Field Rating Index will be released on Monday, April 22.