2019 NCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – We are getting closer and closer to championship season with the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Rounds officially under a month away.
That means it’s a good time to get a look at the latest NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.
Also, remember that the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships are just around the corner, too, on June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.
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Arkansas was the No. 1 team in the nation for the second week in a row after hosting its own National Relay Championships over the weekend.
The group was led by Janeek Brown who is now the top-ranked athlete in the nation in the 100H (12.57) and second overall in the 200 (22.67). She won the 100H and was the top collegiate finisher in the 200 at the meet.
It is the first time the Razorbacks have been in the top spot in back-to-back ratings since they opened at No. 1 for the first four weeks of the 2018 outdoor season.
Tying the best mark it received so far this season was No. 2 Texas A&M after weekend competition at its Alumni Muster.
The Aggies continued to fill out their scoring depth as they added/improved nine performances on the index this week. The best of which went to Danyel White who is now sixth in the nation in the 200 and the group’s 4×400 team which posted the eighth-best showing so far this year.
Climbing up one spot to No. 3 was Southern California after the program’s four-week run atop the nation was snapped last week by Arkansas.
The Women of Troy started the climb back to the top after competing at this past weekend’s USC vs. UCLA meet. The two Los Angeles based colleges put on a show in which USC saw top performances out of Twanisha Terry (now tops the nation in the 100 at 10.99), Ann Cockrell (second overall in the 400H at 56.44), Anglerne Annelus (fifth in the 100) and the now top-ranked 4×100 unit in the country.
Dropping two spots to No. 4 was Kentucky after spending its week at the Drake Relays.
The Wildcats only added one individual performance to the TFRI as Nicole Fautsch now sits in 30th overall in the shot.
Rounding out the top-five at No. 5 was LSU after the program moved back into the top-5 of the charts after a one-week absence.
The Tigers hosted their annual LSU Invitational in which top marks were seen from Tonea Marshall (now second in the nation in the 100H), Sha’Carri Richardson (third overall in the 100 and seventh in the 200) and Jurnee Woodward (third in the 400H). All three won their respective events at the meet.
The rest of the top-10 experienced a notable shift as Alabama (up one), Florida (down two), Oregon (up two), New Mexico (no change) and Florida State (down four) all bounced around.
The trend of movement continued as teams turn their focus to championships season. Overall 21 of the top-25 teams experienced some kind of change from the previous edition of the National Rating Index. The biggest gain by a team in this group was taken by No. 14 Texas Tech after a 14-spot improvement. Other large leaps were taken by No 13 Colorado (up six spots) and No. 22 Ohio State (up five). It was the best rank and first top-25 appearance by the Buckeyes since the opening rankings of the 2016 season.
The largest improvement in the charts this week belonged to No. 72 Texas State after a jump of 103 spots from the previous index. Other big gainers included No. 94 Norfolk State (up 94 spots) and No. 49 Arizona (up 70).
Eight previously unranked programs joined the National Rating Index this week, led by No. 103 Tulsa.
The next NCAA DI Women’s National Track & Field Rating Index will be released on Monday, May 6.