2019 NCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – It’s out with the old and in with the new(er) in the latest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index which was released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
From this point forward, the National Rating Index will only be taking into account performances that have been posted this outdoor season, except for the 5000, 10000 and combined events (which still use the career-best mark).
After crunching the numbers from the 2019 season, there is a new top team in the country. That team is Arkansas.
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The Razorbacks moved up two spots into the No. 1 ranking behind strong performances this season from Tori Goggard (third in the nation in pole vault), Kethlin Campbell (fourth overall in the 400) and the strength of its 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams which slot in at second and fourth overall, respectively.
Jumping up four spots for its best rating since Week 1 of the 2017 season was No. 2 Kentucky.
The Wildcats earned the nod behind Chloe Abbott (third in the country in the 400 and 22nd in the 200), Faith Ross (fourth in the 100H and fifth in the 400H) and Abby Steiner (fourth in the 200 and 19th in the 100), among others.
Dropping a single spot to No. 3 was Texas A&M as the program has been a mainstay in the top-5 this season.
The Aggies are fresh off competition at the Michael Johnson and Bryan Clay Invitationals, where they got top showings out of Ciynamon Stevenson (now second the in nation in the triple jump) and Jazmine Fray (fourth overall in the 800). Athletes from the program who have already earned top national marks this season include Tyra Gittens (No. 1 in the high jump) and Syaira Richardson (fifth in the 400) to go with the program’s third-ranked 4×100 unit.
Breaking its four-week run at the top of the chart was No. 4 Southern California after a three-spot fall.
The Women of Troy have seen top performances so far this season out of Chanel Brissett (third in the nation in the 100H), Anglerne Annelus (fourth in the 200) and its top-ranked 4×100 unit. Last year’s defending national champions aren’t going to fret over a slight drop, especially with how close the top-teams are and the fact that they weren’t the top-ranked team going into NCAAs last year (and look how that turned out).
Moving up two spots to complete the top-5 was No. 5 Florida which is the first time the program has been ranked in the top-5 teams so far during the current outdoor season.
The Gators have been led so far this year by Sharrika Barnett (tops the country in the 400) and its second-ranked 4×400 unit.
The rest of the top-10 was made up by programs in the follow order: No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 LSU, No. 9 New Mexico and No. 10 Oregon. It was the best mark posted in program history for both the Crimson Tide and the Lady Lobos.
Almost every single team in the top-25 experienced some type of change from the previous index, except for No. 15 Texas which was the only program to remain in its spot. Those 24 other teams swapped spots in some way.
The largest gain taken by a top-25 program was No. 16 North Carolina A&T after a 33-spot increase from the previous TFRI. It was the highest rank received by the program in school history to go with being the program’s first appearance in the top-25.
The biggest gain overall was taken by No. 77 Central Michigan after a 93-spot improvement. Other large leaps were taken by No. 46 Duke (up 70 spots), No. 65 Monmouth (up 66), No. 33 Penn (up 61), No. 94 Nevada (up 51), No. 52 Utah (up 56), No. 72 Georgetown (up 55) and No. 48 UC Davis (up 53).
Twenty-two previously unranked programs joined the index this week with the highest being No 95 Columbia.
The next NCAA DI Women’s National Track & Field Rating Index will be released on Monday, April 29.